Dawn Belkin Martinez, Ph.D., LICSW, is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work and was formerly an instructor in psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. Trained as a family therapist, Dawn worked as the senior social worker on the Inpatient Psychiatry Service at Children’s Hospital Boston for 13 years and is the co-author of the book Social Justice in Clinical Practice: A Liberation Health Framework for Social Work. Dawn is one of the founding members of the Boston Liberation Health Group and gives presentations locally, nationally, and internationally about her work with Latino youth, immigrant families, liberation health theory and practice, and social justice.
Lenelle Moïse is the author of Haiti Glass (City Lights/Sister Spit), winner of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for excellence in literature. In her work, influenced by both jazz and hip hop, Moïse explores the intersections of identity, memory and spirit. She performs with theatrical verve, feminist conviction, humor, music and movement. She was the Spring 2018 Playwright-in-Residence at Ithaca College, a 2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing, the 2017 Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College, and a Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow. Her full-length plays include K-I-S-S-I-N-G, the Ruby Prize-winning Merit, The Many Faces of Nia, and the Off-Broadway hit Expatriate. Moïse’s writing has been published in several anthologies including Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution. She currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she was the 2010-2012 Poet Laureate. For more information, visit www.lenellemoise.com.
Don't miss Slime Managment's last show of the year! Bring your favorite scraps of yarn and all your friends to the East Lecture Hall on Sun, May 6th at 8pm.
Join us for the screening of "Floating Empty", a Division III poetic narrative film. In addition to Saturday, May 5th @7PM, there will also be a screening on Friday May 11th, also @7PM, also in the Bill Brand Screening Room. A curated playlist will begin at 6:30. There will be snacks.
The W.E.B Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies presents A Celebration with Words: Poetry, Prose, Spoken Word in the Spirit of Robert Abel (1941-2017)
Invited readers are Edward Bruce Bynum, Elijah El-Bisi, Jehann El-Bisi, Feyla McNamara, Wally Swist, Joyce White Deer Vincent, Ron Welburn and Willie Wheeler.
Hosted by John Bracey.
Free admission and light refreshments. Several of the authors will have their work available for sale after the event. Support was provided by Chancellor’s Office. For more details, please contact Sharon Coney at 413-545-2751 or email@example.com.
People say a photo is worth a 1,000 words, but what about a song?
Join us for a few musical performance of Ryan Scott Oliver's immaculate song cycle. With each song inspired by a singular image, "35MM" is an eccentric, yet compelling exploration into the power of a photograph.
As seating is limited, ticket reservations will be available online starting Wednesday 4/25.
Music and Lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver
Based on Photographs by Matthew Murphy
Arrangements and Orchestrations by Ryan Scott Oliver
Additional Percussion Arrangements by Jeremy Yaddaw
Additional Guitar Arrangements by Matt Hinkley
"35MM: A Musical Exposition" is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
This program was made possible (in part) by a grant from the UMass Arts Council.
Opening reception for "Mapping Municipality," a BFA Thesis exhibition by Kelsi Giguere, is being held Sunday, May 6, 2-4 p.m. The show runs through May 10.
Artist's statement: The subject matter of my work is heavily influenced by my environment and location. Holyoke, a planned industrial city, owes both its success and downfall to human actions. Born and raised in this city, I have a personal motivation to understand the complex reasons for its deterioration. Through painting, sculpture, and installations, my work challenges assumptions and explores the relationships between people and places.
I often use found materials and mundane objects; working with found objects allows me to build unanticipated relationships and create meaning. I have always been fascinated by the memories an object carries. Transforming and arranging objects challenges what is expected and generates conversations that extend beyond the objects themselves. Mapping Municipality is an installation that confronts the viewer with uncommon relationships; shoes become stand ins for people while bricks suggest place. The viewer is challenged to make meaning from these relationships. The weight of material and the placement of objects creates a dialogue and pushes the significance of the connections.
Opening reception for "Bittersweet," an BFA thesis exhibition by Kelly Potter is being held Sunday, May 6, 2-4 p.m.
Artist's statement: "Bittersweet" is a body of work that encompasses my memories and experiences living close to wild animals and plants from my hometown in the Berkshires. I work in oil painting and clay sculpture to create life-sized representations of coyote, deer, bittersweet vine, and other common flora and fauna of the Northeastern landscape. I am interested in the complicated power relationships that exist between humans and nature, particularly those surrounding plant and animal species that have a strong capacity to adapt and thrive in our increasingly industrialized environment.
My fascination with coyotes began as a child when I heard their eerie cries from the darkness outside my bedroom window. I found excitement looking for traces of these mysterious animals in the forests of my backyard. Now, I spend my free time looking for animal trails throughout Western Massachusetts, which usually follow mountain ridges and industrial power lines where the trees are cut and wild black raspberries grow. Remnants of bones, feathers, and tracks give clues to animal presence. Following these trails, I begin to learn about the way these animals live and how surprisingly close they are to suburban homes. By exploring the patches of undeveloped land that exists between our streets, I hope to better understand how these animals adapt to the ever-growing urban development and congestion of human activity on the natural world. I aim to translate these observations and experiences into my artwork in a way that accurately represents the animals in their environment, and the ways in which they live among us.
Potter was born in the Berkshires, where she spent her childhood exploring the outdoors. Potter’s artwork is inspired by her love of the forests and wildlife from where she grew up. When she is outside of her studio, Potter spends her time in the woods following coyote trails and exploring the caves and rivers of Western Massachusetts. She is currently completing a BFA in studio art with a concentration in painting. While Potter’s primary focus is painting, she also creates sculptural and functional works in clay, drawings in charcoal, and digital illustrations.
Come join the fun at the 16th Annual Community Renaissance Festival.
Falconry with Marla Isaac
Games with Mutton and Mead
Accidental Wedding Performed by our Buffoon
SCA Heavy Combatants of the East Kingdom
Bob Melnik of Green River Woodcraft
The Harper and The Minstrel
Alta Luna Consort and AyreCraft
The Boar's-Head Tavern Band
Pelham Elementary Band
Hair Braiding - Meadow Street Styles
Tarot Readings by Mrs. Miller
Weaving by WEBS Book Sale
Karen Crowns & Pillows
Jewelry making with Kate of Antika Nueva
Music fun with Robie Bones
Amherst English Country Dancers
Food and drink by UMass Fairy Glen
Tudor Bowman and Bowyer Demos
Playing in the Past
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