Grant Program encourages Artists to save — application deadline 10/11

Assets for Artists (A4A) is excited to announce its Fall 2013 grant cycle for artist-entrepreneurs living or operating their creative business anywhere in Massachusetts.

Since 2008, A4A has been committed to helping Massachusetts artists build the foundation for a lifetime of creative work. Apply now to join them!

“This grant and its process was deeply changing, even transformative, ...

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CODE Program to assist Creative Property Owners in Holyoke

The City of Holyoke has launched an initiative to assist property owners in the Center City who want to rehabilitate their spaces for artistic, performance and other creative economy uses. Through this Change of Occupancy Determination Evaluation (CODE) Services Program, the City will be providing a handful of building owners with an analysis of which building, fire and other applicable codes would be required for their intended chance in use, along with an estimate of the related costs.

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Developing Holyoke’s Creative Side

In the 2012 CreativeNEXT Listen Tour Summary Report, Massachusetts Creative Economy Director, Helena Fuscio, identified business development as a top need among creative enterprises.  Starting in February of 2013, Fuscio began holding Creative Resource Panels and Open Office Hours for professionals working in creative industry sectors across the State.    Sessions, open to any Western Mass Artists and/or Creative Businesses, are being held in Holyoke  at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) on Appleton Street – and Fuscio ...

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Documentary on Holyoke Pop-up Restaurant

This April, the Holyoke Public Library and the Office of Planning and Economic Development co-sponsored Holyoke: Points of View – a month long celebration of art and culture.  Among the festivities produced was a pop-up art & dinning fundraiser called “Deposit”, the brain-child of Holyoke native Brendan Cieko.

Ceiko brought top chefs from Boston (Whisk) to the Paper City ...

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Study to take Snapshot of the Creative Economy

What is art? It’s an age-old question, nearly impossible to answer, and yet perennially captivating. This summer, the Office of Planning & Economic Development (OPED) wants to ask a similar question: Where is creative work going on in our city, and how can the City help? In addition to other projects, OPED has directed funds from a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant to conduct a study of both the scope of the creative economy and ...

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Holyoke Youth Find Inspiration in City Hall Stained Glass

Gateway City Arts (GCA) in collaboration with the Holyoke Restoration Guild, VK Restoration and Holyoke Boys and Girls Club is currently running an apprenticeship program focused on the applied Arts of historic restoration. 

Weekly, a handful of students from the Holyoke Boys & Girls club gather at GCA to work on projects that range from basic house painting, faux finishing and marbling to wood graining, stencil design, gold ...

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Holyoke DJ receives a Webby win and an Emmy nod

Last week, after winning his second Webby Award, internationally renowned, Holyoke-based DJ, Steve Porter announced that he received a 2013 Daytime Emmy Award nomination in the category of “Outstanding Promotional Announcement” for his work creating monthly mash-ups for ABC’s Good Morning America. 

Steve Porter and his company, PorterHouse Media, was commissioned by ABC to use his craft of video remixing to create signature monthly mash-ups ...

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Holyoke: POV draws crowds downtown

It’s been happening for decades – but now boiling over – Holyoke has seen in influx of artists; designers and producers of creative, cultural and intellectual products that are being exported around the globe. Once a city with the most millionaires per capita, Holyoke is again asserting itself on the world stage.

Holyoke: Points of View was a series of art and cultural events in April 2013 that drew thousands to Holyoke’s redeveloping downtown center. Made possible by the ...

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Get Your Business Online with Google

The EDC is partnering with Google to offer a free training for small business on how to take your business from offline to online on April 15 at the Springfield Marriott.

Google will provide guidance on how to build a free website, register a domain name and create an online business listing. They will also cover tools to help increase your online exposure through search engine optimization, using web analytics and increasing customer satisfaction, loyalty and word of mouth promotion.

Even if your ...

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Photo, Film and Food

Downtown Holyoke is buzzing with creative activity – talent from across multiple disciplines have found the factory spaces and canal-lined streets the perfect place to cook up thier art.

PHOTO – On Saturday March 8th, approximately a dozen photographers and models traveled from as far as New Haven to Holyoke for a fashion-photo meet-up organized by photographer/model Stephanie Wohlers on social media.  Local studios Jeffrey B Photography (80 Race St.) and Paper City Pictures (62 Main St.) opened their doors to allow for ...

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