Easthampton City Arts Enriches Cultural Life of Western Mass Community
Western Massachusetts’ beauty has allowed the area to become somewhat of a haven for artists. The area is chock-full of painters, photographers, sculptors, potters, performers, and other creative types, their work saturating our communities with artistic expression in a wide variety of mediums. Connecting these artists and their work to the the rest of the community are arts organizations, which serve as valuable resources for connecting families with events and community-based learning opportunities.
In Easthampton, Easthampton City Arts supports a wide variety of cultural opportunities so as to strengthen the community’s cultural identity and to allow community members greater access to events that highlight arts and humanities. In doing so, Easthampton City Arts allows families to connect with arts-related community resources, and to engage in community events that support learning, like free workshops and exhibits.
From music to photography, Easthampton City Arts supports all facets of the community’s cultural scene, and enhances the community’s connections to such resources through Art Walk Easthampton, a monthly event highlighting gallery exhibitions, performances, hands-on activities, and much more within Easthampton’s downtown district and surround area. Held on the second Saturday of each month from 5-8pm, Art Walk pairs pre-existing cultural opportunities and resources with special events in order to create an event that is culturally all-encompassing. Art Walk events can include everything from opening receptions for exhibits of fine art to bonfires and fire-spinning performances!
In addition to Art Walk, Easthampton City Arts helps to promote cultural events and learning opportunities through an online community calendar where live events, exhibitions, and educational events are listed. Not only does the calendar serve as a resource for identifying potential learning opportunities, but it stands as a testament to the sheer number of cultural and educational events and resources that are available within Easthampton.
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