FRAMINGHAM — Amazing Things Arts Center (ATAC) will return in September with a fresh look and an even broader range of artists and genres, adding comedy, improv, storytelling, and hip hop to its traditional singer-songwriter, blues, jazz, folk, and rock’n’roll offerings. The downtown Framingham Center is closed for July & August.
The new season will feature a mix of established favorites and up-and-coming talent. Patty Larkin, Five O’Clock Shadow, New Black Eagle Jazz Band, and The Love Dogs will be featured, along with Anjimile, Kimberly Townsend, Corey Laitman, Lisa Bastoni, J.P. Cormier, Kemp Harris, the Boston Comedy Chicks, and Rogue Burlesque.
Jill Bennett, ATAC’s Executive Director, departed on June 14 to pursue other projects. “With Jill’s help we extended our programming to reach a broader audience, while continuing to serve our loyal folk, jazz, and traditional music patrons,” said Board Chair Jessica Friswell. “We’re grateful for Jill’s
passion, professionalism, business acumen, and especially her innovative thinking. We wish her well in her new endeavors.”
Amazing Things announced today, June 25, Jannelle Codianni, Director of Marketing & Programming, has been promoted to Interim Executive Director.
Codianni is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art & Design. She is an experienced writer, storyteller, event producer, community educator, and theater technician.
“We’re excited about Jannelle’s new role at Amazing Things. Over the past year she’s become indispensable to our efforts to strengthen and broaden our programming—in fact, all of what you will see on our stage this fall is her work. Jannelle’s artistic, production management, and community outreach experience make her the perfect person to step into this new role,” said Friswell.
Now into its second decade at the old firehouse on Hollis Street, Amazing Things remains committed to its mission of building community through the arts, by providing a community gathering space, juried art galleries
featuring the work of local artists, and an affordable, intimate, live music and spoken-word performance venue.
Amazing Things Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization in Downtown Framingham. The Center presents high quality, professional musicians, comedians, and storytellers weekly, as well as hosting some of the longest-running jazz and folk open mics in the area. The four art galleries—Gallery 160 and Stage Gallery in the firehouse (160 Hollis St), The Morton Street Gallery at Exhibit “A” Brewing Company (81 Morton St), and The Amazing Starbucks Gallery (25 Prospect St)- feature established and
emerging MetroWest artists.