The Easthampton City Arts+ Coordinating Committee is made-up of a diverse group of artists, performers, business owners, administrators, planners, and poets. The Committee meets on the 4th Thursday of every month. Members generously donate their time and energy to subcommittees, events, creative projects, and cultural planning.
Meet Meagan Murphy, a new member of the ECA+ Coordinating Committee who is interested in film, travel and photography. Meagan joined the committee in the spring of 2013.
Where are you from?
I am from northern New Jersey. My upbringing was very suburban (sports, sports, sports) but punctuated with regular trips to NYC which loomed just 15 miles to the east. I was schooled in Boston, and came to the Pioneer Valley in 2000 while working for a Springfield-based dot.com. I now live in Easthampton's Plains Neighborhood.
What else do you do other than ECA+?
I am a television producer by training and have deep roots in production, including film. I am also a director and a writer, and have done oodles of coordinating and managing as well. In recent years I have become interested in creating a bolder style of programming that strives to reflect the intersection between the body and the experience of spirit. I am experimenting with creating a documentary that can bring some of these ideas into the main stream. It's called The Breast Archives.
Why are you interested in art?
I have been driven to create an aesthetic in my space since I was a child. I would create elaborate living spaces for my Barbie dolls and my imagination would soar. Art reminds me of who I am. Encountering it gives me a unique certainty-and the accumulation of those moments has become a guiding (and inspiring) energy.
How do you see the arts playing a role in the greater Easthampton area?
Deepening a cultural identity in town can serve Easthampton in myriad ways. In addition to creating enthusiasm, pride and energy, it paves the way for boldness in the execution of our daily business. Development that's creative and edgy anchors a place and attracts its citizens. The burgeoning artistic energy in town gives Easthampton's leadership a perfect excuse to re-think and revise long-held relationships and approaches. The water is a particularly fertile ground for creating attraction, community, and a sense of place. Personally I think the word "boardwalk" is limiting. This is one blank canvas that has immense potential.
Favorite ECA+ memory:
The fabulous energy at the recent C.H.A.T event at the Art Bar Cafe.
What is your favorite view, place, or location in Easthampton?
I love the elegant corridor of trees inside of the cemetery on Main Street.