Life Science grants awarded to projects in Holyoke

At a press conference at Holyoke Community College, Mayor Alex B. Morse and Governor Patrick announced the award of $9 million in capital grant funds for Western Massachusetts life science projects through the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s (MLSC) first round of state-wide grants. These grants are part of a $1 billion investment by Commonwealth over the next 10 years in Massachusetts life sciences. The MLSC awarded grants in Holyoke to the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC), Holyoke Community ...

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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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After The Factory: Film Screening in Holyoke

When a city’s economy collapses, what keeps the population going? What can be done to create jobs? What can be done with abandoned factories? On Friday, January 11th, 2013, Idea Mill will be presenting a screening of After The Factory, a documentary that explores the spirit of innovation, creativity, and re-invention of post-industrial Detroit, Michigan and Lodz, Poland.  The film is a production of Detroit Lives! in association with Topografie Association, of Lodz.

According to the film’s director, Philip ...

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Holiday Holyoke – A Pop Up Shop

Last week (December 14 through 16), a shop popped up at 330 High Street in Holyoke, and Holyoke residents turned out in full force to support it. At Holiday Holyoke all the items for sale were original art, unique hand-craft pieces by local artist and artisans all priced for $100 or less.  The selection of goods available ranged from Photographic Prints and Oil Paintings to hand-sewn baby booties and wallets made from duct tape.  Works featured were produced by up-and-coming ...

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From La Montaña to Main Street: The Cuatro Concert

On Saturday, December 1 at Our Lady of the Cross, the Puerto Rican Cultural Project will present From La Montaña to Main St.: The Cuatro Concert – a cultural musical event sponsored by Baystate Health.  The show will feature two outstanding performers: American-born Jeff Kust and Puerto Rico-born José González. Both will play the national instrument of Puerto Rico – the small, ten-string cuatro.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall of Our Lady of the ...

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Plug Into the Creative Valley

Plug Into the Creative Valley held a second successful networking event on Tuesday November 14th at the Paper City Brewery. Well attended by people working in an industry that includes architects, graphic designers, photographers, filmmakers, musicians and many others who make up the pioneer valley’s creative economy, the events have been a great opportunity for artists and entrepreneurs to meet like-minds, share lessons learned and harness the potential in the region.

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Nuestras Raices 20th Anniversary Gala & Photo Exhibition

Nuestras Raices is a grassroots organization that promotes human, economic, and community development in Holyoke, Massachusetts through projects relating to food, agriculture and the environment.  They will celebrate their 20th Anniversary with a Gala & Photo Exhibition this Thursday, November 15th, 2012 at Mill 1 in Open Square from 6 to 9pm. 

The event will feature original prints created by Jeffery Byrnes Photography, selected images from the organizational archives, and a line up of inspirational speakers ...

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Envision Depot Square concludes with Food + Fitness Dialogue

Envision Depot Square kicked off a series of discussions on Saturday, October 13 with a block party at the intersection of Dwight and Main Streets, the future site of a passenger rail platform in Holyoke. The next two events featured dialogues on Economic Development, and History and Culture at Gateway City Arts. The final dialogue on Food + Fitness will take place on October 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street.

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Stained Glass Restoration Lecture

Sponsored by the Holyoke Restoration Guild – this Saturday, October 20th from 11am-12pm, at Gateway City Arts (92 Race Street) Mr. Roberto Rosa will be presenting a 40-60 minute slideshow on the care, maintenance and conservation of stained glass windows.  Mr. Rosa’s experience in the restoration field and his studies in art began in Rome where he lived for twelve years.  He joined Serpentino Stained Glass in Needham, MA in 1988 – making it his goal to specialize ...

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Envision Depot Square kicks off with event October 13

With passenger rail service returning to Holyoke, The UMASS Architecture and Design Program is kicking off four community organized events to provide residents with an opportunity to learn more about what that means for economic and community development in their neighborhood.  A Pop-up Block Party will be held on Saturday October 13th, 2012 from 4pm-9pm at the corners of Main and Dwight Streets as a kick off event. The next three events will each cover a different topic relating ...

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