In recognizing that public art creates a unique sense of place and pride for all citizens and visitors to our community; and in preparation for the return of passenger rail service, the City of Holyoke, as part of a Community Development Block Grant has been awarded up to $20,000 in funding to complete an art installation in conjunction with streetscape renovation on Mosher, Main and Race Streets. This public art installation will transform the Mosher Street Rail Bridge Underpass into ...Continue Reading → Share
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 ...Continue Reading → Share
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 ...Continue Reading → Share
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 ...Continue Reading → Share
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 ...Continue Reading → Share
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 ...Continue Reading → Share
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 ...Continue Reading → Share
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 ...Continue Reading → Share
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 ...Continue Reading → Share
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 ...Continue Reading → Share