In what is said to be the first-of-its-kind “show of force” of Native American art and culture ever in New England, representatives of Art for the Soul Gallery, are announcing the opening of 7th Generation: Contemporary Native American Artists of the 21st Century set for a soft open on Thursday, October 12. The exhibition is scheduled to run through December 31, 2017.
Made possible in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, 7th Generation is a Native American Exhibition that features not only contemporary artwork, but also an extensive range of programming to include traditional music, food, language, genealogy, films, storytelling, an artisans market, artisan demonstrations, an encampment, lecture series and more representing nine Native American nations from the Southwest, Midwest and Northeast regions of the United States.
Artists from the Mohawk, Pueblo, Ashiihii Salt Clan, Oneida, Choctaw, Shinnecock, Montauk, Abenaki, and Cherokee nations will have their work on display at Art for the Soul Gallery curated by Billy Myers, who himself is from the Mohawk nation.
“Native American values in art often counter western norms of artistic aspiration and self-promotion,” commented Myers. “These artists spend a great deal of time supporting their communities. Many testify to the profound healing of their artwork, with a mission to interpret Native life to a largely misunderstood, indifferent, and many times cliché interpretation of their work.”
Throughout the duration of the art exhibition at Art for the Soul Gallery, there will be a number of other 7th Generation events taking place including a lecture and film series to be held at UMass Center, an Artisans Market to be held inside Tower Square retail space, as well as a Native American Encampment in Tower Square Park, where there will be drumming demonstrations and food tastings. John Longbow, will also be on hand to demonstrate making and playing a Longbow guitar. There will even be a special performance by the Peace Poets.
“We couldn’t be more excited about this incredible show and the comprehensive programming about to take place at the gallery, as well as throughout Tower Square and the UMass Center in the coming weeks,” commented Rosemary Tracy Woods, Executive Director of Art for the Soul Gallery. “This promises to be a very special Native American exhibition like none other in this part of the country.”
For more details on the various 7th Generation program dates, times and locations visit www.Art4TheSoul.org periodically, as scheduling was ongoing at the time of this publication.
Everything’s coming up donations and exciting membership news for Valley Venture Mentors (VVM)!
Just last month the Economic Development Council of Western MA (EDC) announced that several members came together to donate a total of $50,000 to VVM to be combined with a matching donation by the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation. VVM will use the $100,000 donation total for their mentorship, education and community programs for entrepreneurs.
Other rousing news that VVM has received is an invitation to join the prestigious Global Accelerator Network (GAN). After a rigorous selection process, GAN invited VVM to join its network, which is described as “a highly curated community of independent accelerators, corporates, and investors.” GAN is known to create opportunities around the world for startups to access the human and financial capital they need to build businesses and make meaningful impact, wherever they call home. To date, GAN has helped over 5,000 startups receive over $4.8-billion in funding and created 28,000 jobs globally.
By accepting GAN’s invitation VVM is joining more than 85 other accelerators in a network that includes programs such as TechStars, Microsoft Accelerator and PlayLabs@MIT.
GAN will offer expansive opportunities for VVM startups and for VVM as a whole including:
VVM is located on street level at Tower Square. For more information visit www.ValleyVentureMentors.org
The Center for Human Development (CHD) in partnership with Tower Square’s Cambridge College is presenting the Through Her Eyes Human Service Conference this month on Friday, October 27th at the MassMutual Center.
This conference is packed with best practices for social work, direct care, education and psychology from other professionals, especially those who work with girls and young women. The conference also offers practical workshops, inspirational keynotes, and high-quality networking for those working in helping professions.
With a focus on at-risk girls and young women, this conference will provide attendees with tools to better serve a vulnerable population.
Register at www.CHD.org/ThroughHerEyes
The UMass Center at Springfield invites you to three learning opportunities to boost your knowledge and skills:
“Squeeze Your Lemon, Not a Car” - Consumer Awareness Workshop: Monday, October 16 5 – 6:30pm
The purchase of a car is the second biggest financial decision consumers make. Before heading to a dealer for a test drive, there are many decisions, and steps to take before leaving your home. Making those decisions and taking those steps could get you the best deal on the vehicle that fits your needs. Empowering yourself beforehand could potentially save you money and a headache, and prevent you from purchasing a vehicle that is not dependable or reliable. Reserve your seat now to learn how you can “Squeeze Your Lemon, Not a Car.”
The workshop facilitator is Milagros Johnson, Director of the Mayor's Office of Consumer Information working in cooperation with the MA Attorney General's Office. Johnson has over 20 years of experience educating and helping consumers advocate for their rights. This workshop is part of the UMass Center's "Resolutions Within Reach" series. Light refreshments will be served. To register for this free workshop, visit https://umasscenteratspringfield.org/events/squeeze-your-lemon-not-car-consumer-awareness-workshop.
EXCEL-APALOOZA! Workshops: Wednesday, November 8
Take your Excel skills to the next level with four hands-on workshops.
Come for one session or stay all day. Visit https://www.ptraining.com/excel-apalooza/ for more information.
RiseUp Springfield is still accepting applications for its inaugural cohort of small business owners.
Get the knowledge, know-how, and network you need to grow your business. Think like a CEO to increase your revenue, create jobs, and positively impact your community. No previous degree required, only the willingness to work on your business, not just in it! Visit https://www.interise.org/RiseUp-Springfield for more information.
All of these opportunities are being offered at UMass Center at Springfield located on the second floor of Tower Square at 1500 Main Street.
Our kids need YOU! Junior Achievement of Western MA (JAWM) is gearing up for an exciting school year, with many volunteer opportunities underway. When can you help? Here are a few of our upcoming events:
Wednesday, 10/11 7:30am-11am: Largest JA in a Day at Central, Commerce, and Putnam
Friday, 10/20 7:15am-1:30pm: JA in a Day at Wilbraham Middle School
Monday, 11/6 7:30am-1:30pm: JA in a Day at Baird Middle School
Thursday, 11/9 11am-1:30pm AND/OR 5:30pm-8pm: JA’s Stock Market Challenge at the MassMutual Center!!
What is the Stock Market Challenge? Only the best JA event ever!
In this high-tech stock market simulation, teams are given $1,000,000 to invest in over 50 fictitious stocks. With trading days lasting just 60 seconds, the goal is to build the highest portfolio net worth in a frantic 60 “days.” Student teams will participate in the day program and then sponsors field teams for our action-packed evening event. Volunteers man registration and t-shirt tables, and become traders and wait staff during the events. Now doesn’t that sound like fun?
Why volunteer with JA? To feel good!
Check our website for more info: www.jawm.org. JA is located on the second floor of Tower Square.
Karrah Smith receives
award for participation
in BC Awareness Event
Something to Talk About owner Karrah Smith, not only donated clothing from her ladies clothing boutique at Tower Square, but also participated as a guest judge for last month’s Rock the Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Fashion Show and Pageant.
About 200 people attended the event held at Holyoke City Hall. It was directed by Sonia Battle, whose sister, Betsy Sgpacheco, is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The proceeds will help Sgpacheco cover some of her medical expenses.
Smith was given an award for her participation in the event. To see some of the designs she donated for the fashion show, stop by her store, Something to Talk About, located on street level of Tower Square.