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Whoa, how did September creep up on us so quickly? We’re waiting to find out this year’s grant allocation from the Mass Cultural Council, at which point our grant cycle will officially open. We’ll let you know as soon as that happens.

In the meantime, you could do us a huge favor by filling out this online survey. We’d like to find out how you think we’re doing, and how we might be able to better help both grantees and the folks who enjoy what grantees do. Thanks for giving us a hand!

“01301/2: photos of Greenfield” Show Opening February 6!

It’s time for the 2nd annual art show sponsored by the Greenfield Local Cultural Council, “01301/2: photos of Greenfield.” This year’s show features photos of Greenfield chosen from submissions to the Master Plan photo contest and those submitted directly to the GLCC. It will run from February 6 through the end of March at the Greenfield Community College Downtown Campus at 270 Main Street. Building hours are Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and in the evenings when classes are being held.

A four-person jury made up of Braden Chattman, a faculty member at the Hallmark Institute of Photography who was also on last year’s jury; Karen Gaudette, artist, educator, and winner of last year’s show “01301: images by, for, and about Greenfield”; Beth Reynolds, photographer, educator, and owner of base camp photo; and Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin curated the show and chose the three winning images. The show will include an additional gallery of work from local professional photographers who were invited to show by the GLCC.

Please join us at the opening on Thursday, February 6 from 5 – 7 p.m. as we celebrate Greenfield as captured through the lens of these talented photographers. Light refreshments will be served; no admission charge. You can see the facebook event page here.

Greenfield Master Plan Workshop Possible Postponement

You may have heard that we’re expecting some snow this weekend. The Master Planning Advisory Committee is watching the forecast carefully and will be making a decision by Friday afternoon about whether the Community Workshop this Saturday has to be postponed. You can check or for any changes in the schedule.

If you’ve told anyone about the Workshop, please help spread the word. Thanks! And here’s hoping to see you this Saturday!

Fostering Arts & Culture January 2013 Buzz

Check out Fostering Art & Culture’s January Buzz event, this Wednesday evening, January 30, 6 p.m. at the Arts Block! One item on the agenda is discussing how to convince town governments to match local cultural council grants.

From FAC: Learn about the how we, in Franklin County, can increase resources for arts and culture in our communities and country. MASSCreative aims to highlight ways in which communities, organizations and individuals are having an impact and inspiring positive change in Massachusetts. What actions can we take as artists and citizens to make this change? Join us in finding out more and taking action with MASSCreative and other artists in our region.

See the facebook event page here.

Weigh In on the Greenfield Sustainable Master Plan on February 9

Greenfield Sustainable Master Plan forum 1 flyer

Artists (and everyone else)! You are invited to a community workshop on Saturday, February 9th at 9am to kick off the development of the Greenfield Comprehensive Sustainable Master Plan! Come and share your ideas about how to create a better, more sustainable Greenfield:
· What do you appreciate about Greenfield?
· What areas need improvement?
· What do you want Greenfield to look like in 10 years? 20 years?

Topics will include:
· Transportation options,
· Economic development,
· Protecting natural and historic resources, and
· Housing needs

Envisioning a Better Greenfield: A Community Workshop to Kick Off the Greenfield Sustainable Master Plan will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013, 9:00am – 1:00pm at Four Rivers Charter Public School, 248 Colrain Road, Greenfield, MA.

An innovative workshop format has been designed to provide all community members the opportunity to meaningfully participate in creating a Better Greenfield. Refreshments will be provided!

For more info, please visit the project Also, please “Like” us on Facebook to follow the progress of the plan:

We hope to see you at the workshop!

The Lady of Green Fields has been stolen!

The Best In Show piece of the GLCC’s 01301 show, “Lady of Green Fields” by Karen Gaudette, was stolen from its new owners from outside Hope & Olive. It should be hanging there or at Magpie! If you see this piece anywhere, please let me or Jennifer Stromsten or Evelyn Wulfkuhle know. If the current “owner” is honorable enough to return it, there will be no questions asked and the GLCC will replace it with a poster of the image. Help bring the Lady home!

Lady of Green Fields, by Karen Gaudette