Amherst Arts Night Plus @ Emily Dickinson Museum
May 4 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 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!

Featured Artists: Vincent Frano and Isa Wang of The Bower Studio in Pelham seek to create functional artwork that encourage environmental stewardship, highlighting the diversity of American flora and fauna.

Poetry Walk @ Emily Dickinson Museum
May 13 all-day

Celebrate the life of Emily Dickinson on the 131st anniversary of her death with a springtime poetry walk from the Homestead to West Cemetary.

Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group @ Emily Dickson Museum
May 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location: The Poetry Discussion Group meets at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, on the second floor of Frost Library. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch; beverages and a sweet snack are provided.
Fee: The fee for Museum members is $12/session; the fee for non-members is $15/session. Season subscriptions are $75 for Museum members and $100 for non-members. To become a Friend of the Emily Dickinson Museum and enjoy member discounts, click here.
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Amherst Arts Night Plus: Poetry Night and Art Exhibition @ Emily Dickinson Museum
Jun 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Amherst Arts Night Plus is a free cultural event held in venues around downtown Amherst, MA. Each first Thursday of every month, the Museum hosts an open mic and features visual artists and contemporary poets. 

‘The earth has many keys’: Hands-On Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum @ Emily Dickinson Museum
Jun 7 – Jun 10 all-day

Have you always wondered what it’s like to be an archeologist? Perhaps you’ve dreamed of digging into the landscape that inspired Emily Dickinson’s poetry? During this field school at the Emily Dickinson Museum you’ll work alongside professional archaeologists to uncover the many keys in the earth at the Homestead.

About the field school:

Participants will learn and practice the fundamentals of archaeological field and laboratory research under the direction of both academically oriented archaeologists and experienced cultural resource management professionals from UMass Archaeological Services. The focus of this year’s field school will be the Homestead garden and the area where a Dickinson-era barn once stood. All participants must participate in the orientation training offered on Wednesday, June 7.


The field school costs $75 per day. Participants may participate in one, some, or all days of the field school, but the training on Wednesday, June 7 is mandatory.

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