- Building Community Through Improvisation: Northampton Jazz Workshop and Jam Session
- Creating Language Together: Who'da Funk It? in Amherst
- Join the Seisiún: Celtic music in Amherst and Northampton
- Quiets the Mind and Opens the Heart: Vajra Dance at Tsegyalgar in Conway
- The Pioneer Valley Polka: Polka Radio on WMUA-Amherst
- "Take Hands Four": Contra Dancing in the Pioneer Valley
- Peter and Then Some: The Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra
- All Ages: A Flywheel Documentary
- A Taste of Music in the Pioneer Valley's Puerto Rican Community
- And We'll All Sing Hallelujah: Tuesday Night Sacred Harp Singing in Northampton
- Drifting Away: Reggae in the Pioneer Valley
- Expanding Silence: The Rise and Fall of the Estey Organ Company
- Our Lady of Sorrows Sings On: The Sounds of Catholic Worship in Holyoke
Flywheel is an arts collective that prides itself as a space and resource for people of all ages to use as they please to express themselves in a variety of creative means. The Flywheel community is diverse in age, occupations, and talent. The volunteers who work the door and run the coffee bar are as essential as the bands that draw the audience. Everyone who enters the doors of the Flywheel count in defining what Flywheel is. The people who invest time and energy in Flywheel are people who are curious to see what they can create on their own and who want to find a way to present it to an audience. The audiences that come are there in order to open themselves to something new and to support their local community. Volunteers give their time and energy because they support something more than just the music that is played at Flywheel. They come because they see the need for a place where people have the opportunity to use their space to create local art and culture in the form of music and visual arts.
This mindset extends into other aspects of Flywheel culture and the community as a whole. The bar serves only snacks, soda, and coffee. There are no age restrictions, which allows teenagers that would be banned from bars and clubs that have 18+ rules, and lends itself to a straight-edge air. The general absence of alcohol and other substances is a large part of Flywheel culture. A formidable and organized collection of zines sits in a bookcase in the back, and this points as much to the community as to the type of music that is played. The space is constantly reminding visitors that their opinion, artistic taste, and values are important and, more importantly, that they have every right and every tool they need to display their values to the world.
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