Bubo Arts Collective is the dream project of Executive Director Hilary Emerson Lay, an artist living and working in Western Massachusetts.

In 2012, Hilary decided that she could no longer put her art career on the back burner and decided to change the direction of her life. She left her ten-year-long position as the manager of an independent bookstore and applied for a summer art residency at Elsewhere Studios. The experience had such a profound and lasting effect, she decided she wanted to offer this transforming and magical experience to other artists.

Hilary makes her home in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts: an area rich with culture. An area blessed with incredible natural beauty. An area which is home to a vibrant and extraordinary arts scene. In short, an area which would be perfect for an artist-in-residence program.

Every month, Bubo Arts Collective is moving closer to becoming a reality. Along with a small group of creative movers and shakers, Hilary is working towards finding a physical home for Bubo Arts.