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First lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s renowned patronage of the arts will continue through a portrait of her being the centerpiece of a June 9 auction for the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.
The painting by Provincetown artist Jo Hay, as part of her “Persisters” series, will be auctioned through virtual and in-person bids at the June 9 “Prelude to Summer Gala” at the Hyannisport Club. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hyannis-based nonprofit foundation's mission to support, promote and celebrate arts and culture on Cape Cod.
To register for the auction, which is open to the public: https://artsfoundation.org/.
Hay was selected as the foundation’s first-ever Artist of the Year, and her Kennedy portrait revealed in April at a gathering at the Chatham Orpheum Theater. The award recognizes a Cape-based artist “whose work shapes thought, inspires change, and creates a deeper sense of connection in the community,” according to the foundation.
Since Hay started the series six years ago, the 18-painting “Persisters” series has magnified female changemakers in society. In an announcement of the auction, foundation officials said that “at a tumultuous moment in our country’s history, Hay has been using her voice as an artist to paint portraits of women that provide hope, comfort and understanding of the world we’re living in and the complex events that are unfolding around us.”
Other “Persisters” created since the 2016 Presidential election include Hillary Clinton, Rachel Maddow, Kamala Harris, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stacey Abrams and Elizabeth Warren.
“I think it is our job as artists to shine the lights into things that aren’t so easy to discuss or look at,” Hay said in the gala announcement. “Whether it’s through painting or poetry or music, whatever we do kind of gets into those difficult corners.”
Hay said she plans to continue the series that she considers her life’s work. “They were paintings I made to save myself initially,” she said. “And then they seemed to begin to help other people, which was another wonderful part of making these paintings.”
In March, Hay auctioned off a portrait in a similar style, but of a man: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The painting raised more than $5,000 for the Save the Children’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund.
During the April unveiling of the Kennedy portrait, Hay was presented with a citation from the Massachusetts Senate by state Sen. Julian Cyr (D-Truro) recognizing Hay “for her vital work, her achievement, and her contributions to the arts in Massachusetts and here on Cape Cod. … Jo’s work recognizes people in this world who are making a difference for the greater good and serves as a beacon of hope during these challenging and divisive times.”
Cahoon becomes 2022 Blue Star Museum
The Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit has joined other museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently serving U.S. military personnel and their families.
The program started on May 21, on Armed Forces Day, and will end on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5. Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and museums.
By participating, said NEA chair Maria Rosario Jackson in the announcement, “the Cahoon Museum is offering military personnel and their families an opportunity to feel connected to the Cape Cod community and to explore the world through the power of arts, culture, and design, contributing to each person being able to live an artful life.”
Blue Star Museums are from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and include children’s museums; art, science and history museums; zoos; gardens; lighthouses; and more.
The free admission is available for those currently serving in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and Space Force; members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps; and up to five family members.
Art museum to host summer of music
The Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis has extended its popular Music & More concert series into a summer round, with outdoor concerts at 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. All concerts are held outside under our tent at the museum at 60 Hope Lane. If it rains, concerts will be held inside.
The season will begin June 19 with Frank Poranski and Lary Chaplan of Blu Central, followed by: June 26, the Fred Clayton Trio blues and jazz; July 10, Bourbon Sunset Trio, three-part harmonies, accompanied by mandolin, banjo and guitar; July 17, "Brentwood Brass plays American Pops," with tunes from Broadway shows, films, jazz, rock, soul and R&B; July 24, the Digney Fignus Band; and July 31, Grammy Award-nominated jazz artists Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz in "Duo Palooza."
Later in the summer: Aug. 14, the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet; Aug. 21, The Vibe Jazz Trio; Aug. 28, Jenifer Jackson, with Sonny Barbato and Julian Jackson; Sept. 4, Steve Morgan and the Kingfish; Sept. 11, the Ann Austin Trio with guests Fred Boyle and Bill Miele; and Sept. 18, Sarah Swain & The Oh Boys, playing rockabilly classics and originals.
Tickets are $20, $17 for members. Reservations and information: www.CCMoA.org/music or 508-385-4477 ext. 10. For a season pass: $195, $160 for members.
Arts foundation to give pandemic grants to cultural groups
The pandemic has hit cultural organizations hard, and groups now have a chance to seek help through the latest round of grants from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.
Pandemic problem: Fundraising continues as Cape cultural groups face 'staggering' losses
Applications will open Wednesday, June 1 for $139,000 available for this year’s assistance to local nonprofits with an arts- or culture-based mission because of funding received last year from the National Endowment for the Arts. The foundation was one of 66 organizations selected nationwide for the federal COVID-19 recovery money.
Grants will range from $4,000 to $20,000 each.
Executive Director Julie Wake called the funding “one step toward recovery” for an industry the NEA that recognized “the critical importance” of arts and culture to Cape Cod. “As the third largest nonprofit sector on Cape Cod, arts and culture organizations play a vital role in shaping our region’s economy and identity.”
The deadline to apply at www.artsfoundation.org is July 15. Any organization that applies will need to have a Unique Entity Identifier which is a requirement for receipt of federal funds. (Details on obtaining one are also available at www.artsfoundation.org.)
The funding will not be able to be used for projects, but must be used to assist with salary support, facilities costs, health and safety supplies, or marketing and promotion.
Funding is expected to be distributed in September.
Contact Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow on Twitter: @KathiSDCCT.
This article originally appeared on Cape Cod Times: Jacqueline Kennedy portrait, summer concerts, NEA grants, Blue Star