FRAMINGHAM: City of Dreams, Under the Same Flag, and A Community Write-in Wall

at Project B Gallery, 2021

Curated and produced by Claudia Ruiz Gustafson


FRAMINGHAM: City of Dreams

Framingham: City of Dreams is a traveling exhibition featuring 18 residents of Framingham who have helped to make our city a better place for all of us. This project aims to celebrate the contributions and life stories of these neighbors as integral members of our community and as a source of inspiration for young audiences.

The photographers and writers for this project are four Seniors from Framingham High School: Anton Bica, Fiona Burke, Casey Corcoran and Lucas Gustafson. This exhibition was produced by Claudia Ruiz Gustafson and is funded in part by a grant from the Framingham Cultural Council (Mass Cultural Council).

  • Alicia and David Blais (Daniel’s Table)
  • Andrea Dooley (Framingham Bakery Co)
  • Brendan Rodrigues (student at McAuliffe Charter Middle School)
  • Brigitte Griffin (environmental activist Transition Framingham)
  • Cristian Barragan (Saxonville Mills Cafe & Roastery)
  • David Stefanini and mother Angie (Waverly Market)
  • Dr. Shivang Patel (Metrowest Pharmacy)
  • Edgar Baltazar (El Pikante Foods)
  • Elana Gelfand (Senior at Framingham High School)
  • Francisco Jaquez (N+1 Cyclery)
  • Herb Chasan (Hoops and Homework)
  • Judith Grove (local activist, skate park on Dudley Road)
  • Judith Kalaora (Founder and artistic director of History at Play)
  • Kenneth Weiss (environmental activist
  • Mike Croci (environmental activist Transition Framingham)
  • Nicole Messier Doak (Framingham Coronavirus Community Outreach)
  • Priscila Sousa (activist in many important local organizations)
  • Dr. Vasan Ramachandran (Director Framingham Heart Study)


Under the Same Flag, an art exhibition juried by Claudia Ruiz Gustafson and Angela Ackerman is a multi disciplinary art exhibition that addresses concepts of identity, belonging, community, diversity and other pressing contemporary issues. This exhibit also aims to celebrate America as a mosaic of the world’s cultures. The participating artists are Alan Strassman, Bayda Asbridge & Lynn Simons, Cathy Weaver Taylor, Iris Grimm, Joni Lohr, Maria Servellon, Marissa Burns, Melvin Markowitz, Neil Horsky, Nicci Meadow, Nilou Moochhala, Paul Angiolillo, Siddharth Choudhary and Zammco.

Along with the exhibitions Framingham: City of Dreams and Under the Same Flag, we will have one wall, A Community Write-In, where visitors can post their messages. Have something to say? Say it!

Press Release


Press coverage:

Metrowest Daily News by Lillian Eden: Framingham gallery spotlights residents and contemporary issues with new art exhibit

Metrowest Daily News by Art Illman: Framingham High School and local artists honored at the Mill Contemporary Art gallery

Metrowest Daily News by Lillian Eden: Framingham exhibit aims to spotlight residents, spark conversation



FRAMINGHAM: City of Dreams 2.0

at Open Spirit Art Gallery, 2021

Produced by Claudia Ruiz Gustafson


Framingham: City of Dreams at Open Spirit:

Framingham: City of Dreams at Danforth Art Museum, Beyond Our Walls:


FRAMINGHAM: City of Dreams 3.0

at the Framingham Public Library, 2022

Produced by Claudia Ruiz Gustafson