Category Archives: Holyoke

Creativity & Revitalization of the City

Recently I’ve been reading and listening to others’ thoughts and discoveries about the role that creative placemaking plays in revitalizing a city. As a relatively new resident in a former mill town, which is on the cusp of great things, I’m very interested in how creativity, the arts, gardening, walkability and community building all playContinue Reading

Summer Session – Athletes as Mentors

Summer Session – Athletes as Mentors

Summer Session provides a brand new opportunity –  a Service-Learning course at UMass Amherst, “Athletes as Mentors.” The UMass football team  and several women’s Basketball team members are enrolled a UMass summer session Service-Learning  course. Gathering to meet as a class once a week, we cover material such as: Knowing the Community, Knowing the CommunityContinue Reading

Stepping Outside the Box

I’ve recently moved from a small New England town to an urban home in Holyoke, a former mill city that is beginning to emerge from decades of post industrial hibernation and decay. On the bright side, there wasn’t enough wealth in the city of Holyoke for it to experience the “progress” of  the urban renewal decadesContinue Reading

Summer Community Engagement

Summer Session- Though summer is a much quieter time in terms of my involvement with service learning and community engagement there are some fun things that have been offered, like Circuits and Beats. Circuits and Beats is a summer outreach program that has been sponsored for 2 summers by UMass Amherst- Electrical and Computer Engineering,Continue Reading