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Call for artists, actors and everyone in between--

Warm up by getting those creative juices flowing! Participate in one or both of these very popular events: the 6th Annual Art Palette Contest and the One Act Play Festival on the Mumford. Every year these two inclusive events bring hundreds of people of all ages and abilities together to celebrate our creative community, and of course, engage in a little friendly competition.

The Art Palette Contest, which invites participants to transform an ordinary wooden art palette into a unique work of art, will open on Friday, March 9 from 4:30 – 7:30PM in the Heritage Gallery at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road in Whitinsville, MA. During this time, and until April 9, guests can cast their vote for their favorite palettes. Winners will receive cash awards in three different categories and age groups.

“The Art Palette Contest is by far our very favorite exhibit to curate!” says Cristi Collari, Alternatives’ Director of Community Outreach. “People of all ages, abilities and walks of life start out with the same wooden palette and each one that comes back for us to display is so different! The ingenuity, creativity and talent are simply amazing!”

For more information about participating in the 6th Annual Art Palette Contest visit: This event is sponsored by The Artist Palette Studio, Jerry’s Artarama, ValleyCAST and Alternatives. Completed palettes are due back March 2nd. Voting ends April 9th. Exhibit ends April 27th.

2017 Art palette entries hanging in the gallery.

Just two weeks after the opening of the Art Palette Contest, the public is invited back to Alternatives’ Whitin Mill to attend the Annual One Act Play Festival on the Mumford. This two-day theatrical event takes place on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24 at 7:00 PM in the Singh Performance Center, 60 Douglas Road, Whitinsville and will include comedies, dramas, published works and several original pieces presented by area theater companies and laymen alike. The Festival will be judged and cash awards will be granted after the last act on Saturday evening.

The One Act Play Festival is “a weekend of amazing, original, inventive and top notch one act plays. Truly inspiring!” says Skip Shea, 2016 judge and award-winning filmmaker, writer, artist and actor from Massachusetts.

Participants and attendees of the One Act Play Festival are invited to enjoy a reception in the Heritage Gallery on opening night, Friday, March 23 from 6 – 7:15 PM.

For more information about participating in the One Act Play Festival or to download a submission form visit: This event is sponsored by ValleyCAST and Alternatives.

ValleyCAST’s mission is to foster a creative community in the Blackstone Valley that is inclusive and supportive of people with and without disabilities. ValleyCAST is a subsidiary of Alternatives. Please connect with ValleyCAST on Facebook! For more information about ValleyCAST or Alternatives, call 508-234-6232 or visit