This workshop will help you understand how a digital portfolio can be useful for presenting and promoting your creative work to employers, curators, grad schools, and more—including tips for curation, a how-to on gathering digital-ready content, and a close look at a commonly used platform. This workshop was developed with artists, designers, and performers in mind, but is open to anyone who wants to learn creative ways to amp up their professional presentation.
Fafnir Adamites is a local, visual artist who holds an MFA from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Photography and Women’s Studies from UMass Amherst. Using traditional craft processes such as feltmaking, weaving and papermaking, she creates sculptural and installation work that serve as meditations on trauma, memory and the legacy of emotional turmoil inherited from past generations. She teaches across the Pioneer Valley and lives in Turners Falls, MA.
Two recent alums who now work for Google -- Emily Masten '17 and Julia Edholm '15 -- will be on campus on Friday, February 22, hosting office hours with small groups of students. This is an opportunity to ask questions about day-to-day life in the tech industry, what the culture is like at Google, how to prepare for a tech industry interview, what to expect out of its entry-level opportunities, etc… in a small and informal setting.
Drop-ins are available on a first come, first served basis, but appointments will go fast, so we recommend signing up for a slot ahead of time via Handshake to guarantee yourself a meeting time.
Want to learn about what the Fitness Center has to offer? Drop by between 12:30 and 2 p.m. on Friday February 22 to meet the staff, take a tour, and/or get to know how to use the machines. Complete a quick scavenger hunt for a cup of bubble tea and to enter a raffle! Sponsored by the Wellness Team and Athletics.
Are you a student leader and feeling overwhelmed by expectation? Questioning what the word "community" really means? Experiencing burnout/activist fatigue? Join us in this arts-centered workshop to challenge, question, and re-imagine community and necessary relationships for social justice work.
Nichole Bridges, class of 1997, is the associate curator for African art and the associate curator overseeing the Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Saint Louis Art Museum. All are invited to a conversation with Bridges and Rowland Abiodun, the John C. Newton Professor of the History of Art and Black Studies at Amherst College.
Free and open to all!
An open space for expression, articulation, resistance and gathering that centers healing, affirmation, resilience, and magnificence of/found in our complicated interwoven selves, this space aims to center all folks who hold marginalized identities. All forms of performance/art/expression welcomed.
Sign-up ahead of time is strongly encouraged. To do so, please contact Jxhn T. Martin, at email@example.com with a brief description or draft of what you intend to perform or submit by the end of the day on Thursday, February 21. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.
Five College Dance, in collaboration with the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance, presents SPRING, an evening of dance featuring contributions from faculty, guest artists and dancers across all five campuses, including Camille A. Brown’s New Second Line, Five College Dance’s 2018-19 guest artist repertory project, made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This dance is a celebration of the spirit and culture of the people of New Orleans.
The concert also features Picture This, a new work by critically acclaimed choreographer David Dorfman. Picture This is a kinetic, visual, musical and textual homage to the next generation of dance citizens-- a brief look at what makes these fine performers both joyous and angry in regard to love and politics.
Dances by Danté Brown (visiting assistant professor, Amherst College), Lailye Weidman (visiting assistant professor, Hampshire College) and Barbie Diewald (visiting artist, Mount Holyoke College), as well as a lobby installation by Rodger Blum (professor, Smith College), complete the program.
Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended: (413) 542-2277 or firstname.lastname@example.org
With her Black Earth Ensemble, Mitchell uses science fiction to address the question: “What would a world look like that is truly egalitarian, with advanced technology that is in tune with nature?”
Tickets are required and are available at amherst.universitytickets.com or the Concert Office at (413) 542-2195.
Single ticket prices:
General Public: $18
Senior Citizens (65+) and Amherst College Employees: $12
Students, with valid ID: $10
AC student rush one hour before each concert: FREE
Recorded in May 2015 at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Mandorla features Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble with new collaborators Tatsu Aoki (bass, shamisen, taiko) and Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi). Also in the mix is Chicago artist, scholar and poet Avery R. Young, who brings the composers’ lyrics to life with visceral humanity; and longtime collaborators Tomeka Reid (cello, banjo), Alex Wing (electric guitar, out, theremin), Mazz Swift (violin) and Jovia Armstrong (percussion).
Mandorla Awakening II explores what Mitchell describes as a “collision of duality,” urban vs. country, hegemonic vs. vulnerable, acoustic vs. electric, with the dialogue of contrasting musical languages: Japanese, African-American gospel, R&B, jazz. The work chronicles the journey of a couple as they find themselves navigating between two civilizations: the World Union, a crumbling society rampant with disease and inequality, and Mandorla, a utopia where spirituality, technology and nature coexist harmoniously. Mandorla Awakening was included among the top 10 jazz albums for 2017 by The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, NPR and Wire (UK).
Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language and having repeatedly been named “Top Flutist of the Year” by DownBeat magazine's critics poll and the Jazz Journalists Association (2010–17). Mitchell initially emerged from Chicago’s innovative music scene in the late ’90s, and her music celebrates contemporary African-American culture.
“One of the most exciting jazz soloists and composers in the world” –Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader