Event Calendar

January 2020

Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Mead Director David E. Little in the study room looking at prints with students enrolled in Collecting 101.

Interterm Course: "Collecting 101: Presentations & Public Vote"

In 2008, the family of Trinkett Clark created the Trinkett Clark Memorial Student Acquisition Fund to honor the Mead’s former curator of American art who passed away in 2006. For more than a decade, the Fund has made it possible for students to select new artworks for the Mead’s permanent collection. The process begins with “Collecting 101: Acquiring Art for the Mead,” an intensive one-week Interterm course, led by curators and educators at the Mead. Students learn about the Mead’s print collection, the process of making and evaluating works of art, and how museums grow collections and engage local communities and audiences. Collecting 101 students get a hands-on experience of what it’s like to be a museum professional. They visit galleries, artist studios, and museum exhibitions to inform their research on emerging artists whose work they believe should be in the Mead’s collection.
The course culminates with the students’ public presentation of their selected artworks. Listen to student presentations and vote for the artwork you want to see at the Mead. The Mead will purchase the artwork that wins the popular vote. Please join us!
This program is made possible by the Trinkett Clark Memorial Student Acquisition Fund. Admission is free and open to all!

Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Public Reading flier with an illustration of a microphone and quotation marks

Interterm Creative Writing Residency: Public Reading

Come and hear the Interterm creative writers read their original works of many kinds! Dumplings and donuts will be served! Come early to hear some live jazz piano!

Public Reading and Lunch by Amherst Interterm Creative Writers Residency

This event will feature a light lunch (dumplings and donuts) and public reading by participants in the Amherst Interterm Creative Writers Residency. Everyone is welcome.

Wed, Jan 29, 2020

CHI Salon: “Climate Stories Music”

How can music and storytelling play a role in responding to the climate crisis unfolding around us? Bassist, composer and educator Jason Davis presents Climate Stories Music, a presentation and performance of original music featuring the recorded voices of people from around the world sharing their climate stories—their personal observations of and responses to climate change in their home regions. Jason will discuss his work collecting and sharing climate stories via his initiative Climate Stories Project, an educational and artistic forum for sharing personal stories about the changing climate. He will also perform two pieces for solo double bass featuring recorded climate stories. Come find out how sharing your climate story contributes to a powerful societal response to the climate crisis.
Wine and tapas reception to follow. Childcare will be provided.

Thu, Jan 30, 2020

"Green Day's American Idiot" logo in black and red on a white background, featuring a hand holding a heart-shaped grenade

The Amherst College Musical Presents Green Day’s "American Idiot"

The Amherst College Musical presents Green Day’s American Idiot!

You must reserve tickets using the following form: https://forms.gle/5bpvdvWxC8SJ1yt58

Tickets are FREE for Five College students, faculty and staff. We hope to see you there!

Tickets Required

Fri, Jan 31, 2020

"Green Day's American Idiot" logo in black and red on a white background, featuring a hand holding a heart-shaped grenade

The Amherst College Musical Presents Green Day’s "American Idiot"

The Amherst College Musical presents Green Day’s American Idiot!

You must reserve tickets using the following form: https://forms.gle/5bpvdvWxC8SJ1yt58

Tickets are FREE for Five College students, faculty and staff. We hope to see you there!

Tickets Required
Three STAGE performers, each wearing a different large headdress

CAST and STAGE by a canary torsi

The Department of Theater and Dance is excited to present a special showing of CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR by a canary torsi, a project invested in how meaning is created by audiences and performers in real time through the languages of theater: spectacle, casting, scores and scripts. At Amherst College at Kirby Theater, for the first time, CAST and STAGE are being presented as one evening with an intermission.

Amherst College is partnering with A.P.E. and The School for Contemporary Dance & Thought to bring AUTHOR to 33 Hawley as part of the Bodies in Motion Festival. The interactive installation runs until Jan. 31 at the Northampton Center for the Arts, located at 33 Hawley Street in Northampton.

CAST is a performance by four of the performers that created the trilogy. At each performance, a new, computer-generated script is culled from transcripts of conversations on casting and representation. The performers receive their roles and the never-before-seen script in front of the audience and perform it for the first time in their presence.

STAGE is a visual and aural fantasia with live music. STAGE explores the role of theatrical devices in affecting what an audience sees and perceives.

AUTHOR is a participatory video installation that invites each visitor to interact with the performers through a text-based computer game. Forming a poetically mediated stream-of-conscious between visitors and the video recordings, visitors navigate their relationship to the performers’ language and images on the topics of performing, representation and casting. The algorithm of the game invites each visitor to discover their own voice inside the machine, to construct their own meaning in “conversation” with the personal material of the performers.

The presentation of CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR is generously supported by a New England Foundation for the Arts Expeditions Grant, and by the Arts at Amherst Initiative and the Groove Fund at Amherst College, in cooperation with the Northampton Center for the Arts.

Admission for all events is free. To reserve tickets for CAST and STAGE, call (413) 542-2277. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended.

For information on AUTHOR exhibit times, please visit the A.P.E. webpage: http://www.apearts.org/events--projects.html

Ongoing Events

Student-Written 10 Minute Play Festival

Interested in writing a 10-minute play? Interested in having your 10-minute play performed in an hour-long student-written play festival? Submit your 10-minute plays (approximately 10 pages) to acgreenroom@gmail.com by Saturday, Feb. 1, to be considered. Plays will be provided one set: a dining room table and chairs. Do with that what you will. Any questions, submissions or interest in design to be e-mailed to acgreenroom@gmail.com.

Students Only