Building Bridges Showcase, Opening Reception Set for April 11

The Building Bridges showcase and opening reception will be held on Wednesday, April 11 from noon to 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center atrium. The one-day, drop-in event will feature food, workshops and performances as well as provide an opportunity for individuals to celebrate the creative work done by members of the campus community.

From March 19 through April 10, art installations will be on display in the Campus Center, John W. Olver Design Building and Hampshire Dining Commons. At these locations, individuals can view the installation or pick up a card to contribute artwork of their own. Individuals may also request a Building Bridges card by emailing project coordinator Jacob Carter at jacarter@umass.edu.

Building Bridges is an initiative designed to foster new connections among UMass Amherst community members who come from a myriad of backgrounds and hold differing perspectives. It supports both the Campus Climate study and the Hate Has No Home at UMass campaign, and includes high-profile art installations, enrichment courses for staff and various events. Together, these opportunities are intended to invite people to come together across race, religion, class, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability and nationality to connect and strengthen community.