In spring 2018, the university launched Building Bridges, an initiative designed to foster new connections among UMass community members who come from greatly varied backgrounds and hold differing perspectives. It provides an opportunity, no matter what your role or job may be on campus, to become actively engaged.
There are three core projects that are part of Building Bridges, including art installations and two courses—Our Immigrant Voices, which seeks to amplify the voices of immigrant workers on campus; and Showcasing Worker Artists at UMass, which explores ways of highlighting the art created by UMass employees.
As part of the initiative, there will also be events and lectures. Students, faculty and staff are invited to get involved in Building Bridges in a way that feels meaningful to them, whether by attending an event, hosting their own event or contributing to the Building Bridges art installation.
Building Bridges: Interactive Sculpture Installation
Sept. 12-Dec. 9, 2018, University Museum of Contemporary Art, learn more.
Building Bridges: Showcasing UMass Amherst Worker Artists
Sept. 24-Dec. 13, 2018, University Museum of Contemporary Art
Opening Reception: Sept. 25, 3:30-5:30pm
Science and Engineering Library, Lederle Graduate Center Lowrise, learn more.
Building Bridges: A Conversation
November 15, 2018, 5:00pm, University Museum of Contemporary Art, learn more.
About the Art Installations
The Building Bridges art installations feature cards designed by campus community members during the spring 2018 semester. Each card individually answers the questions: “What differences do you want to bridge and/or connect, and how can we accomplish this goal?” When assembled, these cards create a mosaic that spells out the words “building bridges.” The mosaic is then displayed on an 11-foot tower featuring the phrase “building bridges” in multiple languages.
Want to get involved? Contact us to get a set of Building Bridges cards to contribute to the art installation.
Fall 2018 Building Bridges Classes
About Our Immigrant Voices
This course seeks to amplify the voices of immigrant employees on campus. Photographs and stories gathered in this course will be displayed around campus and will highlight the diversity of UMass as well as elevate the contributions of the campus’ immigrant employees.
About Showcasing Worker Artists at UMass
This course will bring together worker artists and others to explore ways of highlighting the art created by UMass employees. It aims to recognize essential workers—those who may clean the restrooms, serve food in dining halls, tend the grounds or engage in clerical tasks—and celebrate their artistic talents in a way that enriches the UMass community.