Gloucester Arts, Housing, and Community Forum

This program was recorded and held on March 30, 2021

Online Zoom Forum Recording on YouTube

Gloucester’s housing stock is increasingly unaffordable to residents, and our architectural landscapes, waterfronts, open spaces, and ocean vistas are being altered and may continue with potential over-development.  What stories do these changes have to tell us, as individuals and as members of a historic community?

A dialogue with local artists who are helping us to understand the deeper meaning of these changes in our housing and landscapes.   If many of us experience a measure of loss, what are these emotions telling us?  And if some feel resistance to this new development, what is it we are trying to defend?  Are there opportunities we can hope for? Can the arts bring to us a better understanding of this moment in our community and will that insight into our human experience of these changes help us find ways to move forward as a community that we love?

A robust audience participation with the speakers so that the voices of our community can be heard and strengthened going forward.

About the Moderator and Panelists:

Greg Cook, the Moderator of this event is the creator of the Wonderland arts blog and publicist for the Cambridge Arts Council.   Greg and his wife Kari Percival were one-time residents of Gloucester and produced festivals and parades in Gloucester

Yinette Guzman is a designer, artist, and advocate who is passionate about community engagement.  Yinette leads the efforts of the Punto Urban Art Museum in Salem and is coordinating public art and murals at the new Harbor Village housing project on Main Street in Gloucester.

Linda McCarrison is a poet living in Bay View.  Born in Lynn, she has won numerous prizes and awards and from 1994 to 2015 taught in the graduate writing program of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Ann Molloy was born and raised in Gloucester and helps run her family business Neptune’s Harvest, a division of Ocean Crest.   She has a wide knowledge of organic fertilizers and the fishing industry.    She loves to paint, write, and see live music.

Ken Riaf, a playwright, served as a housing attorney for Action, Inc. and North Shore Community Action Programs in Peabody.  He is a former Longshore worker and commercial fisherman currently teaching law at Endicott College and practicing law on Cape Ann.