Pop ups & Placemaking

Find resources to help produce festivals, pop ups and events celebrating, enhancing and activating places in Holyoke.

 


What is Placemaking?

(the) Placemaking process capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, and it results in the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to people’s health, happiness, and well being.” PPS.org

“Creative Placemaking is an evolving field of practice that intentionally leverages the power of the arts, culture and creativity to serve a community’s interest while driving ...

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Holyoke receives $50K for creative placemaking project under I-391

Holyoke has been designated as one of 64 successful “Our Town” grant recipients by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) this year, one of only 9 in the Vacant Properties category. Chairman Jane Chu announced last week that the City will be receiving $50,000 among $4.3 million in support for projects across the nation.  The funds were pursued by the Office of Planning & Economic Development (OPED) as part of the gateway improvements to South Holyoke and Springdale neighborhoods ...

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I-391 Infraspace Project

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Infra-Space program, which officially launched in July of 2014,  invites public-private redevelopment of under-utilized areas surrounding transportation infrastructure, such as elevated roads, bridges, and viaducts. Inspired by the ongoing redevelopment of the I-93 South East Expressway underpass in Boston with combined parking and public space, MassDOT has expanded the program to include additional properties in 7 cities across Massachusetts.

These cities will work with MassDOT to evaluate innovative proposals to use their proposed sites as neighborhood ...

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The ARTery

The ARTery seeks to empower creative enterprise by providing training, development resources, placemaking tools, and marketplace opportunities to the artists, innovators and creative entrepreneurs of Western Mass. It is a collaboration between the City of Holyoke, the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, the Holyoke Creative Art Center and the Western Mass Economic Development Council, funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Adams Arts Program.

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Street Furniture Designed and Built by Local Artists Will Be Unveiled at Next Stop Holyoke

Following a Call for Art issued by the Planning and Economic Development Office, the City of Holyoke has selected a proposal submitted by local artists Kamil Peters and Michael Karmody to design and build street furniture that will remain available and periodically re-positioned throughout portions of Holyoke’s Innovation District.  Peters and Karmody are Holyoke-based artists and members of the Brick Coworkshop, a collaborative work environment that is home to artists, engineers, designers, and fabricators located downtown within the ...

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The Cubit to host an Open House

On Thursday, September 24, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., the public is invited to an open house event at THE CUBIT, a four-story soon to be renovated mixed-use mill building at 164 Race Street, on the canal in Holyoke’s Innovation District.

Last known as the Cubit Wire and Cable Company, brothers Denis and Marco Luzuriaga purchased the 50,000 square foot building in April, 2015. Upcoming plans for the building include the Canal Market, an indoor market, providing quality artisan foods, much ...

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Call for Art: Images of Industry

The City of Holyoke seeks “images of industry” from regional artists to incorporate into a proposed series of banners. Vertical banners will be displayed on lamp posts along the streets of downtown Holyoke. Artwork should be original and reflect on the past and/or present industries of Western Massachusetts.

Up to five images may be chosen. Artists will receive $300 for each image selected. More than one image per artist may be selected. Images may be altered to fit with the final ...

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Holiday Shopping Popping Up in Holyoke

Looking for unique and original holiday gift ideas?  This week several seasonal gift shops filled with works by local artists, artisans and crafters will be appearing at various locations in Holyoke.  On Thursday, December 18 and Friday December 19 from 3pm to 7pm multiple pop up shops will appear on Race Street at Paper City Studios and Parsons Hall.  Also, for its third year, the Holiday Holyoke Art Shop will be open; however, this year the shop will ...

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