Springfield Museums and Springfield Cultural Partnership Announce Art Event at Pynchon Park

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Museums and the Springfield Cultural Partnership has announced a celebration of outdoor public art created by local artists in the newly renovated Pynchon Plaza on June 4 from 2-4 p.m.

According to a press release sent to 22News by Springfield Cultural Partnership, the Spark! Ignite our community the initiative adds space for civic engagement with art installations by ten artists. The 2020 open call gave special consideration to installations that included Springfield artists, artists of color, LGBTQ+ and female artists. The art is now in place for the public to view.

“We are thrilled to see Pynchon Park continue to develop its potential as a hub of civic engagement and community conversations,” said Karen Finn, executive director of the Springfield Cultural Partnership. “We hope the art in the park will inspire people to stop, look, and talk about what they’re going through.”

“Diversity of opinion attracts attention, interest, conversation and debate, that’s good!” said Kay Simpson, president and CEO of Springfield Museums. “The park, with its stairway leading to the Chestnut Street entrance to Springfield’s museums, is a great gateway to explore more of the art.” All Springfield residents enjoy free access to Springfield’s museums.

“We hope many people will stop by to meet the artists on Saturday and enjoy the dynamic performances and exciting activities, including speaking with the artists,” Finn said.

Artists include:

  • Ryan Murray, c/o Rosemary Tracy Woods’s Art for the Soul Gallery, Springfield, MA, “One People”, closing art
  • Sophia Anaya-Alegría and Michelle Falcón Fontánez, Galeria L’Alvilda Artes Plásticas y Artes Urbanas desde Guayama Puerto Rico, Mosaic, “El Litoral”
  • Roberley Bell, headquarters for Pynchon Plaza
  • Jeffrey Lara, Stoneyhill, MA, “Our Presence at Dawn”, sculpture
  • Christopher Peck and Sheldon Smith, Make-It Springfield, Springfield, MA, “Free Little Library Box”
  • Common Wealth Mural and Good Space Mural, “Home Here”
  • Pipe Drum & Frame Chime, Sound Sculpture

Performers include:

  • Serendipity Stilt Dancers
  • Rachel Clemente playing harp, from Springfield Community Music School
  • Matthew Holmes on keyboard, Springfield Community Music School
  • Scotty Swan of Urban Wizarding Academy

This day of celebration will also include videography by GRNSX Studio, a local Latino-owned company, and design by Chris Seabrooks Graphic Design. The Springfield Public Library will provide the free Little Library boxes with books.

“Collaboration and commitment have defined SPark! from day one,” Finn said. “We are deeply grateful to everyone who contributed their time, talent, and funds.”

Spark! was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Springfield Museums in cooperation with the Springfield Cultural Partnership. Funding was also provided by the City of Springfield Community Development Block Grant.

Joseph K. Bennett