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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Upcoming Events in Greater Lowell, August 11

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Discover Lowell 2010

Don't miss our next Discover Lowell event, the Southeast Asian Water Festival. While there, have your Discover Lowell Event Pass validated and get one step closer to winning our Discover Lowell raffle prize! Click here for complete details!

Art Quilts at the Brush Gallery, opens Aug. 10
Sophisticated art and handmade tradition fuse seamlessly as art quilters from across the United States showcase their work at The Brush Gallery & Artists Studios, Aug. 10-Sept. 11. The exhibition is free to the public and will showcase delicate art quilting techniques.
More Information: www.thebrush.org
Lowell Quilt Festival, Aug. 12-14

Experience one of the country's foremost celebrations of the art and craft of quilting! "IMAGES", the centerpiece of the Festival, is moving to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. This judged and juried exhibit will feature hundreds of entrants from around the country and around the world.
More Information: www.lowellquiltfestival.org

Concerts on the Corner, Aug. 12

Take a trip down soft rock memory lane with Carl & Dean this Thursday at Athenian Corner's outdoor "Concerts on the Corner" series. Music begins at 6:30pm. All shows are free and open to the public.
More Information: www.atheniancorner.com

2010 Lowell Summer Music Series
The 2010 Lowell Summer Music Series continues this weekend with great performances by Lyle Lovett (Friday) and Jonathan Edwards (Saturday) at Boardinghouse Park in downtown Lowell. Experience incredible live music under the stars every Friday and Saturday evening until September 11, 2010!
More information: www.lowellsummermusic.org
Lowell National Park is fee free, Aug. 14 & 15

Lowell National Historical Park is waiving museum fees at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum August The Boott Cotton Mills Museum is open daily from 9:30am to 5pm at 115 John Street. Visitors are encouraged to begin their visit to the Park at the Visitor Center, 246 Market Street.
More Information: www.nps.gov/npweek

Restaurant Showcase Week 2010, Now through Aug. 15

Dine out during the Greater Merrimack Valley Second Annual Restaurant Showcase Week presented by the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau. Food lovers are invited to sample the best cuisine that each participating restaurant has to offer! All proceeds to benefit the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.
More information: www.merrimackvalley.org

"The Nature of Cities" screens Aug. 18, 7:30pm

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a FREE film screening under Lowell's Shedd Park Pavilion. "The Nature of Cities" visits beautiful, sustainable locales around the globe and introduces the concept of designing our urban environments in sync with the natural world. Presented by the Green Building Commission, Enterprise Bank, and the Lowell Film Collaborative.
More Information: www.lowellfilmcollaborative.org and http://greenbuilding.lowellma.gov

14th Southeast Asian Water Festival, Sat. Aug. 21

Lowell's Southeast Asian Water Festival is a tribute to Southeast Asia's centuries-old annual celebration that pays homage to the rivers, lakes, and ponds that villagers depend upon for their livelihood and economic development. Enjoy traditional foods, dancing, boat races, and much more at this free event!
More Information: www.lowellwaterfestival.org

Volunteer at the Southeast Asian Water Festival

Volunteer at the Southeast Asian Water Festival and enjoy being a part of an incredible day of celebration! Select your volunteer preference: donation brigade, recycling team, set-up and break-down team, boat transportation, and general floaters. For more details, contact Dahvy Tran at dtran555@gmail.com, subject line "Water Festival."
More information: http://lowellwaterfestival.org/race_perform_vol/

Artists lofts coming soon: Appleton Mills Lofts

Only the name remains the same. Gone are the looms, the mill workers and the constant hum of machines. In their place are 130 new, loft-style rental apartments, designed to open up the possibilities for working artists and others who want to live in a creative environment.
More information: www.LiveAppletonMills.com
Lowell National Park Boat Tours capture Lowell's historical scenes and stories
Lowell National Park's daily canal boat tours provide a unique perspective of Lowell's historical waterways. Cruise during the day on the Pawtucket Canal and the Merrimack River and learn more of Lowell's industrial history, or take in an "Evening Cruise" for night-time boat tour enjoyment!
More Information: www.nps.gov/lowe
Lowell Cultural Council grantwrting workshops, Sept. 2 & Oct. 7

The Lowell Cultural Council will host 2 grant workshops in anticipation of the upcoming 2011 grant cycle. Workshops take place at the Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall, Lowell. Sessions begin promptly at 6:30pm. RSVP's are required if attending a session. Email: lowellculturalcouncil@lowellma.gov
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Enterprise Bank Seminar for Non-profits, Sept. 14 & 17

Information Services Director of Enterprise Bank, Keith N. Soucie, will facilitate a peer-sharing session on current technology challenges facing non-profits. Seminars are free and take place in Tewksbury (Sept. 14) and Gardner (Sept. 17) from 8-10am.
Registration and more information: Andrew Duncan, 978-459-9000 ext. 4582 or andrew.duncan@ebtc.com
Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops, Sun., Dec. 19
The Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart will bring their ever-popular Holiday concert to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Lockhart will lead "America's Orchestra" through familiar holiday favorites, including the Pops' signature performance of "Sleigh Ride."
More Information: www.lowellauditorium.com

Call to artists

Grant Opportunity
Deadline: Sept. 24, 2010
National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Fund for the arts Offers Grants for Artists and Nonprofits.Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to Latino artists and arts organizations for the creation or presentation of artistic works, organizational capacity-building, or professional development.
More Information:

From Trinity Financial
Deadline: Mon., Aug. 23, 2010 (materials received)
Trinity Financial invites artists/designers/teams to forward qualifications for an artwork to be permanently installed in the four-story atrium of the Appleton Mills redevelopment, a historic textile mill located at 219 Jackson St. in downtown Lowell. Work to be commissioned could be a freestanding, wall-mounted or suspended piece. Project is open to all artists/ designers/ teams residing in New England, including collaborations with writers or sound artists/musicians. Budget: $15,000. Five to ten finalists will receive a $500 honorarium to develop a proposal for public exhibition at the 10th Annual Open Studios in Lowell on Sept. 25 and 26, 2010. One artist/designer/team will be commissioned for the project. Contact: Christina Lanzl, Project Manager, Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design christina.lanzl@massart.edu

About the COOL Cultural E-newsletter

The COOL Cultural E-newsletter is emailed every week by the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) in conjunction with the Lowell Cultural Roundtable. News items for consideration may be sent to scromwell@lowellma.gov. Please limit description to no more than two lines of text and include full contact information and URL if applicable.

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If there is an upcoming event that you would like to put on the COOL calendar (www.cultureiscool.org), email LZ Nunn at LZNunn@lowellma.gov to obtain a password.

Links to our cultural community:

Lowell Memorial Auditorium, http://www.lowellauditorium.com/eventlistings.aspx

Merrimack Repertory Theatre, www.merrimackrep.org

The Bridge Review: Merrimack Valley Culture, http://ecommunity.uml.edu/bridge/

Website for Lowell artists, www.lowellisart.com

Art community chronicle, www.vyumagazine.com

Arts League of Lowell, www.artsleagueoflowell.org

Western Avenue Studios, www.westernavenuestudios.com

Ayer Lofts, www.Ayerlofts.com

The Brush Art Gallery and Studios, www.thebrush.org

The Image Theater, www.imagetheater.com

Whistler House Museum of Art, www.whistlerhouse.org

American Textile History Museum, www.athm.org

119 Gallery, www.119gallery.org

For a fuller listing of links see the COOL website, www.cultureiscool.org

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