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Art for a Purpose

In a throwaway world, a new dogma has taken hold – re-purpose, reclaim, and reuse. There is a new desire to create something new out of that which is old. In other words, create the things you wish existed.  Several of our students took that to heart as they joined a community service program in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity to “Re-Purpose for a Purpose.”

In this program, students redesigned a piece of aged furniture – using only their artistic skills and imagination to make it new again – or they created a piece of art on floor tile. Upon completion of the piece, the art was donated to Habitat for Humanity to be auctioned off during their annual fundraiser – “Home is Where the Art Is.” “This is a great opportunity for our students to have a chance to give back to the community while learning about a variety of art styles,” explained Rosanna Casavecchia, who provides oversight of the project.

In the course of the class – which ran for several weeks – students learned how to make old furniture and materials serve a number of functional purposes. Many of the students took old flooring materials and created beautiful wall art. They also worked together to restore old materials into a drawing table with a fish tank on top. In the course of the elective, they learned skills, such as management of material, methods to reupholster furniture, use of color to bring old pieces back to life and the role Habitat for Humanity has in the community and internationally. “This is a great opportunity for students to learn about vocational career opportunities that can combine with community service,” Rosanna said.

In the course of their class time, the students were visited by the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, Carolyn Read, who educated them on the role her organization plays in the community and how what they are doing matters. In the course of her talk, she told the students that the house they were providing fundraising for was being built for the Yang family. This prompted one student to note, “We are creating the yin to their Yang.” Ms. Read was so touched by that statement that she plans to use it in her speech to the family upon presenting them the keys to their new home.

The auction opened on Friday, January 12 at 6 Bridges Gallery in Maynard and will run through until February 3. To bid on the auction visit ncmhabitat.org. and click on Home is Where the Art Is. To go directly to the auction click here.

Perkins Artist Creates Holiday Card Cover

Being creative is a way of life for Ben Allen, a way to express himself and to portray his thoughts on paper.  He was both honored and surprised to discover that his drawing of a winter scene was chosen to be the cover of Perkins holiday card. “I have always loved art and being creative,”Continue Reading

Music and Magic Bring the Holidays Closer

The stage was alive with the sound of music last Friday, December 15 as several of the Doctor Franklin Perkins School students and staff took to the spotlight for our annual holiday show.  The level of talent was unmatched this year as group after group outdid the performers in front of them. The event opened withContinue Reading

Packed House is Wowed by Lynn Lyons

In a world full of noise and negativity, Lynn Lyons, psychotherapist, and author of several books including Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents, is a light in the darkness. With her expertise, quick wit and unending stories, Lynn educated a packed house at the kick-off event of the Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series with stategies for howContinue Reading

Perkins Kicks Off 2017 Annual Appeal

Dear Friends, During Perkins’ Evening Under the Stars gala earlier this month, author and guest speaker, Steve Pemberton, told the audience about his unfathomable adversity as a child. Despite predictions of having not a chance in the world, Steve rose above appalling circumstances through the investment of a few who believed in him. Like thoseContinue Reading

Perkins Welcomes New Child Development Center Director

Perkins is pleased to announce the appointment of Patricia Sinclair as the Director of our Child Development Center. Patty comes to us with several years of experience in the childcare industry, most recently having worked as a Field Director for Bright Horizons. Prior to that appointment, Patty had worked for Bright Horizons as the directorContinue Reading

2016 Gala Auction Bid Leads to Once in a Lifetime Experience

A night on the town to support a great cause is always an exciting experience, but winning a coveted auction item simply pushes the experience to another level – especially if it is an auction item you have long desired. Perkins Clinical Coordinator Bridget Matte, her husband Greg, and her son Nick had the opportunityContinue Reading

Leading Economist Teaches Students Rules for Success

Dr. Fred McKinney spoke to Perkins high school students today as part of our ongoing inspiring speakers series. Dr. McKinney is the current Managing Director of the Minority Business Programs at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Prior to his time at Dartmouth, he served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut School of BusinessContinue Reading

Perkins Unveils 2018-2020 Strategic Plan

Dear Friend, I am pleased and very proud to provide you with our 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, Expanding Capabilities for Greater Impact. This plan represents months of dedicated work on the part of Perkins trustees and employees. Included in the plan is our refreshed Mission, Vision, and our Values. We invite you to partner with us asContinue Reading

Taste of Wachusett Celebrates Twenty Years

Hard to believe the Taste of Wachusett is in its twentieth year. The very first host, Susan Templeton, the then Executive Director of the Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce, decided that it would be great fun to create a trade show for the sole purpose of sampling great food and drink while mingling with aContinue Reading