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July 22, 2020
For those of you who are on our newsletter email list, you have read about our current situation due to Covid-19. If you are reading this blog, you have connected in some other way with the CCA. Maybe you have attended a play or a concert, maybe you have taken a class or your child has attended camp, or maybe you have purchased art from one of our amazing Resident Artists. Whatever the reason, you know how important the CCA is to the Chelmsford community and you understand why we need it in our town.
Maybe you don’t know that the CCA is run by volunteers. Due to the pandemic, we have lost our income from ticket sales, rehearsal rentals, class rentals, gallery gift shop sales, and private rentals; but there are ongoing costs to running the building and keeping the CCA alive until we can fully re-open again. In short, we have no cushion to fall back on. Additionally, without the exhibition and rehearsal space, more than 150 community artists and performers who bring art and music to our town have no home.
We are literally fighting to survive.
We need to raise $130,000 this year in order to keep our lights on and continue to bring you the amazing content you have come to know from us in the last 10 years. It’s a big number, we know, but we believe we can do it with your help. We have raised over $7000 this month so far! We need YOU to keep the momentum going by donating today.
We humbly ask you, our friends and patrons, to support the arts in our time of need. In these uncertain times, art is more important than ever. There are brighter days ahead and the CCA wants to be there to celebrate those days with you. Click HERE to make your donation of any size.
March 29th, 2017: Chelmsford High Fundraiser
Doing anything fun tonight? Why not go see students from Chelmsford High School tonight at 8:30 PM perform a capella and a dramatic performance as they prepare to compete on the National level! Their a capella group, “The Thursdays”, is one of ten high school groups that will be performing in New York City as part of the final round of the International Championship of High School A Capella, while the Theater Guild has been accepted into the state finals of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s High School Drama Festival, which will be performed in Boston. Support these kids as they make their way to stardom! The suggested donation is $10 at the door to cover transportation costs.
In other news, don’t forget about the Chelmsford Center for the Arts “CCA in Bloom” Gala event this Saturday! It will be a wonderful way to kick off Springtime. Have a great week, and I’ll see you there!
March 1st, 2017 – Is Spring Here Early?
Hello out there! It seems strange, but with the first day of March upon us, I find myself coatless and mittenless after a week of weather in the 50s and 60s. After doing some quick research, I discovered that it’s not just sunny here in Massachusetts, but nationwide; in fact, in just the first three weeks of February, over 5,300 daily high-temperatures were broken, according to livescience.com. It seemed that as soon as the snow melted away, we were thrown directly into short-sleeved Spring, with no more snowmen to come. Why has this happened? In addition to the global trend of increased temperatures, climate scientists suspect the lack of the “Arctic polar vortex”, which usually send lower temperatures our way. It happened to pass the U.S. by this year, bringing a colder winter to Northern Europe and Russia. Whatever the cause, I for one hope the good weather is here to stay. The CCA has an extraordinary number of events this March, so a great time will be able to fit into your schedule no matter what. The biggest don’t-miss event this month is the CTM Short Film Festival, which will be showcasing local filmmakers and giving out awards. And, if you’re looking for some fantastic entertainment apart from the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, come see Man of La Mancha at Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro on March 16th, 17th, and 18th. I’ll be performing as Don Quixote, and would love to see you there!
February 15th, 2017 – Snowed In!
If you’ve been in New England this past week, you know you can’t take a step outside without being astounded by the amount of snowfall we’ve had. Local schools aren’t the only places which have closed due to the storms; the CCA, too, had to close our doors for a few events recently, including the Black History Month Celebration and the Sunday Jazz Jam. Please stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for more information about rescheduling these events. As long as we aren’t overwhelmed by more snow this month, we have more events coming up: The Thoreau Piano Trio will be here this weekend, with some incredible classical music to share. Enter into our world here at the Chelmsford Center For The Arts, and we will move you.
January 25th, 2017: A Winter to Remember
I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday season, and are getting along fine in 2017. Looking forward to the next couple of weeks, the Chelmsford Center for the Arts has a lot ahead of us to get excited about! In addition to familiar events such as the Kaleidoscope Ensemble (January 29th) and Joy of Paint (February 1st), we have many performers coming in February such as the Chelmsford Jazz Band and an afternoon of jazz hosted by Joan Watson-Jones. With so much snow outside, it’s the perfect time to cozy up in our performance hall at 1A North Road with some unbeatable entertainment. Keep in mind that unless a notice is posted on the website and Facebook page, we are not postponing events due to inclement weather. Our policy is to only cancel events if the performer is ill or if the town is in a state of emergency. Thank you for understanding.
I sincerely hope you’re able to stay warm this winter, and come check out some of the wonderful events the CCA has to offer.
December 14th, 2016: The Holiday Season!
With snow on the ground and festive lights decorating Chelmsford Common, it’s clear to see that the most wonderful time of the year is here at last! That’s right, break out your candy canes and mistletoe, and brace yourself for an overwhelming number of Christmas carols on the radio. Here at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, we’re getting into the holiday spirit with lots of upcoming events. Most importantly, be sure to come this Saturday, December 17th from 1-4 pm, to see Mrs. Claus at our Fine Arts Gift Shop! Not only that, but the author of Audrey’s Garden, Leslie Koresky, will be there too! It’s an event which is impossible to miss. From all of us here at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, have a happy holiday season!
December 7th, 2016: About your friendly neighborhood Blogger
I hope you’ve been able to notice the change over the past few months- the Chelmsford Center for the Arts has had a new manager in charge of the website, yours truly, Spencer Royston. I’m a senior at Innovation Academy Charter School, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to make a difference here. Among our updates are video content, events page, and this somewhat weekly blog! Continue to show your support by checking back here regularly for updates on events at the CCA. We’re working very hard to provide you with quality entertainment at an affordable price, close to home, and we need your help to sustain it! Please, if you’re reading this, take the time to sign up for our newsletter, or even mail in a donation. Anything you can contribute helps us create a meaningful atmosphere promoting the arts in the Old Town Hall. If you have any suggestions for the website or our organization, feel free to comment below or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 30th, 2016: Plenty of Events To Come!
Coming up this weekend and beyond, we have many exciting groups performing for the community: The 3rd Annual Chelmsford Holiday Party Pops! on Saturday December 3rd at 2 pm and 7:30 pm; Joy of Paint! December Poinsettas on Wednesday the 7th beginning at 6:45 pm, and the Trio Now CD Release Concert/Party on December 9th at 7:30 pm. It’s also important to mention that the Thoreau Piano Trio, which was planned for December 4th, has been cancelled due to an emergency. We hope you can join us for these and many events to come!
November 16, 2016: Updated Website
There’s so much the Chelmsford Center for the Arts offers to our community! After updating the website extensively, we’re ready to better serve you in finding quality entertainment close to home. Be sure to check out our upcoming events for the next few months- we have some exciting series, gallery exhibitions, and studio painting upcoming. Tell your friends and family, too!
September 2, 2015: www.chelmsfordarts.org
Have you noticed our new look? We hope you will share www.chelmsfordarts.org (not .com) with your family and friends and sign up for the CCA newsletter. There is something for everyone. See you at the CCA!