Spirit of Place Community Day

THANK YOU! Sincere thanks to all who joined us for a wonderfully stimulating,  thought-provoking, and community-building day! Special thanks to our cultural partners who put so much care into the family activities, the volunteers who gave of their time, Raúl Gutíerrez and Leo Hwang for their guidance and assistance, and the GCC administration and staff. We are indebted to you all!

And without funding, the day would not have been possible. Thank you to the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts’ Franklin Fund, Mass Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts for financial support. We are grateful to all our collaborators (see the “logo soup” at the bottom of the poster) for supporting the Connecticut River Valley 2016-17 NEA Big Read!

Join us for our Big Read kick-off event! Luis Urrea’s novel, Into the Beautiful North, begins in a small village in Sinoloa, Mexico—very far away, and in many ways, very different than our towns and cities here in the Connecticut River Valley. Yet, “sense of place” is a strong theme of the novel and discussions about Place prompted by the story are relevant to us here in the valley. What makes a “place” a “Place”? What makes people care about Place? What makes a Place worth fighting for? Join us for a lively, multifaceted morning of placemaking (especially designed for families) and an afternoon of thought-provoking conversation (for adults and older students)—exploring our sense of place in the valley through the lens of immigration and migration!