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Monday, July 03, 2006

What we want, continued...

Let me amend my previous comment which I now find vague/broad, and a little weak.
OK, here is the deal: there is no good live, “world” music in the area and there are thousands of us students and faculty (and others, of course) from all over the globe that NEED to hear/see/feel some powerful art so as to get out of our esoteric little world of academia, be stimulated, and direct our maddened study of everything in the universe to something that is meaningful (our community, our earth, our brothers and sisters living in misery while others flourish at their expense, the need to change inhumane policy, and the list goes on and on). WE are a university community, there are thousands of established and rising artists living here (see links above to check out their stuff), and it is time to cater to US.

Possible solution #1: Town of Amherst, in conjunction with UMass, Amherst College, and Hampshire College (2 exceptionally wealthy private schools, I may add), in conjunction with state and federal grants, purchase the building/house across from the Black Sheep Deli (former site of the “Prudy’s” enterprise) on Main Street, and turn it into an artists space, preferably a non-profit.

Possible solution #2: So, if the town is too cheap, at least give/acquire a subsidy to a non-profit who will USE that space on Main Street to bring in MORE LIVE MUISIC!

Point made? There are so many possible funding sources to tap into with a musical venture... Residential Arts and Life, housing programs, alternative ed programs, non-alcohol programs, arts programs, you name it, the funding opportunity is there. So who wants to form a committee and get this rolling? Comments please!


  • At 7:02 PM , Blogger Taina said...

    The idea is good but you have to rememer that students from UMASS have to dedicate their time to their studies. They are not looking for music outside the school. Maybe you need to think about a different audience.

  • At 8:37 PM , Blogger Amherst Life said...

    Students at UMass also find time to enjoy themselves and many are even interested in creating new ways of doing just that. Who told you that we aren't looking for music outside of the school?


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