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5th grade Ballroom dance at Winthrop Elementary School

Ballroom dance lessons for fifth graders at Winthrop School teach more than dance steps. Ipswich Ballroom Dance at Winthrop Elementary School

Sure the kids learn how to waltz. But they also learn something more important. They learn to respect fellow students.

Ballroom dancing is one of four programs the school runs to foster appropriate behavior amongst students. [Wicked Local photo by Ian Hurley]

People and Place: Oral Histories & Portraits of Ipswich Seniors

The project explores the history of Ipswich, Massachusetts through a juxtaposition of oral histories and contemporary portraits of 30 individuals born before 1930.

The generation of Americans born at this time lived through tumultuous world events: World War II, mass immigration, the Great Depression. How did the individuals of this small New England town respond to those events? What opportunities did Ipswich provide for those already here or those who came?

People and Place Oral Histories & Portraits of Ipswich Seniors[courtesy photo by Terri Unger]

The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild

The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild, Inc. exists for the charitable and educational purpose of promoting and strengthening excellence, access, and education in the theatrical arts for middle and secondary school students and teachers. For more than 80 years, the METG has been a leader in arts education, believing that theater has a unique power to enrich and transform young people’s lives.

The Massachusetts High School Festival is the METG’s premier event. The festival includes 115 one-act plays produced by member high schools. The competition is organized on three levels – preliminary, semi-final and state. Student excellence in acting and technical design is recognized at each level, including the selection of an All-Star Company at the finals. Two schools chosen at the State Festival represent Massachusetts in the New England Drama Festival, the regional showcase of secondary school theatre.

The Company of Ipswich High School presented “His Black Door.” The play was performed recently as part of the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild’s one-act play competition.


The Company of Ipswich High School performing "His Black Door"
[Wicked Local Photo by Nicole Goodhue Boyd]
Eric Johnson, Tara Mahalba, and Isabella Cassano in costume during rehearsal for the state drama competition production of "His Black Door."





Ipswich is widely recognized for its cultural strengths and attributes including award winning choirs, talented professionals, and individuals who perform as amateurs in local theatre productions. The Ipswich Cultural Council recognizes the importance of cultural development and supports community cultural and arts activities. Annual initiatives include:

Sponsorship of the Annual Art Show

Managing the Ipswich Cultural Council Grant Program which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency to support programs in the arts, humanities, and
interpretive sciences that contribute to the cultural vitality of our community

Surveying the community to set funding priorities for the Ipswich Cultural Council Grant Program


Members of the Ipswich Cultural Council, a Town Committee, are appointed by the Board of Selectmen.

If you would like to become a member of the Ipswich Cultural Council, contact:

Barta Hathaway


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