Community Stuff May 31,2012

jerry Ackerman writes-

Hi, Joey….

The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, with support from Cape Ann Forum, is presenting a film Monday night, June 4, to honor and celebrate the life of Elise Hansen and help launch the new Elise Hansen Foundation as another way to bring about change where change is needed.

The film is “ Haiti : Dreams of Democracy,” and it ” captures the sounds and sights of excitement that swept that nation after the corrupt, oppressive and violent Duvalier regime came to an end.  Made in the late 1980s, it’s directed by Jonathan Demme, who later won an Oscar as Best Director for “Silence of the Lambs.”

Doors open at 7 and the screening starts at 7:30.  Scott Southard, Elise’s fiancé, will talk about the foundation’s goals. It’s a great opportunity for all Elise’s friends to help carry forward her vision to make the world a better place for all.

Suggested donation $12, with proceeds to benefit the foundation.  But no one will be turned away.

Haiti Flyer - Postcard

Awards Bring Rocky Neck Art Colony Closer to Cultural Center Goal

The Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District has recently been awarded two significant grants to support its development of The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck at the former Christian Science Church building at 6 Wonson St.  The Essex County Community Foundation awarded the Art Colony $2000 for institutional capacity building, and the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation awarded $10,000 for initial operating expenses at The Center.

The ECCF,, promotes local philanthropy to strengthen the nonprofit organizations of Essex County, MA.  ECCF is a catalyst for philanthropy, manager of charitable funds for donors and nonprofits, a grant maker, and an adviser to nonprofits and their boards.

The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation, supports projects on Cape Ann that serve the arts for the benefit of a wide segment of the community.  The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is under development by the Rocky Neck Art Colony in an expanded community role, offering a community-based arts center with a mission of inclusion and artistic excellence.  This worthy project will greatly benefit from the substantial generosity and support of these two foundations


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