Begin forwarded message:From: Community Access project <CAPSom@verizon.net>Date: May 26, 2010 10:34:58 PM EDTTo: mayor@som...
About the Event:_Forget about the train wrecks of past proms—lousy limo rides,ripped dresses, bad dates, lurking chaperone...
Traditional Prom Dress,” “Wackiest Cumberbund” and several other categories.Don’t miss this opportunity to re-write prom h...
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Letter to Somerville Mayor Curtatone regarding inaccessible Arts at the Armory

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This letter was sent on May 26, 2010, to inform Mayor Curtatone of Somerville, MA, that the facility known as Arts at the Armory is inaccessible, per State Architectural Access Board review.

The Mayor did not acknowledge receipt of this letter, and held the June 5, 2010 Arts Council event at the Armory anyway.


other programs launched by the City of Somerville while the Armory was on the State books as violating State AAB code:

-Somerville's "Shape Up" Annual Winter Farmer's markets, December 2010- May 2011; and November 2011- March 30, 2012
- Arts Council Salon Series launched inFall 2011.
-HUD-funded Housing Symposium in Sept, 2011.
-5th inaugural party there- a citywide free celebration- on January 2, 2012.

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Letter to Somerville Mayor Curtatone regarding inaccessible Arts at the Armory

  1. 1. Begin forwarded message:From: Community Access project <CAPSom@verizon.net>Date: May 26, 2010 10:34:58 PM EDTTo: mayor@somervillema.govCc: Gregory Jenkins <gjenkins@somervillema.gov>,rachel@somervilleartscouncil.orgSubject: Somerville Arts Council June 5 event planned for inaccessible locationMay 26, 2010Dear Mayor Curtatone,On Monday, May 24, 2010, the Architectural Access Board unanimously found infavor of the complainants that the Armory at 191 Highland Avenue is in violationof the AAB regulations at 521 CMR with regards to the facilitys ramped entrance,communications system, signage, parking, lack of assistive listening systems, andseveral other elements.Until the entrance and other elements are brought up to code at the Armory, thisfacility cannot be considered a safe, accessible event location for municipal events.Please have the June 5th Somerville Arts Council Benefit moved to an accessiblefacility that will welcome all Somerville residents, their friends and familymembers.Thank you for your attention to this matter.Sincerely,Eileen Feldman, Community Access & Inclusion Projectcc: Gregory Jenkins, Executive Director Somerville Arts CouncilRachel Strutt, Program Manager Somerville Arts Council---re: June 5, 2010 Somerville Arts CouncilA Benefit for the Somerville Arts Council and Arts for the Armory-see next pages
  2. 2. About the Event:_Forget about the train wrecks of past proms—lousy limo rides,ripped dresses, bad dates, lurking chaperones.This prom is going to be, like, waydifferent and totally awesome. For starters, you don’t have to wait for that dreamyjock or that fox from yearbook committee to invite you. We’re inviting you! Comeon out and bust a move as DJ Brother Cleve spins classic prom tunes spanning thegenres—disco, new wave, hip hop, rock and power ballads—and including gemslike Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind and Fire, and Ice, Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice.In between sets, Thru the Keyhole Burlesque will perform a few prom-themednumbers.There will also be plenty of art promish acitivities and events like a dress-up photo booth, a slide show of old prom photos and a make-your-own promcrown table (don’t wait for someone to crown you, crown yourself!). So dust offthat powder-blue tux. Unearth that old Gunny Sax dress. Or better yet, fashionsome new outlandishly creative prom attire! Trophies will be given for “Best
  3. 3. Traditional Prom Dress,” “Wackiest Cumberbund” and several other categories.Don’t miss this opportunity to re-write prom history—and help support two greatlocal art organizations while you’re at it!***__About the Somerville Arts Council_The Somerville Arts Council is the localcultural council for the City of Somerville, Massachusetts and serves to celebratethe arts and community. All of our programming—including several programs foryouth and teens—depends on financial support from grants, coorporations, localbusinesses and individual donors.This benefit is a way to provide a fun event andraise much needed funds from individual donors.About the Center for Arts at the Armory_The Center for Arts at the Armory (Arts atthe Armory) is a non-profit organization located at 191 Highland Avenue betweenDavis and Union Squares in Somerville, Massachusetts.Arts at the Armory residesin the historic Armory building, serving as a community arts center for the residentsof Greater Somerville. For more information and to view a calendar of upcomingevents, go here: http://www.artsatthearmory.org

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