Jaffrey Civic Center

40 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452
603-532-6527 - info@JaffreyCivicCenter.com
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All are invited to the Jaffrey Civic Center's 2017 Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. on the date of the national holiday, Monday, January 16, with bell-ringing ceremony starting at 4:45 and program 5-6 p.m. at the United Church of Jaffrey, 54 Main St, followed by a reception at the Civic Center, 40 Main St. The event brings people together to remember the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to renew the values he stood for. Courage being a salient feature of Dr. King's life, the theme for this year's event and related student contests and activities is "What Is Courage?"

This year's event is dedicated to Bill Perry, Jr., recently deceased, a Peterborough resident and founding member of the MLK Committee who was active in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's and was acquainted with Dr. King.

The Civic Center is delighted to announce that NH Poet Laureate Alice Fogel will deliver the keynote address. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Ms. Fogel is the author of Strange Terrain, a guide to appreciating poetry without necessarily "getting" it, and of four poetry collections, including the award-winning Interval: Poems Based on Bach's Goldberg Variations and the national best-seller Be That Empty.

Winners of the MLK High School Student Poetry Contest and Middle School Poster Contest will be announced and prizes awarded. Poetry Contest winners will present their poems, including a dramatic poetry performance. Jaffrey and Rindge Grade School choirs will provide music.

The reception will include refreshments and the opportunity to meet the poet laureate and view an exhibit of student poems and posters along with a retrospective of Civil Rights poetry. The exhibit will continue on display at the Civic Center through January 27.

As a special feature, starting this year we will join the national "Let Freedom Ring: Choose Non-Violence" Bell-Ringing Ceremony with the ringing of the United Church's Revere bell starting at 4:45 to open the event. Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. and the student contests are funded by a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The event, reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. In the event of questionable weather please check the Jaffrey Civic Center website or facebook page.


The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce the Call of Entry for the 2017 Annual Spring Art Show. The show will run from Friday, March 17, 2017 through Friday April 14th, 2017. This show will be held in the second floor Cunningham Gallery and first floor Auditorium Gallery and will start with an opening reception on Friday, March 17h, 2017 from 5-7 pm. This is a great opportunity for both established artists and new local artists to showcase their work.

Each artist may submit two pieces in any medium, and 2 shrink-wrapped, matted pieces of art for the floor portfolio. The entry fee is $25 per person. The sales commission is 30%. Artists may bring artwork to the Center beginning Monday, March 6th through Sat. March 11th. After the exhibit, work should be picked up beginning Monday, April 17th through Saturday, April 22nd. Call of Entry forms are also available at the Center. For more information, contact us at 603-532-6527, via email at info@JaffreyCivicCenter.com and on our website, www.JaffreyCivicCenter.com.

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The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Annual Autumn Art Show. For the Photography portion of the show, the winners of the Kana Riley Poets and Artistic Fund include first place winner, Charles Mathis (for his photograph, Portland Head Lighthouse), second place recipient Gerrit Bradley for his photograph, Annapurna Prayers and a tie for the Honorable Mention category to artists Owen Richards for his photograph, "Snowy" and Michelle Plourde-Eddy for her photograph, "The Road Less Traveled". For the mixed media portion of the show, Conant High School student Dominique Marshal came in first place with her work "Hands" and David Nelson came in second place with his piece, "Past Imperfect: Roadster". Honorable mention for the mixed media portion of the show was Donna Eaton's work, "After the Storm".

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Encaustic Exhibit Opening Reception and Exhibit
Friday, February 17th, 5pm - 7pm

This beautiful Encaustic exhibit runs from February 13th through March 14th in the Cunningham Gallery. The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, February 17th from 5-7 pm. This is a group exhibit which includes the following local artists: Joan Burrows, Barbara Danser, Marsha Hewitt, Kenneth Kraft, Danielle LeBris, Jessie Pollack and Linda Widstrand. We hope you can join us!

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The Jaffrey Civic Center is pleased to announce the winner of its Middle School Poster Contest for Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017. Middle School Students were invited to submit posters related to the event theme "What Is Courage?" for use in our publicity including posters and event program. Sixth grader Clayton Kulczyk's striking drawing of a silhouetted profile against the American flag was chosen for the $75 prize and this year's poster and program cover. Additionally, Zoe Boyd's creative and well executed poster of a cat looking into a mirror image of a lion was chosen for special merit, a $35 prize and use in the event program.

The Jaffrey Civic Center's Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. is an annual event held on the national holiday to honor and renew the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year high school and middle school contests and related grade school activities are held in concert with the event. Save the date to join us on January 16, 2017, at the United Church of Jaffrey, where along with a celebrated keynote speaker and music by district students, the winners of the Middle School Poster Contest and High School Poetry Contest will be honored and receive their prizes. The event takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by a reception at the Civic Center where the Middle School posters and the winning poems will be on exhibit.

Clayton Kulczyk

Zoe Boyd
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Jaffrey Civic Center receives grant from
The KMS Foundation in support of new Afterschool Program

The Jaffrey Civic Center has received a $750.00 grant from The Keith M. Sullivan Foundation of Greenfield, NH in support of its new After School program. In keeping with their foundation mission, the KMS Foundation awards grants to organizations or programs "which provide social, health and safety services to children." The Jaffrey Civic Center is planning to offer a small K-8 After School program in 2017 through the end of the school year in June 2017. The program will take up to 30 children on a first come first serve basis. The program is a student-centered enrichment program which is based on respect, outside activities, critical thinking skills and access to art, math, writing and more. Fees for the program will be based on a sliding scale between $60-$80 per month. The grant will allow the Civic Center to offer a select number of scholarships to Jaffrey children which will completely cover the costs of the program. For more information about the Jaffrey Civic Center Afterschool program and how to apply for a scholarship, please contact Regina Vorce at 532-6527.