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.

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Valley Letters Project: Live on Stage

WHAT: The Valley Letters Project: Live on Stage
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Saturday, March 10th at 7:30pm, Doors at 7:00 pm

What do Susan B. Anthony, Alexander Graham Bell, Emily Dickinson, Frederick Douglass, Amelia
Earhart, Helen Keller, Leonard Nimoy, Elizabeth Taylor, Sylvia Plath, Dr. Seuss, Sojourner Truth
and Kurt Vonnegut all have in common? They have all impacted the historical fabric of our
beloved Pioneer Valley!

The Academy of Music Theatre is proud to present  The Valley Letters Project: Live on Stage,
a new series celebrating the art of letter writing and its connection to our local history.
The evening will feature letters by historic people of note connected to the Western
Massachusetts/Pioneer Valley region read aloud by contemporary people of note who are
currently impacting the Western Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley landscape.

Join us for letters of love, home, friendship and advice with letter readings by Joan Holliday,
Alika Hope, Daniel Jones, Richard Michelson, Mayor David Narkewicz, Bill Newman, Nannette
Vonnegut, Mo Willems and MORE!

A silent auction will take place in the Salon Room of the Academy of Music during the event.
All funds raised will benefit the operation of our beloved and historic Academy of Music

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Massachusetts Commonwealth Placemaking Conversations & Program Deadline

Deadline for Applications – March 1st
The application deadline for Commonwealth Places is coming up on Thursday, March 1st. Learn how you can take advantage of MassDevelopment's Commonwealth Places matching grant program today! You can start your application today on the application page.

Please feel free to email or call with any questions about the grant program, your project idea, or crowdfunding in general.
Jonathan Berk:
Michelle Moon:

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From Spaces to Places: A Conversation with Massachusetts Placemakers
Thursday, February 22, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Join us for a Placemaking Conversation
Join us at WeWork Boston (Portland Street location near North Station) to hear how Massachusetts communities are working with their neighbors to turn underused spaces in their towns into community assets for residents and visitors to enjoy. After a short presentation, there will be time for questions and an opportunity to connect with others in attendance.

Congratulations to all the towns and community leaders who recently completed crowdfunding projects last fall and this winter!
Art & History: A Creative Celebration of America's Hometown: Plymouth, $ 13,425.00
Healy Field Community Garden: Roslindale, $ 30,500.00
Lighting Up High Rock Tower: Lynn, $20,360.00
Maybarton Community Garden: Clinton, $5,000
Mosaic Gloucester: Gloucester, $7,875.00
Partnership for the Buckley: Lawrence, $50,330.00
Revitalizing Peabody Square: Dorchester, $26,430.00

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Super Bowl Ad features music from Young@Heart Chorus

You may be wondering who was singing the vocals in the E*TRADE “This is Getting Old" ad during the Super Bowl on Sunday. If you guessed the Young@Heart Chorus based in Florence, Massachusetts you would be correct. The Young@Heart was approached by the MullenLowe advertising agency two months ago for the job and worked closely with them and film directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, whose credits include “Little Miss Sunshine”, “Battle of the Sexes”, and numerous music videos for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. View the 30 second Super Bowl ad here:

The ad, which played in the 2nd quarter of the game, has been well received making top ten lists in USA Today, CNN and many others. Whoopi Goldberg called it her favorite Super Bowl ad on yesterday’s episode of ABC’s “The View” here:

The audio portion of the ad was produced by Los Angeles-based music collective Beta Petrol. Young@Heart’s vocals were recorded by Dan Richardson on a mobile studio rig at Young@Heart’s rehearsal space and by Beta Petrol personnel at SpiritHouse Studios in Northampton. Watch the 60 second ad here:

For more information please contact or call 413-230-7909.

Stencil Class for TEENS with Peter O. Zierlein

WHAT: Stencil Class for TEENS with Peter O. Zierlein
WHERE: The Northampton Center for the Arts - 33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Wednesdays February 7th-March 4th from 3:45-5:45pm

Learn how to cut and print STENCILS so you can create bold, graphic posters, and print a stencil selfie. Learn how to create stencil print patterns and customize an object of your choice!
T-shirts, cotton totes, sneakers & walk away with some cool stuff!

REGISTER email: The Northampton Center for the Arts at
Please include your name, address and telephone. Contact or call the center at (413) 584 - 7327 Course Fees are payable in advance by check or cash. 

Further details at:

JazzFest Returns to South Hadley With Spotlight on Collaboration

WHAT: South Hadley JazzFest
WHERE: South Hadley High School, 53 Newton St, South Hadley, MA
WHEN: Sunday, February 11th, 2-5PM

Emerging jazz musicians from South Hadley High School and Middle School team up with students from the UMASS Jazz Ensemble and the PVPA Rock & Soul Revue to bring you a weekend of inspired, intergenerational collaboration. The annual event culminates in a swinging Sunday performance featuring the Valley Jazz Divas and the Jeff Holmes Big Band. Sunday’s performance is FREE and open to the public

Jazz Workshop | Thursday, February 8th, 12:45PM

The UMASS Jazz Ensemble will present a one hour, free performance at the South Hadley High School Auditorium. The performance is part of a day-long workshop and rehearsals with students from UMASS , PVPA, South Hadley Middle School, and South Hadley High School.

Concert | Sunday, February 11th, 2-5PM

South Hadley’s second annual Jazz Fest features showcase performances by the Berkshire Hills Music Academy Jazz Band, South Hadley Middle School Jazz Band, South Hadley High School Jazz Band, and the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School Rock & Soul Revue. The showcase will conclude with Frank Newton’s special arrangement of the Screaming Eagle of Soul’ Charles Bradley’s “Ain’t it a Sin” performed by both the Middle School Jazz Band and the PVPA Rock & Soul Revue.

The afternoon continues with concert performances by the dazzling Valley Jazz Divas, backed by the Green Street Trio, and the venerable Jeff Holmes Big Band will close out the the program. The event is free, open to the public, and light refreshments will be prepared by students from the High School Culinary Program.

2PM Student Showcase Performances
3PM Valley Jazz Divas, backed by the Green Street Trio
4PM Jeff Holmes Big Band

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

KidsBestFest 2018, a Film Festival for kids and their adults

KidsBestFest 2018, a Film Festival for kids and their adults

Winter School Break: Monday February 19 - Friday February 23
Each day the presentation starts at 1:30 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:00PM

Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060

A film festival for kids and their adults during winter school break, part of the Four Sundays in February winter arts series presented by the Northampton Arts Council and the Academy of Music Theatre.

How Much?
FREE, donations encouraged.

Film Schedule?
Still from "Weirdhealing"

Monday February 19 - Opertura Animated Shorts and Q&A with the artists (All Ages, Animated) Opertura, otherwise known as Aya Yamasaki and Jason Brown, will share their imaginative short films at the kick-off of KidsBestFest. A discussion with the artists will follow the screening. The artists, who won a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Film & Video in 2017, create hand-drawn, animated films driven by a unique vision and their particular style of collaboration. The complex worlds created in their animations are teeming with imagination, humor, and vitality. Aya and Jason live and work in Greenfield, MA. More info:
Tuesday February 20 - March of the Penguins (2005, Rated G, 85 min, Documentary)
Morgan Freeman narrates this award-winning documentary about the mating rituals of penguins living in Antarctica. At the end of each Antarctic summer, the emperor penguins of the South Pole journey to their traditional breeding grounds in a fascinating mating ritual that is captured in this documentary by intrepid filmmaker Luc Jacquet. The journey across frozen tundra proves to be the simplest part of the ritual, as after the egg is hatched, the female must delicately transfer it to the male and make her way back to the distant sea to nourish herself and bring back food to her newborn chick.

Wednesday February 21 - The LEGO Batman Movie (2017, Rated PG, 104min, Animated)
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble, LEGO Batman stars in his own big screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Cast: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zack Galifianakis
Thursday February 22 - The Dark Crystal (1982, Rated PG, 120min, Fantasy)
In Jim Henson’s classic fantasy film, good and evil battle when an orphan begins a quest to find a missing shard of a crystal that holds the world in equilibrium. Cast: Stephen Garlick, Billie Whitelaw, Lisa Maxwell
Friday February 23 - The Breadwinner (2017, PG-13, 94min, Animated)
Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom–and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family. Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner is an inspiring and luminously animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times. A film by Nora Twomey, from executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, based on Deborah Ellis’ bestselling novel.


Event Sponsored by?

Four Sundays 2018 Series Sponsors: Lathrop Communities, National Grid

Four Sundays 2018 Organizational Sponsors: Northampton Arts Council, City of Northampton, Massachusetts Cultural Council, #massfestivals

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Northampton Jazz Workshop features Jeff Holmes and Dawning Holmes

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features Jeff Holmes and Dawning Holmes
WHERE: Tuesday, February 6th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM
WHEN: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

We are looking forward to featuring the dynamic duo of Jeff and Dawning Holmes on trumpet and vocals respectively. Jeff is also and an accomplished pianist, drummer, composer, arranger and is the head of the Jazz Studies Department Mass.

Upcoming Guest Artists:
2/6 - Jeff and Dawning Holmes - trumpet and vocals
2/13 - Samirah Evans - vocals with Don Anderson on trumpet - Fat Tuesday Celebration
2/20 - Kris Allen - alto
2/27 - Sean Fielder - tap dancer

3/6 - Kenny Wessel - guitar
3/13 - Josh Bruneau - trumpet
3/20 - Peter and Will Anderson sax and clarinet
3/27 - Jim Fryer - trombone

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 FB at: onJazzWorkshop

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