Dear Ashland Community,
The Ashland Memorial Healing Garden has been created thanks to the dedication and hard work of Dan Borelli, an artist and Ashland High School graduate. The garden was created in memory of all lives lost to cancer due to pollution caused by Nyanza, a toxic superfund site in our town. Among those doomed were classmates of Dan. The garden’s concept arose from Dan’s Harvard University Master’s Degree in Art, Design & the Public Domain Thesis Project, from 2010-2012.
Construction of the Healing Garden is being realized through volunteer work, especially the tremendous commitment of workers from the New England Laborers Training Academy under the direction of Jamie Merloni and Art Place of America and the National Endowment of the Arts: Our Town Program concluding in 2016, funded the initial phase of the project. Nyanza has created a negative impact on our community and the garden will offer a place of reflection, respect, peace, and healing to those affected by the losses of loved ones.
The Garden is located on the MBTA access road off of RT.135 behind the Ashland Middle School. We are in the final phase of completion, and your donations will be used to fund all of the plantings for the garden this spring. We thank you in advance for your support! Your donation is key to making the final touches possible.
You may donate online, or make checks payable to “The Arts Company”.
Your donation is tax deductible 501(c) 3 .
We eagerly await your anticipated response.
“Gold” donations-$250 or more will have an engraved paver stone with your name or Company’s name located within a flower bed at the garden.
Please make checks payable/mailed to :
The Arts Company, Inc.
43 Linnaean St., Suite 25.
Cambridge, MA 02138
All online donations can be made on the following link:
With warmest regards,
The Ashland Memorial Healing Garden Members
Nyanza still making the news but this time in a positive way
On February 15, 2018 an article was written about Dan Borelli and his use of art and color to bring attention to the Nyanza dye factory and the impact it had on the town of Ashland. Click on the link below to check out the article that was posted on Atlas Obscura.
Update on the Nyanza Advisory Committee
The Nyanza Advisory Committee has been working hard to keep Nyanza at the forefront of conversations about future building downtown. They have created a map of a groundwater border that encompasses streets and houses within this plume. They are in the process of creating a bylaw in order to help control the impact the contaminated groundwater has on the public. If you are interested in the wording of the bylaw, the proposed map of groundwater border, and the EPA involvement you can find the minutes of the meeting here:
January 29, 2018
February 15, 2018