UMass Fine Arts Center

UMass Fine Arts Center For over 40 years, enlivening, entertaining, and inspiring the Pioneer Valley and beyond with an array of performances, exhibitions, and educational programs.
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The Fine Arts Center in Amherst offers a variety of stellar performing arts, visual arts, and education programs which create a unique opportunity to experience the arts in the Pioneer Valley. Performing arts specialties for the Center Series include classical music, jazz, world music, popular music, traditional, classical and modern dance, theater, and family programming representing artists from around the globe. The Asian Arts & Culture Program presents artists from throughout the Asian and Middle Eastern Diaspora. The Solos & Duos/Magic Triangle Series present artists within the avant-garde jazz idiom. The Fine Arts Center gives western MA residents, students and families the opportunity to experience the best in music and performance art within their community. Visual arts are presented through the Hampden and Augusta Savage Galleries, and the University Museum of Contemporary Art. Each of these spaces on the UMass Amherst Campus promote artistic works from a broad spectrum of cultures focusing on issues of race, ethnicity, class, and cultural identity, to reflect current practices in contemporary art across all genres, and offer a multidisciplinary, international laboratory for the exploration and advancement of contemporary art. The FAC provides education programs that deepen appreciation, understanding and knowledge of the arts making it a critical site for experiential student learning in the arts, creative community engagement, educational collaboration, and artistic exploration. These programs include the Arts Council, Global Arts for School Children, Jazz in July and Lively Arts. Combined, these programs fulfill the mission of the FAC and the University to provide affordable access to high quality arts programming, through engagement in public service that advances knowledge and improves lives. History Established in 1975. The Fine Arts Center (FAC) in Amherst opened as a campus concert center and art gallery in 1975, and has since earned a local reputation as a central force in the cultural, social and academic life of this western Massachusetts community. Over the years, the FAC has played a unique role in serving the broad cultural and educational needs of the campus, the Five College Consortium, and regional communities in the Pioneer Valley. Over the years the FAC's role in western MA has evolved into much more than just a venue for the arts. Each season, an average of 80 - 90 exhibitions, music, dance, and theater events are programmed along with educational and residency activities that include master classes, lectures, demonstrations and pre- and post-performance discussions, open to the western MA community. Since 1993 the Asian Arts and Culture Program has ensured that community residents have access to performers and artists beyond the traditions of western art, music and culture.

Operating as usual

Virtual opening-- Mary Ting: Our Hive is Sick. Consistent with Augusta Savage Gallery's 2020-2021 theme, healing bodies,...
11/01/2020

Virtual opening-- Mary Ting: Our Hive is Sick. Consistent with Augusta Savage Gallery's 2020-2021 theme, healing bodies, this solo exhibition is a personal reflection on our world in crisis. It explores our communities, our water, air, soil, wild places and wildlife in this time of ecological collapse.

Opens Wednesday, November 4th at 6 PM
Free ticket to the online opening at bit.ly/ourhivetickets

Join us in celebrating Augusta Savage Gallery's 50th anniversary with Revival/50: Layaali. The 8-member ensemble present...
10/31/2020

Join us in celebrating Augusta Savage Gallery's 50th anniversary with Revival/50: Layaali. The 8-member ensemble presents a series of their classic performances accompanied by a conversation featuring its director and ensemble members. It's Arabic music at its finest!

Friday, November 6 at 4 PM
Virtual Premiere at bit.ly/2HIEoYG

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet's virtual performance of "The Sounds of Democracy" aims to entertain, inspir...
10/30/2020

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet's virtual performance of "The Sounds of Democracy" aims to entertain, inspire, and uplift audiences with the full vigor, vision, and depth of America’s music. Led by trumpeter/composer Wynton Marsalis and featuring seven of jazz's finest soloists, the concert's unique repertoire celebrates jazz's embodiment of freedom and democracy.

Online Concert followed by artist Q&A
Sunday, November 15 at 3:00 PM

Free tickets at bit.ly/2Ty1BiK

Congratulations to our long term jazz programmer Glenn Siegel and UMass Amherst Theater’s Priscilla Page!
10/30/2020
A Nice Riff on Love

Congratulations to our long term jazz programmer Glenn Siegel and UMass Amherst Theater’s Priscilla Page!

Priscilla Page and Glenn Siegel met while organizing a concert at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. They later founded a jazz series in Western Massachusetts.

Tonight! Designed by the For Freedoms Student Organizing Committee and hosted before the upcoming presidential election,...
10/27/2020

Tonight! Designed by the For Freedoms Student Organizing Committee and hosted before the upcoming presidential election, this virtual town hall will bring together students, artists, and creative thinkers to discuss ideas around democracy, civic engagement, activism, and protest. It will include an introduction to the UMCA’s spring 2021 exhibition of the same name.

Get your free tickets at https://bit.ly/2TmvHpr
Tuesday, October 27 at 6 PM

Join the University Museum of Contemporary Art for a virtual town hall event designed by the For Freedoms Student Organi...
10/26/2020

Join the University Museum of Contemporary Art for a virtual town hall event designed by the For Freedoms Student Organizing Committee. This pre-election event brings students, artists, and creative thinkers together to discuss ideas regarding democracy, civic engagement, activism, and protest. The time for our wake up call is now.

Free ticket required: https://bit.ly/2TmvHpr
Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00 PM

10/26/2020
Revisiting The New Immigrant Experience with Felipe Salles

Tune in for a LIVE #ArtsAcrossAmerica performance! πŸŽ·πŸ’»πŸŽΆ

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts partners with NEFA and UMass Fine Arts Center to present π‘Ήπ’†π’—π’Šπ’”π’Šπ’•π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝑻𝒉𝒆 π‘΅π’†π’˜ π‘°π’Žπ’Žπ’Šπ’ˆπ’“π’‚π’π’• π‘¬π’™π’‘π’†π’“π’Šπ’†π’π’„π’† with composer, multi-reed player, and conductor Felipe Salles navigating themes and ideas inspired by conversations with Dreamers. Arts Across America is brought to you by Facebook.

Support Felipe πŸ”Ή Venmo: @Felipe-Salles-1

Presented as part of Arts Across Americaβ€”a live performance series presented Mondays through Fridays to uplift & showcase artists from across the country. Learn more at http://kennedy-center.org/artsacrossamerica/

Introducing Bright Moments, the series curated by students for students! Named after the popular summer music festival f...
10/25/2020

Introducing Bright Moments, the series curated by students for students! Named after the popular summer music festival from the 1980s and 1990s, Bright Moments strives to celebrate and connect our campus and local community through diverse artistry. The fall installment of this series features solo vocalist Taylor Mickens '21, visual artist Jiun Tseng 21', Jazz in July alum Deja Carr, and bomba y plena group Bomba de Aqui from Springfield, MA. Please, join us!

Now available at https://bit.ly/3knnf5e

The presidential election is right around the corner, and it has many of us wondering what the future of the United Stat...
10/24/2020

The presidential election is right around the corner, and it has many of us wondering what the future of the United States will look like. Now is the time to make space for important and challenging conversations. Join the University Museum of Contemporary Art for a virtual town hall event designed by the For Freedoms Student Organizing Committee. Students, artists, and creative thinkers will come together to discuss ideas regarding democracy, civic engagement, activism, and protest.

Free ticket required: https://bit.ly/2TmvHpr
Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00 PM

10/22/2020
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Tune in for a LIVE #ArtsAcrossAmerica performance! πŸŽ·πŸ’»πŸŽΆ

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts partners with NEFA and UMass Fine Arts Center to present π‘Ήπ’†π’—π’Šπ’”π’Šπ’•π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝑻𝒉𝒆 π‘΅π’†π’˜ π‘°π’Žπ’Žπ’Šπ’ˆπ’“π’‚π’π’• π‘¬π’™π’‘π’†π’“π’Šπ’†π’π’„π’† with composer, multi-reed player, and conductor Felipe Salles navigating themes and ideas inspired by conversations with Dreamers. Arts Across America is brought to you by Facebook.

Support Felipe πŸ”Ή Venmo: @Felipe-Salles-1

Presented as part of Arts Across Americaβ€”a live performance series presented Mondays through Fridays to uplift & showcase artists from across the country. Learn more at http://kennedy-center.org/artsacrossamerica/

10/16/2020
REVIVAL/50: Jin Hi Kim

Premiering today at 4 p.m. ET...Jin Hi Kim, electric komungo player and composer, expresses her duality between Korean ancient roots and American contemporary society in a program titled "Meditation and Exceeding."

Jin Hi Kim, electric komungo player and composer expresses her duality between Korean ancient roots and American contemporary society this program entitled M...

10/14/2020
Bodies at Risk: Jawole Willa Jo Zollar And Ananya Chatterjea

In this conversation, imagined as a time capsule, Jawole and Ananya will mark several historic moments in their journeys as Black and brown feminist choreographers negotiating their personal histories, intersectional politics and collaborations, and experiences of risk, survival and triumph. In asking what lessons are from the current moment, the artists will share video and stories from new projects.

Two new exhibitions on view virtually starting today by Hampden Gallery!Kenny Harris: Imagimenagerie ➑️ https://bit.ly/2...
10/14/2020

Two new exhibitions on view virtually starting today by Hampden Gallery!

Kenny Harris: Imagimenagerie ➑️ https://bit.ly/2H1db3b
This exhibition presents the universality of mythology through illustrative, sculptural, and theatric experiences. Live artist talk, Friday, October 16 at noon; registration required.

Procheta Mukherjee Olson: While You Were Away ➑️ https://bit.ly/34S6LLO
A collaborative project between Indian artist Procheta Olson living in the U.S. and her American friend living in India recording initial experiences of place.

10/13/2020

Larissa FastHorse and Erich Jarvis reflect on each other’s practices through a social justice lens and enact a public conversation with the audience around the intersection of the performing arts, race, and power.

There's still time to register for tomorrow's virtual conversation with Ananya Chatterjea (Ananya Dance Theatre) and Jaw...
10/13/2020
Bodies at Risk: Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Ananya Chatterjea

There's still time to register for tomorrow's virtual conversation with Ananya Chatterjea (Ananya Dance Theatre) and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (Urban Bush Women). Get your free tickets so you don't miss it live!

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Ananya Chatterjea will discuss their journeys as Black and brown feminist choreographers, intersectional politics, collaborations, and experiences of risk, survival and triumph.

10/09/2020
The Golden Thread

To mark the centenary of Yusef Lateef’s birth, the UMass Fine Arts Center will celebrate his life with a multi-faceted project with a live virtual concert. Five improvisers will each play short solo pieces to open the exhibit.

10/09/2020

In this conversation, imagined as a time capsule, Jawole and Ananya will mark several historic moments in their journeys as Black and brown feminist choreographers negotiating their personal histories, intersectional politics and collaborations, and experiences of risk, survival and triumph. In asking what lessons are from the current moment, the artists will share video and stories from new projects.

10/09/2020
REVIVAL/50: Jose Gonzalez | Criolla Clasico

REVIVAL/50 featuring one of Puerto Rico's premier musicians Jose Gonzalez & Criollo Clasico premieres today at 4 p.m ET and available after on-demand on our YouTube channel.

For pure joy and excitement, one of Puerto Rico's premier musicians Jose Gonzalez (guitar, cuatro, composer) features his spellbinding trio Criolla Clasico w...

10/08/2020
Ananya Dance Theatre

Next week during Bodies at Risk: Jawole Willa Jo Zollar & Ananya Chatterjea, we'll see and hear more about the next installment of Ananya Dance Theatre's "Dastak" dance film project. Tune in for this live conversation 10/14!

"Dastak: I Wish You Me" will be our evening-length dance work about home, belonging, borders, boundaries, and loss. The Farsi word Dastak means knockings, and the dance traces the knockings of global injustices on our hearts through four sections: Earth, Water, Fire, and Air.
Until we can meet you in live performance next year, we offer the spirit of those sections in four films, beginning with this iteration of "Earth," filmed at Coldwater Spring, Minnesota.
Created by filmmaker Darren Johnson, choreographer Ananya Chatterjea, composer Dameun Strange, textual magicmaker Sharon Bridgforth, performers অনন্যা ΰ¦šΰ¦Ÿΰ§ΰ¦Ÿΰ§‹ΰ¦ͺাধ্যায়, Kealoha Ferreira, Alexandra Eady, RenΓ©e Copeland, Julia Gay, Lizzette Marie Chapa, Parisha Rajbhandari, Nakita Kirchner, Noelle Awadallah, Fei Bi Chan.

Great article in the Daily Hampshire Gazette today about our Yusef Lateef Centenary Celebration, launching Friday. Thank...
10/07/2020
Marking the centenary of a remarkable artist: Virtual UMass program celebrates Yusef Lateef

Great article in the Daily Hampshire Gazette today about our Yusef Lateef Centenary Celebration, launching Friday. Thanks to collaborators Adam Rudolph Music, Dr. Priscilla Page from UMass Amherst Theater, Jason Robinson from Amherst College, and Yusef's widow, Ayesha Lateef.

More info about the project & launch performance can be found at our website ➑️ https://bit.ly/3de3KJt

He was, as one longtime fan puts it, a towering figure in music who was also not as well-known as some of his peers: β€œfamous and not famous.”As Glenn Siegel sees it, Yuseef Lateef, who spent almost 30 years in the Valley, was a seminal figure in jazz...

10/06/2020

To mark the centenary of Yusef Lateef’s birth, the UMass Fine Arts Center will celebrate his life with a multi-faceted project with a live virtual concert. Five improvisers will each play short solo pieces to open the exhibit.

Opening online Wednesday 10/7 is "Piece Me Back Together," featuring the work of local artist & UMass alum Jules Jones c...
10/05/2020

Opening online Wednesday 10/7 is "Piece Me Back Together," featuring the work of local artist & UMass alum Jules Jones closely inspecting the concept of Wellness through vibrant collage and print paintings that explode with energy.
Register for the opening reception ➑️ https://bit.ly/36y84lu

09/30/2020
REVIVAL/50: Pamela Means

If you're looking for an uplifting break this #WellnessWednesday, we highly recommend the REVIVAL/50 performance by Pamela Means! It's filled with Pamela's signature balance of honesty & humor.

This Friday we look forward to REVIVAL/50: Terre Parker featuring the premiere of her dance piece for "For Her" presented as part of Arts Extension Service's Creative Women Leading Climate Action event series & symposium.

Singer-songwriter, guitarist and activist Pamela Means presents a solo performance of original music and select soulful covers. Boasting nine independent rel...

09/26/2020
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Valley Jazz Network is hanging out watching Regina Carter at this link !

Regina Carter and Friends FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 β€’ 8 PM VIRTUAL Piano: Brandon McCuneBass: Chris LightcapDrums: Alvester Garnett Trying to fit Regina Carter into a neatly defined musical category is pointless. She enjoys performing many styles of musicβ€”jazz, R&B, Latin, classical, blues, c....

09/25/2020
REVIVAL/50: Pamela Means

We're looking forward to the premiere of Pamela Means and her contribution to Augusta Savage Gallery's REVIVAL/50 series. Today at 4 p.m. ET!

Singer-songwriter, guitarist and activist Pamela Means presents a solo performance of original music and select soulful covers. Boasting nine independent rel...

09/23/2020
REVIVAL/50: Kimaya Diggs

Our weekly #WellnessWednesday reminder to check out Augusta Savage Gallery's most recent REVIVAL/50 performance with Kimaya Diggs. Diggs shares during her set how her creative practice has aided in her wellness journey.

Next up is REVIVAL/50: Pamela Means, premiering Friday at 4 p.m ET.

Kimaya Diggs has created a musical lane all her own. With a playful presence and frank, transporting storytelling, Diggs’ mastery of her voice is the focal p...

09/22/2020
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09/18/2020
REVIVAL/50: Kimaya Diggs

REVIVAL/50 featuring Kimaya Diggs, premiering now and available for on-demand viewing after!

Kimaya Diggs has created a musical lane all her own. With a playful presence and frank, transporting storytelling, Diggs’ mastery of her voice is the focal p...

09/16/2020
REVIVAL/50: Phat A$tronaut

Take a moment this #WellnessWednesday to check out Phat A$tronaut's REVIVAL/50 performance followed by some members of the band talking about their self-care practices.

Next up in the series is Kimaya Diggs, premiering Friday at 4 p.m ET. RSVP here: REVIVAL/50: Kimaya Diggs

Join in the excitement with this organically grown, experimental yet danceable soul ensemble from New Haven, CT. Augusta Savage Gallery's REVIVAL/50 Digital ...

Through photographs, video, and spoken word, Trish Crapo explores "The Presence of Absence" in Hampden Gallery's first v...
09/12/2020

Through photographs, video, and spoken word, Trish Crapo explores "The Presence of Absence" in Hampden Gallery's first virtual exhibition of the fall, on view starting Tuesday, September 15. Register for a live event with the artist 9/17 ➑️ https://bit.ly/2Fegpjf

Michael Barenboim & the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble was one of the last performances we presented on campus this spring....
07/08/2020
Arab-Israeli orchestra celebrates 20 years of harmony

Michael Barenboim & the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble was one of the last performances we presented on campus this spring. If you missed them on campus, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra was featured on PBS last weekend.

The Divan Orchestra founded by an Israeli and a Palestinian as a humanist project for friendship and dialogue is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Today, its young members are both Israeli and Arab. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent David Tereshchuk reports on the collaboration.

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CALL FOR PRODUCERS AND DIRECTORS! In alliance with UMass Students for Reproductive Justice, we are producing our annual show, Nostras Voces (Our Voices), a multi-media art show and performance to uplift marginalized student voices. Auditions would start in November and we would be practicing twice a week until our performances in February. No experience needed, we aim to be a collaborative, explorative, and inclusive art process. If you have any additional inquiries feel free to message me or email [email protected]
I absolutely love the fine arts center, I'm so excited to see the upcoming exhibits! Since everyone here is so creatively inclined, I just wanted to share a film I read about on Variety called "Empathy, Inc". I recently saw the trailer and thought it looked like a brilliant combination of cinematography and screenwriting. It's actually a science-fiction thriller about a man that becomes involved in a virtual reality startup company, but it also tells a complex story about morality and privilege. The movie comes out on VOD on September 24th, but I'd love to hear your thoughts about the trailer!
A review of the premiere of 'Wild Thing' Tonight at the Rand.
Hey everyone! Interested in being in a short film/know someone who would?! I’m looking for actors/actresses to be in a quirky dark comedy! Check it out!
Hi! Open call for family-friendly artists, cartoonists, and children's book creators! Join us for our fourth annual Kids Con New England event Sun May 19, 2019! Artist & Vendor registration is now open!
Tonight At American Legion Hadley..Rueda Class and Slsa dancing.Stop by.
Come on down and have Fun..Rueda Class..
The University Museum of Contemporary Art upcoming exhibition "5 Takes on African Art/ 42 Flags" is just a little over a week away. Check out the museum's Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pg/umca.umass/events/?ref=page_internal or follow @umca_umass to stay in tune with upcoming events.
Ella Fitzgerald Concert - date???? 1977?????