As the creative and cultural heart of UMass Amherst, HFA brings together scholars and artists from a wide range of disciplines.
Undergraduate Major Programs
The Fight for Environmental Justice
White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council Catherine Coleman Flowers delivers a keynote address highlighting the intersectional nature of climate change to culminate Black History Month.
The World is Our Classroom
In HFA, student learning expands far beyond the classroom. Take a peek inside Collecting 101: Acquiring Art for the University Museum of Contemporary Art, where students learn the inner workings of museum acquisition—and conclude the semester by choosing a piece of artwork to purchase for the museum’s permanent collection.
This year, HFA has the distinct honor of celebrating not one but two faculty members selected as part of the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series: Department of Music and Dance faculty members Jeffrey Holmes, professor of piano and trumpet, and Ayano Kataoka, professor of percussion. For this achievement, the two have received the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest recognition bestowed upon faculty by the campus.
Alumni Who Uplift
Aretha Miller ’92 has a legacy of lifting others up. Born in Jamaica, Miller enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and it immediately became her second home. Now, she continues her work to make education more accessible for the next generation.
Funding Your Future
In the spotlight
For me, the work of Slavery North is teaching people about slavery in these specific regions, making this field more accessible to scholars doing the work, and asking the question: Which countries and regions have been allowed to forget their participation in slavery?
In the news
Thakshala Tissera has been selected as a finalist in the Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition
Y3K: On Distant Keys is a new exhibit that runs from March 25 through April 26 in the Design Building Gallery.
Students are invited to submit to "Jabberwocky," the official, student-run undergraduate literary journal of the English Department, now through March 8.