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, December 4, 2019

75 Years of Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary: A Natural Gem is Our Own Back Yard


WHAT: Northampton Neighbors’ Speakers Series presents: “75 Years of Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary: A Natural Gem is Our Own Back Yard,” with Jonah Keane, Sanctuary Director, Mass Audubon’s Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries
WHEN:  Wednesday, December 11, 2019 5:30 – 7:30 PM
WHERE: Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. Free and open to all. Northampton Neighbors co-sponsors the Speaker Series with the Senior Center.

Jonah Keane will share the past, present and future of Mass Audubon’s Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. He will describe managing the meadows for a variety of birds such as Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlark; restoring a rare floodplain forest ecosystem; and working to combat climate change locally. He also will highlight the importance of land protection, habitat management and environmental education in the valley today, illustrated by beautiful photos of Arcadia and the wildlife living there.

Before joining Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in 2014, Jonah worked with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as manager of the SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps program and as the Northeast Regional Program Director for two years. He has a MS in Forest Ecology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a BS in Environmental Studies. University of Vermont. He served in the Peace Corps in Bolivia for three years. He enjoys spending time in the woods year-round.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring Trombonist Steve Davis


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring trombonist Steve Davis
WHEN: Tuesday, December 3rd from 7:30 to 8:30 followed by the open jazz jam session.
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA

One of our all time favorite players, trombonist Steve Davis returns on Tuesday the 3rd as our guest soloist. We are also thrilled to be working with Steve on another teaching project, this time as part of the Elliot Ross Jazz Artists in the Schools program working with the Northampton High School jazz band. This program is organized by the Northampton Jazz Festival and is funded by donations made in the memory of Elliot Ross, a former student of the Northampton schools who passed two years ago. I'm sure some of the members of the school band will be joining us at the club during the jam session. https://stevedavismusic.com

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 and donations to the band gratefully accepted. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

Also of Interest
1. Sunday, December 1st, the Sprague/Jaffe/Ennis Trio . Doors 6:30 / Show 7:00 The Perch at Hawks & Reed Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 day of show.

2. Friday, Dec 6, Swing Set (vocal jazz ensemble) at Pioneer Valley CoHousing First Friday Concert Series. Show starts at 7:30pm (120 Pulpit Hill Rd in Amherst)

3. Saturday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m. - Jazz Baby at the Hotel Northampton, 36 King Street, Northampton, MA. Come dance to Kellso’s Hot Six in a 1920s style jazz club to benefit NEPR Radio. For tickets and more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jazz-baby-a-1920s-jazz-age-holiday-party-tickets-77935203291

4. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 7:30 PM-JAZZ SHARES PRESENTS: CHRISTOPH IRNIGER PILGRIM at Springfield Community Music School, 127 State St., Springfield, MA 01103
http://jazzshares.org

5. The Vermont Jazz Center's Big Band will present its Annual Scholarship Gala on Saturday, December 7th at 8:00 PM. Featured vocalist is 2-Time Grammy Winner Peter Eldridge.
vtjazz.org

6 . A liitle music industry history: The Story of Erroll Garner, the First Artist to Sue a Major Label and Win – Variety
https://variety.com/2019/music/news/the-true-story-of-erroll-garner-the-first-artist-to-sue-a-major-label-and-win-1203413083/

Upcoming Guest Artists:
12/10 - John Stowell on guitar
12/17 - Karrin Allyson on vocals
12/24 - No Music
12/31 - No Music


Monday, December 2, 2019

Winter's Work Makers Market


WHAT: Winter's Work Makers Market
WHERE: 33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: December 7, 2019

The 4th annual Winter's Work is in a new location & format this year: The Northampton Center for the Arts building on Hawley street during the Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair! A real two-fer-one. Come by and find us and support local artists and vendors and find artwork, books, handmade amazingness, and other things of beauty to take home.

Free & Open to the Public. (Bring Money for Vendors)
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/834942346942576/

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

First Night Northampton 2020

First Night Northampton 2020

On Tuesday, December 31st, the Northampton Arts Council and PeoplesBank welcome you to the 35th edition of our city-wide New Year's Eve party. Since 1985, First Night Northampton has filled the Paradise City with a 12-hour, family-friendly festival of the arts, culminating in a traditional ball-raising from the roof of the Hotel Northampton. Gather with friends, neighbors and visitors at 20 terrific downtown venues for an astounding array of entertainment presented by hundreds of talented performers. Our efforts are supported by generous local sponsors and dedicated volunteers. Proceeds benefit community arts. For more information please visit https://www.firstnightnorthampton.org/

Download the program schedule here


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Green River Festival Presents: Free Screening of Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz





WHAT: Green River Festival Presents: Free Screening of Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre 274 Main St, Northampton, Ma.
WHEN: Saturday November 30th 7:00pm

‘THE LAST WALTZ’ – FREE MOVIE NIGHT & SPECIAL ONE-DAY SALE OF ‘EARLIEST BIRD’ GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL TICKETS AT ACADEMY OF MUSIC.
* Sponsored by Northampton Arts Council *
DOORS OPEN AT 6:30PM. MOVIE STARTS AT 7PM.

THE LAST WALTZ (7 - 9PM)
Seventeen years after joining forces as the backing band for rockabilly cult hero Ronnie Hawkins, Canadian roots rockers The Band call it quits with a lavish farewell show at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on Nov. 25, 1976. Filmed by Martin Scorsese, this documentary features standout performances by rock legends such as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell and Muddy Waters, as well as interviews tracing the group’s history and discussing road life.

TINY HOUSE SCREENING (6:30 - 7PM)
A recent addition to Green River Festival, the Tiny House Stage features pop-up sets from main stage artists. Watch our biggest performers let their hair down in an intimate, back porch setting and surprise the audience with unforgettable, acoustic jams! We’ll be screening some of our favorite performances from the past two years and sharing a BIG announcement for the 3rd annual Tiny House Concerts at Green River Festival!

GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL 'EARLIEST BIRD' TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE AT THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC: 6:30 - 9PM. In person only.

GRAB WEEKEND PASSES AT THE LOWEST PRICE!
Special one-day sale for locals:
$99.99 / weekend pass
$149.99 / weekend pass + camping

**Tickets also available to purchase at The Parlor Room from 12 - 5pm: Green River Festival 2020 Pre-Sale Party! **

https://www.greenriverfestival.com



Artifacts of the Ephemeral by artist Katherine Adler


WHAT: ARTIFACTS OF THE EPHEMERAL
WHERE: STUDIO4, 25 MAIN ST, NORTHAMPTON MA
WHEN: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 THROUGH FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22

Hours open to public:
Thursday 8pm-12am
Friday 8am-9pm

ARTIFACTS OF THE EPHEMERAL is a 24 hour solo durational performance by artist Katherine Adler. They will be responding to 24 personal meditations (embodying through movement and drawn imagery) and making public their inner experience.

Every hour is preset with a specific meditation and soundtrack to enhance the tone of the space. Audiences are invited into the School for Contemporary Dance for 18 of the 24 hours to passively observe the process as performance. This is an opportunity for the artist to shed the layers and filters applied to their communication when confined to linguistic language and instead engage with space in a more intimately present way. The goal is to invite the audience to witness the artist's truest form of articulation without the structure of narrative. Viewers are encouraged to remain in the space for at least 20 minutes but can stay or return for as long as the space is open.

This project is made possible through a grant from the Northampton Arts Council. Past iterations of the work have been supported by Eggtooth Productions and the Mass Cultural Council.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring baritone saxophonist Claire Daly


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring baritone saxophonist Claire Daly
WHEN: Tuesday, November 19th from 7:30 to 8:30 followed by the open jazz jam session.
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA.

This week is special for us as Claire Daly will not only be the featured guest at the club but will also be the lead artist for the next installment of the Davis Financial Group Jazz Artist in the Schools program at JFK Middle School. Claire, along with the trio, will be working with the JFK 8th grade jazz band on Monday night and then play a school wide assembly on Tuesday morning. https://jazzbarisax.com/baritone-saxophonists/bop-style/claire-daly/
I hope you can join us for this concert which, I'm certain, will be a lot of fun and with Claire in the lead, very entertaining.

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 and donations to the band gratefully accepted. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

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