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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WIN: Dirk Auferoth And Associates

Dirk Auferoth and Associates will invest approximately $481,000 over the next 5 years into the acquisition and renovation of 532 Main Street, the 130,000 square foot building along a major gateway into the Center City. The company will relocate from their currently leased 10,000 square foot space on South Summer Street to a 20,000 square foot space on Main Street. This purchase made by Dirk & Suzannah Auferoth will also retain the seven businesses currently occupying space within the building. They will look to fill the ...

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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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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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Assets for Artists in Holyoke

Assets for Artists has announced their Fall 2012 grant cycle for art entrepreneurs living and working in Massachusetts. Eligible applicants include artists in all disciplines – visual artists, performers, designers, photographers, film-makers, artisans, etc. — whose practice would benefit from the opportunity to receive working capital funds and improve their financial and business management skills to make valuable investments aimed at growing their creative enterprises. By meeting savings goals and by completing required training, participating Massachusetts artists can receive $2,000 ...

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Jeffrey Bianchine named as Creative Economy Coordinator

In an effort to enhance economic environment for creative firms in Holyoke, the City announced the hiring of Jeffrey Bianchine to serve as its first Creative Economy Coordinator. in ordre to support the City’s efforts to develop existing and attract new industries related to arts, culture, design and media.

Jeffrey has spent his career managing and collaborating with artists across many disciplines. He worked for several years as a Director of Photography and Marketing in a high-volume portrait company ...

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Creative Economy Getting a Boost in Holyoke

The Creative Economy continues to establish itself as an industry cluster in downtown Holyoke. The City of Holyoke made great strides this month to establish itself as a creative economy center in Western Massachusetts. A cornerstone of the City’s economic development strategy, creative economy industries include the many interlocking sectors that provide creative services such as advertising, architecture, or the promotion of intellectual property products such as arts, film, computer games, multimedia and design. Here are some of the recent ...

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