ACE Says Thank-You for a Great 2017

ACE Says Thank-You for a Great 2017

ACE Says Thank-You


     Holiday tradition holds that you’re supposed to send “Thank you” notes after all the gift giving and eggnog sipping concludes. But here at the Albion Cultural Exchange (ACE), we can’t think of a better time to say thanks, than right now.


If you’re reading this, chances are you know us; perhaps you’ve visited our ACE Center in Downtown Wakefield, and enjoyed one of our cultural events, creative classes, or community art shows, like our Lake Quannapowitt Photo Night. Or perhaps you’re wondering: “I live in Wakefield, Michigan. What is a Quannapowitt?”


Here’s hoping you’re among the former group, versus the latter.


Because if you do know ACE, you’ll know why we’re thankful. So many creativity-minded community members made 2017 an exceptional year for us. We’re grateful that we could offer new programming, as well as bring back many beloved events that are now becoming annual traditions.


Take our signature “First Thursday” monthly program—now wrapping up its second season—which engages residents and visitors alike with conversation, culture, and camaraderie, among the backdrop of a vibrant, ever-evolving gallery. Local businesses offered extended hours and specials, as ACE hosted events such as:


  • A screening of the local documentary "Food Fight"
  •  The introduction of a new annual tradition—Art Blooms on Albion—celebrating flowers, gardening, and all things that bloom

In June, ACE introduced the Albion Arts Corridor - Cultural Economic Strategy Report. This foundational report provides data-driven research and verification to ensure we are on the correct and proper path to developing the ACE Center in downtown Wakefield into a fully functioning arts and culture incubator.


We’re also thankful for our community partners who’ve believed in ACE and helped further our mission through generous funding and support. If you’re reading this now, please know how much we appreciate you.


As we seek continued funding from the Commonwealth, grant programs and our community partners, ACE has begun to develop the technical plans and business strategy to expand the functionality of our Center. Our plans begin with enhancements to our main floor gallery, home to our many events and classes.


The ACE Committee is also excited to announce a new marketing partnership with the Greater Boston Stage Company.(Formerly Stoneham Theatre) 

Could the ACE Center one day host a black box play? That, and many other creative endeavors, play starring roles in ACE’s long-term multi-purpose vision.  In addition, our building footprint can host gallery displays, movies, workshops and classes of all types.


Finally, we at ACE are thankful for our old friends at the Arts Collaborative of Wakefield who host many shows throughout the year as well as our new friends, the Friends of Lake Quannapowitt who hosted their first Art Show event this year at our facility as well as everyone else in-between.


It has been a great year and stay tuned, we will be announcing our 2018 programming in early January along with many other exciting projects we are working on.  


So from all of us at the Albion Cultural Exchange, thank you and have a happy and safe holiday season. 


Christopher J. Carino, 

Chairman - Albion Cultural Exchange Committee

Committee Members,

Nick Atwater

Tasha Schlake Festel

Kathy Frey

Doug Henning

John Natale

Adam Pinkney

Joy Schilling