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The Fine Arts Center created the Angel Ticket Program in 2000. This unique program provides human service agencies in the Tri-County area with complimentary tickets to select performances at the Fine Arts Center. The Center Series, Asian Arts and Culture Program,  and Magic Triangle all make performances available to this program.



Throughout the season admission is free to both our visual art galleries and museum. Opening receptions are also free and often include light refreshments and conversation with the artist or curator. Augusta Savage Gallery Hampden Gallery   and the University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) will host several free events through the year. Please explore the links to each to discover exhibits and specific dates.
 
Sep. 1 - Nov. 20
Featuring works by over 50 artists from 17 countries, Breathing While Black is a juried digital visual art exhibition, inviting international response to the recent and ongoing slaughter of Black Americans.
Premiere Fri., Sep. 11, 2020 4:00 p.m. ET,
Online Fri., Sep. 11 - Thurs., Sep. 17, 2020
Join in the excitement with this organically grown, experimental yet danceable soul ensemble from New Haven, CT.
Tue., Sep. 15, 2020 - Wed., Oct. 7
Through photographs, video, and spoken word, Crapo explores whether wind, a clothesline, and a white nightgown can summon someone from the other side.
Explore the Exhibition with our Student Educators.  In this Dialogue with a Collection exhibition, Procheta Mukherjee Olson explores the ways her work parallels Yun Fei Ji’s Three Gorges Dam Migration (2002).  Ji’s magnificent 32-foot long hand scroll maps the massive social and psychological disruptions caused by the construction of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtse River in China.
Thurs., Sep. 17, 12:00 p.m.
Trish Crapo discusses her work and reads her original poetry. Followed by a Q&A moderated by Samantha Wood, a UMass alum, artist, journalist, and a fellow member, with Crapo, in the Exploded View artist collaborative.
Premiere Fri., Sep. 18, 4:00 p.m. ET,
Online Fri., Sep. 18 - Thurs., Sep. 24
Kimaya Diggs’ playful presence, transporting storytelling, and skilled vocals are the core of each of her performances.
Premiere Fri., Sep. 25, 4:00 p.m. ET,
Online Fri., Sep. 25-Thurs., Oct. 1
Pamela Means, singer-songwriter, guitarist and activist presents a solo performance of original music and select soulful covers.
Premiere Fri., Oct. 2, 4:00 p.m. ET,
Online Fri., Oct. 2-Thurs., Oct. 8
Terre Parker, dance artist's site-specific performance entitled For Her celebrates the body’s kinship with the living land.
Fri., Oct. 2, 7:00 p.m.
Black Violin offer a special live virtual concert followed by a post-show conversation on the state of black music and art in the US today moderated by Black music scholar Stephanie Shonekan.
Wed., Oct. 7, 6:00 p.m.
Local artist Jules Jones (they/them) closely inspects the concept of Wellness through vibrant collage and print paintings that explode with energy.
Wed. Oct. 7 - Wed. Oct. 28
Local artist Jules Jones (they/them) closely inspects the concept of Wellness through vibrant collage and print paintings that explode with energy. 
Premiere Fri., Oct. 9, 4:00 p.m. ET,
Online Fri., Oct. 9-Thurs., Oct. 15
For pure joy and excitement, one of Puerto Rico's premier musicians Jose Gonzalez features his spellbinding trio Criolla Clasico with Ahmed Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez.
Fri., Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.
To mark the centenary of Yusef Lateef’s birth, the UMass Fine Arts Center will celebrate his life with a multi-faceted project with a live virtual concert. Five improvisers will each play short solo pieces to open the exhibit.
Wed., Oct. 14, - Wed., Nov. 11
A collaborative project between Indian artist Procheta Olson living in the U.S. and her American friend living in India recording initial experiences of place.
Wed., Oct. 14, - Wed., Nov. 11
This exhibition presents the universality of mythology through illustrative, sculptural, and theatric experiences.
Wed., Oct. 14, 7:00 p.m.
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Ananya Chatterjea will discuss their journeys as Black and brown feminist choreographers, intersectional politics, collaborations, and experiences of risk, survival and triumph.
Fri., Oct. 16, 12:00 p.m.
The Kenny Harris exhibit presents the universality of mythology through illustrative, sculptural, and theatrical experiences.
Premiere Fri., Oct. 16, 4:00 p.m. ET,
Online Fri., Oct. 16-Thurs., Oct. 22
Electric komungo player and composer expresses her duality between Korean ancient roots and American contemporary society this program entitled Meditation and Exceeding.
Mon., Oct 19, 7:00 p.m.
Larissa FastHorse and Erich Jarvis reflect on each other’s practices through a social justice lens and enact a public conversation with the audience around the intersection of the performing arts, race, and power.
Sat., Oct. 24 10 a.m. - noon.
Participate in a Zoom workshop on the Playback Theatre method with Russian performance artist and social activist for human rights, Nastya Vorobyeva.
Sun., Oct. 25 10 a.m. - noon.
Participate in a Zoom workshop on the Playback Theatre method with Russian performance artist and social activist for human rights, Nastya Vorobyeva.
Mon. & Wed., Oct. 26 - Nov. 11, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. This public, six-session course is offered through UMass Amherst University Without Walls and taught by Seton Hawkins, director of public programs and education resources at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Thurs. Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.  Broadcast and streamed by Amherst Media  Crispell has been described as "one of the most technically brilliant, imaginative and impassioned contemporary musicians now expanding the expressive potential of the piano."
 
Wed., Nov. 4, 6:00 p.m.
Mary Ting’s solo exhibition,  Our Hive is Sick is a personal reflection on our communities, water, air, soil, wild places and wildlife in this time of ecological collapse.
Premiere Fri., Nov. 6, 4:00 p.m. ET,
Online Fri., Nov. 6-Thurs., Nov. 12
For Arabic music at its finest, join us when Layaali presents a series of their classic performances accompanied by a Zoom conversation featuring eight of the members.
Tue., Nov. 10, 7:00 p.m.
A special conversation with Larissa FastHorse of the Sicangu Lakota nation, UMass Alum Jasmine Rochelle Goodspeed, Nipmuc, and UMass students facilitated by Dr. Priscilla Page. One free ticket per transaction; each individual seeking to attend must register for their unique access.
Thurs., Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Broadcast and streamed from Amherst Media
James Brandon Lewis is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator. Featuring Angelica Sanchez, piano, Max Johnson, bass, Chad Taylor, drums
Premiere Fri., Nov. 13, 4:00 p.m. ET,
Online Fri., Nov. 13 - Thurs., Nov. 19
Reading poetry from a work in progress entitled  The Shaman Diaspora
Sun., Nov. 15, 3:00 p.m. ET
Wynton Marsalis and musicians of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, America's most renowned big band, present a digital concert of newly composed works around the theme of freedom. Live Q&A with Wynton Marsalis after the concert.
Premiere Fri., Nov. 20, 4:00 p.m. ET,
Online Fri., Nov. 20- Thurs., Nov. 26
I-Shea, a drummer/percussionist, joins forces with Mamadou Ndiaye,  founding member and MC of West African hip-hop group, Gokh-Bi System
Sun., Nov. 22, 3:00 p.m.
Exploring themes of refugees, inclusion and respectful curiosity, “Rock the Boat” aims to get young audiences thinking about relocation and displacement by addressing attitudes about acceptance of those who come from other countries and cultures.
 

Our Mission

The Angel Ticket Program of the Fine Arts Center exists to provide complimentary performance tickets to residents of Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin Counties whose financial and/or social situation would otherwise prohibit them from experiencing live performances by national and international touring artists. Tickets are granted to the clients of eligible non-profit, human-service organizations. Apply here.