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Thriving Families: A morning of interactive fun and resources for families with young children

July 20, 2023

It was a fun and enriching morning to get out of the summer heat for families with little kids. This collaboration with Pathways for Children was a lively and active morning for young kids, while parents got to learn about community resources available for their family. Community resources and entertainment included Beverly Bootstraps, North Shore Community College, Beverly Public Library, Wiggles ‘n Giggles, CFCE of the North Shore, and many more. Presented in partnership with Pathways For Children; sponsored by Julie Flowers, at-Large City Council.


Making Our Community Safe For Trans Youth

June 14, 2023

In honor of Pride Month, patrons heard from trans youth, parents, and LGBTQ+ advocates about the experiences of trans youth in the community, and ways to be good allies. Vanessa Ford, author of the book The Advocate Educator’s Handbook on 4 Principles for Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Youth, spoke at the event; filmmaker and parent to a trans child, Luchina Fisher, screened her film “The Dads,” and was joined by one of the dads featured in the film for a discussion. Co-sponsored by Leading Ladies.


What’s The Buzz About Home Energy?

May 25, 2023

This event was aimed to engage North Shore communities in action-oriented conversation around sustainable home energy. Anchored by lively and engaging presentations from three teams of local experts and enthusiasts, the evening included musical performances by Beverly’s own Kev G Mor, childcare, meals, prizes, and complementary filtered water. Co-sponsored by Leading Ladies and Green Beverly.


Healing Through The Arts: An evening of film and conversation about the Survivor Nest Project

April 12, 2023

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Childhood Abuse Prevention Month, “Healing Through The Arts” was an evening of art and conversation exploring the intersection of healing and the creative process, making space for survivors to tell their stories and show other survivors pathways to hope and healing. Led by The Survivor Nest Project, a team of artists, survivors, and allies, several works of art were on display with the artists present. The short documentary film “Bittersweet: The Survivor Nest Project” by Katie Bourgeois was screened, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, artists, survivors, and allies. The Survivor Nest is led by a local Beverly resident.


East Meets West: Reinventing Wellness in 2023

March 15, 2023

“East Meets West” was designed to help reframe healthy living by fueling body, mind, and spirit with local wellness practitioners who shared a variety of therapeutic modalities. Activities included yoga, reiki, chair massage, strength training, nutrition education, and more. Following the demonstrations, a Q&A was led by Michael LoColle of Soul Warrior Fitness and Dr. Sheri Russell of The Russell Center for Chiropractic and Sports Medicine, moderated by Leslie Gould, Executive Director of the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce. Presented in partnership with the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce’s Health & Wellness Committee and other local organizations.


2nd Annual Art as Activism Film Fest

February 1, 2023

The Cabot hosted the second annual “Art as Activism” film fest for high school students to express their views about important social justice issues in three- to five-minute films. The top ten submissions were screened. Co-sponsored by Leading Ladies.


Race and Song: A Musical Conversation

February 16, 2023

Together in musical conversation, and with the aid of historical and family photos, veteran musicians, Alastair Moock and Reggie Harris, framed their perspectives through music that drew in both kids and adults alike on this special day. They explored issues of race, class, gender and history with an intentionality and generosity of spirit. Presented as part of the Kids at The Cabot series held at the theater. Co-sponsored by New England Biolabs and Leading Ladies.


Beating the Winter Blues: Helping Friends, Families and Community

November 16, 2022

A panel discussion and conversation was held with Kimberly Hutchins, a mental health professional who works with children and families; Dr. Spencer Amesbury, a geriatrician and family medicine practitioner; and Steve Hoy, a psychotherapist who specializes in working with persons with disabilities. Paul Lanzikos, former executive director at North Shore Elder Services, served as moderator. Co-sponsored by Leading Ladies. 


Students as Changemakers: Creating Opportunities to Build Better Tomorrow

October 18, 2022

Dr. André Morgan, Director of Opportunity, Access and Equity for Beverly (MA) Public Schools, moderated an open discussion with local student activists and adult mentors. The panel included Hannah Liu, Pingree School Equity and Inclusion Student Programs Coordinator; Ludia Modi, Food Project Regional Director; and student leaders from Beverly High School, The Food Project, and Pingree School. Materials from various student justice groups were on display in the theater for audience members to view. Co-sponsored by Leading Ladies. 


Families Come In All Shapes and Sizes

August 8, 2022

The Cabot hosted a celebration of families with storytelling, entertainment, food, and activities. Presented in partnership with the Department of Children and Families, Pathways for Children, and other local organizations.


Miss Juneteenth

June 16, 2022

In celebration of Juneteenth, The Cabot hosted a free screening of “Miss Juneteenth,” an award-winning feature film about a single mom and former teen beauty queen who enters her daughter into the local Miss Juneteenth pageant. Presented in partnership with the North Shore Juneteenth Association Inc.


What Is Gender? And Why It Matters

June 8, 2022

The evening featured a presentation and discussion with Alex Myers. A writer, teacher, speaker, and activist, Myers has campaigned for transgender rights since high school.  Co-sponsored by Leading Ladies and Copper Dog Books.


Bella, An Immigrant’s Tale

May 25, 2022

The Cabot hosted a benefit for Ukrainian refugees with a performance of “Bella, An Immigrant’s Tale,” written and performed by Vicki Summers. The one-woman show recounts the challenges and triumphs of Vicki’s beloved grandmother from the pogroms of Russia (modern day Ukraine) to the United States as a Jewish immigrant of the 20th century, seeking a better life. Co-sponsored by Leading Ladies.


Downtown for All

April 28, 2022

The Cabot screened the film, “Lives Well Lived,” a celebration of the incredible wit, wisdom, and life experiences of older adults living full and meaningful lives in their later years. The evening included a performance from Endicott College Jazz-Rock Ensemble. Presented in partnership with Beverly Main Streets, Beth Israel Lahey Health Beverly Hospital, Endicott College, the YMCA of the North Shore, and other local organizations.


Coastal Communities Talk Water

March 10, 2022

Local experts presented TED Talk-style presentations on proactive strategies to support sustainable freshwater and marine ecosystems, critical to the long-term health and climate resilience of the region. The evening included a musical performance from the band Wood and Bone. Presented in partnership with Green Beverly, with support from Salem Sound Coast Watch and Sustainable Marblehead.


Art as Activism Film Fest

February 3, 2022

The Cabot hosted its first annual “Art As Activism” film fest featuring the winning shorts submitted by area high school students. The screening featured ten of the best three- to five-minute films about a variety of social justice issues. Co-sponsored by Leading Ladies and Salem Five.


The Unseen Struggle of Women Veterans

November 3, 2021

In honor of women during the month of Veterans Day, The Cabot screened a short film and hosted a discussion with a panel of experts including Easter Seals Massachusetts Veterans Program Coordinator, Adam Costello; US Rep. Seth Moulton’s Veterans Liaison Steve Bohn; and Lynn native and US Army veteran, Nicole Mcclain. Co-sponsored by Leading Ladies.


Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

October 6, 2021

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Cabot screened “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution.” Produced by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, and winner of the 2020 Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival, “Crip Camp” sheds light on a groundbreaking summer camp for teens with disabilities, and how camp life guided them to activism and adulthood. Presented in partnership with the Beverly Human Rights Committee and Leading Ladies. 


Hungry to Learn

September 8, 2021

The Cabot screened the documentary film, “Hungry to Learn,” shedding light on the issue of food and shelter insecurity among college students, even those attending elite institutions. A conversation followed with Annie Ciaraldi, Assoc. Dean of Student Affairs and Violence Prevention and the SPOC (Single Point of Contact) for Food and Housing Insecure Students at UMass Lowell, and Kathleen B. O’Neill, Ed.D., Director, Single Stop, Bunker Hill Community College and SPOC re: Food Insecurity and Homelessness. Co-sponsored by Leading Ladies.


How You Can Be An Ally For Social Change

June 10, 2021

“How You Can Be An Ally For Social Change,” spotlighted author Di Ciruolo’s book “Ally Up: The Definitive Guide to Building More Inclusive, Innovative, and Productive Teams.” Ciruolo led a presentation alongside City of Beverly’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director Abu Toppin, and a Q&A followed. Sponsored by Great Point Wealth Advisors and Mazow & McCullough; Co-sponsored by Leading Ladies.