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1. What would you do with $60 million?
2. Poetry Reading & Open Mic
3. Featured Creative: Su Bailey Mosaics
4. Upcoming Events: Tracks & Textile Talks 
5. Next [Virtual] ACC Meeting
You're an artist or cultural organization in Massachusetts — what would you do?

Massachusetts' spending plan for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocates $60 million to aid artists and cultural organizations across the state. The state has been directed to "consider racial, geographic and programmatic diversity and equity" when establishing grant criteria.

What would you spend this money on? What kinds of assistance programs or services would be most helpful for our artists and creatives?

Join the Massachusetts Cultural Council at their Public Input Session TONIGHT January 24 from 4-6pm, where council members will hear from stakeholders (that's YOU!) about where these funds would be most beneficial. Find registration info here:

If you prefer to submit a written comment, you may do so by 5pm on February 7.
POETRY FIX
The Amesbury Poet Laureate Committee presents:

Annie & Ted Deppe
reading selected works

5:30 pm | January 26, 2022
Email Ellie O'Leary for the Zoom link: 
ellieoleary@gmail.com 

The reading will be followed by an open mic. 

Annie Deppe is the author of Sitting in the Sky (2003) and Wren Cantata (2009), both published in Ireland by Summer Palace Press and her third collection, Night Collage (2021) also published in Ireland with Arlen House. Her work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, Sojourners, and The Forward Book of Poetry 2004. 

Ted Deppe's poetry collections include the chapbook Necessary Journeys (1988) and the full-length collections Liminal Blue (2017), Orpheus on the Red Line (2009), Cape Clear: New & Selected Poems (2002), The Wanderer King (1996), and Children of the Air (1990). Deppe has received a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Both born in the States, Ted and Annie Deppe have lived on the coast of Connemara in Ireland since 2000.


Su Bailey  
Above: La Hoja Roja

**Su Bailey is one of the ACC's 2022 grant recipients. She will be installing an original mural in the Upper Millyard.**
 
"Born and raised at the shore in Connecticut, I have always been inspired by water and the natural world around me. I grew up swimming, sailing, and hiking in the woods. I lived for a time in Arizona. The desert, with its rich colors, and the Southwestern culture have influenced my work as well.

"For the past eight years or so I have begun creating art including jewelry, stained glass panels, and a variety of mosaics inspired by these experiences. Mosaics relax me, taking me away from the stresses of the world. I have found a community with other mosaicists and couldn’t be happier with the connections that I have made.

"By day I am a high school Spanish teacher. The ability to speak several languages has allowed me to travel the world quite extensively. The culture, the landscape, the people, and the art have influenced me heavily. In making mosaics, I am reacting to what I have experienced and attempting to pass along some of the beauty that I have witnessed. Please enjoy."


Su will be participating in two shows this year curated by the New England Mosaic Society (NEMS): one at the Cape Cod Cultural Center in South Yarmouth, MA and at the Centennial Gallery in Peabody, MA. Su is currently working on a mosaic that she hopes to enter in another NEMS show at the Fuller Craft Center in Brockton, MA later this year.
Below: Desert Swirl (L);
Elemental (R)
If you would like to be an ACC Featured Creative, please email a short bio and 2-3 images of your work to info@amesburyculturalcouncil.org.
Mon., Jan. 24 | 4-6pm: MCC Public Input Session
Weigh in on how Massachusetts should spend $60 million allocated for arts and culture. 

Thurs., Jan 27 | 2pm: Painting with Claire
Weekly painting class at the Amesbury Senior Community Center.  

Fri., Jan 28 | 12pm: COA Friday Film Fest
This week's screening: Being the Ricardos 

January 29 | 1-3pm: Wildlife Tracking at Camp Kent
See what the animals are up to this winter.

January 29 | 1-4pm: Build Your Own Blanket Ladder
Build a stylish piece of functional art at Aumnii Emporium.

Sat., Jan. 29 | 7-9pm: Autumn Hollow
"New country" at BareWolf Brewing.

Sun., Jan. 30 | 1-3pm: Paint & Sip
Cocktails and crafting at Aumnii Emporium. 

Mon., Feb. 1 | 7-8pm: Making Satinet
Learn how the local mills produced satinet, a cheaper alternative to wool, with weaver Peggy Hart. Part of the Amesbury Carriage Museum's 1st Tuesdays series.  

Sat., Feb. 7 | 11am-3pm: Eastman's Winterfest
Food trucks, live music, fire pits, and more on the Farm!  

Now–March 31st: Art@ City Hall "Hanging Together"
Free and open to all during City Hall business hours.  

Have an event to share? Email info@amesburyculturalcouncil.org.
ACC FUNDRAISER

Eat delicious pizza and support the arts in Amesbury!
From 5-9pm on Feb. 8th, a portion of every flatbread purchased will go towards local arts initiatives.


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Take out or dine in!
*This meeting will be VIRTUAL*

Our next meeting is:
February1, 2022
6:30pm-8:30pm


STAY TUNED FOR REMOTE MEETING DIAL-IN INFO.

All are welcome to attend!

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Mission: The Amesbury Cultural Council is a City-appointed council governed by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. We are staffed by volunteers appointed by the Mayor. Working with the community, we help foster and facilitate cultural activities and the arts in Amesbury and surrounding communities.

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