Based on the Shirley Chisholm quote, "If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair," the Edward M. Kennedy Institute has created a community art project that focuses on identity and civic engagement.

Through the Seat at the Table project, the Kennedy Institute is connecting with visitors, schools and organizations across the state to talk about the importance of diversity in democracy.

Leominster Public Library will welcome staff of the Institute as they present a community art workshop Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the library, 30 West St.

This is a drop-in program; no registration is required. All materials will be provided for participants ages 12 and up to create chairs that represent their own identity, lived experiences and what they bring to the table, so to speak.

During the workshop, participants will learn about Chisholm, who was a U.S. representative, think about their own identities, their challenges to the status quo, their visions for the future, and how to make their voices heard.

They'll then take these ideas and translate them into physical objects they can use to create their seat. Some of the chairs may be brought back to the Kennedy Institute in Boston to be featured in the exhibit that opened in October.

"This time we're in, different individuals and more women are stepping up, coming into the forefront and saying, 'My voice matters, I can make a difference,'" said Mary K. Grant, president of the Kennedy Institute.


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"The next generation of leaders really recognizes that if there isn't a seat at the table, they have to make one."

For more information, call 978-534-7522.

See 'Scenic Tour of Beautiful Ireland'

CLINTON -- On Thursday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m., Bigelow Free Public Library, 54 Walnut St., will host "A Scenic Tour of Beautiful Ireland" with Mike and Nikki Connery.

The "Emerald Isle" of Ireland is noted for its 40 shades of green, its castles and its hospitality. On their most recent trip in April, Nikki and Mike Connery and their cousins toured Galway and southwest to Killarney and County Kerry.

Their itinerary included trips to Cliffs of Mor, Inish Mor, Ashford Castle, The Ring of Kerry, the Connemara Mountains, the Rock of Cashal, Dublin, Kinsale, Barney, and ended with Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Their scenic tour is captured with Nikki's captivating photos and Mike's informative descriptions of all aspects of his beloved Ireland, after visiting over a dozen times.

For information, or to register, call at 978-365-4160 or visit www.bigelowlibrary.org.

Compiled by Cheryl Cuddahy