Northampton Arts Council

The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Stash brings retail to Race Street

What: Stash, a pop-up retail store
When: July 5-31 (Th/Fri 10a-4p & Sat/Sun 12p-6p)
Where: 80 Race Street in Holyoke

The Holyoke Creative Arts Center (HCAC) is hosting a limited retail engagement in the Race Street Galley at 80 Race Street in downtown Holyoke. Stash is a collection of original, found and remade pieces for sale to benefit the HCAC. Just two week left, please spread the word.

Community Sing & Vocal Workshop with Elise Witt

WHEN: Friday, July 20 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
WHAT: Community Sing & Vocal Workshop with Elise Witt
WHERE: Florence Civic Center 90 Park St, Florence, MA.
(Corner of N Main St & Park St, next to Lilly Library)

Mary Witt (of The O-Tones)'s sister Elise travels all over the world leading community sings. Join us for fun! Songs from around the globe with harmonies and parts for all! No experience necessary!

"Impromptu Glorious Chorus"

Vocal Workshop Cost: $25 – 85 sliding scale, please be affordable and generous!

Low pressure, High pleasure!

Singers of all abilities, styles, and experience welcome, No music reading required

To register: email and bring cash or check to SING!

You don’t know how much I need exactly what you gathered and offered – musically and spiritually. ~ Lynn, Decatur GA

Elise is a master at guiding voices and opening hearts. ~ WomanSong, Asheville NC

Fun, creative and masterful teaching style. ~ Sue Robbins, Libana, Boston MA

Monday, July 16, 2018

Downtown Northampton Summer Concert Series: Kate Lorenz & the Constellations, Kimaya Diggs

WHAT: Summer Concert Series Featuring: Kate Lorenz & the Constellations, Kimaya Diggs
WHEN: Friday, July 20th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
WHERE: Hampshire County Courthouse Lawn, 15 Gothic St, Northampton, MA
How Much? FREE

About Kate Lorenz: 
Kate Lorenz has been singing ever since she learned to talk. An avid lover of classic rock and motown, she started off by singing what she heard on mix tapes and in her parents' vinyl collection and cut her teeth on the blues while studying abroad playing with a pub band in Ireland. Kate formed the nationally touring folk-rock band Rusty Belle with her brother Matt Lorenz (The Suitcase Junket) in 2006 and has recorded back-up vocals for fellow folk artists Chris Smither, Jeffrey Foucault, Caitlin Canty,  Hayward Williams, The Suitcase Junket and Zak Trojano.

Kate currently lives in Western MA and plays and sings with her rock-n-roll band Kate Lorenz & The Constellations (Ben Falkoff, Max Adam and Don McAulay) and with the Southern VT honky tonk band The Rear Defrosters. Her powerful voice has been compared to the gritty howls of Etta James and Janis Joplin and the tender country soul of Patsy Cline. Kate Lorenz's much-anticipated first solo album, "Sing When Lonely" was released  in January 2018 and is produced by Matt Lorenz.

Sing When Lonely is a collection of feel-good rockers, with detours into Nashville country and Memphis soul. Kate Lorenz’s big blast of a voice has never sounded better and her songwriting chops shine. On this disc, she shows us a different musical side than what we heard in Rusty Belle. She gets to scream, play guitar, sing about dive bars and is obviously having a whole lot of fun. It is contagious and the listener can’t resist turning up the volume and singing along. Who knew that this preschool teacher by day was such a rocker by night?" -Sheryl Hunter “The Greenfield Recorder”

About Kimaya Diggs:
Kimaya Diggs is a musician and teaching artist based in Northampton, MA. Her debut album, Breastfed, came out in April.

With influences spanning many genres, Kimaya Diggs melds the folky acrobatics of Joni Mitchell, the jazz stylings of Ella Fitzgerald, the catchy soul of Lianne LaHavas, and yet has something you can't quite put your finger on that makes her entirely unique. Her mastery of her voice is the focal point of each performance, and a transfixing experience

Her debut album, Breastfed, is a chronicle of bittersweet growing pains, expansive and generous. Whether roaring along with reckless urgency or irreverently recounting painful memories, Breastfed wrangles the growing-up narrative in a boldfaced, darkly humorous way.

Water Color Adventure with visiting Mexican artist Veronica Rangel

WHAT: Water Color Adventure with visiting Mexican artist Veronica Rangel
WHERE: Wednesday July 1​8​ at ​2:00 pm​
WHEN: Fort River School Art room - 70 S East street, Amherst, MA.

Join our visiting Mexican artist Veronica Rangel in a water color adventure.

​This workshop is for adults but as we say it in Multi-Arts Every child is an artist and we know that that artist is still in you. Come and become again a creative artist.

​Veronica will lead you​ into a fun, creative and refreshing adventure of watercolor artwork.

This is a free workshop but donations are appreciated.

Space is limited, please, let us know you are coming - Catalina Arrubla,

Northampton Community Group Sing

WHAT: Northampton Community Group Sing
WHEN: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2018, sunset
WHERE: Forbes Library Lawn, 40 West Street Northampton, MA

Our Community Sing, September 23, 2018, on the Forbes Library lawn beneath the Harvest Moon.

Come to the Group Sings in Northampton this summer and learn the songs that we’ll sing this fall:

Group Sing, July 27 at 6:30pm, at the gazebo/bandstand in the back yard of Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street (another full-moon night), led by Jim Armenti.

Group Sing, Wed, August 1, 7:00-9:00pm at the Northampton Senior Center, led by Joe Blumenthal and the A-E-I-O-Ukes.

Group Sing, September 14 at 5:00pm at Memorial Hall, 240 Main Street (Arts Night Out Friday), let by Mary Witt and Tom Mahnken.

Always free and open to the entire community.

Community Sing in September

Forbes Library is beginning plans to commemorate its 125th anniversary. It is also the 100th anniversary of the end of “the war to end all wars,” so we invite the community to gather on the library lawn to raise spirits, support peaceful resolutions of conflicts, and confirm our sense of community by singing together.

The large group sing will combine voices of individual members of the public and local choral groups, choirs, and informal singing groups. Everyone will learn the same 3 songs and come together to sing in unison on the lawn, much in the way Forbes Library selects a book each year for the entire community to read and then to gather and discuss. This will not be a performance, but a participatory, community event.

Northampton partners who have already joined in support of the project include Historic Northampton, Northampton Senior Services, Northampton Community Arts Trust, A.P.E. Ltd., Northampton Community Music Center, and Smith College.

During the summer of 1918 the trustees of Forbes Library granted use of the library grounds for several large gatherings of Northampton citizens for “Community Sings,” primarily of patriotic songs. The Daily Hampshire Gazette reported that the community sing of June 24, 1918, attracted a crowd of five to six thousand people! Spirits were high, automobiles were parked along West Street, and the view from the embankment on Smith College grounds was a maze of white blouses and long skirts, straw boaters and 3-piece suits, along with high school cadets and two drum corps.
1894 and now

In the fall of 1894 Forbes Library opened its doors for the first time. Its 125th anniversary in 2019 will be the occasion of multiple events and celebrations. It will all begin next fall with this joint celebration to both commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918 and to sing together with your friends and the entire community. We hope you will join us!

This year’s sing is set for September 23, around sunset and moonrise. It is still in the planning stages. Please send suggestions and comments to Faith Kaufmann, Forbes Library Arts & Music Librarian, 413-587-1013 or This page will be updated with more information about Our Community Sing as it develops.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council,
a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

August Arts Night Out: Marilyn Cavallari at CLICK

WHAT: CLICK features the work of Marilyn Cavallari this August
WHERE: CLICK Workspace 9 1/2 Market Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Opening reception Friday August 10th, 6-8pm

Cavallari received her BA in Fine Arts from the State University College at Buffalo. She studied art at Penn State University and finished her degree at SUNYCAB with a concentration in Art History and Oil Painting. Her paintings grace private homes and collections in Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Florida, California, New Mexico and the Bahamas.

"Simplistic is the word I would use to describe my style of art. My simplicity is extreme. In a brief moment you can see the entire image without any distractions. It is direct and profound while being very minimal. I use true colors that are bright and happy, yet when everyone views my paintings their comments are often that my work is very calming. In my landscapes the grass, the trees and the light source are the perfection of a Spring Day.

My life holds nothing extraordinary; I did not paint for most of it. I chose the life of a ballerina and ballet instructor. Finding painting has given me a new ability to translate what I see visually so that all are able to understand and enjoy. What I do see is happiness in the deepest sense. Now I can share it with all who have an interest."

Preview her work here:

Opening reception will begin at 6pm, light refreshments and drinks will be served.

Northampton Summer Concert Series 2018

The Northampton Arts Council believes bringing members of our regional community to downtown Northampton is really important. Providing diverse, live, and free arts programming is both central to downtown Northampton’s identity as a cultural district and a critical draw in encouraging residents from the Pioneer Valley and beyond to visit our unique city. We also believe you think it’s important, too.

How do we enjoy long summer nights in downtown Northampton’s Paradise City Cultural District? With free live music of course! Namely the Downtown Northampton Summer Concert Series! This year, the Northampton Arts Council will present FIVE live music concerts with FREE ADMISSION; THREE at Pulaski Park and TWO on the Hampshire County Courthouse Lawn. The concerts will take place on Friday July 20, Friday July 27, Friday August 3, Friday August 10, and Friday August 17. All the shows start at 5:30 PM.

How Much: FREE

When & Who: ALL FIVE SHOWS 5:30PM-7:30PM

Friday August 3rd - Pulaski Park
Vapors of Morphine
Friday August 10th - Hampshire County Courthouse lawn
Mal Devisa
Topsy (from And The Kids)

Friday August 17th - Pulaski Park
Signature Sounds Presents: An evening showcasing Signature Sounds Artists

Who Supports the Downtown Northampton Summer Concert Series?
Headline Sponsors: City of Northampton, Coca-Cola, Tea Guys
Organizational Support: Massachusetts Cultural Council

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