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Pioneer Valley Zine Fest 2015: Save the Date!

Flywheel will play host to the Pioneer Valley Zine Fest once again this year on Saturday, April 11th as part of the Easthampton Book Festival. This all-day event will feature zine creators, workshops, readings, and other performances with more TBA soon!

 Visit the Facebook event page for more info about table reservations, workshops, and other updates! 

2014 Annual Meeting

Flywheel is an all-volunteer run community arts space.  We depend on you, the community, to help the space survive and grow through show attendance, volunteer work, and donations. We've had an incredible 16 years, but we need your support to last another 16.

Please attend Flywheel's annual meeting on Wednesday December 10, 2014 at 6:30 as we socialize and celebrate our accomplishments over the past year.  This date also coincides with Valley Gives, the annual fundraising event held throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Dinner and entertainment will be provided by Flywheel's Hub. All are welcome. If you plan on attending, please RSVP here.

Flywheel Wish List

As you know, Flywheel is supported by the generosity of our donors.  Many of the wonderful things that make up Flywheel's physical space have been donated by good people like you.

To that end, we are always looking for certain items to be donated or funds to make infastructure improvements.  Here is a current list of things that we need or want...

  • Cash Register
  • Gallery Lighting
  • LED Stage Lighting
  • Disco Ball
  • Beverage Fridge
  • Small Side Table with a Drawer
  • Bigger movie screen
We also are happy to accept monetary gifts.  Renting Flywheel for birthday parties, meetings, dinners, weddings and the like also helps us stay afloat.


Flywheel's 15th Anniversary and Pioneer Valley Zine Fest 2014!

Don't miss out on a great weekend celebrating 15 years of Flywheel's existence!

Friday, May 2, AMPERE will be playing with Sweet John Bloom, Mean Man's Dream and Worn Leather. Don't miss it!

Then on Saturday, May 2, Pioneer Valley Zine Fest 2014 is happening! Organized by the Flywheel Arts Collective Zine Library Committee, this all-day event will feature over 20 zinesters and organizations from in, around, and beyond the Pioneer Valley. Zine-making and collaboration workshops will also be held. Attendance is free!

In addition, this year's Pioneer Valley Zine Fest will be a part  For more up-to-date information, visit the Pioneer Valley Zine Fest Facebook Page, or attend the event via Facebook here. 

Workshop Presenters Schedule (2pm-4pm)

Kate Sumner: Zines in the Archives (2:00pm-2:30pm)

For the past year, I've been working on a large project on the Riot Grrrl movement of the early 1990s.  Although I have approached my work from a number of angles, one of those has been academically through the Sophia Smith Collection's Girl Zine archive.  I want to talk about the joys and complications of zines in the archive, as well as look specifically at riot grrrl and question the media co-optation narrative that often gets told about it.  

Angie Toxica: Tea and Freewrite! (2:30-3:15)
this isn't a workshop but an opportunity to indulge your personal, creative side in the company of fellow zinesters -- or to experiment with perzining for the first time in a supportive space.  we'll talk about/share the zines that have most influenced us, then freewrite to prompts over tea in the flywheel cafe.  those who are moved to read their work out loud will read out loud, and materials will be provided to immortalize our writing onto zine pages.

Trevor Powers and Sylvia Kim: Photobooks, Photozines, and Self-Publishing (3:15pm-3:45pm)

The presentation will be in the form of a pop-up exhibit and discussion that will focus on photobooks, zines, artist's books, and other photo publishing formats.

Presented will be 20-30 titles by artists, photographers, and presses from around the globe - exploring various formats, styles, and production processes.  In addition, we will also look at a number of new books by contemporary photographers that push the boundaries of the format and question what a photobook can be.We will show and talk about the different titles, discussing how they were made, their form versus content, and so on.  Other topics covered will range from: print-on-demand and self-publishing services, collections and libraries specific to these types of publications, non-traditional publishing formats, and whatever else the comes up along the way. This presentation is meant to be an open discussion and exploration of photography in the book and zine format.

The Annual Flywheel Record Fair is Here!

Join us April 27 from 10AM-3PM for the Annual Flywheel Record Fair!. There will be more than 25 local vendors selling records, from LPs to 45s, CDs and tapes, plus music memorabilia. If you missed out on Record Store Day, this is a great opportunity to support a local records vendor. 

This event is also a fundraiser for the Flywheel Arts Collective. Celebrate and support Flywheel as it enters its 15th year as a non-profit organization in the Valley!  

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About Flywheel

Flywheel, a collectively run, not-for-profit space, aims to build community and give artists of all types the opportunity to craft, practice, and perform their work in an environment where creativity is valued over profit. Volunteer-run and governed by consensus, Flywheel believes that art and information should be equally accessible and affordable to all people. The all-ages, alcohol- and drug-free space features a cafe, zine library, performance space, and an art gallery. LEARN MORE ABOUT FLYWHEEL.

Events Calendar

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March 11, 2015


Flywheel Zine Committee

Bring a dish, a laptop, and your cataloging cap and help us organize our collection.

March 14, 2015

10:00am Donation

Saturday Morning Music Party

The SMMP is back! Bring the whole family for some free pancakes, some webisodes of Pancake Mountain and a dance party for kids and parents!

Hilltown Families & Flywheel presents

Free Pancakes!

New Episodes of Pancake Mountain!

Dance Party with DJ Youthelectronix!

This event is a benefit for Flywheel and Hilltown Families

March 15, 2015

doors @ 6:30pm $5-10


Pionner Valley post-hardcore

Greg McKillop & The Slightly Smaller Band

indie-folk-rock-poet from Worcester/Ware

Two Houses

Triumphant sad bastard indie rock music from Chicago.


A benefit show for Pioneer Valley Zine Fest, with awesome bands! Sliding scale at the door!

March 20, 2015

8:00pm $7

Big-Chief & The Defenastrators

Hip-Hop/Funk from Western Mass featuring NOLA bred and born Khalif (Big-Chief) Neville.

Doctor Jonze

Local MC who combines the styles of Chance the Rapper and Danny Brown while staying true to hip-hops roots in his old school styled flow.

DJ Bennet

March 21, 2015


Zine Library Open Hours

Come visit Flywheel and read from our zine collection! Featuring a dry bar of fancy mocktails!

March 25, 2015


Flywheel Zine Committee

April 2, 2015

7:30pm $8

Time Ghost

Ora Iso


April 4, 2015


Zine Library Open Hours

Come read zine from our library and make a few of your own! Featuring snacks and mocktails!

April 11, 2015

10AM-5PM Free!

Pioneer Valley Zine Fest 2015

Get ready for Pioneer Valley Zine Fest 2015! Happening in conjunction with the Easthampton Book Fest, this all-day event will feature even more zines, zinesters, workshops, and crafting!

April 12, 2015

7:30pm 7$

Jeff Zagers

Sam Gas Can

Noise Nomads

The Grape Room

April 18, 2015

10:00am Donation

Saturday Morning Music Party

Hilltown Families & Flywheel present another installment of the Saturday Morning Music Party!

Hilltown Families & Flywheel presents

Free Pancakes

New Episodes of Pancake Mountain!

Dance Party with DJ Youthelectronix

This event is a benefit for Hilltown Families and Flywheel

April 22, 2015

8:00pm $12

Michael Hurley

A return appearance by the legendary purveyor of "jazz-hyped blues and country and western music"


Our friends from the north bring their homespun homilies to Flywheel.

A limited amount of pre-sale tickets will be available.

Tickets will not be mailed. Ticket holders will appear on a list the night of the show

photo by Tim Bugbee

April 26, 2015

Ladies gear and music night vol 2

May 3, 2015

10-3 FREE

Artisan Fair

The Artisan Market will host a large number of Artisans from Western Massachusetts. It will be housed at Flywheel and is conveniently timed for the weekend before Mother's day. It is the perfect event to not only support local art, but to find your mom the perfect gift! There will be jewelry, quilted items, paintings, drawings, photography, knitted items, and more! Come and support your community's artisans.

May 4, 2015

8pm $8


Incredible post punk on tour from Iceland!

+more in the works, TBA very soon!

May 9, 2015

8th Annual Easthampton High School Arts Festival

May 14, 2015

6:00 PM $25

EAT: E.A.T. (Easthampton Artist Treasury) is a program offered my Easthampton City Arts+ that is designed to supplement funds for projects made by creative people and organizations. At each E.A.T., attendees give a $25 donation for which they receive an appetizer and a ballot. Attendees then experience presentations given by selected applicants and cast a vote for their favorite proposal. At the end of the night, the applicant who receives the most votes is awarded a grant comprised of that eventís door funds.

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