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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Arts & Entertainment News from the Cultural Organization of Lowell

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City of Lowell Calendar 

The items listed below are just a few of the Arts, Community, and Entertainment events happening in the City of Lowell! Search for MORE great Lowell events at CityofLowellCalendar.org!


Thursday, December 13
    LDG Logo      
Thursday, December 13
    Mayor's Open House      
Thursday, December 13
Thursday, December 13
    Art of Wine      
Saturday, December 15
    Lowell National Historical Park      
Saturday, December 15
    Suited for Space at ATHM      
Dec. 15 & 16 (Sat. & Sun)
    ALL Holiday Show & Sale 2012      
Saturday, December 15
    Holiday Marketplace at The Brush      
Saturday, December 15
Saturday, December 15
Wednesday, December 19
    Pollard Memorial Library      
Wednesday, December 19
Local Arts, Culture, and Community News & Events 
  • Vid Pic! Lowell recites "A Visit From St. Nicholas," produced by Richard Howe ... Click here 
  • Registration now open for Lowell WinterFest's National Human Dogsled Competition ... More  
  • Boston Globe Feature: "Lowell candle company shines in Hollywood" ... Click here 
  • Merrimack Repertory Theatre presents "Shakespeare's Will" ... More  
  • Lowell WinterFest gets a Facebook page for everyone to "Like" ... More    
  • Lowell's Gentlemen Songsters perform a Christmas Cabaret in Westford, Dec. 15 ... More 
  • Persona Premium Goods in Lowell helps feed the hungry with "Cans for Kicks" ... More 
  • See the New England Quilt Museum's Polar Express Model Train, through Dec. 29 ... More
Current Exhibits, Shows & Live Performances in Lowell

Arts League of Lowell (ALL) Gallery - Annual Members' Holiday Show & Sale, through January 30, 2013

American Textile History Museum - Suited for Space, through March 3, 2013 

Brush Gallery & Artists' Studios - Annual Members' Show, through February 9, 2013 

Loading Dock Gallery - Winter Lights, through December 30  

New England Quilt Museum -  Great Quilts, Great Stories, through December 29 

Whistler House Museum of Art - Annual Juried Members Exhibition, through December 29 

The Merrimack Repertory Theatre - Half 'n Half 'n Half, through December 23
119 Gallery - Vote! Vote! Vote! 2012 8th Annual Juried Exhibition, through December 31  

Opportunities and Calls for Artists
City of Lowell Promotional Spot Competition: $1,000 Grand Prize
Deadline: Friday, January 18, 2013 by 5pm

Artists, filmmakers, and videographers that live or work in the City of Lowell are invited to create and submit a 15-second promotional spot to be featured as part of the City's new marketing campaign. The winning entry will be featured on the City's website and YouTube channel, and may be re-shot for use in area cinemas/theaters as part of an ad campaign. ... More info  


13th Annual Lowell WinterFest Committee Seeks People-Loving Volunteers

Don't hibernate, come celebrate! Be a part of this year's Lowell WinterFest, taking place Friday and Saturday, February 8 & 9, 2013 throughout downtown Lowell. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available!  ... More info  


The Gallery @ Loft Two Seven
Loft Two Seven on Jackson Street in downtown Lowell welcomes local artists to exhibit in their new gallery space, ideal for photographers, sculptors, fiber artists, painters, and other mediums.  ... More info 


Zeitgeist Gallery Lowell Seeks Artists for Coop Gallery Space

Zeitgeist Gallery boasts a beautiful old storefront with large windows on a busy street in downtown Lowell. Reasonable fees and a small amount of gallery sitting monthly is required. Artwork to be installed by January 1st. Send images of your work or get more information at zeitgeist167@gmail.com.  



Public Art/Design Competition: Beverly, MA - Arts and Cultural District      

Deadline: Friday, January 18, 2013 by 1pm
Eligibility: Artists/designers/teams residing in the U.S.
Create a conceptual public art/design plan for the new cultural district. The commissioned artist/designer/team will identify key gateways, proposed district boundaries and will suggest potential target areas for the design. More info: Ricardo D. Barreto at rdb8888@gmail.com or 617-285-1966.  



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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December News from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation


Looking Forward, Giving Back

Masthead Celebrate Giving

Dear Friends,


Raymond Riddick Jr.
Executive Director 
In the past you have generously given to The Greater Lowell Community Foundation's Annual Appeal. Thanks to you, we have, in the previous year, been able to contribute $748,835 to area nonprofits and $167,146 in scholarships to deserving students. We could not have done this without your support. This year we turn to you once again. We seek your continued support for the area nonprofits through The Greater Lowell Community Foundation's Annual Appeal.

We continue to serve the community in many ways. For example, when Matt Tromadore lost his wife to cancer earlier this year, he wanted to honor her life with a memorial scholarship fund that would help ensure a brighter future for students pursuing the sciences.

>> Learn how the Community Foundation enabled Matt to honor his wife's memory and create a positive impact in our community 


Please consider a generous donation today to help us continue in our mission to change lives and create stronger communities.





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Raymond E. Riddick, Jr.                       

Executive Director 


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Steven Joncas


Through the generosity of our donors, more than $6.5 million in grants has been awarded to nonprofit organizations and in scholarships since our inception in 1998. These grants are awarded each year at the Community Foundation's Celebrate Giving event. This year's awards ceremony was held at the UMASS Lowell Inn and Conference Center on November 8, 2012. The Community Foundation awarded grants to 25 non-profit agencies that service Greater Lowell, as well as recognizing several outstanding volunteers.   


>> View the list of the organizations that are the recipients of this year's awards


Many thanks to the sponsors of Celebrate Giving, including our premium sponsor Enterprise Bank.  


>> Click here to  see our other generous sponsors!  

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Greater Lowell Community Foundation Executive Director, Raymond Riddick Jr. presenting UMASS Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan a painting by Janet Lambert Moore.
Indian Hill Musicians
Many thanks to the trio of musicians from Indian Hill Music Center in Littleton. They provided a wonderful musical backdrop to Celebrate Giving!

Lowell Iraqi Families Team (LIFT)  

LIFT Logo LIFT is an all-volunteer group of parishioners from the First Parish in Bedford Unitarian Universalist church and friends who work cooperatively with Merrimack Valley People for Peace to provide friendship and support to the more than 50 Iraqi refugee families living in Lowell and surrounding communities. LIFT programs include:


  • Partnering with the families to provide companionship and helping them adjust to the American way of life.
  • Offering ESL conversation fellowship meetings and language coaching.
  • Providing social programs and events.   
  • Offering transportation support including programs to provide bicycles for adults and teens and monthly bus passes for Iraqi High School students.   
  • Subsidizing winter footwear and household basics for incoming families.
  • Providing supplies and training for bedbug remediation.
  • Delivering diaper supplements for families with infants.


If you would like to learn more, or participate in any of our programs - especially partnering with families - please call Jessica Bethoney at 781-259-8680.



Fundraising. Not my job!
Presented by Lori Jacobwith

December 13, 2012

Community Teamwork,Inc

155 Merrimack Street, Lowell

9 am - Noon  


L JacobwithCatapult your individual donor fundraising! Asking for money is something most people simply don't want to do. So between board & staff, whose job is it to do the tasks that lead to getting more gifts from individuals? This session is designed to dispel some myths about the differences between fundraising and development.





Sully - The Words, Wit and Wisdom of Paul Sullivan 

 Sully Book Release Sully: The Words Wit and Wisdom of Paul Sullivan, a new hardcover book that celebrates the life of the late Paul Sullivan, an accomplished talk-show host, Lowell Sun political editor and columnist, and Middlesex Community College faculty member, was published by the Middlesex Community College Foundation. This handsome commemorative book, features Sullivan's columns, photos, and remembrances from family, friends, and coworkers. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to establish a Paul H. Sullivan Scholarship.



Changes to Tax Code
in 2013 to Impact Wealthy Donors

Wealthy individuals have until the end of 2012 to take advantage of the highest-ever lifetime gift and estate tax exemption, which enables them to make a major gift to a nonprofit without incurring any federal transfer taxes.


The lifetime gift and estate tax exemption is currently $5.12 million, which allows an individual to transfer assets over a lifetime up to this amount without incurring any federal transfer taxes.


A husband and wife who have not previously used any of their lifetime exemptions can give up to $10.24 million without incurring a gift tax.


The gift and estate tax exemption amounts are scheduled to return to 2001 levels of $1 million on January 1, 2013. In addition, all transfers in excess of $1 million during life or at death would be taxed at 55%, if Congress allows the current law to expire. The gift tax rates were reduced from 45% to 35% for 2011 and 2012.


According to the IRS, a gift tax is a tax, paid by the donor, on the transfer of property by one individual to another while receiving nothing, or less than full value, in return. The tax applies whether the donor intends the transfer to be a gift or not."


Massachusetts does not impose a gift tax on lifetime transfers. In 2011 and 2012 the federal gift tax exemption was portable, which means a surviving spouse can use the remaining amount of the lifetime gift tax exemption not yet used by the spouse who died. However, portability has not been adopted on the state level.

Special Thanks

"Recipe for Development Success."

Jay CaporaleMany thanks to  Executive Vice President and Director of Philanthropy Jay Caporale at the Essex County Community Foundation for a wonderful presentation "Recipe for Development Success: A comprehensive Approach to Philanthropy."  The presentation was oversubscribed with nonprofit leaders learning methods to raising funds in a difficult economy!  


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