Jan 13, 2014

MassMutual Center to Showcase Local Artists in Convention Center

Global Spectrum, managers of the MassMutual Center, in coordination with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, plan to implement a Community Arts Program at the building starting January 1, 2014. 

Springfield, MA – November 20, 2013

Global Spectrum, managers of the MassMutual Center, in coordination with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, plan to implement a Community Arts Program at the building starting January 1, 2014. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), which owns the MassMutual Center, has already successfully implemented their own Community Art Program at their other properties, which include the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. Since the program’s creation in 2007, the MCCA has showcased over 700 local artists from more than 14 different Greater Boston communities. Now both parties aim to bring that same program to the MassMutual Center.

The Call for Art was put out by Global Spectrum on August 13, 2013 seeking large scale 2D artwork from local artists, artisans, and/or designers. After receiving numerous submissions, five local artists from throughout the Pioneer Valley were chosen on October 28th. The experienced panel of judges included Loretta Yarlow, Director of the University Museum of Contemporary Art, Fine Arts Center at UMass Amherst, Julia Courtney, Curator of Art for the Springfield Museums, and Aprile Gallant, Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Smith College Museum of Art. Each artist will be brought in to tour the building and choose where their artwork will be displayed within the convention center. The installation of art is scheduled for the week of January 6th where the artwork will be on display to the public for 9 months.

“Showcasing the work of local artists at the MassMutual Center is a simple way to support Springfield and the Pioneer Valley’s gifted artists while showcasing their art to our many attendees,” said Colleen Richards Powell, Chief External Affairs and Communications Officer at the MCCA. “Art reflects the strength of a community, and this exhibit is proof of the city and the Valley’s cultural and artistic prowess.”

The MassMutual Center is managed by Global Spectrum and owned by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. The MassMutual Center is Western Massachusetts most diverse function space with over 100,000 sq ft of meeting space including a 40,000 sq ft flexible exhibit hall, eight fully-functional meeting rooms, a 15,000 sq ft ballroom, and an 8,000-seat arena. The facility is the proud home to the Springfield Falcons and Springfield Armor in addition to hosting family shows, concerts, meetings, social and corporate functions, sporting events and more.
 
Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages more than 115 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 23-million people attended more than 15,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing,fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers SkateZone, a series of community ice skating rinks.
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