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Abundant Arts & Culture

Devotees of the arts will have a field day uncovering all the treasures to be found in the Pioneer Valley.  The region offers a rich array of artistic pursuits, from its museums and galleries to its crafts shows and live performances.

Dubbed the "#1 Small Arts Town in America," Northampton is a hotbed for the arts and its aficionados.  The downtown area is filled with galleries, unique shops and venues that showcase art and culture from centuries back…or modern days.  The Smith College Museum of Art houses a distinguished collection of Degas, Renoir, Van Gogh, Picasso and others in contemporary galleries.  Museum-quality art is what attracts thousands to the twice-annual Paradise City Arts Festival at the Three County Fairgrounds.  Each summer since 1991, New Century Theatre has presented top-quality plays in Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts at Smith College.

The upper Pioneer Valley is also home to Museums10, a consortium of 10 of the area's most dynamic and esteemed museums. The Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst showcases international artists and the Mullins Center offers an array of concerts and shows for all interests.  Several outstanding museums are found in Amherst including the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College; Hampshire College Art Gallery; Mead Art Museum at Amherst College and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Further north, the Turners Falls Riverculture celebrates Turners Falls as a destination for arts, recreation, culture and history.  Visitors enjoy open artist studios, historic tours, music, theater, museums and much more.

Springfield, the largest metro region in the Pioneer Valley, offers a variety of options for arts and culture fans.  At CityStage, theater buffs can embrace musicals, modern dramas or slapstick comedy. Springfield's historic Symphony Hall features Broadway shows, dramas, comedies, concerts, children's theater and special performances and is also home to the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, performing classical, pops, family, educational and chamber music. 

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle include the George Walter Vincent Smith Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, where guests can take in world-class artwork, sculpture and treasures from around the world; the Springfield Science Museum, home of the Seymour Planetarium, the country's oldest operating planetarium; the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, which showcases some of Springfield’s most innovate contributions and inventions; and the playful Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden which features five bronze sculptures honoring the Springfield native and some of his most famous creations. 

Among the many institutions for youth in the arts is the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet in Holyoke, a training school for students interested in pursuing a career in classical ballet.  Passport Holyoke is a collaboration of several Holyoke-based arts entities and offers several events year-round.  No visit to Holyoke is complete without a stop at the grand Wistariahurst Museum, a historic Victorian American estate with guided tours and gardens.

Indian Orchard’s Titanic Museum and the Titanic Historical Society contain an intriguing collection of Titanic-related memorabilia.  Museum founder Ed Kamuda served as both a research assistant and an extra for "Titanic," the hit movie about the doomed luxury vessel. 

Each summer, the Pioneer Valley's art scene is enhanced by the addition of some exceptional performance series and festivals. The Stearns Square Concert Series, held on Thursday evenings through the season, is set in downtown Springfield’s Stearns Square and attracts thousands of revelers to enjoy its lineup of rock, pop and blues acts.  Holyoke’s Mountain Park is a newly-reopened venue for summer concerts featuring music’s top performers.  Sevenars Concerts, recognized by Time magazine as "one of the best small music festivals in the USA," features the celebrated Schrade/James family pianists, prize-winning newcomers and renowned artists and unfolds in Worthington during the summer months.  

The scenic Berkshires is home to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, which presents dance from the world over, including several free performances, as well as the famed Norman Rockwell Museum, which honors the life and art of the legendary painter.  Famous names are found onstage each summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival where the works of gifted playwrights continue to attract faithful attendees.


Smith College Museum of Art
Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton, MA 01063
413-585-2760
www.smith-edu/artmuseum
Contact: Margi Caplan
413-585-2770

Paradise City Arts Festival
30 Industrial Drive East, Northampton, MA 01060
413-587-0772/800-511-9725
www.paradisecityarts.com
Contact: Geoffrey and Linda Post

New Century Theatre
P.O. Box 186, Northampton, MA 01061-0186
413-585-3220
Off-season phone number: 413-587-3933
www.newcenturytheatre.org
Contact:  Sam Rush

Museums10
97 Spring St., Amherst, MA  01002
413-256-8316
www.museums10.org
Contact:  Kevin Kennedy

The Fine Arts Center
10 Curry Hicks, University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9267
413-545-3671
www.umassfineartcenter.com
Contact: Shawn Farley

Mullins Center
University of Massachusetts Amherst
200 Commonwealth Avenue, Amherst, MA 01003
413-545-3001
www.mullinscenter.com
Contact: Paul Dionne

Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College
11 Barrett Hill Drive, Amherst, MA  01002
413-542-2165
www.amherst.edu/museums/naturalhistory
Contact:  Peter Crowley

Hampshire College Art Gallery
893 West St., Amherst, MA  01002
413-559-5544
Contact:  Carolyn Arnold

Mead Art Gallery at Amherst College
Amherst College, Amherst, MA  01002
413-542-2000
www.amherst.edu/museums/mead
Contact:  Karen Cardinal

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA  01002
413-658-1100
www.carlemuseum.org
Contact:  Sandy Soderberg

Turners Falls Riverculture
One Avenue A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
(413) 863-3200
www.turnersfallsriverculture.org
Contact:  Lisa Davol

CityStage
One Columbus Center, Springfield, MA 01103
413-788-7646
www.citystage.symphonyhall.com
Contact: Tina D'Agostino

Springfield Symphony Hall
c/o CityStage
One Columbus Center, Springfield, MA 01103
413-788-7646
www.symphonyhall.com
Contact: Tina D'Agostino

Springfield Symphony Orchestra
1350 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103
413-733-2291
www.springfieldsymphony.org
Contact: Susan Bennett

The Springfield Museums
220 State Street, Springfield, MA 01103
413-263-6800
www.quadrangle.org
Contact: Sara Orr

Massachusetts Academy of Ballet
4 Open Square Way, Holyoke, MA  01040
413-536-6200
www.massacademyofballet.com
Contact:  Rose Flachs

Passport Holyoke
1 Court Plaza, Holyoke, MA  01040
413-322-5655
www.passportholyoke.org
Contact:  Melissa Boisselle

Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street, Holyoke, MA  01040
413-322-5660
www.wistariahurst.org
Contact:  Melissa Boiselle

The Titanic Museum
208 Main Street, Indian Orchard, MA 01151
413-543-4770
www.titanichistoricalsociety.org
Contact:  Ed Kamuda

Stearns Square Concert Series
Springfield Business Improvement District
1441 Main Street, Springfield, MA  01103
413-781-1591
www.springfielddowntown.com
Contact:  Don Courtemanche

Mountain Park
Route 5, Holyoke, MA  01040
413-534-5634
www.iheg.com
Contact:  Eric Suher

Sevenars Concerts, Inc.
30 East End Avenue #3A, New York, NY 10028
212-288-4261
Summer Address:
Route 112 at Ireland Street South, Worthington, MA 01098
413-238-5854
Contact: Rolande Schrade

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
358 George Carter Rd., Becket, MA  01223
413-243-0745
www.jacobspillow.org
Contact:  Mariclare Hulbert

Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 83, Stockbridge, MA  01262
413-298-4100
www.nrm.org
Contact:  Margit Hotchkiss

Williamstown Theatre Festival
P. O. Box 517, Williamstown, MA  01267
413-597-3400
www.wtfestival.org
Contact:  Lisa Bender

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