Save the Date for VAM's second webinar: From Passion to Business on May 20th at 6pm. In this online workshop, artists will learn some fundamentals around evolving their creative endeavors from something they do when they're not "working" into a business and figure out exactly what type of enterprise they want to build. Getting clear on this informs the development of a business model and allows for "backwards planning" in order to ensure day to day activities are moving towards clear goals.
Valley Arts Mentors supports artists in the Connecticut River Valley, connecting them with resources to help grow their practice. We provide new artists with the opportunity to work with experienced artists for extended periods of time, while creating a referral network and fostering resource sharing between affiliated artists and partnering organizations.
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In spring 2019, Shelburne Falls' Piti Theatre Company, Holyoke Media and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County received a planning grant from the Community Foundation of Western MA through their Valley Creates initiative to lay the groundwork for a new organization dedicated to supporting artists and arts organizations committed to mentoring young people.
Partner Organizations & Artists
A Shurman Edit
Ascendance Inner World Arts
Center for Design Engagement
Children’s Museum at Holyoke
Eric Lemm, Guitarist
Girls Inc. of the Valley
Greater Holyoke YMCA
Greene Room Productions
Greenfield Public Library, Children’s Department
Greenfield Community Television
IzzyG and Company
Judy Kahooti Design
Laura Josephs, Pianist
Massachusetts Academy of Ballet
MIFA Victory Theatre
Northampton Community Music Center
Piti Theatre Company
Print Shop Inc.
Springfield Cultural Partnership
Wayne Smith, Cellist
Starlight Youth Theatre
Water Street Barn
Non-Arts Partner Organizations
Big Brothers & Big Sisters Pioneer Valley Network
Community Action Pioneer Valley, Youth Programs
Creative Economy Network
Greenfield Savings Bank
Greenfield Public Library
Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts
MassHire Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board
Springfield Partners for Community Action
Donald M. Stevens Consulting
Valley Arts Mentors is supported by a grant awarded by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts’ ValleyCreates Program, with funding from the Barr Foundation.
Valley Arts Mentors Webinar Series and Early Career Artist Mentoring programs are supported in part by grants from the Agawam, Belchertown, Chicopee, Easthampton, Holyoke, Ludlow, Northampton, Southampton, South Hadley, Springfield, and West Springfield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.