Art community stands proud

April 1, 2018 marked our first year anniversary for Milton’s first-ever Art Center and Gallery. The Milton Artists’ Guild opened its doors last year to be welcomed by many visitors. It has been a MAGnigicent year, our workshops and the gallery increasingly an important focal point for fostering a greater sense of community spirit with the Town of Milton and beyond.

We extend a sincere thank you to the residents of Milton and our surrounding communities for the continued and ongoing support.

Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Ernie Pomerleau, we begin another year at the Hannaford Plaza. Our goal will be to enhance the diversity and numbers of workshops being offered

while supporting the over 100 artists currently exhibiting at the gallery. We encourage the communities to stop by to say hello and partake in the MAGic that we offer. Our upcoming engaging events include a big celebration this May 5 where we will celebrate our milestone with the art of food and wine.

Please join us for our journey. We are here for you!

Gisela Alpert
President, Milton Artists’ Guild

 

Another flag suggestion

Soon the new school board will discuss flying the Black Lives Matter flag at the high school. Flags are important. They carry the identity, ideals and aspirations of their people. They are often born of bloody conflict and heroism. The American flag is like that. People see it as a symbol of freedom, sacrifice and strength. It has meant freedom from oppression and aid in disaster. The American flag symbolizes everything that is right and good about our people. We have a long way to go, but the flag is a symbol of our commitment to reach our ideals.

The Black Lives Matter flag has much in common with the American flag. It was born of conflict. It represents important ideals, but Black Lives Matter is a divisive group. It deliberately divides the Black community from the police that serve them. They promote the idea that most police officers are oppressors and racist. They don’t consider how many Black lives the police save every year. Black Lives Matter has a dark side.

There is an alternative to the Black Lives Matter flag. The Pan-African Flag is a much more positive and historic flag. It has three equal horizontal bands of (from top down) red, black and green. It was designed in 1920 by Marcus Garvey, the founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association. UNIA defined the flag this way, “Red is the color of the blood which men must shed for their redemption and liberty; black is the color of the noble and distinguished race to which we belong; green is the color of the luxuriant vegetation of our Motherland.” This flag has been prominent in the civil rights movement for nearly 100 years. It has even influenced flags of several African nations. The function of a flag, as Garvey saw it, was to capture the essence of the history and culture of a people and serve as a unifying symbol of their aspirations.

Jim Ballard (Letters to the Editor, March 15) is concerned that flying such flags would set a precedent opening the door for demands of less positive groups. The school board should only allow students to request flags be flown. Students should be required to provide the flag and to make a presentation to the board about the history and symbolism of the flag. They should also select an appropriate week to fly the flag. The fourth week of April for the Earth Day flag or the first week of November for the Marine Corps Flag, for example. I am willing to donate an Army flag, a Marine Corps flag and a Pan-African flag.

Greg Burbo
Milton

 

Cheers to the Dragons

Beaver and Bobby: Congratulations on your award, and thanks for the many memories.

Jane Lafayette
Milton