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.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Thane and Henning Songwriting Workshop and Concert

WHAT: 2018 Forbes Library Music Residency with Rub Wrongways Records
             Event #2 - Thane and Henning Songwriting Workshop and Concert
WHEN: Wednesday, March 28 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM
WHERE: Forbes Library 20 West Street. Northampton, MA

In 1999, Thane Thomsen and Henning Ohlenbusch hosted a songwriting inspiration workshop for the Northampton Music Festival. It was at the Baystate Hotel. Demand for another was SO STRONG that 19 years later they are now presenting part 2 (the same thing again).
Come on out and let's figure out how to figure out what to write about.
After the brainstorming session, both Thane and Henning will play and maybe discuss 2 or 3 songs. What an adorable evening.


Paradise City: A Staged Reading at 13 Queen

WHAT: A Staged Reading of the play "Paradise City" written by Chris Gonzalez
WHERE: 13 Queen - 13 King Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Sunday March 25th. 8:00pm

Paradise City is a one act tragic comedy set in downtown Northampton, Massachusetts. Rebecca, a recent widow, works with Liz, a half-baked medium, to converse with the ghost of her beloved. But over the course of the seance both Rebecca and Liz are forced to face something much more frightening than ghosts and spirits: themselves.

RVSP space is limited:

13 Queen is an alternative Production Studio and Event Space - Producing Music, Video, Podcasts, Events, Music, Karaoke, Poetry, Comedy, Film, Live Streaming, Meetings. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Announces The Art of Eric Carle: Seasons

WHAT: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Presents: The Art of Eric Carle: Seasons
WHEN: April 3, 2018 - August 26, 2018
WHERE: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd. Amherst, MA.

In 1970, Eric Carle published The Tiny Seed, which chronicles the life cycle of a plant across the four seasons. It was the first of many stories he would illustrate about the wonders of nature at all times of year. The Art of Eric Carle: Seasons celebrates five decades of Carle's seasonal imagery, from hibernating bears in winter and hatching chicks in spring to colorful flowers in summer and apple trees ripe for picking in fall. The exhibition, on view April 3 through August 26, 2018, features Carle's iconic collage art from 15 picture books as well as several never-before seen watercolors. It also includes a special display, Eric Loves Bobbie, of personal artwork Carle dedicated to his late wife throughout their 42-year marriage.

The Art of Eric Carle: Seasons features original art from Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?, Draw Me a Star, Little Cloud, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, Animals, Animals, and I See a Song, among other titles. Carle's work for other authors, such as Norma B. Green's The Hole in the Dyke, Arnold Sundgaard's The Lamb and the Butterfly, and Alice McLerran's The Mountain that Loved a Bird are also on display. Linoleum prints, which Carle created in 1965 for the cookbook Red-Flannel Hash and Shoo-Fly Pie, are showcased. Also included are several never-before-seen watercolors and unpublished drawings and collages, all providing glimpses into Carle's working method and personal interests.

There are several activities for guests to enjoy in the gallery. A custom-designed "book garden"--which grows both felted vegetables and real books!--encourages visitors to harvest a story. There are flip-and-find character surprises among the exhibition graphics (including the Very Hungry Caterpillar!). In keeping with the theme of seasons, guests can manipulate felted tree forms to mirror the season they love most. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

North to East: 3 Mile Trail Procession from Northampton to Easthampton

WHAT: North to East: 3 Mile Procession Northampton to Easthampton
WHERE: Veteran's Field, West Street. Northampton, MA
WHEN: Saturday April 28th, 12-4pm

Join our procession from Veteran's Field Northampton to Millside Park, Easthampton with performances & activities at both locations. Parade is open to cyclists, runners, roller skaters, skateboarders, trail users of any kind and all abilities.

Come as you are or dress as your favorite Winged Creature!

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Young@Heart Chorus "Welcome to Your Life"

WHAT: Young@Heart Chorus "Welcome to Your Life"
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 8PM
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

Buy tickets online or call the box office 413-584-9032 x105

On April 21st we perform the show "Welcome to Your Life". In the first half of the show we will preview the work that will tour to the Netherlands and Belgium. It features the re-interpretation of music ranging from the Talking Heads to Radiohead and Soft Cell to Sam Cooke. The second half of the show will be a very public celebration of Roz Cilman's 100th birthday (Born April 21, 1918!). Mrs. Cilman is the mother of Y@H Director Bob Cilman. The music of Laurie Anderson, Phil Ochs and the Specials will help put the frosting on the cake. The last time Young@Heart was able to celebrate a 100th birthday was for Anna Main back in 1995. 

Film Screening: A Place For Madness

​WHAT: Film Screening: A Place for Madness, PBS Frontline, 1994 (60 min.)
WHEN: Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 7 pm
WHERE: ​​Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060

This 1994 episode of PBS’s Frontline (60 min.) focuses on Northampton and the stories of families, individuals, lawyers, psychiatrists and caregivers as they dealt with the effects of the closure of Northampton State Hospital. It includes scenes filmed at Shaw’s Motel. According to PBS, this episode “examines the troubling conflict between protecting the rights of the mentally ill to live outside of the mental hospitals and safeguarding society from those who are dangerous to themselves and to others.”

Introductory remarks by and a follow-up conversation with Christopher Sparks, a local writer on Northampton State Hospital and dehospitalization.

Christopher Sparks is a lifelong Northampton resident who took an interest in the Northampton State Hospital shortly after it was abandoned. He researches and writes about the state hospital with the mission to analyze the history of Northampton State Hospital as a symptom of public intolerance of the mentally ill. Sparks is a web strategist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Group Sing Information Session at Forbes Library

WHAT: Group Sing Information Session
WHERE: Forbes Library - 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.  
WHEN: Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 PM

Anyone interested in participating in the fall community sing is invited to attend an information session at Forbes Library on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 PM in the Calvin Coolidge Room to learn more about the project and to provide feedback to help us shape the event.

Also here's the link that keeps you informed about Our Community Sing on the Forbes Library lawn in the fall of 2018 as it continues to develop:

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