Watertown Comes Out to Celebrate the Town’s Creative Talents at First Arts Market

Charlie BreitroseVisitors at the first Watertown Arts Market had a variety of tables to visit. People strolling around Arsenal Park on Saturday got a glimpse of the artistic creativity that Watertown has to offer during the first Watertown Arts Market. More than 70 artists and crafters and community groups set up tables along the oval path that rings the field at Arsenal Park. The event attracted painters, quilters, ceramic sculptors, authors, jewelry makers, and more. The east end of the park featured a series of bands, and grab a bite to eat.

Watertown Cultural Council Seeks Community Input Through Online Survey

The Watertown Cultural Council seeks input from the community through an online survey, which is open through the end of September. The eight item survey includes questions about what types of arts and cultural activities people are interested in and how many cultural events they attended pre-pandemic, among others. The WCC provided the following introduction to the survey:

The Watertown Cultural Council is a local agency underwritten by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. WCC supports Arts, Humanities and Interpretive Sciences projects for the enrichment of the entire Watertown community. Your participation in this survey will help the WCC fulfill its mission of funding arts and culture experiences for all the people in Watertown.

Watertown Cultural Council Seeks Grant Proposals for 2021-22, Application Accepted Starting in September

The Watertown Cultural Council (WCC) seeks new grant proposals from organization, schools, and individuals who wish to provide arts, humanities and interpretive science programs for the Watertown community in 2021-22. Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and interpretive science projects are due on the Mass Council website by October 15, 2021 at 11:59 EST. Application forms and more information are available online beginning September 1 at www.massculturalcouncil.org. For additional WCC guidelines, priorities and complete information on past Watertown Cultural Council grantees, contact the WCC or go to Grants application at watertownculturalcouncil.org. The WCC supports both in-person and virtual programming in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences for the Watertown community — including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

Lit Squad Invites Writers, Poets to Join Them at Watertown Arts Market

The following announcement was provided by the Lit Squad:

Please join the Lit Squad as part of the Watertown Arts Market on August 21, 12:00-5:00 PM, at Arsenal Park. We are a newly gathered group of published and amateur writers, young and forever-young, who want to encourage and foster poetry and all literary arts here in this diverse community. Join us to market your work, perform your work, enjoy the work of others … and meet other writers during the course of the day. We will have a commission-free sales table for your books and related wares. We will have featured 10-minute readings by established Watertown poets, followed by 3-5-minute open-mike readings by all comers, with a PA system and chairs, at 1:00 and 3:00 PM.

Watertown Art Show Raising Money for Children’s Cancer Research, Veterans with PTSD

A new gallery in a Watertown apartment complex will feature art from nearly a dozen artists, and proceeds from the show will benefit children’s cancer research and veterans with PTSD. Art Saint Hope is the brainchild of Shamere Ross, the lead technician at Elan Union Market apartments, who wanted to give artists an opportunity to showcase their work and raise money for charity. Money raised will go to St. Jude’s Hospital, which does children’s cancer research, and Camp Hope for soldiers returning from war who are going through PTSD. “It is special because it not only raises money for these two great initiatives, but it also helps struggling artist who are not able to show and sell works at many other popular galleries.