For me, summer is always a time of creativity. You're out of classes and don't have to worry about grades or deadlines, so your brain is free to explore and create. Summer is the time when we love to read big novels, travel to beautiful places, grow colorful flowers, and maybe try our hand at a type of art we haven't tried before.
At UMass Summer programs, we work to encourage and tap into the hot, lazy creativity that a long summer in the Pioneer Valley can provide. One way that we tap into our summer creativity is by visiting local museums. Here at UMass we are lucky enough to be within walking/bussing distance of our own campus museum in the Fine Arts Center, as well as the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, the Smith College Museum of Art, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, and the Hampshire College Art Gallery. These are all amazing spaces which feature student work and traveling collections. But if you're willing to travel a bit farther to North Adams, MA you'll find yourself at Mass MoCA, one of the "world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art". Mass MoCA has vast galleries and a stunning and weird collection of indoor and outdoor performance art venues. They always have new and exciting work on display, and you'll always leave there feeling confused yet inspired.
Last summer we took a trip to Mass MoCA with the Jump! for MAIA (Massachusetts International Academy) program because many of the students were interested in photography and the museum was running a really interesting photography exhibit. This coming summer, we hope to take even more groups of students to Mass MoCA and other local museums and hold creative sessions to explore the inspiration that these trips will bring!
If you plan on coming to UMass next year, and are looking for a fun and creative way to spend the summer, consider spending it in the beautiful Pioneer Valley with the Jump! program for incoming UMass undergraduates:
If you're a high school student looking for an exciting summer and a way to begin exploring college, check out our summer pre-college programs for high school students: