Northampton Arts Council

The Northampton Arts Council is an 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, November 14, 2018

Power Your Values with Lavery Greenfield's Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive

WHAT: Power Your Values with Lavery Greenfield's Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive
WHEN: Monday, November 19 at 2:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Old Courthouse Lawn, 99 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060 

HCG is once again welcoming home Monte’s March by partnering with Lavery Greenfield’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive. We invite you to join with us in support the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. 

On Monday, November 19th, from 2:30-3:30 pm, we will be gathering on the lawn of the Old Courthouse to welcome Monte home with donations of jars of peanut butter and jelly, cash, or checks for the Food Bank.

Donations will be accepted on the side lawn by the late Gregory Stone’s statue ‘Hope’, at the corner of Main and King Streets in Northampton. Lavery Greenfield’s generosity to giving back to her community by starting the Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive was an inspiration for the ‘Hope’ statue.


1. Simply download this flyer: Monte_PBJ_Flyer_PRESS_8.5x11_2018, and put it on a box to collect donations at your business.

2. Bring the donations to HCG at 99 Main Street on or before November 19th.

3. Join us at the event on Monday November 19th to welcome Monte home with your donations.

4. Let us know you are participating and we will share your values on social media.

*If you want to participate and are unable to bring your donations to us, please let us know, and we will pick up any donations you have.

**Checks can be made out to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. In the notes section, please mark checks as PB&J.

On November 19th and 20th The River’s Monte Belmonte will be leading his annual march against hunger through the Pioneer Valley.  For two days, Monte, Congressman Jim McGovern and a number of supporters will push a shopping cart 43 miles from Springfield to Greenfield to raise awareness and funds for food insecurity in our region.

HCG encourages all area businesses and interested community members to gather on the lawn and bring donations for the Food Bank.

Please come and join us in supporting this worthwhile cause to help ensure that all families have enough to eat. We applauds the community-minded efforts of Monte and Lavery and all those who give.

A Night of Poetry and Conversation with Rhina P. Espaillat

WHAT: A Night of Poetry and Conversation with Rhina P. Espaillat
WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, November 29 4:30-5:30, Poetry Reading with Ms. Espaillat in The Poetry Center, Smith College
Followed by “Poet of the Future: Rhina P. Espaillat’s Enduring Americanness,” Book Talk with Nancy Kang and Silvio A. Torres-Saillant, 7:30-8:30 in Dewey Common Room, Smith College

Meridians and the Poetry Center at Smith College invite the local community to a night of poetry and conversation celebrating the life and work of Rhina P. Espaillat. The evening’s events will bring Ms. Espaillat—a bilingual Dominican-American poet and translator who has published eleven collections of poetry—to Smith College along with scholars Nancy Kang, and Silvio A. Torres-Saillant, authors of the recently published book, The Once and Future Muse: The Poetry and Poetics of Rhina P. Espaillat. This event is also co-sponsored by the Latin American & Latino/a Studies, English Language & Literature, Study of Women and Gender, and Spanish & Portuguese departments.

On Thursday, November 29th, a brief reception will be held in Wright Hall from 4:00pm to 4:30pm, light refreshments to be served. Immediately following the reception, Ms. Espaillat will give a poetry reading and brief Q&A, at the Poetry Center from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. A book talk with scholars Nancy Kang and Silvio A. Torres-Saillant entitled “Poet of the Future: Rhina P. Espaillat’s Enduring Americanness,” will take place later that evening in Dewey Common Room from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. These events are free and open to the public. For disability access or accommodation requests, please call 413-585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter, call 413-585-2071 (voice or TTY) or send an email to at least 10 days before the event.
Meridians y el Centro de Poesía en Smith College invita a la comunidad local para una noche de poesía y diálogo, celebrando la vida y las obras de Rhina P. Espaillat. Los eventos traerán la Sra. Espaillat—una poeta dominicana-americana bilingüe y traductora que ha publicado once colecciones de poesía—a Smith College junto con los profesores Nancy Kang y Silvio A. Torres-Saillant, autores del libro recientemente publicado, The Once and Future Muse: The Poetry and Poetics of Rhina P. Espaillat. Este evento es patrocinado en colaboración con los departamentos de Estudios de Latinoamerica, Inglés, Estudio de Mujeres y Género, y Español & Portugués.

El jueves, 29 de noviembre, una breve recepción se llevará a cabo en Wright Hall de 4pm a 4:30pm, refrigerios ligeros serán servidos. Inmediatamente después de la recepción, la Sra. Espaillat dará una  lectura de su poesía con una breve oportunidad para preguntas y respuestas de 4:30pm a 5:30pm. Una charla con los profesores Nancy Kang y Silvio A. Torres-Saillant llamada “Poet of the Future: Rhina P. Espaillat’s Enduring Americanness,” se llevará a cabo más tarde en la sala de Dewey Hall de 7:30pm a 8:30pm. Estos eventos son gratis y abiertos al público. Para facilidad de acceso o arreglos especiales, por favor llame a 413-585-2407. Para solicitar un intérprete de lenguaje de señas, llame a 413-585-2071 (voz alta o TTY) o mande un correo electrónico a al menos 10 días antes del evento.

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought

WHEN: Performance/Talk: Friday Nov 30, 7 PM
              Workshops: Sat Dec 1, 12-2, Sun Dec 2, 10-12
WHERE: STUDIO4/SCDT, 25 Main St, 4th floor Northampton, MA
How Much? $15/$10 student seniors
For more information please visit:

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought

Yield to the real/Understanding sustainability in the ARTS
RIFF TALKS offers the local community a chance to get up close to internationally renowned contemporary artists as they perform, and then participate in a dynamic panel discussion focused on critical themes in dance. RIFF TALKS _07 brings together four nationally acclaimed artists:: the innovative NYC based artist Katy Pyle who is re imagining ballet culture through a queer feminist lense, Bessie Award winning performer, director and amateur farmer from Queens, Jonathan González, local, community engaged artist/scholar, Deborah Goffe (Hampshire College) and long time contributor to arts enrichment in the Pioneer Valley through his work directing PVB and as a scholar and artist, Thomas Vacanti (UMASS). Pyle, Gonzalez and Goffe will perform and then the panel will converse about TIPPING UTOPIAS- Yield to the real/ Understanding sustainability in the ARTS.

RIFF TALKS takes place at 7 PM on November 30 at STUDIO4, 25 Main St, 4th floor, Northampton MA. Tickets $10 online, $15 at the door. talks.html

RIFF TALKS WORKSHOPS: Saturday Dec 1 with Jonathan Gonzalez 12-2/ Sunday Dec 2 10-12 with Katy Pyle. Register at

RIFF TALKS is one of SCDT’s signature programs. The School’s mission includes an abiding respect for the transition and history of reinvention, and a resolution to continue challenging established ideals. SCDT serves as a hub for performance art of the highest quality by connecting communities on an international scale.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

¡SATURDOOZY! last one of 2018!

WHAT: ¡SATURDOOZY! last one of 2018!
WHEN: Saturday, November 17, 6-10pm
WHERE: Studio4, 25 Main St, 4th floor, Northampton MA

¡SATURDOOZY! An arts focused kids-night-out
ages 7+

Ask about our "VALET SERVICE" !

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


check out our trailer and spread the word

Hope to see you all there!

Jen and the SCDT team

The Oxbow Gallery Presents: Overgrowth/Growth

WHAT: Overgrowth/Growth
WHEN: November 1-December 2
WHERE: Oxbow Gallery (Back Gallery), 275 Pleasant St, Northampton MA

Mary Bernstein, Harriet Diamond & Rebecca Muller in Collaboration.

Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 12-5pm

The Northampton Film Festival Launches Next Week!

The Northampton Film Festival

Calling all film lovers. Calling local art lovers. Calling all those who admire the moving image and those who love community events. Calling those who want to experience unique creations with friends and neighbors in dark rooms only to dissect and dialogue about them after. This is the Northampton Film Festival, across locations November 15th-18th, 2018.

The festival launches Thursday evening, November 15th at Click Workspace in Northampton with a networking event, wine and treats for filmmakers, multimedia professionals, and lovers of the moving image, sponsored by the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative and leading right into Sound is Vision: The Immersive Cinematic World of Podcasting,  at 7pm in The Parlor Room in Northampton - and featuring Andrew Leland, Producer and Host of KCRW and McSweeney’s The Organist, Ben Brock Johnson, Producer and Host of WBUR’s Endless Thread, Karen Brown, Producer of NEPR and Radiotopia’s Great God of Depression, Caitlin O’Keefe, Producer of WBUR and the New York Times’ Modern Love.

The festival features a wide variety of experiences across mediums, curated by a dedicated team of local arts professionals and aficionados from a variety of backgrounds. Festival participants can attend a 16mm filmmaking class or learn to sculpt in virtual reality alongside Nick Criscuolo. They can attend the festival’s first competitive program, of experimental shorts, as coordinated by Sarah Lanzillotta of Open Eye Screenings. They can watch a free screening of Josiah, about Josiah Henson, born in Maryland, who spent 41 years as a slave, with a Q&A with filmmaker Jared Brock. There is a local music video party and a late night screening of Repo Man, and a celebration of international animated hand-drawn films curated by Niko Guardia and Sachio Cook. All this happens next week and the entire four-day festival pass is available for less than some high end festivals charge for a single film.

Northampton Jazz Workshop features trombonist Sara Jacovino

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features trombonist Sara Jacovino
WHEN: Tuesday, November 20th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM
WHERE: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton

As has been our mission, we like to present new voices to our audience so we are pleased to present for the first time NYC trombonist and arranger Sara Jacovino.  After leaving the University of North Texas and her time with their renowned One O'Clock Lab Band, Sara moved to NYCi 2008 to continue her career. Throughout her time in NYC, besides being a studio arranger and prolific and ward winning composer, Sara has performed along side many jazz and pop greats such as: Adele, Aretha Franklin, Frank Ocean, Johnny Mandel, Michael Feinstein, Claudio Roditi, Steve Davis, Rufus Reid, Wayne Bergeron, Rich Perry, Lou Marini, Slide Hampton, Phil Woods, Carmen Bradford, Diane Schuur, Marlena Shaw, Snarky Puppy, Lee Konitz, and Robin Eubanks among others. Sara has also established herself as an active sub in the Broadway scene and performed the jazz trombone chair in the 2016 Maurice Hines musical Tappin’ Thru Life.

We are really looking forward to playing with Sara and hope you can join us to welcome her to Northampton. I know she will love it here since we have the best jazz audience in the world (at least that's what the guest artists always say and I have to agree).

Upcoming Guest Artists: 
11/20 - Sara Jacovino on trombone
11/27 - Giacomo Gates on vocals with Peter Moutis on drums
12/4 - Rob Scheps on saxes with Bill Goodwin on drums
12/11 - Dmitry Baevsky on alto with Brian Alder on drums

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
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