Holyoke’s Gateway City Arts offers space to create but founders now look to build crowds

Originally posted Posted Dec 27, 2019 on MassLive

Co-directors Vitek Kruta and Lori Devine

HOLYOKE — Gateway City Arts has office cubicles in a coworking space, table saws in its woodshop where folks can buy memberships, a deli that turns into a taco restaurant, drag-queen bingo, resident puppet makers and a capacity-500 concert hall that regularly attracts acts like Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and 90’s jam-rockers Rusted Root.

It’s got the Ghost Light Theater and Bread & Puppet Theater companies. It’s got yoga. Lecture space where folks gather for guided listening to Phish albums and Democratic presidential debate watch parties, and an art gallery.