Holyoke At Work Celebration Text Size

Event takes place on May 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM
291 Pine Street, Holyoke MA

You’re invited to celebrate with one the most diverse groups of city workers, elected officials, union leaders, and community leaders ever gathered in Holyoke. “Holyoke At Work” is a project that puts creativity to work making Holyoke a better home for everyone. 

Want to hear poetry by police officers, stories from grassroots Latina activists, or see photographs by Holyoke High School movers & shakers? On Wednesday evening, May 29th, Art At Work Holyoke is having a “Celebration Potluck,” where we’ll share some of the artwork and outcomes from our workshops. Everyone is welcome.

Over the last five months, we’ve used a mix of artmaking, listening exchanges and discussions to tackle topics that are important to Holyoke. We wrote poems and learned about each others lives. We sang and sharpened our leadership skills and collaborative capacity. And we took photographs of the city to share the stories that show the Di/Visions that surround us. We brainstormed, we laughed, we took risks, we got to know each other better.

Our workshop participants (and hosts for the celebration) include Mayor Alex Morse, Police Chief James Neiswanger, Fire Chief John Pond, Principal Aliza Pluta (Morgan School), Jim Bartolomei (President of Patrolmens Union), Marcella Jayne (Community Leader), Maria Salgado (Community Leader/Five Colleges), Lauren Helm (C.R.U.S.H) and Mike Gallagher (DPW/UFCW) and many more community activists and leaders.

Started in Portland, Maine in 2007, Art At Work, is a national initiative bringing the power of direct creative engagement to city governments and the communities they serve, and demonstrating artmaking’s ability to be a powerful and cost-effective tool to address long standing challenges facing cities across the county.

Come join us. Bring a friend or neighbor and get to know your community in a whole new way.

Bring a dish to share!

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