We are happy to announce this month’s community spotlight – Miranda’s Hearth lead by author, artist, singer, song-writer, and community organizer Miranda Aisling. This certified 501(c)3 nonprofit’s mission is to build a community through creativity that is approachable, affordable, and accessible.

Miranda’s Hearth works on the idea of reconnecting art to daily life. This is done in the form of weekly community gatherings in two convenient locations: The Green Room, 62 Bow Street, Somerville, MA, and Waring Downtown, 286 Cabot St, Beverly, MA. Hearth Community Nights are a warm, welcoming community where you are encouraged to be creative or just make something. Gatherings ask participants to bring a project or artwork, share drinks, food, and games, or possibly discuss books or articles of interest. These weekly events are in Somerville on Monday evenings from 7-9PM and in Beverly on Wednesday nights from 6-8PM. 

Earlier this summer, Miranda’s Hearth hosted a creative outdoor festival at Hale Farm in Beverly. There were live music, art activities, lawn games, food, and a beer garden. It was really a great community event that allowed artists, local food vendors, and community members to kick off the summer in a fun and creative way! The outdoor festival was kindly co-hosted by Miranda’s Hearth and Historic Beverly!

Miranda Aisling is the inspiration of Miranda’s Hearth. In 2013, Miranda launched her book Don’t Make Art, Just Make Something which became the subject of a TEDx Talk in March 2014. This message, that everyone makes something, is at the center of her work both as the founder of Miranda’s Hearth and as an artist and community organizer. Through this creative programming, Miranda has inspired more than 25,000 people in the local community.

Future goals of The Hearth include a proposal to repurpose Briscoe Middle School in Beverly, MA as BevArt: The Beverly Arts Community Center. BevArt would include private creative work spaces, shared creative workspaces, community art programming, and access to community spaces including the auditorium, hallways, lobby, and gym. The ultimate goal is to develop sustainable infrastructure to support professional artists, provide a pathway to the arts for the broader community, and highlight local artists to tourists visiting Beverly. If you would like to be involved in this program, follow the link to get more involved. 

Phil Richard Insurance is so proud to highlight community programs and events that add to the culture, art, and heritage of our beloved North Shore.