Northampton Arts Council

The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Arts Council Board Meeting February 9, 2021

 


Scarlet Sock Foundation’s Virtual Third Annual Gala



WHAT: Scarlet Sock Foundation’s Virtual Third Annual Gala
WHEN: Sunday March 21 2021; 7:00-8:00 PM EST
WHERE: Zoom / Online. Email: scarletsockfoundation@gmail.com by March 19 to receive the link

We missed being together last year and want to update you on all the great work your support made possible during the last two years. Scarlet Sock Foundation had a banner first year funding social justice theater programming that made a difference across the Pioneer Valley. Then, despite a year that made live, in-person theater impossible, we were still able to foster curiosity, self-confidence and inclusion for students in the performing arts. That's what social justice theater is all about!

Come join us to celebrate our inaugural grant recipients and see excerpts from some of them including The Performance Project, WAM Theatre and Enchanted Circle Theater. We will also be highlighting 2020’s recipients including Serious Play! and The Drama Studio in Springfield.

Scarlet Sock Foundation was founded in memory of Laura DiPillo who passionately believed that all people deserve to be included and heard. That is why we support social justice theater, which aims to raise awareness about social issues through the performing arts.

During the program, which is free to attend, you’ll be invited to make a donation to Scarlet Sock Foundation.

Visit our website at www.scarletsock.org to learn more!

Email: scarletsockfoundation@gmail.com by March 19 to receive the Zoom link!

We hope you’ll join us.

Margaret Russo
Riley DiPillo
Emily Ditkovski
Kelsey Flynn
Heidi Haas
Leah Visconti

Can't join us, but still want to help? Donate here


Friday, February 26, 2021

4th Annual Black Art Matters Festival at Amherst College



WHAT: 4th Annual Black Art Matters Festival
WHEN: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7pm EST

In partnership with the Black Student Union, Amherst College Multicultural Resource Center and Arts at Amherst Initiative, the Mead Art Museum is proud to support the fourth installment of the Black Art Matters Festival. In 2017, Zoe Akoto '21 noticed a lack of art by Black students on campus and started the Black Art Matters Festival as an affirmation and celebration of Black student artists and creators in the Five Colleges. This year, the festival will take place online via Zoom and feature performances and visual art by Black students at Amherst College.

This program is free and open to all, but registration is required. Please use the link below to register for access to the Zoom link.

Click here to register for access to the Zoom link and here to RSVP on Facebook

In addition to our virtual festival, the Mead is proud to display a visual arts showcase highlighting work by Black student artists currently on campus. If you have permission to be on campus, please visit the Rotherwas Room from March 3 - April 18. We will share photos on our website and on social media for those who are not able to visit in person. In the meantime, check out the Mead's Black Art Matters Instagram campaign, featuring all of this year's participants, and read a preview article about the program by Katherine Duke.

Monday, February 22, 2021

February’s Finest: The Best of Four Sundays 2014-2020



 February’s Finest: The Best of Four Sundays 2014-2020

When: Sunday, February 28th – 2:00PM Showtime

Where: Live streamed via Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch

How Much: FREE
Tickets: Donate here

The Northampton Arts Council presents February’s Finest: The Best of Four Sundays 2014-2020 a video collection showcasing a mix of our most highly-acclaimed Four Sundays in February series shows, compiled and remastered with Northampton Open Media. Spotlighting moments of magic from classic shows like Mumbai in Massachusetts, The Really Big Gong Show, Music in Motion, Sunday Afternoon Live, Big Bird comes to Northampton, Miwa Matreyek: This World Made Itself, Back to The Baystate and more! Relive amazing performances from gifted local artists to visiting international stars! Although many of these great shows were appreciated by packed houses on their debut, it is now time to let them be enjoyed by wider audiences on the internet and from the comfort of one’s own home. This compilation intertwines sensational scenes from our numerous February stage productions into a compellingly fresh narrative for video audiences. February’s Finest: The Best of Four Sundays 2014-2020 will reaffirm the remarkable community we live in and the undeniable gift of art.

ABOUT FOUR SUNDAYS
Four Sundays in February is one of the longest running community winter arts series in the country, the first Four Sundays being presented in 1993. The series traditionally takes place during the month of February at various performance venues in Northampton and is produced by the Northampton Arts Council. In light of Covid-19, our 2021 series will be a virtual festival broadcast to local tv and the internet with no in-person attendance. You will be able to watch all of the performances from the comfort of your own space and on the screen of your choice.

Four Sundays Series Sponsor: UMASSFIVE College Federal Credit Union 

Media Sponsors: Northampton Open Media, Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Republican, New England Public Media, 93.9 FM The River, WHMP 101.5 FM, Pure Oldies 96.9 FM, Rewind 94.3 FM

Organizational Support: City of Northampton, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Northampton Arts Council

Gold Sponsors: Commonwealth Registry of Nurses, Delap Real Estate, National Grid, Gage Wiley

Silver Sponsors: Greenfield Northampton Cooperative Bank, Fitzwilly's, Pinch!, State Senator Jo Comerford, Wohl Family Dentistry, Florence Bank, Marisa Labozzetta and Martin Wohl

Bronze Sponsors: Earthview LLC "New Book", Etheredge & Steuer, P.C., Broadside Bookshop, Maple and Main Realty, David Narkewicz Campaign Committee, Amherst Cinema, Downtown Sounds, Northampton Area Pediatrics





Poster by Alison Wood

Art in the Orchard - Call for Entries

 


WHAT: Art In the Orchard: Call for Outdoor Sculpture and Installations
WHERE: Easthampton, Massachusetts. Apply at: http://ArtInTheOrchard.org/
WHEN: Apply by April 1st, 2021.

Outdoor Sculpture and Installations:  Art In the Orchard (AIO) is seeking sculptures and installations for its Sixth Biennial outdoor exhibit in Easthampton, Massachusetts. This biennial is expected to draw more than 20,000 visitors from August 10th to November 28th and feature 30 works. Selected artists will receive a $500 honorarium (totaling $15,000). Work containing elements of the whimsical, absurd, or surreal and those that elicit emotional responses are encouraged, as well as kinetic and site-specific work. AIO was awarded the prestigious Gold Star Award for exemplary community arts project. Apply at: http://ArtInTheOrchard.org/ - Apply by April 1st, 2021.


Friday, February 19, 2021

Meet Mass Cultural Council's New Executive Director Michael J. Bobbitt – Western MA




Meet Michael Listening Series – Western MA
Event Date: February 22, 2021
Time: 9:30 AM

Mass Cultural Council will host a series of five public listening sessions with newly appointed Executive Director Michael J. Bobbitt throughout the week of February 22. Today’s session will focus on Western Massachusetts, but all are welcome to attend any session that is convenient for them. Join us for virtual coffee and conversation with Michael who began his tenure as Executive Director on February 1. Advanced registration is required.

Register Now

Auto-generated captions will be provided. If you have additional questions or to request additional accommodations to ensure your participation, please contact Ann Petruccelli Moon.




SCDT Screen Dance Festival



When: Sunday, February 21st – 2:00PM Showtime
Where: Live streamed via Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, and Comcast Channel 12 in Northampton
How Much: Free!
Tickets: Donate here
RSVP: Facebook


THE SCHOOL FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE & THOUGHT (SCDT) is sharing an innovative collection of dances for film with the Northampton Arts Council for Four Sundays in February 2021.

1.Motion State Arts PLAYING FAVORITES:
https://motionstatearts.org/calendar/motion-state-dance-film-series-playfav2 Highlights from the first two seasons of the Motion State Dance Film Series!

Including dance films from:
Omari Carter (UK)
Dagmar Daucher: (AT)
Jordan Fuchs (USA)
Mistaya Hemingway & Clyde Henry Productions (CA)
Ali Kenner Brodsky (USA)
Shon Kim (Korea)
Rebecca McGowan and Jackie O'Riley (USA)
Ellen Oliver (USA)

2.Valley Artist Cynthia Mclaughlin's, Brangelina.
These are part of the SCDT Winter/Spring 2021 Season. SCDT will offer a short artist talk before the screening of the film live on Zoom. The whole event is 2 hours long. The SCDT Winter/Spring 2021 season revolves around online platforms to keep performance available to our local and national communities. SCDT has received several grants to support this programming directive that includes collaborations with several other non profit arts organizations including Motion State Arts ( MSA ) of Rhode Island, First Generation of Holyoke and A.P.E of Northampton. The SCDT dance film season includes several collaborative curations with MSA, that highlight professionally choreographed dance for films on an international scale ( January- June 2021 ), two Work In Progress events highlighting in process works from artists from the region ( March and April 2021) and a NEW TEEN SCREEN DANCE FESTIVAL curated by young adults from the Hatchery Dance company and First Generation, Holyoke (June 2021).

SCDT: https://www.scdtnoho.com/
Motion State Arts: https://motionstatearts.org/calendar/motion-state-dance-film-series-playfav2
First Generation: https://www.performanceproject.org/projects/first-generation.html
A.P.E.: http://www.apearts.org/ape--hawley.html

THE SCHOOL FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE & THOUGHT (SCDT) is a Northampton based non profit performance art organization. SCDT provides innovative programming for all ages to activate imaginations and facilitate empowerment, transformation, and development through the movement arts. SCDT connects interdisciplinary dance practices, performances, and classes with thoughtful public conversation, encouraging and invigorating community engagement.

MORE ABOUT FOUR SUNDAYS IN FEBRUARY:
Four Sundays in February is one of the longest running community winter arts series in the country, the first Four Sundays being presented in 1993. The series traditionally takes place during the month of February at various performance venues in Northampton and is produced by the Northampton Arts Council. In light of Covid-19 there are necessary changes this year, most significantly no in-person attendance. You will be able to watch all of the performances from the comfort of your own space and on the screen of your choice.

MORE ABOUT SCDT:
THE SCHOOL FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE & THOUGHT (SCDT) is a performance, research, and education platform for artists of all ages to engage in experimentation and continued learning through dance. The school maintains virtual and physical spaces to connect local, regional, and international artists through programming that emphasizes multiplicity, curiosity, and personal choice.

Central to SCDT's purpose is an abiding respect for the tradition and history of dance while continuing to challenge established concert dance ideals and contribute to the evolution of the field. Through artist talks, performances, classes, and workshops, SCDT engages artists and the public in thoughtful movement practices and experiences. SCDT prioritizes and is committed to programs that support the needs of independent artists at every stage in their careers and their creative processes, from research and development to production. The team at SCDT is comprised of working artists who support creators in their art-making, as well as connect the public, university communities, and local and regional organizations.

SCDT welcomes individuals regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, class, and ability. We believe that diversity creates a world we want to live in, and encourage you, whoever you are, to join us in creating a space for movement, thought, care, and intention.

Announcing the first ever SCDT TEEN SCREEN FESTIVAL!
The SCDT TEEN SCREEN FESTIVAL invites young filmmakers (ages 13-19) to submit short films (maximum duration 8 minutes) in which elements of dance, theater, and cinematography are included.
Applications Due March 6, 2021. Screening June 2021
More Information: https://www.scdtnoho.com/teen-screen-festival-2021.html

Four Sundays Series Sponsor: UMASSFIVE College Federal Credit Union 

Media Sponsors: Northampton Open Media, Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Republican, New England Public Media, 93.9 FM The River, WHMP 101.5 FM, Pure Oldies 96.9 FM, Rewind 94.3 FM

Organizational Support: City of Northampton, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Northampton Arts Council

Gold Sponsors: Commonwealth Registry of Nurses, Delap Real Estate, National Grid, Gage Wiley

Silver Sponsors: Greenfield Northampton Cooperative Bank, Fitzwilly's, Pinch!, State Senator Jo Comerford, Wohl Family Dentistry, Florence Bank, Marisa Labozzetta and Martin Wohl

Bronze Sponsors: Earthview LLC "New Book", Etheredge & Steuer, P.C., Broadside Bookshop, Maple and Main Realty, David Narkewicz Campaign Committee, Amherst Cinema, Downtown Sounds, Northampton Area Pediatrics

Events produced by the Northampton Arts Council; Proceeds benefit arts enrichment in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds




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