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  • MCB Commissioner Janet LaBreck's Recorded Tour of Open Door Gallery

    Posted Thursday April 22 2010 at 5:57 pm in Open Door Gallery

    Commissioner Janet LaBreck along with Jay Rufo of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) recently recorded their tour of The Open Door Gallery's Gordon Sasaki NY Portraits exhibit.  Here's the resulting program that was broadcast Monday, April 12, 2010 over the Talking Information Centers state-wide radio network.  Click below to listen.

    Download Mass_Comm_Blind_Tour_2010.mp3.

    Playing "Mass Comm Blind Tour 2010".

    State of Education: The Arts Advantage

    Posted Tuesday March 30 2010 at 6:12 pm in Education

    Nicole Agois, VSA Mass Education Program Manager, was quoted in NECN's March 24, 2010 article and video State of Education: The Arts Advantage.

    Article About Charles Washburn Published in Worcester Living

    Posted Monday August 10 2009 at 5:31 pm in News

    Worcester Living: The Art of Inclusion - Activist Charles Washburn Heads Nonprofit That Weaves the Arts into Special Needs Education

    By: Thomas Caywood

    As a young arts advocate in Worcester in the 1970s, Charles J. Washburn found himself overcome by a desire to reach out to the most-isolated community he could imagine close at hand: mental patients locked away in the secured wards of Worcester State Hospital.

    In what he now concedes was an extravagantly impractical plan, the 20-something activist, not long out of Fairfield University in Connecticut, waded into the state bureaucracy seeking permission from wary hospital administrators to take those patients on a field trip to a rock concert in a city park.

    Washburn - who would go on to be one of the founders of First Night Worcester and to run an education nonprofit in Boston - at the time didn't see why he couldn't just find a bus, drive it to the hospital and ferry the mental hospital patients to the concert.

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