Join us at the Emily Dickinson Museum during Amherst Arts Night Plus for our monthly Open Mic. Poets, writers and performers of any kind are welcome! Come early to view the pop-up, contemporary art exhibition in the Homestead by our featured artist. The Open Mic begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by this month’s featured readers. Those who would like to share their work should arrive between 5 and 6 p.m. to sign up.
This month’s featured poet is Chris O’Carroll, whose work has been published in Flash 500, Literary Review, The New Statesman, The Oldie and The Spectator. This month’s featured artist is Madge Evers. Madge’s work uses fungi to create imagery that shows the inner workings of nature. Also on view this month is our Conservatory Art Installation Exhibit, “In Suspension,” by Tereza Swanda, Ingrid Pichler and Fletcher Boote. As part of our Open Mic, the exhibit will be activated by movement performed by Kelly Silliman at 5:30 and 6 p.m.
Join us for Free Fun Friday at the Emily Dickinson Museum on Friday, Aug. 23! Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, this series allows free entry to museum-goers at many museums across Massachusetts. Visit the Emily Dickinson Museum for free admission to The Homestead, where Emily Dickinson wrote nearly all of her poetry, and her brother’s home, The Evergreens.
On Free Fun Friday you can enjoy self-guided tours of The Homestead and The Evergreens with guides on hand to answer questions. A scavenger hunt through the houses invites you to look closely at the historic furnishings used by the Dickinson family. On the museum grounds, visit the craft tent for fun for all ages. Explore the “Landscape of Memory” with the EDM’s self-guided audio tour. Pollinator Bingo and a garden scavenger hunt will also be available! The day will also include a reading and signing by author Krystyna Poray Goddu. Her newly released Dickinson biography for middle-grade readers, Becoming Emily, will be a hit with kids!
Learning to navigate Frost Library can set you up to take on all your academic missions this year. Get on the right track: take the self-directed Mammoths in (Library) Space Tour! To begin the tour, go to the welcome station across from Frost’s circulation desk. Complete the tour and get a gift card to Frost Café plus a chance to win our grand prize!
Visit the Mezzanine Gallery in Frost Library to view Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte, on exhibit from March 4 to Aug. 30. This exhibition is sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative
Professor Caroline Goutte is chair of the Department of Biology and a member of the Program in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Amherst College. Betsey Garand is senior resident artist in the Department of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College.