A community forum to discuss the future of the Smith Baker Center as a community and cultural center is set for Tuesday, April 28, 5.30 pm, at the Senior Center on Broadway St. The top image is a conceptual design showing large identity banners featuring Jack Kerouac, Bette Davis, and James McNeill Whistler, three world-class cultural icons. Not many cities can claim three artists of international stature. Many organizations and agencies have produced and presented programs in the Smith Baker Center, including Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!, UMass Lowell, Middlesex Community College, Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, National Council for the Traditional Arts, Lowell Opera Company, and Command Performance. On its stage, audiences have enjoyed appearances by Maya Angelou, Allen Ginsberg, John Updike, Patti Smith and her band, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Tal Farlow and the Masters of the Steel String Guitar with John Cephas, and many others.
(The conceptual design for the top image is by Higgins and Ross. The top two photographs are by James Higgins (c) and used with permission of the photographer. The bottom photograph is by Tony Sampas (c) and is used with Tony’s permission.)