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, March 15, 2018

Young@Heart Chorus "Welcome to Your Life"

WHAT: Young@Heart Chorus "Welcome to Your Life"
WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 8PM
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

Buy tickets online or call the box office 413-584-9032 x105

On April 21st we perform the show "Welcome to Your Life". In the first half of the show we will preview the work that will tour to the Netherlands and Belgium. It features the re-interpretation of music ranging from the Talking Heads to Radiohead and Soft Cell to Sam Cooke. The second half of the show will be a very public celebration of Roz Cilman's 100th birthday (Born April 21, 1918!). Mrs. Cilman is the mother of Y@H Director Bob Cilman. The music of Laurie Anderson, Phil Ochs and the Specials will help put the frosting on the cake. The last time Young@Heart was able to celebrate a 100th birthday was for Anna Main back in 1995. 

Film Screening: A Place For Madness

​WHAT: Film Screening: A Place for Madness, PBS Frontline, 1994 (60 min.)
WHEN: Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 7 pm
WHERE: ​​Historic Northampton, 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060

This 1994 episode of PBS’s Frontline (60 min.) focuses on Northampton and the stories of families, individuals, lawyers, psychiatrists and caregivers as they dealt with the effects of the closure of Northampton State Hospital. It includes scenes filmed at Shaw’s Motel. According to PBS, this episode “examines the troubling conflict between protecting the rights of the mentally ill to live outside of the mental hospitals and safeguarding society from those who are dangerous to themselves and to others.”

Introductory remarks by and a follow-up conversation with Christopher Sparks, a local writer on Northampton State Hospital and dehospitalization.

Christopher Sparks is a lifelong Northampton resident who took an interest in the Northampton State Hospital shortly after it was abandoned. He researches and writes about the state hospital with the mission to analyze the history of Northampton State Hospital as a symptom of public intolerance of the mentally ill. Sparks is a web strategist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Group Sing Information Session at Forbes Library

WHAT: Group Sing Information Session
WHERE: Forbes Library - 20 West Street. Northampton, MA.  
WHEN: Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 PM

Anyone interested in participating in the fall community sing is invited to attend an information session at Forbes Library on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 PM in the Calvin Coolidge Room to learn more about the project and to provide feedback to help us shape the event.

Also here's the link that keeps you informed about Our Community Sing on the Forbes Library lawn in the fall of 2018 as it continues to develop:

Public Art Process for Artists Training

WHAT: Two-Day Intensive Public Art Process for Artists Training
WHEN: April 14th & 15th
WHERE: The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center 
(MGHPCC) 100 Bigelow Street. Holyoke, MA. 

Are you an artist interested in creating public art or community engagement projects? The Arts Extension Service will be offering a two-day intensive Public Art Process for Artists Training, April 14-15 at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) in Holyoke, MA. Open to artists of all mediums, this training explores public art from idea to ribbon cutting, focusing on three important segments: the business side of public art; understanding concept and fulfilling the proposal, engaging with the community or audience. This training will include several interactive components, information sheets, and plenty of time for Q & A. Read more about the workshop here.

The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) is located at 100 Bigelow Street in Holyoke. The MGHPCC has ample parking.

A light breakfast, snacks, coffee and other refreshments will be provided; please bring your own sack lunch. Note: there is no refrigeration available.

Cost: $40. Space is limited.

Priority Registration Deadline for Holyoke-based artists: Friday, March 16.

General Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 11.

Contact or 413-545-2360 to register.

Prior to March 16, artists based outside of Holyoke may put themselves on a waiting list and will be sent a registration link once general registration opens.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

SUNDAY STAGE, 12 local musicians across 6 hours

What: SUNDAY STAGE, presenting 12 local musicians across 6 hours.
Where: Iconica Social Club, One Amber Lane, Northampton, MA 01060
When: Sunday March 11, 2018 starting at 11:00am
How Much: FREE
3:00 Lonely Whale - Indie Folk
3:30 Claire Dacey - Folk Singer / Songwriter
4:00 Kalyani Kortright - Gypsy Folk
4:30 Kat Alexander - Bohemian Folk
5:00 Burris - 12-String Music
6:00 Jim Gipe - Wind Powered Sound Hallucination
6:30 Jennifer Stuart - Singer/Songwriter
7:00 Nick Roche - "Horrendous Guitale Player"
7:30 Hannah French - Traditional Roots Banjo/Fiddle
8:00 Doug Pi - Classic R&B
8:30 Christine Mark - Indie Pop Guitar/Uke

Flatbread pizzas will be served starting at 5pm.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Single Room Occupancy Opening Reception at Historic Northampton

WHAT: Single Room Occupancy: Portraits and Stories from Northampton Lodging 1976 - 2016
\WHEN: Opening Reception | Friday, March 9th 5-8PM Arts Night Out
WHERE: Historic Northampton 46 Bridge Street Northampton, MA

Northampton Lodging occupied an awkward place in town. Positioned just past Hampton Court, it marked the transition from the brightly lit storefronts, galleries, and restaurants of Main and upper Pleasant Streets to the less pedestrian friendly stretch of road that connects the city to the highway.

Initially constructed in 1967 as a dormitory for the now-defunct Northampton Commercial College, in recent decades, the property offered 58 single-room rentals with common kitchens and baths.

In the fall of 2016, the building was demolished and the newly constructed, yellow brick, Live 155 has risen in its place.

For the past two years, Cassandra Holden has been interviewing former residents of the Lodging and members of the community about what it was like to live in and/or interact with that place. The stories of camaraderie and mutual support stand in stark contrast to those found in the police blotter.

Photographer Paul Shoul got to know many of the former residents and captured thoughtful portraits of them just before they were relocated.

The exhibition, which will run from March 9th - June 10th, traces the waning years of boarding house living in Northampton and raises questions about how we enfold those at the edges of our community.

This project was made possible with the generous support of Way Finders, Northampton Arts Council, and Historic Northampton.

NCTV's 7 Day Film Sprint in the Starting Gates

WHAT: 7 Day Film Sprint -
WHEN: Monday April 2nd 7:00pm
WHERE: Northampton Community Television Studios, 380 Elm St. in Northampton, MA.

The annual 7 Day Film Sprint kicks off once again Monday April 2nd at 7:00 pm at Northampton Community Television Studios at 380 Elm St. in Northampton, MA. The studios are located in the same building as the Northampton High School, with an entrance around the far back of the building accessed by hugging the structure all the way around.

The Sprint calls upon teams of filmmakers, from aspiring to professional, to tap into their creativity and produce an entire short film of up to five minutes in length, from start to finish, in the span of just 7 days. Each team will be assigned a prompt or series of prompts for their film.

New works in all these genres will emerge over the course of the next week out of self-organized community groups. Some teams are as few as one person, but a typical team is 3-5 people. They are composed of students, of neighbors, of friends looking for a creative adventure. Teams have names like Sad Penguin Productions, Chaos Jello Visions, State Street Symposium, and Valleywood.

“People want to be creative. We believe that. They want to tell stories. They want to have fun and express and that is a healthy form of play that we don’t engage in enough in our culture. We want to invite the community to spend some time doing that.”, said Al Williams, Executive Director of NCTV.

This is NCTV’s fourth 7 Day Film Sprint, and this year the project includes partner Hadley Media as they revision their media center. Teams will hand in films on a one week deadline and a public screening will be held for them at The Parlor Room in Northampton at 7pm on Tuesday, April 9th.

For more information, contact Al Williams at 413-587-3550 or

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