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February 18, 2010

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February 18, 2010

I have been to every First Night Worcester since its inception. The community spirit of First Night Worcester is palpable throughout the venues - the whole downtown area is alive with creative energy as families excitedly make their way from one performance or creative activity to another.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The great community spirit and excitement of my own children and the students from our school who always look forward to this event.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Creative, dedicated volunteers are led by a powerhouse of energy and creativity, a fireball of enthusiasm and competance, the Executive Director Joyce Kressler - truly a commuity treasure.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make Worcester Ma a world0-renown center of year-round arts festivals. There is a huge creative community in and around Worcester and First Night Worcester has the experience and the expertise to produce top notch arts festivals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 10, 2010

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February 10, 2010

This organization could simply be a New Year's celebration of the arts. But it has embraced a wider mission--that of introducing young and old, new immigrant or established citizen to the arts through community outreach, teacher training and participatory experiences during the year leading up to its big blast--December 31's celebration of the arts and of community. The organization is volunteer driven and responsive to the community. They have an outreach program "The Deaf Theatre Residency" that pairs Deaf and Hard of Hearing kids with professional D&HH;actor(s), students at Holy Cross College studying sign language, and FNW staff to experience the wonders of theater and cultimates in a performance by the D&HH;students at First Night. And that only scratches the surface. In addition, the board and staff of FNW have gone out of their way to make their celebration affordable--children 10 and under are given free admission to all of the December 31st performances and events; admission button prices are kept artificially lower than a movie ticket; sponsors are encouraged to purchase bulk buttons for local nonprofits and shelters...the list goes on and on. But most of all--First Night Worcester is FUN and brings neighbor next to neighbor on the streets of downtown and in many of downtown's historic buildings for concerts, theatre, art making, ballet, comedy, and much much more.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching over 100 students from the Worcester Public Schools sing, dance and perform in historic Mechanics Hall before hundreds of people and then later in the evening watching Eileen Ivers, internationally known artist perform in the same space!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the joy that this celebration and its yearround efforts bring to participants who otherwise might not have access to this kind of high quality arts experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

representative of the entire spectrum of the community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

revolutionize the brand of the City of Worcester to be the city of the arts!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 9, 2010

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February 9, 2010

This organization rallies the entire community to provide ongoing experiences in the arts for teachers and students and to create a creative alternative New Year's Eve celebration in Central Massachusetts.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the rich mix of performances available at a very affordable price and its providing the community with a shared artistic experience.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Hard working and committed to promoting the arts and culture in Worcester MA

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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