Portraits Presented at ArtsFest

Over the next few days, there will be several blog posts on the amazing week that we just had in the Reading Public Schools with our Annual ArtsFest Event and the Blue Ribbon Conference.  This post is dedicated to the Rob Surette portraits that were presented by the Human Relations Advisory Committee to the Town of Reading and the Reading Public Schools last week on the first night of ArtsFest.

The portraits were presented at 6:20 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14th after a beautiful series of songs played by our 6th grade middle school bands and choral groups.  The original portraits were discussed at the Annual Martin Luther King Day, Jr. event that was held in January and would not have been possible without the generosity of Eastern Bank, the Reading and Massachusetts Cultural Councils, the Burlington Kohl’s associates-in-action program, Moynihan Lumber, and Capozzi Construction.  In addition, thanks to the generous donation by John and Diana Halsey, additional portraits, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, and Mother Teresa have been masterfully created by Rob Surette. The first two will be displayed in the Selectman Room at Town Hall. The other two will reside at RMHS. The funders above also enabled the purchase of Rob Surette’s portraits of Martin Luther King, Jr., Leonard Zakim, Harvey Milk, and Malala Yousafzai. These portraits will be on display  in the Patrick Schettini Library Media Center.

For more information on the portraits please go to this article in the Reading Chronicle.  A special thanks goes out to the members of the Human Relations Advisory Committee for all of their work.


Malala Yousafzai Portrait



Harvey Milk


Martin Luther King, Jr.



Leonard Zakim Portrait with his family



Rob Surette delivering the portraits to Reading Memorial lHigh School



Members of the RMHS A World of Difference Club and Gay Straight Alliance Club



Albert Einstein



Mother Theresa



Portraits Being Presented at Arts Fest on Tuesday



Portraits Being Presented at Arts Fest on Tuesday



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