Somerville Open Studios is not just about art, it's also a good opportunity to check out some local bands and contribute to unique "outsider" art created by those with emotional and physical disabilities.
The "It's a Gift" store in Union Square will be holding a fund raising concert from 1 to 8 p.m. on both May 1 and May 2 of open studios weekend.
Local bands will play acoustic music, and people can have their shirts silk screened for a fee of $10, with an image of their choice, whether it be their favorite band's logo or image of outsider art. There will be a rack of clothing on hand for those who don't bring in a shirt to be silk screened. There will be a $5 entry fee.
"It's a Gift" is an art gallery that has been run by the Walnut Street Center for the past few years. Most recently, the gallery partnered with Outside the Lines in Medford to become "Creative Union."
The Walnut Street Center serves the developmentally delayed community by offering numerous support services, including those centered on creating art, which is shown and sold at the It's a Gift store. Outside the Lines is an arts-based alternative day program, collectively run by artists and for those with developmental and physical disabilities.
One of the most awe-inspiring aspects of the fund raiser is the response from the Somerville music community, said Allison Stroh, an art therapist and art promotion chairperson for Outside the Lines. A friend of Stroh's put out a call for musicians for the fundraiser in her online magazine, The Deli, and within a week over 20 bands expressed interest in donating their talent and time for our cause, Stroh said.