Springtime Mosaic

Art projects are a great way to encourage conversation.  At Tuesday’s conversation group for English Language learners at the Council on Aging we came together to design and piece together a mosaic table. … Continue reading

Shine the Light Festival

As winter darkness sets in and my daughter asks every day at 4:30 “why am I staying up so late tonight?” Temple Shalom held a festival called Shine the Light to celebrate light… Continue reading

Youth Arts Arise

Arts at the Armory’s new program that offers free art classes for 11-16 year olds in Somerville is wrapping up its first season.  I taught the final three classes, teaching the kids to… Continue reading

More than Just Stars and Stripes

The Somerville Council on Aging holds an annual holiday luncheon for their members. This year it was a multicultural festival celebrating the many parts of the world that neighborhood families come from.  They… Continue reading

The ‘Cycle of Poverty’ for small non-profits

Linda Tirado’s account of poverty, called “Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, poverty thoughts” recently went viral. It’s honest and captivating, and describes some of the instances in which people living in poverty… Continue reading

Mitzvah Mosaic

Twenty-six 3rd-6th graders at temple Shalom in Newton have an opportunity to design and build a mosaic to decorate the stairwell in the Temple building.  They’ve been developing ideas inspired by the sanctuary’s… Continue reading

“Shine the Light” Stained Glass Activities

In preparation for a Festival in December at Temple Shalom in Newton, Connection Lab is leading a series of glass activities.  These include a collaborative mosaic project, a stained glass class for young… Continue reading

Data Banners: quick visual storytelling

CHNA 17 (the community health network area that brings together public health initiatives from 6 communities) provided multi-year funding to five different youth health projects.  As the projects are nearing completion, the CHNA… Continue reading

Laser-Cut Data… that’s edible and crEDIBLE!

As a continuation of the work we’ve been doing with the Somerville Food Security Coalition we decided to join the fun at the Ignite food and fire festival this week. How did we… Continue reading

East Somerville Peace Quilt

The Peace quilt in East Somerville brought together residents of all ages to explore peace and what it means.  After launching the project at the Teen Empowerment peace conference, we’ve held a series… Continue reading