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“Hi There,

I’m Scott M. Graves and I am the executive director of the Wachusett Business Incubator.  Our team, which is made up of our staff, our mentors and our board of directors are, like you a part of this region.  In a deeper sense we are a part of our global community of humans and other sentient beings.  Like you all at home, we’re all thinking about what just happened, what we are to do about it, and what comes next.

In the weeks and months ahead I hope to share thoughts with you.  I hope to share perspective with you.  I hope to empower my neighbors by playing my small part in all this.  Not because  we have all the answers here, but because we a part of you just as you are a part of us.

In the decades I spent as a performing artist I had the privilege of making music with many extraordinary human beings.  Many of those players fought in the war or in Korea.  Or they participated in the civil rights movement.  They lived Jim Crow, they lived in many ways, a totally inconceivable reality to ours.  Those moments forced many of them to rise to the occasion.  And by all measure, from the stories they imparted on me, rise they did in magnificent ways.

Now it appears to be our turn.  So it is I charge you, my friends and neighbors just as I charge myself.  What is it we will do, in the here and now that will make the inconceivable do-able.

In June 1994 Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the president of a newly re-constituted Republic of South Africa.  Now his is an extraordinary story.  I watched as a teenager that morning as he made his speech to his people and to the world.  It was by all measure a remarkable speech.  One moment really stood out for me and I think it is appropriate to leave you with his words, taken from the lips of another remarkable human, the US Civil Rights leader Maryanne Williamson,”

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most.  We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and famous?’  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us.  And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

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First WBI Intersect Series Weaves Artists & Consumers Together

A full house enjoyed the comfy confines of the Wachusett Business Incubator on January 17 for the first event of their Intersect Series.  ‘I am extremely pleased with the turnout this evening’, recounted Executive Director Scott M. Graves.  ‘Once again, our staff, Board of Directors and citizens can be proud of themselves for the ever-increasing critical mass of interest this organization is creating for the region.’

Audience members hailed from a variety of backgrounds and came from the Pioneer Valley, Berkshires, Southeastern MA, NH and VT.  It was an excellent opportunity for the WBI and panelists from Gardner to present our city’s story of de-industrialization, innovation, perseverance and craft to a broader group of interested people.

The Wachusett Business Incubator wishes to thank its panelists as well as the featured artists of our ongoing exhibit provided by Gallery Sitka of Shirley, MA.  A thanks goes to all of our audience members who came prepared with insights, ideas and inquisitive minds.  We say thanks especially to Katie Cavaccio of Free Ramblin’ Kids and Gretchen Laise, two producers who also made use of the first batch of textiles made in this project.

Panelists Michelle Parish and Peggy Hart recounted the process of sourcing and processing wool into yarn, then spinning the yarn into textiles on Peggy’s circa 1940’s loom.  Gardner Entrepreneur Erin Keiwel recounted her experience turning their fine and locally sourced textile into finished high-end hand crafted wool clothing.  Keith Tetreault, Owner of Plainview Farms of Hubbardston, MA took his audience into what it takes to lead a small freehold, diversified and destination farm including the care and breeding of alpacas. We also thank Keith and his wife for providing our guests with some quality time with a pair of their beautiful animals.

Their process was part of a grant-funded project to demonstrate the viability of such a craft-quality based process.

Working in conjunction with the Wachusett Business Incubator such a project could go from proof of concept to a viable business as together, we experiment to discover the viable financial model(s) that profit each member of the ecosystem and in turn provide consumers with a long-lasting, valuable product and art piece.

Discussion also included the importance of converting our current consumer culture through education and experience, so more people see real value in clothing whose price reflects the real cost of production and marketing.

The Intersect Series, a discussion series of the Wachusett Business Incubator seeks to instigate compelling discussion on topics the meet at the intersection of art and commerce.  Future topics/disciplines will include challenges faced by dealers and artists of fine art, changes in music merchandising and how they have effected indigenous american music and others.  Complete updates to the WBI events schedule can be found by clicking here.

 

 

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