An inspiring exhibit featuring more than 30 women of color who have made a positive impact on society through a broad range of talents, knowledge and expertise is on display at the Pan African Historical Museum (PAHMUSA) from February 2 through March 31 in celebration of Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March.
Entitled "The Intersection: Untold Stories of Women of Color On the Move", the exhibit, which is comprised of 13 panels of photos and biographical information for each woman, is said to explore the intersecting "lines" and worlds of women of color on the move to create a more inclusive world.
“Through their untold stories, we can all learn more about history, issues, trends, perspectives, motivation and courage,” explained Professor Janine Fondon of Bay Path University, one of the exhibit organizers along with PAHMUSA Director LuJuana Hood.
The featured women in the exhibit made their marks in a variety of areas including: medicine, science, art, music, civil rights, innovation, religion and education.
“The women of color –many hidden figures—in the exhibit are considered pacesetters and game changers who broke barriers in civil rights and feminism before it was commonly known, acknowledged or accepted. Each of the women highlighted offers valuable life lessons for every generation – especially as the exhibit details the various intersections where stories emerged, challenges were clear and success was evident.” added Fondon.
The public is invited to stop by PAHMUSA located on the second floor of Tower Square to see the exhibit and read about these inspirational women. The gallery is open and FREE to the public.
Drop by the Tower Square Food Court at lunchtime on Valentines and shop with our merchants and vendors for your last minute Valentines goodies! Also enjoy some great live music while enjoying your lunch from one of our fine food court eateries!
Valley Venture Mentors has begun their 2018 accelerator program, and this one promises to be one of the best yet, as they mentor 36 startup companies, grooming them for success.
The 36 startups, chosen from 200 applicants from around the world, represent high-quality, early-stage startups across many industries and sectors, including biotechnology, healthcare, energy, software, consumer goods, education and social impact.
“The quality of these startups and the breadth of industries they represent is astounding,” said VVM CEO Liz Roberts. She also points out that 30 of the 36 companies have an affiliation with one of our area colleges.
The startup accelerator, now in its fourth year, provides intensive training, a network of highly skilled mentors, and funding that enables startup founders to establish and grow their businesses at a fast pace. Startups are eligible to win up to $50,000 in equity-free cash at the end of the program. The winners will be announced on Thursday, May 24 at the VVM Startup Accelerator Awards.
VVM’s Visionary Partners include MassMutual and The Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation.
VVM is also partnering for a second year with Pathlight, a local organization which serves people with intellectual disabilities. The two organizations put out a national call for entrepreneurs with technology ideas that could increase independence for those with intellectual disabilities. After a rigorous selection process, two startups were selected to participate in the Accelerator: NSV Online Radio and Innovation Cooperative 3D, LLC.
For a list of the VVM 2018 Startup Accelerator Cohort visit www.ValleyVentureMentors.org
Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) is a not-for-profit based in Springfield, Massachusetts that is focused on growing the entrepreneurial renaissance in Western Massachusetts. VVM is developing high-growth potential startups in Western Massachusetts and strengthening Springfield’s reputation as the next startup destination city. VVM is located on street level at Tower Square.
Check out the experimental multi-screen digital photo display in the immersion tent at the back of the gallery, while visiting the new Fran Gardino exhibit at the Valley Photo Center!
It won't take much coaxing to pull the kids away from their electronics on February 20th, as the Springfield Thunderbirds Hockey team will be waiting for them at Tower Square for a FREE action packed fun-filled interactive hockey clinic designed for kids with or without any hockey training. The informal training stations with members of the team will wrap up with an autograph signing session and raffle prizes. So mark your calendar, as this will be one day to get the kids out of the house!
Celebrating 15 years of hard work and success, D.R.E.A.M. Studios founder Benjamin Smith says he is proud of his students and the opportunity that he has had to help shape their lives for success and a bright future.
“I am motivated to change the lives of children who have no dream or vision, to give them hope, and help them find their voice and passion,” explained Smith, who established the non-profit performing arts agency in 2003.
The accronym D.R.E.A.M. stands for Dramatically Reaching Everyone’s Artistic Mentality. The meaning of which is near and dear to the organization’s mission, which is to provide access to all aspects of the arts to community youth who fall between the cracks of other after school programs.
At D.R.E.A.M. Studios the students receive training in dance, vocals and acting in a structured environment, by licensed and certified staff. The programs include afterschool, school vacation and summer camp day care for children ages 5 – 14.
“We are committed to providing engaging academics coupled with performing arts experience for all of our After School Program students,” Smith added. “Our conservatory classes instill the correct techniques and training while developing the student’s individual strengths not only as actors, dancers and singers, but also as people of integrity.”
That training certainly pays off as three D.R.E.A.M. students have gone on to tour nationally with Disney’s The Lion King, to mention a few individual success stories. The organization continues to expand its community engagements and performances, including a recent Martin Luther King Jr Day performance at the MassMutual Center last month.
The D.R.E.A.M students are currently preparing for a special Black History Celebration performance at Tower Square entitled “Living the Dream” on Friday, February 23 at noon in the food court.
D.R.E.A.M. Studios is located at Tower Square with an entrance off of Bridge Street.
Stop in at Art for the Soul Gallery and enjoy the 7th Generation Exhibit while you still have the opportunity. The exhibit is FREE and open to the public during regular gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday 11am - 5pm Saturdays by appointment.
Ten Native American nations are represented by the artwork and talents of the following artists:
Marla Allison John Longbow
Jonathan Curley Dave Fadden
Lee Claremont David Martine
Karen Ann Hoffman Lenny Novak
Brandon Lazore Curator: Billy Myers
Some local celebrities and community leaders will be rolling up their sleeves and filling up your glasses in an effort to raise money for Junior Achievement of Western MA (JAWM) as part of the JA Celebrity Bartender Event this month!
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 27 from 5:30 – 8:30pm and head over to Plan B Burger Bar to take part in this fun fundraiser event for JA. You can expect to see a lot of people you know including these local celebrity bartenders:
Get ready to enjoy great company, fun trivia, delicious food and drinks while supporting financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs for our youth. Additionally, you will have a chance to win some great raffle prizes with the purchase of raffle tickets.
Admission is free of charge. Donations to JA come through your tips to the bartenders, so tip well! 100% of bar and online tips will benefit JA programs for the youth of Western MA.
Junior Achievement of Western MA is located on the second floor of Tower Square. Learn more at www.jawm.org
Community Bank is located on street level of Tower Square near our Main Street entrance.
Hundreds turned out to take advantage of last month’s free Tower Square Health & Wellness Fair, which featured a variety of health screenings, flu vaccinations and more.
One of the most popular vendor stations at the expo was the True Blue Health & Wellness table where close to 100 people took a simple mouth swab genetic/DNA test to gain insight into their cardiac health, carrier status, cancer detection, diet analysis and medication response. Participants were told that the test results will be sent to their homes in about three weeks. True Blue representatives were kept busy entering information into their computer system to ensure that participants’ health insurance companies covered the cost of the test.
The CVS pharmacist was also kept busy giving flu shots and handing out information about the other vaccines that they can administer at their Tower Square location including vaccines for: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Shingles, Human Papillomavirus, Meningitis, MMR, Pneumonia, Td & Tdap and Varicella. (You can stop by the CVS pharmacy to request any of these vaccines.)
The Tower Square Health & Wellness Expo was produced for CBRE/Tower Square management by A Balanced Life.