Fostering the Arts in Franklin County

Creative Economy Summit 2015

Taking  creative businesses to the next level through collaboration

May 15, 2015, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA

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Nov 2014 Buzz - Solving the space conundrum - where to make and show art in the Valley

When: Wednesday, November 19th
Time: 6:00-8:00pm.
     (Note: it's the 3rd Weds due to Thanksgiving)
Where: The Arts Block, 289 Main Street, Greenfield.
as always,
   Food from Smithsonian Chowder House will be provided
   Drinks available from the Arts Block bar
Everyone in the creative economy needs SPACE, places to meet, network, collaborate, create, perform, exhibit, and sell. Join us for the next BUZZ event to discuss some innovative solutions, both real and virtual, to this ongoing subject.  After short presentations by our speakers, we hope to see a lively discussion of the issue,
Kim Curtin will talk about her experience operating a very unique art space in the Valley, The Boxcar Gallery in Greenfield.
Jeffrey C. Bianchine (Creative Economy Industries Coordinator for Holyoke) will talk about the City of Holyoke's efforts to assist property owners in transforming former mill buildings into venues for art, entertainment and innovative enterprises. Space may be abundant in Paper City, but mill owners face many challenges, including financing and code regulations, before their plans can be realized. Hear about some of the initiatives and clever solutions that have been implemented by the Office of Planning and Economic Development to spur development in its downtown urban core.
Illustrating the saying that 'necessity is the mother of invention', Turners Falls RiverCulture Director Suzanne LoManto will talk about her frustration finding studio space as the impetus for -- Created with the expertise of web developer Rich RothSpace  is designed to connect people with studio, exhibition, and retail art space in The Pioneer Valley, and Western Mass. The webservice will serve as a central place for people to list art space available to rent or buy.
Preview this new resource: try, add to, suggest -- Your input is needed and encouraged!
Please bring any handout material to share about your work or other topics of mutual interest on our information table.
Save the Date:  Western Mass Creative Economy Summit - March 27, 2015

BUZZ: Oct, 29, 2014, Finding Your "Role" in Film & Media

Join us for our monthly Buzz networking event October 29!BuzzFilm

Did you know the Bay State has hosted 30 major productions in the past 9 months alone? That every region of the Commonwealth has had film activity in the past three years?   And that Franklin County has had a starring role in this film frenzy, with 2 major productions in less than 2 years.. Labor Day and The Judge.  Lisa Strout, Director of the MA Film Office, will discuss the statewide resources for individuals and businesses interested in working with or in the film industry in Massachusetts...including the use of your home or business as a film location; pathways to a career in the film, television and/or new media industries; getting your first job; becoming an actor; promoting your art through the medium of film; and becoming a supplier to the industry.

When: Wednesday, October 29th
Time: 6:00 PM
Where: Arts Block Building,  289 Main Street, Greenfield, MA

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