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, July 17, 2019

Cirque Us RagTag at Academy of Music

WHAT: Cirque Us RagTag
WHERE: Academy of Music Main St Northampton
WHEN: July 20th at 7pm

Join the Cirque Us RagTag group of thread-barren, yarn-spinning characters as they stitch together a tapestry of talents: from high-flying, knot-tying, gravity defying aerialists, to loopy jugglers, to musicians that pull your heart strings, and comedy that leaves you in stitches. This new Cirque Us production will play at the Academy of Music July 20th at 7pm.

Northampton Summer Park Series 2019

Artwork by Nate Duval

Northampton Arts Council presents 

Summer Park Series 2019 

Come out to enjoy long summer nights in Downtown Northampton with free live music in Pulaski Park! The Northampton Arts Council, in its fourth year of presenting concerts in the Park, continues a long-held musical tradition that dates back to the 1970's. Join us and many of your friends and neighbors for live music and dancing in our beautifully renovated Park in the heart of Downtown Northampton.

We will present five live concerts on Friday evenings, live vinyl only dj starts at 4:00pm, with the bands starting around 6:00pm. Salsa Dancing will take place on two select Saturday evenings, each Salsa night begins with free instruction and live dance performances (see detailed schedule below.) The second evening of Salsa on Saturday August 17th will be accompanied with the live salsa band Komboloko performing a Willie Colón & Rubén Blades Tribute.

All events will take place in Pulaski Park and admission is free for all!

Occupied Territories by Nancy Bannon and Mollye Maxner

WHAT: Occupied Territories by Nancy Bannon and Mollye Maxner 
WHERE: The Flex Space at 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA. 
WHEN: July 26 & 27 – 7 p.m.

Two readings of the off-Broadway play Occupied Territories by Nancy Bannon and Mollye Maxner will take place at the Flex Space at 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, Mass.

The readings -- one on July 26 and one on July 27 -- will include actors from the Off-Broadway production and local veterans and will highlight the intergenerational impact from wartime service.

Public Readings: July 26 & 27 – 7 p.m.

To reserve a seat, email

There will also be a free writing workshop: July 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. in connection with Occupied Territories. This workshop will be led by acclaimed Vietnam Veteran and prize-winning author, Preston Hood of Colrain, Mass., at the Flex Space. People interested in joining the workshop should send an email to

Occupied Territories is part of “What We See”, four weeks of theater projects presented by A.P.E. @Hawley.

Supported in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Western MA and the Northampton Arts Council.

Monday, July 15, 2019

August in the Hosmer Gallery: Fiber Arts

WHAT: Tamar Shadur: Tapestries, Katherine McClelland: Felt images, Amy Putnam: Quilts
WHERE: Hosmer Gallery Forbes Library. 20 West Street Northampton MA
Artists' Reception: Wednesday August 7, 5:30-7:30 PM

The artists' statements follow.

Tamar Shadur
Since weaving tapestries is extremely time consuming, I choose concepts that hold my interest throughout the process of designing, making a cartoon to guide the weaving, selecting yarns and colors, and the weaving itself. And then there is the journey of evolving artistic decisions as I pack down weft threads over and under the warp threads to create the fabric, the tapestry itself. My latest body of work is about notable historical and contemporary aspects of the town of Florence, MA where I live. Other tapestries in this exhibit are inspired by poetry, folk art, nature, and liturgy.

Katherine McClelland
I find felting to be the perfect mix of painterly expression and physical process, satisfying me in a way that other mediums have not. When I create, I am looking to tell a story. Whether I am working on still lifes or figures, I am interested in the narrative of the subject. Felting falls into the category of textiles which, in our culture, is often in the domain of women. This is something I reflect on as I consider the content of my work. Creating fiber art with a social commentary feels appropriate and in line with a long tradition of women makers who have used this discipline to have a voice in a world that would prefer their silence.

Amy Putnam
I make quilts that seek to challenge the commonly accepted distinctions between “craft” and “art.” By celebrating the artistic functionality of quilts, I explore the multiple facets of their usefulness - both as objects to use and subject matter that reminds us to notice and care for the world around us. Basing my art in the rich histories of women, craft, function and human expression, I seek to blend craft and art into a growing exploration of form, story and everyday use.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Salsa in the Park 2019

WHAT: Salsa Dancing in Pulaski Park
WHERE: Pulaski Park, Main St. Northampton, MA
WHEN: Summer Saturdays July 13th & August 17th. 6:00-8:30pm

Come celebrate the Beauty and Positivity of Latin Dance!

Join our facebook event here:


WHERE: Amherst College campus in Amherst, MA
WHEN: Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27 and 8:00 PM, Sunday, July 28 at 4:00 PM.

July 26-28, 2019 on the Amherst College campus in Amherst, MA

 Debórah Eliezer, Co-Artistic Director of foolsFURY, one of the most respected and dynamic theaters in the Bay Area is coming to Western Massachusetts as the next performer in the Ko Festival of Performance’s 5-week “HABITAT” season. In a solo show she’s calling “(dis)Place[d],” Eliezer cracks open the assumptions of her own identity through the story of her father, Edward Ben-Eliezer, an Iraqi Jew born in 1930, a member of the Zionist underground, refugee, Israeli spy, and immigrant to America. “(dis)Place[d]” will be performed at KoFest on July 26, 27, and 28 in the Holden Theater at Amherst College.

Eliezer brings twenty years’ experience as an acclaimed physical performer and voice-over artist to create a dozen different characters, including her father at three different ages, her great-grandmother, their Iraqi neighbors, itself, refugees, immigrants, and an ethereal embodiment of the Tigris and Euphrates River Valley itself. This performance, both written and performed by Debórah Eliezer, is directed by the other half of the foolsFURY Artistic Directorship, Ben Yalom, wand has video design by Kedar Lawrence and lighting design by KoFest Artistic Director Sabrina Hamilton.

First generation immigrants have often hidden the stories of their past, sometimes to keep painful memories from their children, sometimes to enthusiastically embrace their new countries. The children are caught between cultures, with no way of acknowledging a multi-national, multi-ethnic identity. It was not until Eliezer’s father had begun his descent into dementia that she began to glimpse his past.

“We kept cyanide in our socks,” he said out of the blue one day. This is how she learned that her peace-loving father had been a spy for the Israeli Defense Forces. Bit by bit, Debórah uncovered her roots, and the remarkable history of the Iraqi Jewish Diaspora, remarkable because Jews had been deeply integrated into Iraqi life for over 2500 years, and made up a third of Baghdad’s population in 1940. Within a decade, all 130,000 were gone, expelled, escaped, or killed. Today fewer than 10 Jews remain in Iraq.

“(dis)Place[d]” follows her exploration of these stories, and asks hard questions: Who has the right to tell the story of a people? What is the significance of borders versus land and culture? What is the relationship of nationality to identity? The work aims to open a space for community dialogue around these issues in general, and specifically within the diaspora of Mizrahi Jews. Through this journey, the artist also finds a missing part of herself, “a song sung in a language I can’t understand” as she puts it. “A dream I can’t remember.”

At foolsFURY, Debórah Eliezer is in charge of producing new work, internship opportunities, public educational programs and a national festival, the FURYfactory, that is a West Coast mirror image of the Ko Festival. She has been a company member since 2005. Eliezer has also worked with a number of other theater companies including Golden Thread, Woman’s Will, The Puppet Players, Marin Shakespeare, Antenna Theater, Eclipse Dance Theater and Traveling Jewish Theatre. She also runs a 33-acre artist retreat center in Sonoma County. For more information, visit

Performances are Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27 and 8:00 PM, Sunday, July 28 at 4:00 PM. KoFest performances take place in Amherst College’s Holden Theater, located behind the Admissions Office off South Pleasant Street in Amherst, MA. Tickets are $22 Adults / $18 Students & Seniors and $10 for SNAP/EBT cardholders. Tickets are available online at, by email at and by phone at (413) 542-3750. The box office phone line is staffed daily from 1-5 and 1 to curtain on performance days. Call about a limited number of $8 tickets.

More information about the artists can be found at
The Ko Festival, where the only certainty is surprise!




TWITTER: @kofest

Funded, in part, by The Massachusetts Cultural Council, a stage agency, The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, and by Art Angels.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

ARC Project 3: Eli Liebman and other artists: Security in a State of Violence

WHAT: ARC Project 3: Eli Liebman and other artists: Security in a State of Violence
WHERE: A.P.E Gallery 126 Main St, Northampton, MA
WHEN: Tuesday July 28 – Sunday August 11
              Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 12-5, Friday 12-8, Closed Monday
              Opening reception with public reading August, 3 at 7pm
              Open to the public daily

Eli Liebman and other artists, Security in a State of Violence is the third project in the A.P.E. summer series, ARC (Activate, Research, Create). ARC.2019 continues to expand the understanding of a contemporary art gallery as an active space within the community.

Security in a State of Violence is a multi-disciplinary collective art installation interrogating the notion of self-care and how it is immersed in social, political, and economic relations. Specifically, the exhibition investigates the boundary between the self and the other, with an understanding of how the self and other are intimately and dialectically linked. The framework of alterity is flexible and expandable, encompassing other phenomena (contradictions) such as security and violence, connectivity and alienation, the domestic and the foreign, and the natural and the artificial. Taken as a whole, the installation will encourage viewers to understand the process of enclosure, not as a distant phenomenon, nor as the inevitable outcome of history, but one that was and is contentious, intimate, and volatile.

While the intellectual motivation of this exhibit arises from current political debates and critical and political theory, its aesthetic motivations are popular and quotidian. Eli Liebman's woodblocks take inspiration from the art of social movements throughout history and the other artists featured work with an understanding of craft and tradition, imbedding their creations in social contexts and aesthetics.

Artists include: Eli Liebman (MA), Venancio Velasco (Oaxaca, Mexico), Clarice Allgood (MN), Andrew Fernandez (NC), Alex Liebman (WA). The show will be comprised of woodblock prints, animation, sewn blankets, postcards, sound, and sculpture.

Eli Liebman is a printmaker, educator, and potter based in western Massachusetts. He has previously showed prints at a number of local venues and most recently as part of the “Rewriting the Master Narrative” juried print show at the Arts+Literature Laboratory in Madison, WI and the “Power of Print” juried print exhibition at the Power and Light Press as part of the Southwest Print Fiesta in Silver City, NM, both in 2018. He also initiated and teaches three on-going art courses at the Greenfield county jail, exploring how art can be used as a tool for rehabilitation, reflection, and connection to historical and contemporary events occurring on the outside.

For more information please visit:

Contact: Lisa Thompson,, 413-586-5553
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 12-5, Friday 12-8, Closed Monday

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