Building Bridges Showcase Event 2024



Connection ~ Solidarity ~ Resilience ~  Support ~ Kindness ~ Joy ~ Calm 

Transcending Division 

Building Bridges draws on the power of solidarity and creative expression to bring people together and create a bridge across difference.


Welcome to the 2024 Building Bridges Showcase landing page!

This 7th Annual Event features more than 75 current UMass Staff Members and over 150 UMass Staff total, past and present


Tuesday, April 2nd, 12:00 - 7:00

Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts Atrium

​Receptions at 12:00 and 4:30

12:00 – 3:30 Welcome, workshops, demonstrations, art, food and music. 


Felt & Embroidery with Dede Beach

Kindness Cards with Lisa Korpiewski

Painting with Mara Martins


Beading with Andee Brown-Tatro

16th & 17th Century Costume Design with Axel Boy

Miniatures with David Wilson

Fly Tying with Matt Thornton

Key Chains with Kabita Wait

3:30 - 7:00 Art, food, performances and readings.

Performers and Readers:

Donna Vanasse

Celtic Music with Gary Bernhard, Jack Donoghue, Ron Meck, Adrian Meck, Cyd Reiman, Julian Tyson, Brooks Ballenger, and Buddy Downy.

Peter Beebe

Marie Duteau

Brett Felix

Nicholas Chavez

Becky Walton & John Fuller

Anthony Nepal, Chris Ellis, Steve Ellis


See this year's Random Acts of Kindness Through Art slideshow 



Click here to learn more about our Building Bridges Public Art and Engagement Initiative



Our Immigrant Voices reception at UMCA

Our Immigrant Voices Exhibition reception at the UMass Museum of Contemporary Art, Fall 2023






Worker Artist Reception at the Science and Engineering Library, 2019



Random Acts of Kindness Through Art and Song at the Fine Arts Center, 2023



Partnership for Worker Education and Building Bridges Our Immigrant Voices pop-up and lunch, 2019



Random Acts of Kindness Through Art


Building Bridges participants are giving free art to members of our campus community as random acts of kindness. 

Frank Aronson, Aman Chuwan, Cathy Collins, Pamela Crawford, Joe Denoronha, Wayne Gagnon, Karen Hakala, ValeriHeim, Andrew Humpel, 

 Joanne Keller, Lisa Korpiewski, Cynthia Loiselle, Jennifer Lynn, Eugenie Micelotta, Christine Mirabal, Elise Raskevitz, 

Owen Reese, Chelsea Reilly, Katie Sadler, Risa Silverman, Michelle St. Martin, Midori Tabery, 



Find your free art! Stations will be set up in the following locations:


Whitmore Administration Building

300 & 400 Venture Way 

Goodell Building

Life Sciences Laboratory

Machmer Hall

South College

Draper Hall


Physical Plant

Crotty Hall



Building Bridges participants would like to share these works of art with you, as a “random act of kindness.”

Constructing a future that prioritizes collective struggle and love over division requires empathy and kindness along with engagement on critical social issues. 

Over the years, our Worker Artist group has centered creative expression as a way to lift each other up during difficult times. We hope that this art brings you joy, hope, inspiration. 

We also invite you to consider what random and radical act of kindness you may be able to share with a friend, family member, our UMass community or with the world.

And, please join us at our annual Building Bridges Showcase Event

April 2nd, from 12:00 – 7:00 at the Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts here on campus.    


Random Acts of Kindness Through Art slideshow