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Presenting Media Sponsor

The Marblehead Festival of Arts is proud to welcome the Marblehead Current as the 2024 festival’s Presenting Media Sponsor.

There are many ways to tell a community’s stories.


Art is an essential one, allowing us a language for ideas and feelings otherwise difficult to express. Each summer, the Marblehead Festival of Arts’ wide range of exhibited work helps to tell our stories, adds color to our shared experience and broadens our perspective.


Community stories are also told through the news, and this June the Marblehead Current‘s bench of veteran journalists and local board will celebrate one year of providing objective, fair and free local news, online and in print.


The Festival and the Current share other similarities. Both are registered 501(c)(3) organizations governed by Marblehead-based, volunteer boards, both value public service over profit and seek to deepen community engagement. Both organizations are preserving the time-tested, beloved elements of their service while expanding into new spaces, seeking to better serve today’s Marbleheader.


As Presenting Media Sponsor of the 2024 Festival of Arts, the Current will enable the return of the Literary Festival, known originally as “Writers World”, after a brief coronavirus hiatus. This event includes the always-popular writing contest as well as a full slate of speakers, panels and workshops of interest to writers and readers alike. Writing contest entries and entry fees must be submitted on or by JUNE 1st no later than midnight (EST). Learn more and submit your entry.


The Current is also proud to present the kickoff party for the Festival’s cod and whale auction, to be held on June 2 at Abbot Hall. Please join us to meet the artists and view this year’s amazing decorated cods and whales before they are whisked off to their temporary homes within local shops, restaurants and businesses.


“We are happy to join up with the Marblehead Current — a fellow Marblehead nonprofit," said Jodi-Tatiana Charles, president of the Marblehead Festival of Arts. "Through the partnership we're better able to drive awareness of the Festival's many programs, shine a spotlight on the event as it happens and deepen engagement within our community."

"The Current is proud to support the Festival of Arts, an iconic Marblehead brand and a beloved summer tradition," said Gene Arnould, member of the Current's Board of Directors and owner of Arnould Gallery and Framery. “We’re glad to help tell their story.”


Added Kate Haesche Thomson, also of the Current’s board: "We know that art, like news, plays a role in connecting neighbors and deepening community. This sponsorship allows us to expand our coverage of Marblehead’s arts scene while also lifting up a fellow nonprofit.”


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