Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Selectmen unanimously approved the deal Tuesday night. The final step is Town Meeting's approval in May.
Danforth Museum and School of Art has reached an agreement with the Town of Framingham to purchase the Jonathan Maynard Building for $1.5 million. Selectmen unanimously approved the deal Tuesday night, 4-0 (Selectman Ginger Esty was not present). The final step is Town Meeting's approval in May. If Town Meeting approves, the Danforth Museum and School of Arts currently housed in the Danforth Building, which once was a high school, will move to the Maynard Building, which also once was a school. If everything is approved, the Museum would move across from the Town Common and near Village Hall, Edgell Memorial Library and the Framingham History Center forming a cultural, historic district, which would be available for state and federal …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The program, created by a Jamaica Plain mom and exclusive to the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, was recently featured in the Journal of Museum Education.
Bring Your Baby to the Danforth Museum, founded by Alicia Herman of Jamaica Plain, allows mothers to bring their infants into the beautiful and stimulating setting of a museum, without having to worry about other museum patrons. Herman, who recently had her paper Bringing New Families to the Museum One Baby at a Time published in the Journal of Museum Education, explains the motivation behind the project. “Mothers are having a harder time finding ways to be intellectually stimulated when they are home with their infants. This audience was being isolated from the museum because of their new role," said Herman. While there are numerous displays, destinations and events geared toward the interests and desires of young children, Bring Your …
Friday, September 28, 2012
This is the largest donation given to the downtown Framingham Museum, which wishes to move to the Maynard Building.
The Danforth Museum of Art announced a $500,000 gift from an anonymous donor. The Museum announced earlier this year it wants to move from its current location to a floor in the Maynard Building, near the historic common and the Framingham History Center. In July, the Museum received a $30,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, it has been working with Ann Beha Architects on a moving plan.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
“The MetroWest region is fortunate to have a rich diversity of creative economy businesses. From artisans to writers, museums to cultural attractions, we have it all,” said Bonnie Biocchi, President and CEO of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce.
The CreativeNEXT tour, a statewide opportunity for the Massachusetts Creative Economy Council to hear from creative economy businesses, organizations and individuals, will come to Framingham today, July 31 at the Dandforth Museum of Art at 2. The public is invited. “Our Commonwealth’s thriving creative economy plays a vital role in our continued economic success,” said Governor Deval Patrick in a press release. “I urge industry leaders to connect with us through the CreativeNEXT tour so that we may better work together to grow opportunities across the state.” The Patrick-Murray Administration’s Creative Economy Industry Director Helena Fruscio and Creative Economy Council are meeting with businesses, organizations, and individuals working …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
And 5 other things you missed from Tuesday's Selectmen's meeting.
A series of inspections of the five abandoned buildings owned by General Chemical was conducted. At the last Selectmen's FACES, an local organization, appealed to the Board of Selectmen to do something about the safety risks posed by these buildings. Vegetation around the buildings have been cleaned up and one building in particular is being closely examined. “General Chemical is open to a conversation about taking the buildings down,” Town Manager Bob Halpin told Selectmen. 2. Selectmen approved a license for Sweet Spot Frozen Yogurt to open in Trolley Square. 3. Danforth Museum of Art Board of Trustees are in the process of working with the Town Manager to negotiate a lease for the Maynard Building. The lease will be presented to Town …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
FACES appealed to the Board to make safety near the General Chemical site a priority and the Danforth Museum has been granted conditional approval for leasing the Maynard Building.
Here are six things you missed at the selectmen's meeting Tuesday night. Also discussed was the water issue at Eastleigh Farms. 1. Framingham Action Coalition for Environmental Safety (FACES) wants the town to put up bilingual signage, give notifications to neighborhood residents, provide fencing, and make plans for future demolition of the General Chemical properties on Leland Street. FACES expressed concern that children play in and around the property, the property has potential for squatters or inhabitation by homeless people, and there is contaminated water on the property that must be covered. “This board has instituted a task force that has been very active in looking at these buildings to develop a plan,” said Board Chairman …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Selectmen tabled approval on NSTAR gas main projects until NSTAR is held accountable with its tree-clearing program. “[We] are going to hold this hostage,” said Selectman Dennis Giombetti.
Framingham Selectmen refused to approve gas main work on several roads until NSTAR is held accountable for its tree-cutting in town. Selectmen retroactively approved 60 feet of gas main on State Street, a project that was completed last year. The Board was unhappy that NSTAR waited a year to get approval for the gas main, while NSTAR claimed the Town of Framingham did not say they needed to get permission until now. Selectmen tabled the approval of the Maynard and Church Street gas mains as well as the Edmands Road gas main. Selectmen said they wanted to table these two projects until NSTAR is held accountable in the tree-cutting case. “[We] are going to hold this hostage,” said Selectman Dennis Giombetti. 2. New stop signs and parking …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Town Manager Bob Halpin said the Danforth Museum proposal for renovation and relocation to the Maynard Building was submitted on Tuesday.
Selectmen approved Framingham State University’s lease with the town for the Jonathan Maynard Building. The University plans to open a community education center. At a Selectmen's meeting in May, the University said it would pay at least $200,000 in rent if the Town of Framingham would renovate the building, including taking down some walls to create classrooms and re-carpeting. Details of the lease were not released Tuesday night. Selectmen had an closed door meeting about the lease prior to its public meeting Tuesday night. Framingham State plans to hold corporate trainings and its English as a Second Language program on the main floor of the building located across from the Village Green. Town Manager Bob Halpin said the Danforth Museum…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Escape the heat tomorrow at the museum's baby event at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Take some time for yourself and your baby. Explore the Danforth Museum of Art at a time when it is closed to the general public, tomorrow, June 21. Spend time with other adults in stimulating discussions about current exhibits, while learning fun, interactive activities that support the healthy development of your child's imagination and creative thinking skills. And, if babies cry, don’t worry; you’ll be in good company. The event is good for caregivers (of all ages) with infants from birth to 18 months. It starts at 10 a.m. and will last about 90 minutes. Cost is $12 per family. The event is free for museum members. To register, visit: http://www.danforthmuseum.org/family_events.html#bringyourbaby The day of the event enter through the …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
There is a book release celebration today, April 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Danforth Museum of Art.
"Mama… Is four a little or a lot?" That simple question and the conversation that ensued inspired Ashland resident Cheska Komissar to write a birthday book for four year olds. Four is a little, Four is a LOT is cleverly, colorfully and collaboratively illustrated by a team of four artists, as each of eight children experiences the number four in two ways, first as a little, then as a lot. The final scene unites the reader with all eight children around a cake with four candles, celebrating that "Four is a lot… when you're not three anymore!" There is a book release celebration today, April 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Danforth Museum of Art. There will be a reading, book signings, an art activity for children and light refreshments. Four is a…