The City of Newburyport Parks Department recently made landscaping improvements at Cushing Park. The Friends of the Newburyport Council on Aging (FONCOA) initiated a project to “spruce up” the look of their very successful book collection bins at Cushing Park.
The Friends sought out artists and ideas from the local area and we were extremely pleased that the students from the Newburyport High School Art Department
volunteered and stepped up to create a most beautiful scene displaying landscapes, wildlife, and landmarks of the local river/ocean/marsh area. We would like to acknowledge their creativity, skills, and teamwork in working with each other in a collaborative way. It is noteworthy, also, that this occurred while many were involved with finals and graduation activities.
A huge thanks and much appreciation to the student artists: from NHS, Paul Goguen, Carmela Murphy, Ellie Kerns; from PRHS, Casey Hunt, Casey Pratt, Katie Rosa. Also thanks to their teachers/advisors … from Newburyport High School: Aileen Maconi, Mary Rakoski; from PRHS .. Marcia Nadeau, Sean Bixby. Also with much appreciation our supporting cast …. Paint donation/Advisor by Port Paint ‘N Paper: Jack Boland, Bob Mandel, Bin owners Recycle That : Matt Libby, Newburyport Council on Aging coordination, Activities Coordinator: Mary Kelly, Planning/Advisors: Newburyport Art Association Executive Director Elena Ruocco Bachrach, Local Artist/Teacher Robert Brun. Also support from the Director of the Parks Department, Lisë Reid, and the Newburyport Parks Commission.
The new look has generated a lot of interest and many nearby residents have lauded the effort to enhance the book collection bins’ appearance. The Friends are grateful for everyone’s efforts. The book collection bins have been an extremely successful ongoing fundraiser for over 9 years. The Friends is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to providing financial support to the needs of the Newburyport Council on Aging.
President, Friends of the Newburyport Council On Aging (FONCOA)