Laughing children in the playgroup room; doors swinging open and shut as staff head out on home visits; the friendly greetings of families and staff walking through the halls. These are the sounds of the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative (SFLC)––or at least, they used to be, before COVID-19. Now, we hear the ringing of our cell phones; the tapping of the computer keyboard; the daily noises of our own homes. But the connections and the relationships that flourished befo
ArtBeat 2020 took to the neighborhoods this summer when Mayor Joe cancelled all city events due to COVID-19.
Inspired by ArtBeat 2020’s theme of CHANCE, I created an installation on the Growing Center’s Vinal Avenue fence which explores the role that chance plays in POLLINATION.
First, I made giant frames of pollinators out of willow branches which I had found––by chance––bundled up in the Growing Center’s compost area. A volunteer had asked me if he could take some home
The Somerville Community Growing Center and its board, the Friends of the Community Growing Center (FCGC), stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in protest against police violence across the country. Locally, we are heartened by Mayor Curtatone’s message declaring racism a public health emergency and City budget proposals to address structural racism and equity within our community.
We at the Growing Center recognize that access to nature is also politica