Learn Local. Play Local.: Printmaking to Social Justice. Drumming to Farsi Funk.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

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These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we’re featuring this week, March 23-29, 2019…

Scroll down, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Interest: Visual Art/Activism

CBEdu EVENT: PRINTMAKING –Wednesday, March 27, 4pm: Printmaking Workshop with Leslie di Curcio Marra. In a series of printmaking workshops, participants will experiment with different types of printmaking: Rubber Molds (3/27): ink up rubber molds of insects, flowers, and leaves to create beautiful, realistic imagery; Gelli Plates (4/3): go crazy/creative making many monoprints (one-of-a-kind prints) with the exciting jelly-like printing surface of Gelli plates. Sign up for the workshop(s) you’d like to attend in advance. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

CBEdu EVENT: SOCIAL JUSTICE – Monday, March 25, 3-4pm: Once a month a local artist visits the Teen Arts Program to talk about their work and their life as an artist at the Forbes Library. This month Trenda Loftin is coming to talk about social justice and theatre. Exploring the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality has been at the heart of her work. Forbes Library. 413-587-1011. 20 West St, Northampton, MA.

CBEdu EVENT: ART HISTORY – Thursday, March 28, 5-7pm: Join the Mead Art Museum for a keynote talk with American Art Curator Vanja Malloy as she explains her pioneering research on Dimensionism, an art movement during the early twentieth century in which American and European artists responded in their work to the air of excitement from the scientific discoveries happening around them. After the talk, experience this first-of-its-kind exhibition, “Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein” at the opening reception. Mead Art Museum. 413-542-2335. 41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA.


CBEdu EVENT: JAZZ – Saturday, March 23, 9am-5pm: 22nd Annual Holyoke Community College Jazz Festival, a two-day festival beginning Fri, Mar 22 of musical workshops and performances featuring seven-time Grammy winner Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, Paul Winter. High school jazz bands and combos, the HCC Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Improvisation Combo performances are scheduled all day, with a different group each half hour. Jazz clinics, workshops, and jam sessions will be held throughout the day. Closing concert at 4pm with Paul Winter performing with a select combo of local students and teachers. 413-552-2480. Holyoke Community College. 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA.

CBEdu EVENT: DRUMMING – Friday, March 29, 4-8pm: One Earth Drum Dance at Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst. One Earth Drum Dance Co is for teens ages 12-18 to aspire and achieve creative confidence through innovative cultural experiences that support vibrancy and artistic brilliance. Drum dance is a diverse, spirited, life-affirming celebration. Emphasis placed on personal development, well being, and collective rapport. Rehearsals and creative process will be directed with a focus on artistic integrity, technical development and freedom to explore. Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst. 413-253-2848. 121 N Pleasant St, Amherst, MA.

CBEdu EVENTFARSI FUNK – Sunday, March 24, 3-5pm:  A Farsi Funk Big Band featuring Yvette Saatchi Perez (Smith College ’89). Farsi funk, which was the popular music of Iran in the ’60s and ’70s, takes its influences from all around the world. Yvette felt such affinity with the music that in 2011 she founded the Farsi funk band Mitra Sumara, which roughly translates to “the light of our friendship.” Free and open to the public. Sage Hall. Sweeney Concert Hall. 413-585-2787. 144 Green Street. Smith College. Northampton, MA.


CBEdu EVENT: WATERFOWL – Saturday, March 23, 9am-1pm: Ducks. With temperatures rising and ice melting, more ducks are returning to our region. Join birder and waterfowl enthusiast Peter Redfern for a presentation, followed by a walk around the Arcadia Marsh in search of mergansers, Wood Ducks, and Common Goldeneyes. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA.

SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING: “Hooded merganser ducklings brave a 50-foot drop from their nest high in a tree to the forest floor below. They are following the calls of their mother who is waiting to reunite with them at a lake nearby. “

CBEdu EVENT: WOODCOCKS – Friday, March 29, 6-8pm: Have you heard the telltale peep of the woodcock looking for a mate to do its early spring sky dance? If not you are in for a treat that will likely become an annual tradition, you’ll be hooked. Join local birder and naturalist, Dan Ziomek for a special spring event. Recommended for adults and young people ages 9+.Hitchcock Center for the Environment. 413-256-6006, 845 West St, Amherst, MA.


CBEdu EVENT: STEM/FILM – Tuesday, March 26, 7pm: Science on Screen: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. This documentary tells the story of Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon and technological trailblazer who perfected a secure radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes during WWII. Introduction by Katherine Aidala of Mount Holyoke College. (Trailer. 88 mins. Directed by Alexandra Dean. NR. 2017) Amherst Cinema. 413-253-2547. 28 Amity St, Amherst, MA.


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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