One Financial Plaza Brings Community & the Arts Together
The building owners and management care about the community and have created an inviting and safe environment for tenants to come to work every day. For the past decade, One Financial Plaza has been home to UMass’s Commonwealth Honors College students Art and the City Program run by professor John Simpson’s and co-founded by Evan Plotkin, one of the buildings owners. John has a long history and passion for art and has painted the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum for the Springfield Museum, the Indian Motorcycle mural for MGM-Springfield and many, many murals and arts-based initiatives in the region. For those attending his art class, and by being in a building surrounded by an urban setting, students gain a greater understanding for creating revitalization and vibrancy in a city like Springfield. The students ‘themed by semester’ artwork is displayed in our lobby and on the 9th floor art gallery. For the Spring 2019 semester, John’s students filmed, edited and produced the following video which is about the art program.