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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. "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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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