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.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Northampton Jazz Workshop features harmonica and vibes player Hendrik Meurkens

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features harmonica and vibes player Hendrik Meurkens
WHEN: Tuesday, May 29th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

We are thrilled to welcome back our good friend Hendrik Meurkens, a master of both the harmonica and the vibraphone and we thank him for continuing to fit us in to his busy touring schedule. Most recently Brazil, Germany and last month at the Jazz Marathon Harmonica Summit in Hong Kong. Couldn't help but use this photo of a jumbotron image from that International Jazz Day Festival.

Upcoming Guest Artists:

5/29 - Hendrik Meurkens - vibes and harmonica 
6/5 - Wanda Houston - vocals
6/12 - Ray Vega - trumpet
6/19 - Nicole Pasternak and Ralph Lalama - vocals and tenor
6/26 - Rob Sheps - saxes

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: onJazzWorkshop

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

2018 Music Residency Event #3 - Music Podcasting & more with Brian Marchese

WHAT: Rub Wrongways 2018 Music Residency event #3
             Music Podcasting & more with Brian Marchese
WHEN: Wednesday, May 30, 7 PM
WHERE: Coolidge Museum, Forbes Library 20 West Street. Northampton, MA

For the third installment of the Rub Wrongways Artist Residency, Brian Marchese (drummer, singer/songwriter as well as Forbes Library staff member) will discuss his podcast, Where’s That Sound Coming From ( The podcast generally features one song per episode that has been covered by a variety of artists across time and genres. The origin of the song is discussed, the original is played, followed by several notable cover versions, each of which are also discussed. The fun part is hearing how drastically different artists can be influenced by the same song, but express it in so many different ways. At the Forbes event Brian will discuss why and how the concept came to him and play audio snippets to illustrate. For the final segment, members of the Rub Wrongways crew will each play their own cover of a song that has been featured on past podcast episodes.

All Musician in Residence events are free and open to all ages.

Funded by the Friends of Forbes and community donations.
Free and appropriate for all ages.

Forbes Library
20 West Street
Northampton, MA 01060

The ArtSalon goes to Springfield

WHAT: The ArtSalon
WHEN: Thursday, May 24th Doors 6:30pm. Starts at 7:00pm. 
WHERE: MassLife Building 1350 Main St, Springfield, MA

Thursday, May 24th, The ArtSalon brings you the final series of artist presentations for the spring. We will be heading to The MassLife Building located at 1350 Main St, Springfield, MA.

The usual format for the ArtSalon is 20 images, each image on the screen for 20 seconds. The Springfield ArtSalon will stay with the short timing but will have a live component in the mix...and then there is the view!

Ninth floor of the MassLife Building. We will have signs for you. See you on Thursday!

Presenting Artists:
Sondra Peron, Juliet Bacchas, Chris Page, Jacin Giordano

Doors Open at 6:30, presentations start at 7pm.
$5-10 sliding scale admission

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Help us make Northampton less vulnerable to Climate Change

WHAT: Resilience and Regeneration Plan Public Meeting
WHERE: Great Room, Northampton Senior Center - 67 Conz Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: June 5, 2018. 7:00pm - 9:00pm

City departments, community partners, and residents have started collaborating on ways to help Northampton thrive by creating happy, healthy, inclusive, and sustainable communities that are prepared for climate change.

This public meeting will share progress and kick off the next steps for developing this Resilience and Regeneration Plan.

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Great Room, Northampton Senior Center
67 Conz Street, Northampton

Can’t make this meeting, but want to help?
Let us know at the link below!
I'd like to know about future opportunities:

Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum Community Day

WHEN: JUNE 2, 2018 10:00am to 3:30pm

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington-Museum invites all residents of Northampton and Hatfield to a Community Day on Saturday, June 2 from 10:00am to 3:30pm. All residents are welcome to the Museum for free tours on the half hour. Afterwards, guests can relax on the back veranda with complimentary lemonade and cookies. Members of the community are encouraged to explore the homestead and grounds of one of the founding families of Hadley and learn about the history of the Connecticut River Valley.

The Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum provides a detailed look at the role of one family in the span of over 200 years of history in the Connecticut Valley. The home, built in 1752, is preserved to its circa 1800 structure and interior d├ęcor, and houses the family’s personal belongings accumulated over generations. During a tour of the house, visitors witness the impact of historical events like the Revolutionary War, the abolition of slavery, learn more about the changing role of women, and the influence of various theological movements on local society. As the house was passed from woman to woman, unusual in its time, the museum offers an oft-overlooked perspective on women’s social roles and history over the past few centuries. A visit to the Porter-Phelps-Huntington House is a unique experience that allows guests to explore the history of New England on a personal, intimate level through the eyes of one family.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Call to Artists: Be Counted and Be Included

Are you an artist, musician, craftsperson, performer, graphic designer or creative that works or lives in Springfield or Indian Orchard? Art for the Soul Gallery and the UMass Arts Extension Service want you to be counted and included!

Whether you work full-time or part-time at your craft, you are invited to join the effort to be counted and included when future opportunities to exhibit, perform, or gain access to grant funds when they are available.

Fill out the survey at the link below by May 25th, and be entered for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from the Springfield Central Cultural District. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Time traveling to the past or the future with Multi-Arts

WHAT: Time traveling to the past or the future with Multi-Arts
WHEN: Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
WHERE: Forbes Library Community Room, 20 West St., Northampton MA

Join us in a fun, engaging theatrical activity that inspires collaboration and discovery!

Who would you like to meet if you could travel to the past? Where would you like to explore if you could travel to the future? Work together to create a theatrical story that explores these questions in a new, exciting way!

Afterwards, enjoy our presentation of a journey to the 1840’s! When young Justine is sent back in time, she meets Angeline Palmer, a brave African American girl who was saved from slavery with the help of the town. Learn the true story of Angeline and experience the roots of what makes our community such a unique place: our avant-garde spirit, celebration of differences, and ability to come together as a community to stand up for human rights.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Community Room

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