A critical component of our work is to connect, support, collaborate, learn and engage in exchange with people, projects and organizations in our local communities and wider world whose work is aligned with our mission and values.

Thus far, we are building with the following community partners:

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Double Edge Theatre

Double Edge Theatre is an artist-owned ensemble theatre, in which each member is responsible for the art making as well as the business and board leadership. Together the group, who hail from across the US, England, Bulgaria, and Argentina, lead the art, the training, the producing, and the Board of the theatre and have been working together from 8 to 34 years. ECG co-sponsored Double Edge’s Art & Survival 2016 convening and Double Edge has hosted ECG summer interns.

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Pioneer Valley Workers’ Center

The Pioneer Valley Workers’ Center (PVWC) builds power with low-wage and immigrant workers throughout Western Massachusetts. Together, they organize to build community and win real change in the lives of working people. Through worker-driven organizing, leadership development, coalition building, popular education training, community-led research, and legal services, the PVWC addresses issues of concern and defends worker rights in the Pioneer Valley. ECG is a partner in the PVWC’s No Somos Maquinas photo exhibit and storytelling project and PVWC has hosted ECG summer interns.

Schumacher Center for a New Economics

The Schumacher Center for a New Economics is dedicated to an economics that supports both people and the planet. They believe that a fair and sustainable economy is possible and that citizens working for the common interest can build systems to achieve it. They combine theoretical research with practical application at the local, regional, and international levels — deliberately designing transformative systems and communicating clearly the principles that guide them. Their current work includes supporting and developing commoning projects, community land trusts, a local currency program, and community-supported industry. The Schumacher Center has collaborated with ECG on community events and has hosted ECG summer interns.

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Sexual Minorities Archives

The Sexual Minorities Archives (SMA) is a 43-year-old, grassroots community archive living at the Pink Lady, a Holyoke Victorian full of archival material and ephemera from every era of LGBTQIA life, and the home of archivist Ben Power Alwin who has spent his life curating, protecting, and sharing histories that are often inaccessible, erased, or destroyed. One of the oldest, largest, and most unique LGBTQIA archives in the country, the SMA collects, preserves, protects, and makes accessible the literature, history, and art of all sexual and gender minorities of all races and ethnicities. The SMA has hosted ECG summer interns.

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