Rich in feminist history and scholarship, Western Massachusetts is home to five academic institutions — each with extensive archival and special collections — as well as teaching museums, cultural venues, performance spaces, and more.
Hampshire College Art Gallery
An exhibition space concentrating on, but not limited to, the visual arts, including an eclectic permanent collection.
Hampshire College Farm
Founded in the 1970s, the farm produces over 75,000 pounds of organic produce on 15 acres of land, with an additional 65 acres in pasture and livestock production; it is also a hub for investigating the intellectual, political, and scientific issues surrounding food production.
Five CollegeReproductive Politics Faculty Seminar
Provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to share knowledge about the work being done locally and internationally in the field of reproductive politics, as well as to discuss challenges and opportunities for collaboration. Numerous faculty who have presented their work-in-progress at a seminar have gone on to publish articles and books.
Five College Funding Opportunities
Five Colleges offers several funding streams to support small- and large-scale collaborative, cross-campus events and initiatives, including NAIS Mellon Mini-Grants and Residencies.
Hosted at Amherst College since 2016; programming includes a keynote speaker, finalists and winners of the year's National Book Awards, and prominent literary alumni and faculty.
National Yiddish Book Center: a cultural institution dedicated to the preservation of books in the Yiddish language, including more than one million Yiddish books.
Tell it Slant Poetry Festival (formerly Amherst Poetry Festival): a celebration of the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson and the contemporary creativity of the Pioneer Valley and beyond.
Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts: advancing social change philanthropy to create economic and social equality for women and girls in Western Massachusetts through grantmaking and strategic initiatives.
Building Feminist Community
The Center is invested in uplifting and engaging with feminist institutions and communities in the area. If you know of any resources that we left off of this page or would like to put the Center in touch with a local feminist organization, please be in touch via email: