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, May 22, 2018

Help us make Northampton less vulnerable to Climate Change

WHAT: Resilience and Regeneration Plan Public Meeting
WHERE: Great Room, Northampton Senior Center - 67 Conz Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: June 5, 2018. 7:00pm - 9:00pm

City departments, community partners, and residents have started collaborating on ways to help Northampton thrive by creating happy, healthy, inclusive, and sustainable communities that are prepared for climate change.

This public meeting will share progress and kick off the next steps for developing this Resilience and Regeneration Plan.

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Great Room, Northampton Senior Center
67 Conz Street, Northampton

Can’t make this meeting, but want to help?
Let us know at the link below!
I'd like to know about future opportunities:

Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum Community Day

WHEN: JUNE 2, 2018 10:00am to 3:30pm

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington-Museum invites all residents of Northampton and Hatfield to a Community Day on Saturday, June 2 from 10:00am to 3:30pm. All residents are welcome to the Museum for free tours on the half hour. Afterwards, guests can relax on the back veranda with complimentary lemonade and cookies. Members of the community are encouraged to explore the homestead and grounds of one of the founding families of Hadley and learn about the history of the Connecticut River Valley.

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum provides a detailed look at the role of one family in the span of over 200 years of history in the Connecticut Valley. The home, built in 1752, is preserved to its circa 1800 structure and interior d├ęcor, and houses the family’s personal belongings accumulated over generations. During a tour of the house, visitors witness the impact of historical events like the Revolutionary War, the abolition of slavery, learn more about the changing role of women, and the influence of various theological movements on local society. As the house was passed from woman to woman, unusual in its time, the museum offers an oft-overlooked perspective on women’s social roles and history over the past few centuries. A visit to the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House is a unique experience that allows guests to explore the history of New England on a personal, intimate level through the eyes of one family.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Call to Artists: Be Counted and Be Included

Are you an artist, musician, craftsperson, performer, graphic designer or creative that works or lives in Springfield or Indian Orchard? Art for the Soul Gallery and the UMass Arts Extension Service want you to be counted and included!

Whether you work full-time or part-time at your craft, you are invited to join the effort to be counted and included when future opportunities to exhibit, perform, or gain access to grant funds when they are available.

Fill out the survey at the link below by May 25th, and be entered for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from the Springfield Central Cultural District. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Time traveling to the past or the future with Multi-Arts

WHAT: Time traveling to the past or the future with Multi-Arts
WHEN: Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
WHERE: Forbes Library Community Room, 20 West St., Northampton MA

Join us in a fun, engaging theatrical activity that inspires collaboration and discovery!

Who would you like to meet if you could travel to the past? Where would you like to explore if you could travel to the future? Work together to create a theatrical story that explores these questions in a new, exciting way!

Afterwards, enjoy our presentation of a journey to the 1840’s! When young Justine is sent back in time, she meets Angeline Palmer, a brave African American girl who was saved from slavery with the help of the town. Learn the true story of Angeline and experience the roots of what makes our community such a unique place: our avant-garde spirit, celebration of differences, and ability to come together as a community to stand up for human rights.

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

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Community Room

More info:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

SATURDOOZY! Arts Focused Kids Night Out at STUDIO4

WHEN: Saturday May 19th 6-10 PM
WHERE: STUDIO4, 25 Main St, 4th floor, Northampton MA.

Please save the date and spread the word about the LAST SATURDOOZY of the season!

Celebrate an extended mother's day by sending your kids to an awesome arts focused kids night where they can boogie, chase invisible monkeys and feast with friends while you go out on the town or take a nap... or both!

check out our trailer and spread the word

Ask about our "VALET SERVICE" !

6-10pm $30 / 6-8pm $20 [additional siblings half price]


UMASS Arts Extension Service hiring Administrative Assistant

Clerk IV/Dean Humanities and Fine Arts-Arts Extenstion Service (AES) (Part-Time)
Full Posting:

Category: Non-Exempt 
Department: Dean Humanities and Fine Arts/AES
Locations: Amherst, MA
Posted: May 10, '18
Type: Part-time
Ref. No.: R152773

Job Description:


1ST SHIFT MONDAY-FRIDAY (18.75 hrs/wk)

Coordinate program administrative and support services for the Arts Extension Service (AES) in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Support online and campus programs and courses. Relate to AES students, artists, state and local Arts Agency cutomers, grant sponsors, and others.

Duties and Responsibilities

Serve as the central contact person and perform all tasks associated with supporting office interactions and administrative work. Provide administrative support to the director with all matters pertaining to the Arts Extension Service programs, courses, and projects including the following:
Monitor and respond to AES email and phone inquiries.
Maintain Customer Relationship Management database (CRM). Input data, pull reports, create queries.
Participate in weekly staff meetings with director and program coordinators. Work collaboratively and assist with routine problem solving.
Submit Faculty Appointment forms, Grad Status, and Contracts to lecturers and instructors on a timely basis each semester.
Provide excellent customer service through phone and e-mail. Aid students with registration and basic Blackboard access problems.
Distribute, collect, and tabulate program evaluation materials on Survey Monkey. Prepare summary or statistical reports.
Generate reports via spreadsheets and surveys. Proofread and verify accuracy of information.
Submit deposits to HFA Business Office and file documentation accordingly. Using Commerce Manager, conduct book fulfillment; process and ship books nationally and internationally and via downloads.
Work collegially with staff in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Continuing and Professional Education, University Without Walls, Records and Registration, and others in the performance of duties.
Schedule, train, and supervise student employees; teach use of CRM, review work for accuracy, and with director, establish weekly student workload and assign duties.
Update website using Drupal; create content, edit and add images, update course information, and create and build new pages.
Update all AES social media; write and collect content and photos. Create and print campus-based marketing materials, publications, website, office stationary, etc. using Adobe programs. Assist University Relations with revision of off-campus brochures and other press and marketing materials; review, edit for grammar, spelling, and graphic issues.
Produce regular marketing e-mails; create content and submission of e-blasts. Write, create, and release schedule to market courses, trainings, and AES events.
Perform Blackboard and Moodle updates for all courses online and on campus (35-40 courses annually). Create online and on-campus course syllabi, update calendar, assignments, discussion, and feedback release dates. Assist faculty with resolving Blackboard and Moodle problems. Support course set-up and student enrollment in SPIRE/CAPS.
Track and document student progress for campus and online certificates. Verify student course completion, manage application forms, submit forms to the Registrar, print and mail certificates. Coordinate Student Response To Instruction (SRTI) forms.
Provide support for AES trainings/events, including revising and editing director's PowerPoint presentations and handouts, drafting press releases, ordering food, and attending to travel needs. Coordinate Audio/Visual needs.
Assist with research for publications and programs.
Open, close, and cover the office during normal operating hours and in the absence of the director.
Perform other duties as required.

Northampton Jazz Workshop features trombonist Steve Davis

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features trombonist Steve Davis
WHEN: Tuesday, May 22nd, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM 
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

One of the hottest players on the New York scene today just happens to be one of our regular guest artists and good friends. Trombonist Steve Davis has been recently working with all the top players in NYC, recording, gigging and touring internationally. He is currently on the road with the Christian McBride Big Band. It's always fun, straight ahead and hard swinging when Steve comes so I hope you can join us. Steve is also an inspired educator and I'm sure many of his past and present students will show up for the jam session that follows the concert set. Also, Jon Fisher will be back on drums and I'm sure sounding great as he returns from working seven days a week with some great players on a cruise ship.

Upcoming Guest Artists:
5/8 - Fred Haas - alto sax with Claire Arenius on drums
5/15 - Don Braden - sax and flute with Jimmy Maddison on drums
5/22 - Steve Davis - trombone with Jon Fisher on drums
5/29 - Hendrik Meurkens - vibes and harmonica with Jon Fisher on drums

6/5 - Wanda Houston - vocals
6/12 - Ray Vega - trumpet
6/19 - Nicole Pasternak and Ralph Lalama - vocals and tenor sax
6/26 - Rob Sheps - saxes

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see (and Like us) on FB at: onJazzWorkshop

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