Our dynamic arts programs and world-renowned museums serve as teaching tools for students and scholars, and as sources of enrichment for visitors of all ages.
The Emily Dickinson Museum was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant, along with a one-to-one match from Amherst College, will support a two-year project to complete improvements at The Evergreens—where Emily Dickinson’s brother and sister-in-law lived “a hedge away” from the poet for three decades, and where later heirs would keep many manuscripts of her then-unpublished work—by 2020.
Amherst College alum Brooke Kamin Rapaport ’84 will curate an installation by 77-year-old African-American sculptor Martin Puryear at the 58th Venice Biennale next spring.
Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum has acquired The American Library Collection (Activists), a large-scale installation piece by the Britain-born, Nigeria-raised artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. It will be on view at the Mead beginning October 30, 2018.
The Music at Amherst concert series welcomes a rich assortment of performers for its 2018-19 season, including one of the world’s premiere brass ensembles and a Latin Grammy-winning all female ensemble.
Neil Bicknell ’64 was a small-town boy with a big opportunity. Having grown up in tiny Lincoln, Vt., the grandson of the general store’s owner and manager, he made his way down to Amherst College—which is where he found himself on Oct. 26, 1963, listening to President John F. Kennedy give a soaring speech that started out in honor of poet Robert Frost but ended up inspiring Bicknell to use his big opportunity to give something back.
Chelsea Cutler ’19 was juggling academics, soccer and a burgeoning career in electronic dance music when her parents offered unexpected advice: “They sat me down before I went back for junior year and said that if I wanted to pursue music full-time, they would support me.” Soon, she was invited to tour with Quinn XCII—and she went for it.
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