1. Articles in category: Creative Economy

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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. Close encounter with Douglas Trumbull: Visual effects wizard on working in the Berkshires, cinematic breakthroughs

      Close encounter with Douglas Trumbull: Visual effects wizard on working in the Berkshires, cinematic breakthroughs

      Academy Award winner Douglas Trumbull, whose screen credits include “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Blade Runner,” has engineered a high frame rate, 3-D system, which is light years ahead of what Hollywood is now utilizing. “The day of the multiplex is waning… with streaming, downloading and Netflix and HBO doing amazing content on television. So, of course, young movie-goers don’t see any difference. They would just as well watch ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ on this,” Trumbull said while tapping his smartphone during a recent visit to his studio.

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    16. Solar village proposed for former Belchertown State School

      Solar village proposed for former Belchertown State School

      A private firm, Solar Design Associates, is expected to discuss their plans for a Solar Artisan Village at Wednesday’s meeting of the Belchertown Economic Development Industrial Corporation that would be built on the former state school grounds.The Aug. 6 meeting at Lawrence Memorial Hall begins at 7 p.m. According to a company representative, James Kelly, the concept would be called BelArts.  “The Solar Artisan Village will be a working environment that creates jobs and revenue for Belchertown. The new village, in the heart of Belchertown, will be home to entrepreneurs, start-ups and a creative economy.”

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    17. Drawing on Experience | BusinessWest

      Drawing on Experience | BusinessWest

      Raf Anzovin, president of Northampton-based Anzovin Studio, has discovered that success in the animation industry comes to those who push their businesses to the edge — the cutting edge of technology.  Dedicated to supplying an array of services to clients while regularly improving the tools with which they create their products, the Anzovin Studio staff has mastered an ingenious two-pronged approach. Even when business is thriving, the company challenges itself to refine its practices and streamline its productivity, which serves to benefit both artists and clients.

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    18. Editorial: Springfield Innovation Cafe will offer high-test ideas and caffeine

      Editorial: Springfield Innovation Cafe will offer high-test ideas and caffeine

      The Springfield Innovation Café is still in its conceptual phase, but once realized, it has the potential to be to innovators in Western Massachusetts what the Student Prince and Fort Dining Room has been for the region’s politicians and businessmen. As envisioned by Paul Silva and Delcie Bean, the café will feature white boards, computers and, of course, Internet access. It will feature long hours to allow those in the innovation business time to gather before, during and after work to share ideas, brainstorm and think through solutions.

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    19. UMass President Robert Caret announces arts grants including one for theater project involving Springfield

      UMass President Robert Caret announces arts grants including one for theater project involving Springfield

      President Robert L. Caret has awarded more than $60,000 to two Western Massachusetts projects among the $270,000 in grants from the President's Creative Economy Initiatives Fund. The fund supports eight projects overall by UMass faculty members  in the arts, humanities and social sciences at all five campuses aimed to bring new creative resources to Massachusetts communities, according to a press release.

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    20. Holyoke to play host to Pioneer Valley Innovation Night with sea salt, nutrition counseling, other products unveiled

      Holyoke to play host to Pioneer Valley Innovation Night with sea salt, nutrition counseling, other products unveiled

      Innovators will showcase new products Thursday (June 26) at City Hall in the first Pioneer Valley Innovation Nights. "We're hoping for a big turnout. There's going to be a bunch of new products," said Jeffrey C. Bianchine, the city's creative economy coordinator. The event will be 6 to 8 p.m. upstairs in the ballroom at High and Dwight streets. Admission is free, with those who plan to attend asked to spread news about the event and the products on social media.

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    21. Holyoke City Council gives 2 more years to Jeff Bianchine as creative economy coordinator

      Holyoke City Council gives 2 more years to Jeff Bianchine as creative economy coordinator

      Bianchine's efforts have included setting up "pop up" stores offering art work for sale made by local artists around Christmas the past two years; fielding emails from artists and business owners seeking a building to operate in and asking how to navigate City Hall; and using $16,000 of a $20,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to help building owners who would like help with an analysis and estimated costs of improvements needed to ensure building and other codes are met. Ordinance Committee Chairwoman Rebecca Lisi said Bianchine's efforts actually have helped the Creative Arts Center ...

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    22. Tech Foundry in Springfield hosts open house, hopes to recruit 25 high school students for IT job placement program

      Tech Foundry in Springfield hosts open house, hopes to recruit 25 high school students for IT job placement program

      Tech Foundry will be holding an open house April 23, for teachers, students and volunteers at their new headquarters on 1391 Main St.  Founded by Paragus IT CEO Delcie Bean, Tech Foundry is a nonprofit education and job placement program for high school students looking to work in the world of informational technology. With partners such as Mass Mutual, UMass and Baystate Health, Tech Foundry has raised nearly $450,000 to get started.  In the near term, the program seeks to educate ambitious local students in order to create a homegrown workforce for the many area businesses looking for tech ...

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    23. Eagle Home Buyers moves to Open Square in Holyoke

      Eagle Home Buyers moves to Open Square in Holyoke

      Developer John Aubin and Eagle Home Buyers LLC are pleased to announce the opening of Eagle Home Buyers’ new office in the historic mill complex at Aubin's Open Square.  The 860-square-foot space positions the full-service real estate investment company to expand its services throughout Hampden and Hampshire counties. Gayle L. White, Eagle Home Buyers owner, said she is excited to bring specialty realty services to new clients and to become part of a thriving new model of business development to revitalize urban areas.

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