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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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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