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, June 21, 2018

Happier Valley Comedy Show Presents SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED

VALLEY’S FINEST ACTORS FACE OFF WITH IMPISH IMPROVISERS in a Happier Valley Comedy Show: SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED



WHAT: A Happier Valley Comedy Show: Scripted/Unscripted 
WHEN: Saturday July 14th, show at 8:00pm, doors at 7:30pm
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060
How Much? Tickets are $13 at the door

Some people call it an actor’s nightmare, but some of the Pioneer Valley’s premier actors call it a high-flyin’ night of staged adventure. And nobody knows how it’s going to turn out until the show begins. Happier Valley Comedy’s production of SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED combines one actor performing from a script line by line with one improviser making it all up on the spot because they have no idea what play the actor is reading from. The results are one wild and wooly show... and their most popular. “With a cast of 12 teeming with talent, this show always attracts lots of attention,” says Pam Victor, Head of Happiness of Happier Valley Comedy. “It’s by far our most popular show.”


Cinema Northampton Presents Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Pulaski Park



WHAT: Free Outdoor Film Screening: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
WHEN: Wednesday, September 26: 7:00pm
WHERE: Pulaski Park, 240 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

Cinema Northampton is in its 6th year and we continue to expand this community event!

FREE film screening in Pulaski Park.
Film synopsis: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.


We encourage you to bring drinks, snacks, bug spray, flashlights, and blankets to these outdoor screenings.

Chairs are allowed but must not block anyone’s view.

Subtitles will be on.


More at cinemanorthampton.org/faqs

Cinema Northampton Presents CoCo at Forbes Library



WHAT: Free Outdoor Film Screening: CoCo
WHEN: Wednesday, July 25 at 8:30pm
WHERE: Forbes Library Lawn, 20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060

Cinema Northampton is in its 6th year and we continue to expand this community event!

FREE film screening at dark on the Forbes library lawn.
Film synopsis: Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.


We encourage you to bring drinks, snacks, bug spray, flashlights, and blankets to these outdoor screenings.

Chairs are allowed but must not block anyone’s view.

Subtitles will be on.

More at cinemanorthampton.org/faqs

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Now Accepting First Night 2019 Applications


The Northampton Arts Council is delighted to present our city’s 34th annual New Year's Eve festival of the performing arts on December 31, 2018.

One of the ways to be considered as a performer for First Night 2019, is to fill out our NEW online form. If you are interested please click here.

The deadline to submit an application to be considered is August 31, 2018.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Rob Scheps


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Rob Scheps
WHEN: Tuesday, June 26th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM WHERE: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

This week we are pleased to welcome back for the second time a wonderful and eclectic saxophonist who makes his home in both NYC and Portland, OR. Rob Scheps has performed/recorded with everyone from Henry Threadgill and Julius Hemphill to Gil Evans, Jaki Byard and Dianne Reaves and even PDQ Bach. It should be a lot of fun and pretty amazing to boot I'm sure. http://www.robscheps.8m.net. Joining Rob, George and I will be his good friend and frequent collaborator, also from NY, drummer Jesse Simpson.

A little bit about our guest drummer who is also a pianist. Jesse hails from Graton, CA and now based in Brooklyn. After growing up performing around the San Francisco Bay Area, studying with legendary drummer Donald Bailey, he moved to New York in 2007 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, graduating in 2010. Since that time, Jesse has performed alongside Louie Bellson, backed comedians Fred Armisen and Janeane Garafalo and played with Marc Copland, Kevin Hays, Joe Lovano, John Abercrombie, Chris Cheek and many more. He regularly performs in New York as well as on tour with many different groups in Europe.

Upcoming Guest Artists:

6/26 - Rob Scheps - saxes with Jesse Simpson on drums
7/3 - Joe Magnarelli - trumpet with Peter Moutis on drums
7/10 - Sheryl Bailey - guitar
7/17 - Erik Lawrence - sax and flute
7/24 - Benny Sharoni- tenor
7/31 - Freddie Bryant - guitar

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 (and Like us) on FB at: www.facebook.com/Northampt onJazzWorkshop

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Forbes Staff Member Receives Competitive Award


Dylan Gaffney, Senior Library Assistant at the Forbes Library, has been awarded the 2018 Paralibrarian of the Year award by the Massachusetts Library Association. This competitive annual award is given to one library support staffer who has gone above and beyond. Dylan impressed the nominating committee with his work at both the local and statewide levels, and received a complimentary 1 year membership to the American Library Association.

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