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    1. Mass Cultural Council fetes lawmakers, arts leaders at Holyoke celebration

      Mass Cultural Council fetes lawmakers, arts leaders at Holyoke celebration

      Top leaders with the Massachusetts Cultural Council, touring the state with a new logo and four-point strategic plan, stopped at the Holyoke Cultural Arts Center on Thursday to honor local lawmakers and celebrate the role of arts and culture in transforming communities. The state agency's "bold and vibrant" new message emphasizes "the power of culture" to fuel economic development, enliven communities, transform lives, and support equity and inclusion, said Mass Cultural Council president Anita Walker.

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    2. Group’s Mission Centers Around Women Investing in Women

      Group’s Mission Centers Around Women Investing in Women

      Kate Putnam knew something special was going on — right from the first get-together. That was back about 18 months or so ago, when a dozen women were invited to a breakfast to discuss ideas for making Western Mass. the place for women entrepreneurs and innovators. “More than 30 showed up,” said Putnam, one of the organizers and chief spokespeople for a group that came to be known, after considerable discussion, as WIT, initially a joint venture of Valley Venture Mentors and the Economic Development Council of Western Mass. That’s short for Women Innovators & Trailblazers, and also for What It ...

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    3. 'Daddy's Home 2' pumped $19 million into Massachusetts economy, workers took home $10 million in wages, film group says | masslive.com

      'Daddy's Home 2' pumped $19 million into Massachusetts economy, workers took home $10 million in wages, film group says | masslive.com

      The industry group's CEO, Charles Rivkin, singled out the state's large and controversial film tax credit program as a boon that will continue to help movie productions head to the Bay State for filming locations.  'The production of Daddy's Home 2 demonstrates the powerful economic impact of film and television on local communities across the country,' he said in a statement. 'According to Paramount Pictures, the film supported more than 350 local businesses in communities across Massachusetts.'

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    4. Arts in Massachusetts employs 150,000, generates $1.4 billion in income | masslive.com

      Arts in Massachusetts employs 150,000, generates $1.4 billion in income | masslive.com

      The arts in Massachusetts are a booming business, according to two extensive studies released Monday.  The studies found the nonprofit arts industry in Massachusetts supports 73,000 jobs. And the total creative economy -- which also includes jobs like web designers, music teachers and jewelers -- employs 150,000 people.  Nonprofit arts organizations generated $1.4 billion in household income and more than $2.2 billion of economic activity in 2015.  'Arts and creativity are major economic drivers,' said James Canales, president of the Barr Foundation, a philanthropic foundation that funds the arts and paid for the studies.

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    5. Seen@ Art Stop(s) pop-up galleries in downtown Springfield

      Seen@ Art Stop(s) pop-up galleries in downtown Springfield

      The third Art Stop(s) pop-up gallery event was held Wednesday afternoon in downtown Springfield despite a driving rainstorm that forced the cancellation of other events. Promoted by the Springfield Central Cultural District, it was a chance to have five new pop-up art galleries open at the UMass Center, the lobby of 1550 Main, the Community Foundation of Western Mass., New England Public Radio Offices and the TD Bank Building all located within walking distance.

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    6. Northampton Facility Offers Affordable Space for Creatives

      Northampton Facility Offers Affordable Space for Creatives

      It’s been four long years since the Northampton Center for the Arts had a place to call home. But that’s about to change.  In September, the center will become the first tenant of a building at 33 Hawley St. in Northampton, purchased in 2013 by Northampton Community Arts Trust, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve space for use by artists. It was conceived on the principle of a land trust, in which land is purchased with a particular intention, such as preservation.

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    7. 4th Western Mass. Film and Media Exchange Slated

      4th Western Mass. Film and Media Exchange Slated

      Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) will partner with Vitec Videocom to bring their nationally touring ‘Roadshow’ to the Sheraton Springfield on May 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  This will be BFMC’s 4th Film and Media Exchange — a ‘Day 2 Play’ — with workshops and an exhibit hall showcasing the latest in production equipment. The event will focus on cost-effective production techniques designed for anyone in broadcasting, filmmaking, photography, communications, and marketing. The exchange also includes lunch, keynote speech, and networking opportunities with others in the industry.  According to Diane Pearlman, executive director of ...

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    8. "1984" nets Holyoke Creative Arts Center $300 thanks to South Hadley's Tower Theaters

      "1984" nets Holyoke Creative Arts Center $300 thanks to South Hadley's Tower Theaters

      Arts groups struggling to stay viable embrace the notion that every little bit helps, so the Holyoke Creative Arts Center appreciated the $300 received from South Hadley's Tower Theaters' recent showing of "1984." "It is unfortunate the arts can be such a struggle in a crowded field, and things aren't getting any easier lately, which is why the students, members and board at HCAC really appreciate the attention from Tower Theaters and all those who donated," said Jeffrey C. Bianchine, president and interim director of the Holyoke Creative Arts Center (HCAC).

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    9. Three Innovative Artists to Show at Springfield Pop-up Gallery Walk - BusinessWest

      Three Innovative Artists to Show at Springfield Pop-up Gallery Walk - BusinessWest

      Multi-media, dynamic, vibrant art is coming to downtown Springfield — in unexpected spaces. The second edition of Springfield Central Cultural District’s (SCCD) Art Stop program, to be unveiled on Wednesday, April 5 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., will feature three artists displaying at 1550 Main Street, New England Public Radio (NEPR), and the UMass Center at Springfield. Residents, neighbors, and employees are invited to join in the free celebration to enjoy art, food, music, and more.

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    10. HitPoint Studios in Springfield is at forefront of augmented reality gaming | masslive.com

      HitPoint Studios in Springfield is at forefront of augmented reality gaming | masslive.com

      When Paul Hake comes up with an idea for work, he hopes his 6-year-old daughter likes it. If not, it's likely back to the drawing board.  Hake is the founder of HitPoint Studios in Springfield. The company has designed games for a number of clients, including Microsoft, Disney, Hasbro Toys, Nokia and Dreamworks. While they make various types of games, they primarily focus on augmented reality (AR) games for children.  When people think of AR games they likely think of Pokemon Go, which was a first of its kind for many. But HitPoint Studios actually designed a similar game ...

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    11. Western Massachusetts Film and Media Exchange coming to Springfield

      Western Massachusetts Film and Media Exchange coming to Springfield

      According to Diane Pearlman, Executive Director of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, the goal of this year's event – titled "How To Tell Your Story Using Video" - is to debunk common myths about difficulties surrounding video production. "In today's world, effective videos are key to a company's ability to tell their story in their digital marketing, branding and social media campaigns," said Pearlman, a multimedia professional and animation producer with more than 20 years of experience and credits including 1999's "The Matrix" and 1998's "What Dreams May Come." Workshops at the Exchange will cover a ...

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    12. Film and Media Exchange to Be Presented Oct. 19

      Film and Media Exchange to Be Presented Oct. 19

      The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative will present the third annual Western MA Film and Media Exchange on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel. This year’s exchange, titled “How To Tell Your Story Using Video,” is a one-day conference dedicated to helping nonprofits and small businesses de-mystify the video-production process. “In today’s world, effective videos are key to a company’s ability to tell their story in their digital marketing, branding, and social-media campaigns,” said Diane Pearlman, executive director of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative. “Workshops at the exchange will cover a variety ...

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    13. Holyoke receives Adams Arts Grant for Creative Economy

      Holyoke receives Adams Arts Grant for Creative Economy

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      HOLYOKE, MA – The Holyoke Creative Arts Center (HCAC) is excited to announce that it has again received an Adams Arts Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) for the ARTery.  The state agency has awarded the project $35,000 for 2016 and 2017.  The partnership between the HCAC, the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce (GHCC), the Western Mass Economic Development Council (EDC), and the City of Holyoke was initially funded in 2014 by a $75,000 Adams Arts Grant. The Adams Arts Program supports projects that revitalize communities, create jobs, grow creative industries, and increase engagement in ...

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    14. VVM’s Expo Pitch Contest to Feature Debut of InnovateHER

      VVM’s Expo Pitch Contest to Feature Debut of InnovateHER

      A popular tradition will continue at the 2015 Western Mass. Business Expo on Nov. 4, with a Pitch Contest presented by Valley Venture Mentors (VVM). And this year’s competition will have a new and intriguing twist.  The contest, which represents a partnership between VVM, the Economic Development Council of Western Mass., and the Small Business Administration, will feature the debut of the InnovateHER pitch competition. The InnovateHER Challenge is a national prize competition aimed at unearthing products and services that impact and empower women and families through local business competitions.

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    15. Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative hosts 2nd media exchange

      Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative hosts 2nd media exchange

      Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative's second annual Western Massachusetts Film and Media Exchange will take place on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Baystate Health's Whitney Avenue Conference Center in Holyoke. The daylong conference will include workshops, seminars, demonstrations and networking opportunities for film and video professionals, as well as businesses who are looking to use film and video in their marketing, branding and social media efforts.

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    16. Plug Into The Creative Valley coming to Holyoke's The Cubit

      Plug Into The Creative Valley coming to Holyoke's The Cubit

      Plug Into The Creative Valley is coming to The Cubit. The free monthly traveling event where "local creatives" gather to talk and trade ideas is Paper City-bound again as Plug Into the Creative Valley meets Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at The Cubit, 164 Race St. "A great opportunity to meet like-minded artists and creative business owners in the valley for a no pressure night of networking ..." was how the event was described on The Cubit Facebook page.

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    17. Being Entrepreneurial

      Being Entrepreneurial

      When Katie Stebbins talks with those involved in efforts across the state to create and expand what are coming to be known as ‘entrepreneurial ecosystems,’ she speaks with a good deal of perspective — and experience. Indeed, the Commonwealth’s recently named assistant secretary for Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, within the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development.

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    18. Creative economy summit 2015

      Creative economy summit 2015

      Creative economy summit Greenfield - A major regional event designed to increase the capacity and success of the creative industries in Western Massachusetts. This annual convening of the creative sector provides the opportunity to network, address public and private partnerships, gain business and technical skills, and access practical information about available resources on Friday, May 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Greenfield Community College, One College Drive.

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    19. Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts introduces new Creative Awards this spring

      Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts introduces new Creative Awards this spring

      In that spirit, the Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts recently introduced a new board of directors and a new focus on "local" creatives for the coming season. The club also announces an exciting new format for the advertising community's biggest event of the year - the Creative Awards Show.

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    20. Springfield Central Cultural District Public Art Sponsorship Program aims to brighten downtown: Guest viewpoint

      Springfield Central Cultural District Public Art Sponsorship Program aims to brighten downtown: Guest viewpoint

      The Springfield Central Cultural District aims to find innovative ways to support cultural institutions and artists and enliven downtown spaces in our city. These goals are represented in a new public art sponsorship program, which pairs pieces of public art in the district with sponsors in order to raise funds to pay the artists an honorarium for their work. The art available for sponsorship is by two artists whose work currently brightens our downtown, sculptor James Kitchen and painter John Simpson. We are lucky to have these two talented artists working with us, and we look forward to welcoming many ...

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    21. Filmmaker hopes to build 'cross-cultural bridge' in former Millers Falls church | masslive.com

      Filmmaker hopes to build 'cross-cultural bridge' in former Millers Falls church | masslive.com

      A filmmaker working in Beijing for the past seven years hopes to resurrect a former church and transform the building into a cross-cultural bridge between China and the United States.  Richard J. Widmer purchased the former St. John’s Church and rectory in the village of Millers Falls here in December to become the Millers Falls Arts Bridge.

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    22. A Major Production

      A Major Production

      Diane Pearlman says Massachusetts looks like a lot of places — in this country and around the globe.  “Maybe it doesn’t look like the Sahara Desert, but it can look like most of the rest of the world,” she told BusinessWest, adding that this is one of many reasons why the Bay State is becoming increasingly popular with filmmakers at all levels.  Massachusetts, or at least the Franklin County community of Shelburne, looks enough like rural Indiana — the setting for the story behind The Judge — to become the chosen location for the shooting of most scenes in that recently released ...

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    23. Game developer HitPoint Studios moving to Springfield after local investors

      Game developer HitPoint Studios moving to Springfield after local investors

      HitPoint Studios will move its offices from Amherst to Springfield after a group of local investors committed $1.25 million to the company in an effort to keep it in Western Massachusetts. The mobile and video game developer received competing offers from the Silicon Valley and Boston areas, contingent upon moving there. In a statement, River Valley Investors Chairman John Goodhue said HitPoint is "exciting" and now it "will grow right here."

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