Sips & Signs Fundraiser

Join us for an evening of fun with friends. Make some signs, sip some cocktails at the Berkley COA on Thursday, May 7 at 7pm. We’re raising money for the 2024 Summer Concert Series on the Berkley Common. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards five summer concerts and two farms markets.

Register here: https://laurendelaney.regfox.com/sipsign
$35 per person
Location:  Berkley COA  1 North Main Street, Berkley, MA

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2024 Grant Awardees

Congratulations to the 2024 Grant Awards from the Berkley Cultural Council and Mass Cultural Council!

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Berkley Cultural Council Grants Deadline Oct 17, 2023

Grants for community-based arts and culture projects for our town. Apply at https://massculturalcouncil.org/communities/local-cultural-council-program/application-process/ Proposals for field trips, library events, festivals, exhibits, and more supported by Mass Cultural Council.Deadline is October 17, 2023 at 11:59 pm. #powerofculture #berkleyma #berkley #massculturalcouncil #mapoli #grants #communitybuilding #localart #localmusic #localpride #grantapplication
Apply now at https://massculturalcouncil.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp

Other grants of interest:

Festival grants up to $2500 due April 25, 2023

Cultural Districts Initiative supports municipalities looking to create a cultural district. Rolling application with no deadlines.

Grants for Creative Individuals up to $5k, deadline in December 2023

Grants for Cultural Facilities to acquire, design, repair, rehabilitate, renovate, expand or construct nonprofit cultural facilities. Deadline Dec. 14, 2023

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Summer Music Concerts on the Berkley Common 2023

Join us for free summer music concerts hosted by the Berkley Cultural Council

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2023 Grantee Awards

Congratulations to the 2023 Grant Awards from the Berkley Cultural Council and Mass Cultural Council!

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Farmers Market on Berkley Commons Postponed

We have decided to postpone the Farmers Market. We will reassess the farmers market in the future and hope for a new date next summer 2023. We hope you still take time to enjoy the produce of local farmers. See you then!

The Berkley Cultural Council was scheduled on September 17, 2022 Berkley Common.

Vendors Wanted Please fill out the vendor application online.
The application will close Sept. 14th, 2022 at midnight.

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Berkley Logo Contest Winner Announcement

The Berkley Cultural Council congratulates Amy King on her winning design (not pictured Jeanne Russo).

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Berkley Cultural Council logo contest is Amy King of Berkley  After receiving many creative entries, we selected Amy’s logo to be the most effective representation of the BCC’s support for the arts, humanities, and sciences.  Please join us in congratulating Amy on her winning logo design! The finalized logo will be revealed soon!

Help us spread the word by clicking and sharing the links below! Congratulations Amy!

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Designing a Creative Family Business with Katherine Paige Design

An Interview with Barbara Miller – Etsy “Star Seller” of Katherine Paige Design

Katherine Paige Design Logo by Barbara Miller

Barbara Miller is the solo entrepreneur and mother who started “Katherine Paige Design” out of her home. You can see her designer mugs, water bottles, and ornaments carried by many in Bristol County. Miller is in the top 1% of Etsy sellers, with 5-star reviews from over 1,275 customers. She has sold over 7,000 paper and party supplies since 2008.

“I have been creative for as long as I can remember,”

says Miller.

In the 90s, her hobby was creating fabric photo album covers and giving them to friends. Miller made a profit at craft fairs, and her first business was born. The albums were so popular that “Made To Order” became a solid business. Since then, Miller pivoted to rubber-stamped scrapbooks, cards, and invitations. The shop then transitioned to selling custom paper goods. The reputation for Miller’s custom-made craftwork grew organically.

Custom Cupcake Party Wrappers by Barbara Miller at Katherine Paige Designs 
PhotoCredit: Barbara Miller of Katherine Paige Designs

When her daughter was born in 2008, she pivoted to Etsy and started selling online. She named the shop “Katherine Paige Design” and sold paper and party supplies. She is an official Etsy “star seller,” noted for her excellent customer service. Her detailed item listings provide customers with exact product dimensions, colors, and paper types. Boutique bakeries and event planners source high-quality party supplies from her. Customers rave about her detailed attention to producing a high-quality finished product. She says, “I love talking to people and get many custom requests.”

Iconic giraffe print cupcake wrappers by Katherine Paige Designs.  PhotoCredit: Barbara Miller of Katherine Paige Designs

The Self-Educated Maker

 “I listened to my audience when they requested a custom print. I couldn’t find any good prints,” said Miller. She learned digital layout and created a new design. That iconic giraffe print became a triumph. Her shop took off during the cupcake wrapper craze of 2013.  

Miller’s technical prowess grew as her shop blossomed.  “They know me well at Staples,” says Miller, where she goes to print out her orders a few days a week.  Then she bought a Cricut for vinyl stenciling. She lately added sublimation printing, which allows her designs to print directly onto fabrics, plastic, and ceramics products.

Custom Mugs sold by Katherine Paige Design 
Photo Credit Allison Faunce, Faunce Photography

Community Inspiration and Outreach

Running a home business enabled Miller to be active in the community. The flexibility allowed her to be an active volunteer during her daughter’s K-8 years.  In the past, she taught scrapbooking and Etsy seminars for the community. Miller recently helped organize Berkley Residents in Support of Education to provide awareness and accurate information to the community regarding an override vote to fund the Somerset Berkley Regional High School.  Her presence in craft fairs and school events has helped her acquire devoted fans. 

While classic party items are solid sale items, Miller also designs items with unique whimsical humor. Her designs cater to local friends and customers from her interactions with townspeople. There are mugs, tumblers, and ornaments reflecting the ironic realities of modern life.   Over the years, her customers express their anxieties about being a teacher, parent, or family member.  Although these self-less jobs are rewarding, there is an appreciation that a happy life does not have to be bland and branded. Her clients are witty and can appreciate the humor and irony of life. The business gives back to the community by helping express and acknowledges that frustrations are normal and healthy. “People come in to find an edgy sentiment that resonates. It makes them laugh.” 

Sublimation Printed Pillows by Barbara Miller at Katherine Paige Design 
Photo Credit Allison Faunce, Faunce Photography

“It’s important to laugh every day,”

says Miller. 

Growing Into a Family Business 

“Crossing things off my to-do list makes me feel good. I know I can’t work on my business every day. There’s not enough time, so I schedule my time and batch tasks together.” Thus, she can do laundry while fulfilling her orders.  Her daughter can observe Miller’s work ethic, customer support, and efficiency in action. “It’s great for my daughter to see that I’m growing my skills. I never in a million years would have thought that digital graphics would be something that I make a living at.”

 “Who is Katherine Paige?” I finally asked. Miller named the shop after her daughter, Katie, when she was born. Both are now 15. The shop allows Miller to teach her passion for creativity and entrepreneurship to her daughter. When her daughter took sewing classes, she started her own business of selling lanyards, bookmarks, and chapstick holders that she sewed herself. Katie often set up her table side by side with her mom at craft fairs.  As Katie develops her drawing and sketching skills. Miller is considering hiring her as a designer.  The plan is that Katie will one day take over the shop she is named after. Miller and her daughter are taking a digital design class together.

Skinny Tumblers and Mugs at SoAm Market by Barbara Miller at Katherine Paige Design 
Photo Credit Allison Faunce, Faunce Photography

Future Forward at KPD Designs

For the upcoming year, Katherine Paige Design is planning to expand to new areas around the Bristol County area. Miller and her daughter plan to collaborate on unique digital designs in the future. You can follow their journey on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.  In the Bristol area, Miller’s products are at TownCrafters in Walpole and Three Gen Love in Westport. Skinny tumblers are the craze this year, you can pick one up at SoAm Market. She also plans to be at local crafts fairs in the Bristol area. And if you preferl staying home, you can shop online at KatherinePaigeDesign

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Logo contest

Current Berkley Cultural Council Logo
Redesign the current BCC Logo (Pictured Above)

REQUIREMENTS

Theme: The Berkley Cultural Council (BCC) awards grants to projects and programs in the arts,  humanities and sciences.  The logo should reflect our mission and purpose.  “Berkley Cultural Council” must be included in the logo.

Color:  A color logo is required  There are no limitations and any colors may be used.  However, the logo must look good printed in color and black and white at various sizes.

Size:  The logo should be no larger than eight inches on its longest side.  Logo must be submitted as a 600 dpi jpeg or a vector image. Logo must be easily reproducible and scalable for large and small formatting.

Submission: All logos must be submitted via email to: berkleylogo@gmail.com or upload to:  http://www.comm165.com/berkleylogoentry by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.  Entrant must include their full name, postal address, phone number and email address.  Incomplete entries will be discarded.

Integrity:  Logos cannot contain copyrighted material or images that belong to a third party.  By submission of an entry, entrant attests that the logo is the original work of the entrant.

HOW TO ENTER:

Create a logo design.  You may create a digital design or a hand-drawn design that is then scanned in and submitted digitally.  Only digital submissions will be accepted.

There is no limit to the number of entries an individual may submit, and multiple entries may be submitted in one email, provided they are all the work of the same entrant.

A copy of the rules can be downloaded from: http://comm165.com/berkleylogorules

OFFICIAL RULES

Must be a resident of Massachusetts.

All entries become the property of the Berkley Cultural Council (BCC).  

By submitting an entry, the entrant agrees that any and all intellectual property rights in the logo design are deemed assigned to BCC, and that the BCC shall be entitled to unrestricted use of the entries without compensation to the entrant.

The winning logo will be chosen by the members of the BCC and an industry professional during a blind review.  Their decision will be final.

The BCC reserves the right not to select a winner if no entries satisfy judging criteria.

Selection Criteria:  The BCC will evaluate all entries based on the following criteria (though other criteria may be considered):  Relevance, Originality and Aesthetic Quality.

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