Art festival at Middleboro High to honor life of Dani Duggan

May 14, 2024

MIDDLEBORO — Danielle “Dani’’ Duggan loved few things more than working with arts students.

She served on the faculty of Middleboro High School for more than 24 years, where she worked as a drama teacher and was instrumental in the design of the Middleboro High School Performing Arts Center and Blackbox theater.

She died of cancer in 2022 at 56. But the Middleboro High School arts community has not forgotten her and has chosen to honor her with a festival that bears her name and celebrates the arts of Middleboro students.

The second annual Dani Duggan Arts Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18 at Middleboro High School. The free event will showcase works from students in kindergarten through grade 12 and will include student art galleries, musical and theatrical performances and Middleboro Educational Television Productions film screenings.

Her mother, Jeannine Brayman, appeared before the School Committee at their May 9 meeting to share the honor her daughter received from U.S. Rep. Bill Keating.

He spoke about her on the floor of Congress and submitted a tribute to her in the Congressional Record that reads in part “Dani’s passion for sharing her love for the arts serves as an example to all … I am proud to honor the life of Dani Duggan. I ask that my colleagues join me in recognizing her life’s commitment to serving her community through the arts.’’