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.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

ARTWEEK MA is coming to Western Mass

A  week-long showcase of our "creative side"

ArtWeekMA 2019 is April 26 - May 5

ArtWeek MA is an annual festival that celebrates creativity through unique, hands on experience! First produced in 2013 in Boston by the Boch Center, ArtWeek MA is now gearing up for its second state-wide festival. Hampshire and Franklin County Regional Tourism Councils are proud partners of the event.

We invite you, our partners in all things artistic, to participate in hosting one of these interactive events during this year’s festival (April 26th – May 5th).

ArtWeek asks for unique experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative economy. Also, MDU Grants are available for free, music learning-based events. Learn more here.

There’s still time to submit your event application for ArtWeek 2019. Visit to apply by February 22, 2019.

Have questions? Need event inspiration? Contact the ArtWeek Western Mass team.

Stay tuned for more about ArtWeek in the coming weeks! Join the Ideas and Connections group on Facebook to sync up with others planning ArtWeek events. 

Apply now!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Northampton Jazz Workshop Features The Green Street Quintet

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Features The Green Street Quintet
WHEN: February 19, 7:30pm
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St, Northampton, MA

The Green Street Quintet is the trio of Paul, George and Jon with the addition of saxophonist Jason Robinson and trumpeter Don Anderson. For the last three years the quintet has been periodically presenting new compositions and arrangements and, as always, are excited to play new music to the great (and world renown) Workshop audience.

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
Also of Interest:

Upcoming Guest Artists:
2/19 - The Green Street Quintet
2/26 - Dominique Eade on vocals
3/5 -  Samirah Evans on vocals and Don Anderson on trumpet for the annual
         Fat Tuesday celebration
3/12 - Tim Armacost on saxes
3/19 - Jay Hoggard on vibes - two shows with no jam session.
3/26 - Roseanna Vitro on vocals

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

Double Edge Theatre to preview new solo performance SUGA March 6-10

WHAT: SUGA solo performance
WHEN: Open Rehearsals: March 6-7 // Previews: March 8-10
WHERE: Double Edge Theatre, 948 Conway Rd, Ashfield, MA

On March 6-10, Double Edge Theatre will preview its original solo performance SUGA, with the premiere slated for the Fall. The performance is conceived, created, and performed by Travis Coe and directed by Stacy Klein. Travis, a DE Associate Ensemble Artist, began working on SUGA in 2016 as he explored the Afro-Caribbean/Latinx history of his family, and their native lands spanning Belize, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico. Klein, DE’s Founder and Artistic Director, watched some of Travis’ early creative process and began working in dialogue together with Travis to develop the material and create this performance. It is an investigation of freedom, and the bounds—personal, artistic, societal, and political—one must break through to achieve that end. As a caretaker of a museum of memory, Coe touches/reveals/remixes all the aspects of himself—as Queer, Black, Latino, and American, to find the path to sing, fly, run - toward Freedom.

Joining the team of SUGA are DE’s longtime design collaborator Michal Kuriata and company artists Tadea Klein (costume designer) and John Peitso (music director). The performance is inspired by the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe, the paintings and sculptures of Zdzisław Beksiński, and the life and work of James Baldwin.

Travis Coe’s Statement 
“When I was a little chitlin’ my mother told me, my brother and my sister that “we could be any color flower we wanted to be. And that one day we were gonna to grow big, strong and beautiful.” And my sister said, “I want to be a yellow flower, or maybe a blue flower or maybe a red flower. Like the ones growing in our garden." I knew this conversation was in a dream because we didn't have a garden at my childhood home in New Jersey - only dirt with scatterings of cinderblocks, wood and steel on top of it. And my brother cried out, “Gurl! Make up your damn mind already. Listen, I’m content being a rotten brown flower.” And when it came to me I said “I want to all the colors. I want to be a rainbow of colors. I want to be everything.”

Stacy Klein - who I asked to direct SUGA - recently said to me that I was “a caretaker of my ancestral memory.” I loved that! It gave me a new lens to look at this work and continue journeying through this history with a deep care. To not be afraid to revive, reanimate and ultimately remix these memories and turn them into the alchemical materials to unlock a century of healing. To provide the ingredients for me and my future family to live our lives in an ever-changing and growing garden of freedom.

Conceived, created and performed by Travis Coe
Directed by Stacy Klein

Open Rehearsals: March 6-7
Previews: March 8-10

Double Edge Theatre
948 Conway Rd, Ashfield, MA

For tickets and information visit
(413) 628-0277

About Double Edge Theatre
Double Edge Theatre, an artist-run organization, was founded in Boston in 1982 by Stacy Klein as a feminist ensemble and laboratory of actors’ creative process. The Double Edge Ensemble, led by Klein, creates original theatrical performances that are imaginative, imagistic and visceral. These include indoor performances and site-specific indoor/outdoor traveling spectacles, both of which are developed with collaborating visual and music artists through a long-term process and presented on the Farm and on national and international tours. Performance cycles include the Women's Cycle, the Song Trilogy, the Garden of Intimacy and Desire, The Chagall Cycle, and, currently, The Latin American Cycle, which is inspired by the music, dance and magic realism of the Americas. In 1994, Double Edge moved from Boston to a 105-acre former dairy farm in rural Ashfield, MA, to create a sustainable artistic home. Today, the Farm is an International Center of Living Culture and Art Justice, a base for the ensemble’s extensive international touring, with year-round theatre training, performance exchange, conversations and convenings, greening and farming initiatives, and a popular indoor-outdoor traveling spectacle which takes place alongside the hills, pastures, river, and gardens of the Center. The DE facilities include two performance and training spaces, production facilities, offices, archives, music room, and outdoor performance areas, an animal barn, vegetable gardens, and two additional properties: housing in the center of town for resident and emerging artists and DE’s Artists Studio; and a design house, with design offices, studios, costume shop, and set, costume, and prop storage. A vision of future facilities includes a public archive/gallery, a meeting space called Ohketeau (meaning to plant something, to grow), which gives primacy to the voices of Native youth, and a fully developed farm.

February 2019 in the Hosmer Gallery, Arts & Music and Reference areas

WHAT: Selections from the Forbes Library Archives: People at Work 
WHEN: February 2019
WHERE: Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

Each month during Forbes Library’s 125th anniversary year, a variety of images and objects from the Library’s local history collections will be featured.

For February, we're sharing a selection of photographs from the archives depicting workers in and around Northampton over the past 125+ years. People engaged in agriculture, small business, public service, arts and industry are among those pictured. Images by Lionel Delevingne, Stan Sherer, Robert Emrick, Walter Corbin, the Howes Brothers, Hampshire Gazette staff, and many unknown photographers are featured in the Hosmer Gallery and wall cases in the Arts & Music and Reference areas.

January : Calvin Coolidge and Forbes Library
February : People at Work 
March : Women of Forbes Library
April : Wilson-Gutterman postcard collection
June : Hand-colored platinum prints
July : Everyday life in 1894 Northampton
August : Maps, posters and prints
September : Education in Northampton

Gallery Hours
Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 1-5 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 1-5 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays.

Stop Motion Competition!!

Submit a stop motion animation using anything you want!  Legos, StikBots, clay, toys - anything goes!  15 to 30 seconds (maximum time of 60 seconds).  A great family activity.  No prior animation experience needed! Every entry gets a small prize from A2Z Science!  Visit for examples, rules, and suggested Stop Motion apps to use.  Be creative and have fun.  Winning entries will be shown live on Friday before the movie “Kubo and the Two Strings”.  All part of the KidsBestFest Film Festival (a week of free movies put on by Northampton Arts Council at the Academy of Music Theatre - 11am Monday through Friday of school vacation week)!

Stop Motion Workshop at A2Z!
Stop by the A2Z Science on Saturday February 16th from 10am to 1pm and make a stop motion animation using supplies from the store!  Gabe Gill from the Arts Council will be on hand to give tips and tricks!

Most Impressive Movie: LEGO City Mountain Police Headquarters - Value: $90
Best Story: LEGO City Sky Police Air Base - Value: $90
Funniest: LEGO City Burger Bar Fire Rescue & LEGO City Diving Yacht - Value: $60

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum features solo exhibition by emerging artist Martine Gutierrez

WHAT: Life/Like: Photographs by Martine Gutierrez
WHEN: Artist Talk: March 28 at 5:30 p.m. (held in Gamble Auditorium in the Art Building)
              Show on View: January 15 - June 16, 2019
WHERE: Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Lower Lake Rd, South Hadley, MA 01075

The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (MHCAM) is pleased to present "Life / Like: Photographs by Martine Gutierrez." Drawing from two photographic series by the Brooklyn-based artist, the exhibition will be on view through June 16, 2019.

Martine Gutierrez (b. 1989) is a performance artist, filmmaker, and photographer. Her work often deals with themes of transformation, intimacy, identity, and reality. In the two photographic series exhibited at MHCAM this spring, Gutierrez constructs lush, deeply ambiguous, and haunting images. In the series Girl Friends, two women appear in a variety of places and poses. Their intimacy is clear, though the nature of their relationship is not. Dressed and styled like twins, the women even possess a certain unity of gesture and stance. It is only upon looking closely that we realize that one of the women is a mannequin. The discovery makes us question our perceptions of reality and our assumptions about representation.

In the second series represented in the exhibition, Line Ups, Gutierrez also employs mannequins, yet here, the intimacy of Girl Friends is gone, replaced by an interest in the role of the individual within a collective. Gutierrez explores the loss of personal identity that occurs within a group, and the socially-constructed nature of our identities.

A nuanced exploration of gender roles lies at the heart of much of Gutierrez's work. It is perhaps this interest in boundaries--especially artificial boundaries--that leads Gutierrez to play with her viewer's expectations and perception of reality. The artist has said, "Mannequins very succinctly represent the artificial, especially in materiality, when compared to the imperfect reality of the human body. But in coaxing the viewer's misinterpretation, misleading with light and guise, I am looking for the place where those two worlds meet."

Gutierrez has been included in group exhibitions at Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY (2017); Lowe Gallery at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY (2017); The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA (2017); and Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, CA (2017). Recent solo exhibitions include Martine Gutierrez: True Story at Boston University Art Gallery, MA (2016) and WE & THEM & ME at Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, NC (2016).

MHCAM will host an artist talk in conjunction with the exhibition

Martine Gutierrez will visit MHCAM to give a talk entitled My Sis, on March 28 at 5:30 p.m. Held in Gamble Auditorium in the Art Building, the talk is free and open to the public.

About the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (MHCAM) aims to spark intellectual curiosity and creativity through direct engagement with works of art and material culture. Founded in 1876, the Museum's collection comprises more than 24,000 objects, including exemplary Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities; art and artifacts from the indigenous Americas; paintings, sculpture and decorative art from Europe and the United States; photography, prints, ceramics and numismatics; and works by women artists. In recent years, the Museum has made significant acquisitions of global contemporary art, including works by Afruz Amighi, Ambreen Butt, Zanele Muholi, Kiki Smith, Alec Soth, Lin Tianmiao, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems and others. Through thought-provoking exhibitions and educational programs, MHCAM serves as a nexus for experiential learning across academic disciplines and as a resource for the broader community.

MHCAM is free, open to the public and fully accessible. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For additional information, please visit

Media contact: or 413.538.2245

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Lyra Music Festival 2019 | Tenth Anniversary Festival!

Lyra Music Festival 2019
 10th Anniversary Festival!

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The Lyra Music Festival is an outstanding series of summer classical music events bringing together world class musicians, outstanding young string players and pianists and an exceptional faculty of professional musicians and educators for concerts, masterclasses and outreach performances. Join us in July to celebrate our Tenth Anniversary with more Amazing Music than ever!

Lyra Music Festival 2019

Tenth Anniversary Guest Artists

The Horszowski Trio
Tenth Anniversary Celebration Concert
July 18, 2019
Jesse Mills, violin | Raman Ramakrishnan, cello | Rieko Aizawa, piano

Hailed by The New York Times as “impressive, lithe, persuasive,” when the members of the Horszowski Trio (Hor-SHOV- ski) – Jesse Mills, Raman Ramakrishnan, and Rieko Aizawa – played together for the first time, they immediately felt the spark of a unique connection. Many years of close friendship had created a deep trust between the players, which in turn led to exhilarating expressive freedom. In the four-year period following their debut performance at Rockefeller University in NYC in December 2011, they were booked for almost 200 concerts in the U.S. and tours of Japan and India. They have continued their successful rise in the chamber music world, earning the praise of critics and audiences alike. The New Yorker has called them "the most compelling American group to come on the scene." The trio will return to Asia for another tour in the Fall of 2018, and they will make their European debut in 2019, including a performance at London's Wigmore Hall. Based in New York City, the Horszowski Trio is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Ayano Ninomiya, violin | July 13, 2019
in recital with pianist, Pei-Shan Lee
Praised by The New York Times as "deeply communicative and engrossing," violinist Ayano Ninomiya is committed to creating invigorating live performance experiences from concert stages to private homes and public schools. The Boston Globe wrote that, "A note from her was never just a note...Whatever project she takes on next, it is sure to be worth a listen." She has won numerous awards, including the Naumburg International Violin Competition, the Tibor Varga International Competition, Astral Artists National Auditions, and the Young Performer’s Career Advancement Award (APAP). As a recording artist, Ayano has released a variety of albums including a solo album of works for violin by Larry Bell and more recently, three albums as the first violinist of the Ying Quartet.

Fei-Fei Dong, piano | July 20, 2019
Praised for her “bountiful gifts and passionate immersion into the music she touches” (The Plain Dealer), pianist Fei-Fei is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences with her “passion, piquancy and tenderness” and “winning stage presence” (Dallas Morning News), both in the US and internationally, including her native China. Fei-Fei was showcased prominently as a Cliburn finalist in the documentary film, Virtuosity, about the 2013 Cliburn Competition, which premiered on PBS in August 2015, and she has also been featured numerous times on New York’s WQXR radio.

Astrid Schween, cello | July 21, 2019
New York born cellist Astrid Schween is an internationally recognized soloist, chamber artist, and teacher. In 2016, she joined the Juilliard String Quartet, succeeding her esteemed colleague Joel Krosnick, and became a member of the Juilliard Cello Faculty. In addition to her work with the JSQ, Ms. Schween remains active as a soloist, appearing this season in Boston, Oakland, Memphis, the International Cello Institute, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and with the Boulder Philharmonic, performing the Elgar concerto. An active juror and panelist, she has been featured in Strings and Strad magazines, on “Living the Classical Life,” NPR, The Violin Channel, CelloBello, and as a guest speaker at the Library of Congress. Following her solo cello album, "Rhapsody," Ms. Schween's current recording project covers the major Romantic cello sonatas with pianist Michael Gurt.

Lyra Music Festival 2019
Calendar of Events 
All ticketed events will be held at Sage Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA

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July 11, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Lyra Faculty Artists in Concert: An Intimate Evening of Chamber Music
Peter Rovit, violin | Yari Bond, cello | Francisco Monero, piano

July 13, 2019 | 1:00 PM                                             
Violin Masterclass with Ayano Ninomiya
(with advanced violinists from the Lyra Music Workshop)                   
July 13, 2019 | 4:00 PM
Ayano Ninomiya, Violin with Pianist Pei-Shan Lee

July 18, 2019 | 1:30 PM
Chamber Music Masterclass with the Horszowski Trio
(with advanced chamber ensembles from the Lyra Music Workshop)

July 18, 2019 | 7:30 PM                               
The Horszowski Trio
Jesse Mills, violin | Raman Ramakrishnan, cello | Rieko Aizawa, piano
July 20, 2019 | 10:30 AM                                             
Piano Masterclass with Fei-Fei Dong
(with advanced pianists from the Lyra Music Workshop)

July 20, 2019 | 4:00 PM
Fei-Fei Dong, Piano

July 21, 2019 | 10:30 AM
Cello Masterclass with Astrid Schween
(with advanced cellists from the Lyra Music Workshop)

July 21, 2019 | 4:00 PM
Astrid Schween, Cello

July 27, 2019 | 1:00 PM
Lyra Music Student Gala Concert
An exceptional program of solo and chamber repertoire performed by Lyra Music Workshop’s outstanding young musicians, this concert is the celebratory culmination of 3 weeks of intensive, conservatory-style, classical music training. Young musicians at their brightest – Come and Be Inspired!

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