In recent years, UMA has taken a facilitator role in bringing various individual artists, art activists, cultural groups and organizations together to discuss ways to increase the amount of art happening in Malden; improve coordination among various cultural players; and to celebrate the power of arts. A number of initiatives are ongoing.



UMA helped initiate the first ever #ARTSMATTERDAYMALDEN. First in 2018, then in a more elaborate way in 2019.  Now with COVID affecting so many organizations, artists, and performers, the need is greater than ever to highlight and showcase the importance of the arts. Inspired by MASSCREATIVE’s initiative for Massachusetts, we hope to make sure Malden celebrates in 2021 – on October 25th.

Minghuang Zhang doing a portrait of Shikha Vyas.

A well-attended summit for the arts and culture players of Malden took place in February 2019

Gathering the Arts and Culture community

Over the past several years, UMA has been instrumental in bringing key players of the arts and culture sector together to share ideas, projects, and opportunities.
The history of this particular communication initiative related to the arts and culture scene (referred to interchangeably as the Creative Economy) of Malden began with MATV’s participation in a popup local artist market place. This led to several gatherings, discussions, focus groups, and initiatives that continue to spur on arts/culture activity in Malden.

Coming Arts & Culture Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Arts & Culture Twitter Feed

Freelance teacher, actor, video editor, writer, and now staff at UMA provides us with this wonderful Twitter feed of “What’s good in the neighborhood” especially arts and culture. If you are a visual, performing, literary, media or any other kind of artist and you live in or close to Malden, get in touch with Amanda @ahurleymanda through twitter. She will follow and highlight you and your events and offerings.

Join the conversation

If you are an artist, performer, cultural organization, arts advocate, events planner, or just a community member who believes arts are vital for community, join UMA for free. You will receive updates. You can share your ideas or initiate a project.

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