July Amherst Arts Night Plus

Thursday, July 6, from 5-8 pm 

During Amherst Arts Night Plus drop in at the Museum for an open mic, poetry reading, and one-night art exhibit. Open mic signups are from 5-6 pm, and the open mic begins at 6 pm with the featured readers following. The open mic is a chance to share your newest (or oldest) creative endeavor with a warm and welcoming audience in Emily Dickinson's own parlor. All are encouraged to share written word, music, and performance, or to simply lend a friendly ear! This month's open mic and performances will be held on the Homestead lawn, weather permitting.

6:45 pm: Featured poet Dina Stander

Dina Stander is grateful for the creative community that helps keep her lamp steady and bright. She colloborates in the inclusive spoken word performance projects of Human Error Publishing, including the Greenfield Annual Word Festival and 'The Mole' story slam. She blogs at lastdanceshrouds.com.

Photograph of Dina Stander

7:15 pm: Featured band Old Flame

Born in the DIY basements, garages and fields of Western-Mass, the indie-rock band Old Flame spins grit, unapologetic politics, and honey-rasp vocals into a psychedelic punk-rock nostalgia, whose edge is a howling afterglow of raw blues.

Old Flame is comprised of valley native Emma Ayres (Emma June), Sam Perry (Dios Trio), Ken Birchall and Nate Mondschein (The Rooks). With one debut EP released, “Wolf in the Heather” (2017) and another one, “Guilt Hooks” looming on the horizon, Old Flame’s debut single, folk-rock strain “Smoke Show,” has been well-worn on the airwaves of WMUA and Valley Free Radio.

5-8pm: The Tiny Canvas Project

Visitors to the Emily Dickinson Museum are invited to be a part of the Tiny Canvas Project, an initiative of Arts Night Plus. On July 6th, create your own masterpiece on a tiny canvas. Canvases and supplies will be available to all artists of all ages. Leave your finished canvas with us. On August 3rd, hunt for the tiny creations in downtown Amherst. If you find a canvas, you may keep it!

About guest artists at the Emily Dickinson Museum:

Please note that the works of guest artists may contain sensitive or mature material and do not necessarily represent the views of the Emily Dickinson Museum.