As the town meeting season begins this spring, I hope that all Island residents will support funding for our Adult Education program, which has been offering classes to all of us for the last six years.
Adult and Community Education of Martha’s Vineyard (ACE MV) needs a lifeline to pull it out of a funding crisis. The all-Island school committee agreed to act as the fiscal agent for the educational nonprofit for one year, allowing it to receive public funds. The question comes before voters in all Island towns this spring.
A faded yellow building that once housed the Oak Bluffs laundromat may become the future site of a bowling alley.
Reid (Sam) Dunn, the architect who developed the Tisbury Marketplace in Vineyard Haven, presented a preliminary proposal to open a bowling alley, restaurant and bar on Uncas avenue to the town selectmen Tuesday.
“This is totally informational,” Mr. Dunn said. “We wanted to let you know that the project is in the works.”
ACE MV has remaining fall classes open to adult students. Offerings include yoga teacher training, a practicum in early childhood education, a Wampanoag culture class and a workshop titled Envisioning Your Emerging Self.
From cooking to bookkeeping, the course selection at ACE MV attracts increasing interest every year. But facing a mounting financial crisis, the organization is looking to secure public funding by next fall, or close down operations permanently.
When Lorena Crespo moved to the Island six years ago, her English was shaky. So she enrolled in an English as a Second Language class taught by Lynn Ditchfield at the high school.
At first, she didn’t know many people here, but her classes in ESL and art education expanded her social circle. And when she wanted to advance her degree in early childhood education, Adult and Community Education of Martha’s Vineyard (ACE MV) offered her that opportunity also.
Adult and Community Education of Martha’s Vineyard (ACE MV) was named an Outstanding Community Arts Education Collaborative on May 22 by Arts Learning. The award was presented in a ceremony at Lesley University in Cambridge.
ACE MV offers numerous classes in many different mediums. It also hosts community forums, performances, readings and cultural events focusing on the arts.
The mission of Arts Learning is to transform education through the power of the arts.
On Saturday, March 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., ACE MV will hold at reading at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard Haven. The reading will feature students from the writing classes of Cynthia Riggs and Nancy Aronie. Featured readers are Cynthia Riggs, Amy Reece, Lisa Belcastro, Catherine Finch, Taffy McCarthy, Kanta Lipsky, Anna Conathan and Joyce Wagner.