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Northshore April 2016

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34 | APRIL 2016 Night's Dream in Lynn Woods for the company's fifth annual summer Shakespeare performance. "It was interesting to watch all of the storefronts slowly fill," Jackson says. In fact, it barely looks like the same place. "The skyline is different, and certainly as you walk around the area you don't get the feeling that it's a blank canvas anymore," he says. "You feel like it's...on the verge of something big." photograph by Robert Boyd Early Childhood Center, Aborn Elementary, Brickett Elementary, Cobbet Elementary, Drewicz Elementary, Edward A. Sisson Elementary, E.J. Harrington Elementary, Fallon Elementary, Hood Elementary, Ingalls Elementary, Julia F. Callahan Elementary, L. Ford Elementary, Lincoln-Thomson Elementary, Lynn Sewell-Anderson Elementary, Shoemaker Elementary, Tracy Elementary, William P. Connery Elementary, Woods Elementary, Breed Middle School, Pickering Middle School, Thurgood Marshall Middle School, Classical High School, Lynn English High School, Robert Fecteau- Leary Junior/Senior High School, Lynn Vocational Technical Institute, Washington S.T.E.M. St. Mary's is a Catholic college- preparatory school developing students in grades 6 through 12 from more than 30 communities across the North Shore. PUBLIC SCHOOLS PRIVATE SCHOOL FOCUS Academy Award- winning actor Walter Brennan; Major League Baseball players Jim Hegan and Harry Agganis; psychologist Frederick Herzberg; aviation pioneer Ruth Bancroft Law; television journalist Lesley Stahl NOTABLE RESIDENTS Mary Flannery is the founder of RAW Art works in Lynn. now works with kids from ages 7 through 19, and even keeps in con- tact with its alums through college. It has been named a "Creative Cata- lyst" by Adobe, and is one of seven exemplary youth organizations globally to win this recognition. As a result, RAW has received an Innova- tion Grant for $225,000 that will en- able student filmmakers in its Real to Reel Filmschool, as well as RAW alums and current RAW youth, to develop a series of productions and projects about immigration, home, and belonging. Flannery says people often feel nervous about coming to Lynn, that it's a dangerous place, but "that's just not the reality." The truth is that Lynn is a cul- tural melting pot. It's a place where people can see live theatre in the second largest municipal park in the United States and learn about the city's history as an industrial powerhouse at the Lynn Museum. "If you look at the story of Amer- ica, you see a lot of the elements of the story of Lynn," Russo says. "I think Lynn is a wonderful micro- cosm of the story of America." One place that has long proved that Lynn is anything but a blank canvas is RAW Art Works (RAW), which founder Mary Flannery says "is this perfect blend of art and therapy." RAW not only gives kids a chance to learn about and create art, but also ignites their creativity and gives them the tools to develop confidence and find success through art. Started as a traveling program to work with incarcerated youth, RAW opened in Lynn in 1994 and IT DOES HAVE SUCH A DIVERSITY. IT'S AN URBAN AREA SURROUNDED BY THE SUBURBS. AND THAT'S WHY IT'S KIND OF A MAGNET FOR THE ARTS." —KATE LUCHINI, DIRECTOR OF THE DOWNTOWN LYNN CULTURAL DISTRICT

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