This arts integration collaboration pairs math skills and concepts with art. This event is for all ages and has been used in classrooms in collaboration with teaching artists and Enchanted Circle Theater in the past. People participating will learn to use their hands, imaginations and critical thinking skills simultaneously, while solving real-life math equations. Stencils will be provided that help divide each mandala into symmetrical designs- a perfect lesson for someone who is a visual learner or who prefers hands on learning. Each mandala will be worked on by a small group and our hope is to display these works of art at Gateway City Arts as well as throughout Holyoke.
Come learn about renewable energy in Holyoke through this limited edition tour at the Holyoke Dam. This is a chance to experience locations that are usually off-limits to the general public (think incredible views!), and see and learn more about Holyoke Gas & Electric’s hydro and a brand new solar facility. Lunch will be provided at the beginning so be sure to get there right at noon. Please RSVP at this link (required).
This bike tour around Holyoke's mills is back by popular demand! Grab your bike and join us to learn about early innovation in Holyoke, including the development of the city's canals, energy infrastructure and mills. See how this landscape is evolving, and explore potential sites for development--all from the seat of a bicycle! This will be a slow and easy ride. Please bring your own bike.
Craig Della Penna is a Holyoke native, and local real estate broker. He is the author of five books. One of his books was ‘Images of America: Holyoke’, now in its sixth printing. He also was directly involved in starting two local advocacy groups: Save Historic Holyoke and Friends of the Holyoke Canal Walk.
Join us for a night of art openings, refreshments, music, and socializing across multiple spaces inside The Wauregan building. Exhibitions will include ‘Furn-ish: Work from furniture and object designers in and around the Pioneer Valley’, and ‘Dieselworks: Student Work 2018’. Presented by Brick Coworkshop and Dieselworks.
Stimulate your creativity with colorful hands-on crafting and the flavors of refreshing Puerto Rican deserts, limbers. Twelve Holyoke residents were pre-selected to enter their best limbers in a limber competition; event attendees will sample and vote for their favorite!
The Thursday Experiment, hosted by Bonnie Kane, presents the cutting edge of improvisational and experimental music. The show will feature both established and innovative experimental musicians, with an open jam to follow inclusive of all who wish to participate. This is an ongoing exercise that exhibits openness and rejection of guidelines or borders within which art and music are expected to exist.
The lobby of the STEAM Building is transformed into a gallery of student art work with appetizers from Whole Foods. Come see! Gifted students from LightHouse Holyoke will be showing (and selling) their work. We will also be unveiling our beautiful new recording studio upstairs created by Professional Drywall and Northfire Recording Studio. All welcome
Holyoke Community College invites you to explore its state of the art Culinary Arts Institute located in the heart of downtown Holyoke. The following are two ways to experience this event:
Option #1: Behind the Scenes/In the Kitchens (extremely limited seats!)
Ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes in your favorite restaurant? Come experience this 'open' class at the brand new MGM HCC Culinary Arts Institute in downtown Holyoke. You’ll will experience what it’s like to work in a commercial kitchen, experiment with cutting edge culinary equipment, and make some tasty treats that you then get to enjoy! Whether you dream of being a chef, or just looking for a fun and delicious afternoon activity, this class is for you. Please note that you will need to arrive at 3.30pm sharp to participate. Long pants, sleeved shirt and closed-toed footwear required. Please RSVP at this link (required). Spots will fill up fast!
Option #2: Tasting Tour
Don’t have time for the full behind the scenes experience, but want to check out the facility anyway? Come take a self-guided tour of the facility, tasting a variety of finger foods along the way. No RSVP required for this experience. This part begins at 4pm.
Secretary Jay Ash visits Holyoke to announce two new investments in the Innovation District. Come to the event to learn more. Rain location is MGHPCC (100 Bigelow St, Holyoke).
Join us for an evening in Holyoke with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. Mayor Cruz will speak about the transformation of Puerto Rico after hurricanes Irma and Maria. This event is free and open to the public. Please note that in order to allow the highest number of attendees, this will be a standing room event. There will be no tickets in advance: first come, first serve! Maximum capacity is 500 attendees. Doors will open at 6:00 pm. The restaurant and bar at Gateway City Arts will be open for the entire evening. There will be limited seating prioritized for attendees needing accommodations. Presented by Ward 4 Councilor, Jossie Valentin.
Build a Mars rover with the MINDSTORMS EV3 robotic kits and code your own app to control it. Then you’ll drive out of the space station to complete your missions. People ages 9-109 are invited to join us to learn about coding and robotics. If you’re younger than 11, please bring someone along to help. Free registration at
Do you like to draw, doodle and illustrate? Are you a professional or aspiring Graphic Artist? Meet like-minded creatives in this informal setting to learn, find potential collaborations, and innovate. Tour the Print Shop, explore the variety of shared tools available in this space, and discuss the output processes with the experts.
Tour the historic Victory Theatre and immerse yourself in a magical space that will be our theater for the 21st century. As a special treat, we will be projecting scenes from a brand new dance video produced by The Legible Bod(ies) and other short takes filmed in the theater. There'll be music in the street and don't forget to stop by the Holyoke Hummus Food Truck parked in front of the Victory for a snack or dinner to go.
Put your hand up if you could use a RESET button. The Reset, a fitness studio at Open Square, will lead you in a workout designed to keep ya super strong and physically capable, help you sleep better, feel mentally balanced and improve your quality of life. You can expect serious workouts among people who don't take ourselves too seriously, a place that welcomes and supports all fitness levels, and some loud laughing. Come see us in Suite 203. $5/class and each attendee will get one free second class!
This interactive workshop includes presentations on the history of activism in Puerto Rico and Holyoke. The brief presentations will be followed by a DIY silkscreening workshop with images and quotes from notable activists. Come create an art project that will inspire you to action! Presented by Paper City Clothing Company and Center for Design Engagement.
Food trucks, fresh produce, music, games and more! Bring your family and friends and come hear about all the exciting things we have in store for Innovation Week. Presented by Brick Coworkshop, Nueva Esperanza, SPARK Holyoke, City of Holyoke, MassDevelopment.