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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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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Field Trip for Creative Placemaking

On December 11 and 12, staff from Holyoke’s Planning and Economic Development team visited Providence, Rhode Island to learn best-practices on creative placemaking from cultural entrepreneurs who are at the top of their field. The office’s Director, Marcos Marrero, and Jeffrey Bianchine, the city’s new Creative Economy Industries Coordinator toured properties and met with the leadership of AS220, an organization which provides a local forum and home for the arts, through the maintenance of residential and work studios, ...

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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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Creative Economy networking events in Holyoke

A networking event for creative-types was held on Tuesday, October 2 at Paper City Brewery in Holyoke. Plug into the Creative Valley was attended by over 125 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 event was hosted by PorterHouse Media and sponsored by Paper City Brewery, Western Mass Economic Development Council and MassDigi.

Another Plug Into the Creative Valley event will be ...

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Holyoke awarded $30K for Creative Economy

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) this week announced new grants to support artist work and live spaces across the Commonwealth through their ArtistLink grant program. The MCC awarded the City of Holyoke $20,000 and an additional $10,000 to the Canal Gallery onDwight Street.

“These funds will allow us to plan for the expansion of the creative economy in Holyoke. At the same time we’ll be able to provide direct assistance to property owners so that they can transform their spaces for ...

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