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Category Archives: Updates from the Office

A Festive Celebration for George Fogg

It was a lovely afternoon in Payson Church in Belmont, MA, for the CDSS Celebration of George Fogg’s Lifetime Contribution Award. Everyone had a George story to share…now I have one too. The afternoon started a little rainy, but as the speakers spoke about George, about his support, encouragement and welcoming demeanor to jump in […]

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Square Dance History Project Launches New Website

by David Millstone A group of square dance enthusiasts has launched a digital library and website that takes a broad look at square dancing now as well as the historical antecedents of today’s squares. Please share this news and the link with others who might be interested! The project’s primary focus is to collect good […]

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Bravo Brad—part two with video highlights!

by Rima Dael, Executive Director As promised, I said I’d follow up with another blog on the Bravo Brad event from the end of August with a video montage and thoughts from others. Here is the link to the video! Thoughts from others… David Millstone, CDSS Board President “Bravo Brad!” brought a series of CDSS […]

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Rima & Robin’s DC Adventures, continued

by Robin Hayden, CDSS Director of Development, Friday, August 10, 2012 (see Rima’s blog about Thursday’s trip) Our day began with a metro ride into DC with our hostess, Stephanie Smith, an archivist at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Stephanie gave us a tour of the Center for Folklife offices, including a […]

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Rima at Camp—part 7: Adult & Family Week at Timber Ridge

A series of summer blogs by CDSS Executive Director Rima Dael: Hello from Timber Ridge! Our first full day at camp greeted us with cool weather. I had a lovely morning chatting and dancing with caller Ralph Sweet. I dropped into Gaye Fifer’s “Young Leader Course” session this morning and I helped Abby Ladin teach […]

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20 tables of 8 Celebration at Pinewoods

It will come as no surprise to anyone who has been to a CDSS session at Pinewoods in the last 20 years, that the camp is a special place for me and my family. Meg, Ruth, Sam and I were all at the recent celebration of the rebuilt kitchen: “Twenty Tables of Eight.” It was […]

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Nonprofit Day at the State House

This past Monday in Massachusetts was the state-wide Nonprofit Day. The event was hosted by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) and held in the Great Hall at the State House in Boston. Senate President Therese Murray and Speaker Robert DeLeo were keynote speakers and it was a pleasure to meet Representative Liz Malia, who is […]

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Greetings from Rima

This past Saturday, Pat MacPherson, Mary Wesley, and I attended the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Traditional Arts Conference in Concord, NH. I had some great conversations with Barry Bergey, Director of Folk and Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts; Lynn Martin Graton, Acting Director & Traditional Arts Coordinator; Catherine […]

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Advocating for the Arts

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Did you know this? According to Americans for the Arts, each year in the United States, the nonprofit arts industry (museums, performing and visual arts, arts councils and others) generates $29.6 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues while government support (federal, state and local) is less than $4 billion annually; i.e., the arts […]

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Our grants at work: Dancing Rabbit

Our Outreach grants are funded by donations from our friends and members. Want to see your gift in action? Here’s a video from the Contra Culture weekend, sponsored by CDSS group affiliate Dance Rabbit Dance.

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