RiverCulture has an exciting line up of activities in store for you! From re-animating the former Greenfield Savings Bank building on Avenue A, to artistic cross walks, to holiday festivities with much in between, we look forward to an amazingly full calendar of events and programs in Turners Falls! With our new initiatives this year and those of our creatively thriving community, we are thrilled to have so many collaborators in our shared goals for a vibrant and connected village.
Would you like to get more involved in the community? Share your skills or develop new ones? Meet interesting and creative people? Make a difference? Then we want you! RiverCulture has opportunities for you to get involved in this exciting award winning project with items ranging from overall organizational planning to helping with party decorations.
Please find the full list here.
Are you supportive of our work but have no time to spare? Consider making a financial contribution on our Shop Western Mass page. We are sustained by grants, sponsorships and individual donations. This year we need to still raise an additional $25,000 to meet our budget and
matching grant requirement.
Donate online now or send your tax deductible donation to Turners Falls RiverCulture, One Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376. Would you like to become a major sponsor? Contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-230-9910.
Selected 2012 RiverCulture initiatives.
Turners Falls Encoded
We are thrilled to be working with Hampshire College design student, RJ Sakai , to inspire you to explore our history, contemporary culture, and current attractions in a fun and engaging way with a Quick response (QR) code project. QR codes (those black and white digital images that are scanned with smart phones) will be placed around the downtown in many ways-e.g., on plaques, incorporated into art or sculpture, or interacting with architecture or commonplace items. Each code will lead to a "feature," which contains a vignette or fact about Turners Falls' past or present. Other codes
invite you to share your thoughts and ideas on a particular aspect of life here. With each code leading to a different surprise, we hope you will remain eager to explore and find them all.
Artist Designed Crosswalks + Feast for the Arts
Tired of the same crosswalks everywhere? Here's an opportunity for something a little different. Consider responding to our call for proposals for an artist to designed cross walk at the center intersection on Avenue A. Winning proposals will be chosen by the public and crowdfunded through our 2nd annual Feast for the Arts. This Feast is a dinner where the public votes for and funds the winning design. Each diner pays $15 admission to the event entitles them to dinner (which has been donated) and a vote. All ticket proceeds will go to cover the winning proposal and associated costs. Designs will incorporate left over paint the town cannot use with its current form sprayer (yellow, white, blue). This is an opportunity to
use paint that would otherwise be wasted and enables more money to go to the artist fee rather than on materials. Details to come.
Get involved here.
River of Lights Lantern Parade - August 11
We are looking forward to making this year's River of Lights Lantern parade even better. Winners of last year's Feast for the Arts, we are working Kathryn Greenwood Swanson, Hunter Greenwood Swanson and Alexis Arcaro to help build the event's success. River of Lights centers around a parade of lighted lanterns along the river at night. We hope to again include this as the finale of the Block Party. The public is invited to make lanterns at pre-arranged workshops or come with lanterns already made. There will be prizes for the best lanterns and the event will conclude with three Thai style lanterns released into the night sky.
Get involved here.
Producers Series Call
Look forward to another Producers Series call which invites artists and the public to re-imagine an aspect of downtown space. This year, we will release one call for proposals for an event or creative project to happen over an extended time period, rather than a one day event.
AT THE RIVERBANK
Starting this fall, you can reach the river bank on Ave A at Sixth Street! We are transforming the former Greenfield Savings Bank building on Avenue A into a temporary space for programming from September - December 2012, which we are calling The RiverBank. Programming will consist of:
Turners Falls Historical Exhibit - September
You are invited to lend your interesting stories and memorabilia of Turners Falls to create a month long exhibit featuring displays, evening lectures and related performances.
In response to popular demand, we are creating a haunted house for the month of October with the help of artists and community members. This will also serve as a RiverCulture fundraiser.
Artist/artisan Holiday Shop - November/December
With so many talented artists and artisans around us, the RiverBank will house a local art pop-up marketplace for the holiday shopping season to increase the availability and sales of local artists' work. This may also be an experiment to see if there is a need for a longer term gallery/store of this sort. This fits in with the first downtown holiday shopping event spontaneously started this past December. (more info below)
Downtown Holiday Windows
With many new ventures sprouting up in Turners Falls over the past few years, Nina Rossi of Nina's Nook initiated a downtown holiday shopping event called "A Wonderful Wonderful Night in Turners Falls.” Special events and sales at participating venues the 2nd weekend in December created a particularly festive downtown atmosphere with participants including Nina's Nook, LOOT Found + Made, Gary's Antiques, Couture Bros., Montague Business Association's tree lighting in Peskeomskut Park, Lisa's Handmade Soaps, 2nd Street Bakery and caroling.
For this year's event, planned to happen on December 7th, we are coordinating holiday installations in underutilized storefronts and helping connect existing businesses who would like to partner with artists on their windows. The installations, which would stay up for the holiday, season will be created with donated materials and turn the storefronts into festive attractions. The windows will help unify the downtown holiday event locations and will be open for receptions for the artists who created them.
Get involved here.
Creative Economy Summit 3
If you were not able to join us at the Creative Economy Summit , you can read about it here. You can also view the pics here.
Turners Falls RiverCulture
RiverCulture works to create a vibrant and connected Turners Falls community, through innovative partnerships and cultural programming. We believe that experiencing arts & culture significantly enhances quality of life and is a vital component to a healthy community. By highlighting our heritage and many local assets as we cultivate creative endeavors, we intend to engender a strong sense of place.
We are community supported and sustained through contributions from individuals, businesses, and organizations. We'd like to thank this year's major supporters who have taken a significant investment in the vibrancy and livability of our community:
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Town of Montague
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