Join us at the Elder Playfest!

Join us on June 10th for MILTON REFLECTING’s Elder Playfest! See all of the details below:

 

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Coming up in April!

Dear friends! We wanted to remind everyone about some exciting events coming up with Milton Reflecting in April and beyond. Please check the flyer below for more information. We hope to see you at some of these exciting community events soon!

Look at what the kids made! A Milton Reflecting “Diversity Quilt!”

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This just in via children’s librarian Sara Truog at the Milton Public Library: Last week, the Library hosted 18 young artists (ages 6-11) as they created a beautiful quilt inspired by the diverse community of Milton MA. If you’re in town, swing by the library to see the quilt on display in the lower level of the library between the kitchen and book shop.

As part of our Milton Reflecting year, Sara has committed to hosting monthly diversity-themed creative workshops for kids. Join us for the Mel O’Drama theater workshop coming on March 11th at 2:30pm— more info on the library’s site: www.miltonlibrary.org/youth/.

MLK Day Interfaith Service

We are so inspired by the wonderful conversations generated at the MLK Day Interfaith Service last week!

We were the “keynote activity,” at the service and along with our local team, led over 200 people of various ages, races, classes, and ethnicities in short, story-based conversations about what bias, prejudice, diversity, justice, and civil rights means to them. Then, as a community, Milton spoke their “No Place for Hate” pledge. It was a great night, and so special to be able to take part in this annual event. Thank you!

Our Milton Installation on Nov 5

Many folks joined us on Saturday, Nov 5th at the Milton Public Library to explore PearlDamour’s fantastic and fascinating MILTON installation. PearlDamour is the theater company that started Milton Reflecting as part of their national MILTON project– in which they get to know 5 towns named ‘Milton’ across the U.S. by talking to people about their lives and world views, and then bring a play based on their experiences back to each town.

Participants were able to view models of landmarks from different Miltons across the country, gaze at the sky above these towns, and listen to Miltonians talk about their day to day lives.

Missed the opening? You can still visit this interactive, sample production throughout November in the library gallery!

Here are some photos from the day. View more photos from our installation on our Facebook page.

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Our Pride, Our Milton

We had our first event this past Sunday at Celebrate Milton – a town-wide festival of food, fun, and community building.

At our table, Miltonians got to know our project a bit more, and we asked them to fill out these reflection cards pictured below. On one side, the cards prompted them to finish the sentence, “When  I look at Milton, I see…” On the other, participants wrote down the things they didn’t see in their town.

The responses varied: some folks wrote that they saw a community with good schools and municipal services, while others wrote that they didn’t see diversity in town leadership. So often we may feel that our communities are homogeneous, but these cards remind us that  neighbors experience their town very differently due to their race, heritage, life experiences, gender, or sexual orientation.

The highlight of our event was our first story sharing circle, held in Pierce Middle School. Participants gathered to answer the question, “What are you proud of?”

The responses to that question were incredibly beautiful. We were in awe and deeply humbled and grateful that folks were so willing to be vulnerable with us, even though we were strangers just a few minutes before.

We have many more story sharing circles planned for the upcoming year ahead but if you weren’t able to join us this Sunday, we’d be honored if you could share with us – what are you proud of?

-Ricky

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