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FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Centre Common Cultural District(FCCCD) announced today, April 13, the list of artists and sponsors for their “Many Cultures, One Heart” public art project designed to highlight the many artistic and ethnic faces of Framingham.

The project involves 32 38”x40” heart sculptures, which will be painted by the artists to represent the arts, cultural, historical, and recreational offerings of the Cultural District partners and sponsoring organizations. Artwork designs will also incorporate the diversity of the city to celebrate the many communities that call Framingham home.

An incredibly talented and diverse group of artists applied to be part of the project. Those selected represent the many communities that call Framingham home, and include Black, Indigenous, Asian, Brazilian, Latino, white, multiracial, Jewish, LGBTQ+, and disabled artists from all walks of life, ranging from teens to seniors. 

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The artists, and the organization sponsoring their statues, include:
 Alana Conlin, sponsored by Friends of Saxonville
 Anna Francella and Yesenia, sponsored by OUT MetroWest
 Anna Ryan, sponsored by Boston University & the Framingham Heart Study
 Brian Boneau, Dominique De Avila, Emily Tiger, Jay Levenson, Katie Lee Mansfield,
Maria Julia De Oliveira, Megan Kwan, Nathan Desmarais, Rosemary Moore, Ryan Kish,
and Vanessa Mejia from Framingham High School, sponsored by Open Spirit: A Place of
Hope, Health & Harmony

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 Brian Roche, sponsored by Framingham Public Library
 Deborah L. Bottomley, sponsored by MetroWest Visitors Bureau
 Fireseed Art Studios, sponsored by Framingham Centre Common Cultural District
 Jessica Meek, sponsored by The Friends of the Framingham Heart Study
 Keara McHaffie, sponsored by Eastleigh Farm
 Anita Unseethaharuthai, Ashley Coteau, Deven Putnam, Gabriel McGarry, Geselem
Salado, Jonathan Renan Esponilla, Juju Rosario, Koralys Orellana-Vega, Maria Lopez,
Mollee Peters, Rodrigo Lucca Paulino, and Waldah Namatovu from Keefe Tech,
sponsored by MassBay Community College

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 Marcos Medeiros, sponsored by Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers
 Margarette Mattos, sponsored by MetroWest Medical Center
 Marin Murakoshi, sponsored by MetroWest Visitors Bureau
 Mauricio Perea, sponsored by Framingham History Center
 Melissa Stratton-Pandina, sponsored by Access Framingham TV (AFTV)
 Michael Talbot, sponsored by Greater Framingham Community Church
 Nan Hass Feldman, sponsored by Framingham EDIC
 Nayana LaFond, sponsored by Massachusetts Cultural Council
 Oneil Pimentel, sponsored by Whole Foods Market
 Patrick Nizrodeen St. Pierre, sponsored by Framingham Business Association
 Danielle Farias de Pontes, Lucille Couet, Sam Coombs, and Paul Yalowitz from FSU Art
& Music Department, sponsored by Framingham State University

 Raquel Fornasaro, sponsored by Massachusetts Cultural Council
 Rob Surette – Amazing Hero Art, sponsored by Framingham EDIC
 Robert Markey, sponsored by Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild & Scenic River
Stewardship Council
 Samela St. Pierre, sponsored by ātac: downtown arts + music
 Sarah Alexander/Hopkinton Center for the Arts, sponsored by MetroWest YMCA
 Sasha Kuznetsova aka KOUZZA, sponsored by ātac: downtown arts + music
 Silvina M. Mizrahi, sponsored by Temple Beth Am

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 thecollab, sponsored by Rotary Club of Framingham
Uzma Wahid, sponsored by Advocates for The Learning Center for the Deaf
 Yola Gilibert and Layane Smith, sponsored by Muse
 Zhonghe (Elena) Li, sponsored by Framingham Public Schools

“We chose Marcos Medeiros as our artist for the installation because we instantly fell in love
with the range of his work, strong perspective, and bold style.  Marcos is a native Brazilian living
locally, and we knew he would be perfect for this community art,” says Rob Day, Senior Director
of Marketing at Jack’s Abby.

The statues will be unveiled on June 18 during the FCCCD’s “Many Cultures, One Heart” multicultural festival on the Centre Common. The festival will run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., allowing the public to explore all of the statues, dozens of arts and crafts booth, and a series of multicultural dance and music performances. The event is free and open to the public.

The mission of the Framingham Centre Common Cultural District is to create a vibrant cultural, economic, and social hub in MetroWest through collaborative programming between the art and
history museums, educational institutions, cultural organizations, and businesses within the
District that celebrates the artistic and ethnic diversity of Framingham.

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Above is a press release submitted to SOURCE media

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