Arts Beat: UMass summit to help artists relaunch their activity

ArtsHub Virtual Summit: “How to Recover and Thrive” provides support to artists and businesses in the creative economy of western Massachusetts, Jan. 10-14. The summit invites emerging and established artists, performers, artistic directors and those in the creative fields to join a series of interactive virtual workshops, training and week-long networking sessions. The ArtsHub Virtual Summit is designed to provide tools to help those working in creative fields recover from the disruptions created by the pandemic and learn how to position their businesses to thrive as the economy recovers. Sessions with guest speakers are daily at 10 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. For the program schedule, visit

Angry, hoarse and shamelessly gorgeous, Pearl Cleage’s portrayal of four African American women in their 20s, 40s and 60s, with their unique perspectives on feminism, art and activism, is scheduled to tour at Hartford Stage, Jan. 13. to February 6. Susan V. Booth conducts. The cast includes Cynthia D. Barker, Terry Burrell (Dreamgirls), Shakirah DeMesier and Marva Hicks (“Never been in love before”). Cleage, born in Springfield, was the daughter of Reverend Albert Cleage, founder of the Pan-African Orthodox Christian Church and the Black Madonna Shrine. She began her writing career as a press secretary and speechwriter for Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson. Among her prolific writings for page and stage is “Blues for An Alabama Sky,” which starred Phylicia Rashad in a 1996 Hartford Stage production, directed by Kenny Leon. For more details :

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