September 2018
Cultural Celebration in the District!
The summer has been busy in the cultural district with events like Natick Nights, Concerts on the Common, Innovation Nights and Multicultural Day. But the end of summer does not mean we're slowing down, there's still more to come in the months ahead!

September will begin with Natick Days on Sept. 8th, continue with the weekly Farmers Market on the common, and end with a new cultural event; Sublime Odissi: A Confluence of Poetry, Painting, Music and Mime. We also have a new Welcome Center in Natick Center, see details below!

We have a full calendar of events all month long at our website at natickcenter.org.
It was a beautiful day filled with color and culture at our 2nd Annual Multicultural Day Event on August 25th!
The children joined in the music when the
Natick Drum Circle played!
CJT Dream Dance performed traditional Chinese and Pop dance routines.
Local community members share their traditional Indian dance and dress!

Below: Zadi Zoukou representing his home country, the Ivory Coast.
Multicultural Day 2018
It was a gorgeous day on August 25th and the common was filled with flourishing heritage in the form of dress, food and performances from many different cultures.

The crowd was delighted with the performances from Spanish Flamenco Dancing, Traditional & Pop Chinese Dance, The Natick Praying Indians, Bollywood Medley Dance and Fashion Show, The Natick Drum Circle, The Electric Soul Band and a fashion show featuring the traditional dress from Uzbekistan.

The community came together to share with those who attended their heritage in many forms and the cultures represented were: Mexico, African American culture, India, Uzbekistan, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Spain, China and there was even Cricket being played on the common!

Joining us on for the event were: SPARK Kindness, Natick is United, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, MAPC (Metropolitan Area Planning Council), Microsoft and the Morse Institute Library. Roche Bros. generously gave out free ice cream to happy children and adults.

Children participated in a scavenger hunt as they interacted with each group while learning something about each culture. All completed forms were entered in to a drawing for a gift card from Wegmans. We also had a collaborative mosaic made with wooden disks painted by community members at our cultural events throughout the year. (see below.)

We are grateful to all the groups involved for making this event a success. Thank you to MutualOne Bank  for the generous sponsorship and for their employees who participated by wearing their native cultural dress!
The Natick Praying Indians performing a traditional blessing upon the
Multicultural Day event.
This unique collaborative piece was created especially for Multicultural Day!
Collaborative Mosaic
Natick resident, Lee Manual, created an all ages community art project especially for Multicultural day and displayed it at the event. Participants painted pieces at our various cultural events from ArtWeek to the Holi Festival, Natick Nights and others.

The final mosaic will contain nearly 200 unique pieces from the community. These pieces can be rearranged and made into a new combination each time. Look closely and you might see your disk displayed!

We'll find a home for this artwork so you can come and see the beauty of the community joining together in this creative artwork display.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates!
Mass Innovation Nights
Mass Innovation Nights (MIN) , Massachusetts’ leading new product showcase held their inaugural   MIN #113 on August 8th, hosted by  The Natick Center Cultural District & Town of Natick, sponsored by   Middlesex Savings Bank .

The event was held at  The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN ) with 10 entrepreneurial companies on hand exhibiting their businesses.

The winner of the night was, WiseHer, a technology platform providing on-demand expert advice, education and resources to help women thrive in their businesses.

For more info. on Mass Inno Nights and their other events please visit their website.
Chocolate Therapy in Framingham won 2nd place in Natick Center's inaugural Mass Innovation Nights on Wednesday, August 8th at TCAN.

Natick Days will beheld on Sept. 8th from
10-3:00 pm on the Natick Common!
Natick Days
Natick Days will be on Saturday, September 8th from 10-3 pm in Natick Center on the common. It's an annual festival celebrating our community by providing an opportunity for Natick youth groups and non-profit organizations to increase visibility for the great work they do. 

The rain date for Natick Days will be September 9th beginning at 1:00 pm.

*  Please note there will be NO Farmers Market on the Saturday of Natick Days.
Sublime Odissi:
A Confluence of Poetry, Painting, Music and Mime
The evening will explore the connection of Indian Classical dance with paintings, sculptures, music, literature and theater, presented by acclaimed Odissi dancer Mouli Pal and an eminent visual artist Sunanda Sahay who will be presenting the Madhubani/Mithila style of painting. The artists will engage in a collaborative storytelling through their respective art forms.

The event is held on September 29th at 7:00 pm and the cost is $7 at the door for adults and children under 12 are free. Event held at the Common Street Spiritual Center.
Indian classical dance with paintings,
sculptures, music, literature and
theater on September 29th, 7:00 pm at the
Common St. Spiritual Center.
The Natick Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9-1:00 pm on the Natick Common.
Natick Farmers Market
The Natick Farmers Market is located on the beautiful common and held every Saturday from 9:00-1:00 pm. It features local farms with fresh fruit, vegetables, local vendors with bread, bagels and pastries and unique crafters each week. The market is held rain or shine.

Please visit  natickfarmersmarket.com   for more information and a weekly list of vendors.
Welcome Center
We're so grateful to have an innovative advertising agency like  Sundin Associates  in Natick and they helped us create a cool Welcome Center at 20 Main St.!

This self-service center allows you get some information about events and things going on around town. We're a work in progress so make sure to stop in often! Hours are: M – F 6:30 am – 7:00 pm, Sat 8 am – 4 pm, Sun – Closed.
Information session hosted by the
Natick Cultural Council
on September 26, 2018 from 6 - 7:00 pm
at the Morse
Institute Library.

Natick Cultural Council Grants
The Natick Cultural Council has set an October 15 th  postmark deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs.

For FY 2018, the Natick Cultural Council have awarded $8,200   in grants. The funded projects include Smitha Radhakrishnan (Trishul: Dancing Trident), John Root (Organic Gardening for Everyone), Howie Newman (Music for Seniors), Natick Cultural Arts Committee (Wheelock Family Theater outing), and Gregory Maichak (Monet’s Magic).
 
There will be a grant application information session hosted by the Natick Cultural Council on September 26, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Morse Institute Library. Members of the NCC will be available to answer questions and offer assistance. Applicants are encouraged to bring their application drafts.

For local guidelines and complete information on the Natick Cultural Council, contact Swati Dave (774-286-9467) or at   natickculturalcouncil@gmail.com . Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at  https://www.mass-culture.org/Natick

Natick Center Cultural District
20 Main St., Suite 208
 Natick, MA 01760 - 508-650-8848
Check out our Events Calendar on our website for more information about Natick Center activities!

You can also visit our Business Directory for information on our local, downtown merchants,
art classes, organizations and much more!