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.

Welcome

The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night, Summer Concert Series, Transperformance and Silver Chord Bowl, and advocating on behalf of the arts community.

Founded in 1980, the Northampton Arts Council has an all-volunteer board, and staff, consisting of a full-time executive director, a full-time arts events producer, one seasonal assistant producer, and one student intern from Smith College. Each fall, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency, allocates money to all of Massachusetts' 351 cities and towns through 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs), of which the Northampton Arts Council is one, in support of community arts activities. This is the largest decentralized program of its kind in the United States.

In addition to administering the LCC program, The Northampton Arts Council was the first cultural council in the Commonwealth to raise money for a second round of funding every spring, with only a few other LCC's following our lead. The ArtsEZ Spring Grant round is made possible by two major fundraising events produced by the Northampton Arts Council; first, Transperformance, an end-of-summer music festival at Look Park held every August, and second, the Silver Chord Bowl. In addition to grant programs, the Northampton Arts Council helps to program arts enrichment programs in the public schools, initiates public art projects and advocates for the arts in the city. We also produce or help produce many other events in Northampton including but not limited to Northampton Summer Concert Series, RETROFAIRE, Cinema Northampton, Bi-ennial Exhibit at Forbes Library, Northampton Film Festival, Northampton Print and Book Fair, and First Night.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"The Neural Architecture Sees Itself in Patterns” Paintings by John Aiken


"The Neural Architecture Sees Itself in Patterns”
Paintings by John Aiken
September 6-29, 2107
A.P.E Gallery - 126 Main Street Northampton, MA

John has been working since 2011 with no formal instruction. He attempts, in this series, to allow the patterns of the neural architecture to see themselves. Creating this work has been a reparative process. He hopes that people viewing the work see that humanity is more than its destructive capacities. He does not use a computer, but works intuitively and by hand with ink and liquid acrylic to create these geometric abstractions.

John is a New Hampshire native and a retired cabinetmaker.

Serious Play's Perspectives Through Performance


Serious Play's PERSPECTIVES THROUGH PERFORMANCE initiative, debuting this Fall, offers new work from "across the pond."

OCT 21, 22 & 23 (8pm) at A.P.E.Gallery, Serious Play presents a staged reading of British playwright Caryl Churchill's LOVE & INFORMATION, with Natalie Djondo, Kermit Dunkelberg, Lisa Enzer, Nanette Mendieta, David Regan, Patrick Ryan, and Linda Tardif, directed by Sheryl Stoodley.

DIRECT FROM THE EDINBURGH FRINGE, Mairi Campbell and PULSE, her inspiring original theatre-music piece, DEC 1 and 2 (8pm) SHEA THEATER, Turners Falls. We connected with Mairi last summer at the Fringe Festival in Scotland when we presented JohnSheldon's THE RED GUITAR to 5-star reviews. Now we are bringing this talented Edinburgh actress and her viola to the Valley to perform her story and to collaborate with John Sheldon towards developing a new theatre work.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Love Poems to my Parents Dance Performance



WHAT: Love Poems to my Parents Dance Performance, an immersion into the musical heritage of a bicultural family. 
WHERE: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (Studio 4) 25 Main Street, 4th Floor. Northampton, MA 
WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 8:00pm
Sunday, September 24, 4:00pm

​Performed and choreographed by Michelle Marroquin
Live music by Tony Silva, Zoe Darrow and Pan Morigan

Tickets $15, ($10 students) and at lovepoems.bpt.me

SCDT’s International Artist Series Presents Massimiliano Balduzzi


SCDT’s International Artist Series
Presents
Massimiliano Balduzzi
in
DOIEB SI TAU, language for a requiem

THE SCHOOL FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE AND THOUGHT (SCDT)proudly presents DOIEB SI TAU with Italy’s Massimiliano Balduzzi,, an internationally renowned vocalist and performance artist- one night only! Fresh from New York City, Balduzzi brings us DOIEB SI TAU, Language for a requiem, a 45 minute performance that combines theater, dance and voice work.

When: Saturday, September 30, 8:00pm
Where: STUDIO4, 25 Main Street, 4th floor, Northampton MA
How much: $10
Reservations: scdtnoho.com or 413 570 4491

DOIEB SI TAU, language for a requiem is a study on loss and transformation. A lone performer pushes language and character to their breaking point, crafting a ritual of willful separation. This work is a mourning of what is lost in the moment of becoming. Applying his on going investigation of invented language and song, the solo explores the human voice as a medium uniquely able to recount the life of the body.

Balduzzi will offer a workshop to theater dance and voice students on SUNDAY OCTOBER 1, 2-5 PM at STUDIO4.

ROOTS TO RESISTANCE: Resistance Love and Gratitude Party


WHAT: ROOTS TO RESISTANCE - Resistance Love and Gratitude Party
WHEN: Saturday September 23rd 2-5PM 
WHERE: Florence Civic Center, 90 Parks Street Florence Massachusetts.

*Local Art and Activism Project, Roots To Resistance holds a grand celebration to honor the 12 Women Activists it portrays and the Western Mass Community that has supported the project from the beginning, as it completes the final Portrait of slain Honduran Environmentalist Berta Cáceres!

*All 12 of the eight foot high Roots To Resistance Portraits will be displayed together for the first time, as well as all 12 of the Postcard Campaigns and Street Posters created to amplify the amazing voices of these Earthshaking Women.

*The Celebration will be catered by Roots To Resistance with Beet Relishes, Caponata Platters and Tomatillo Jams from the Gardens and Farms of Western Mass! Much Food, Drink and Merriment will abound!



The all new Northampton Film Festival returns


The all new Northampton Film Festival returns.

A team of community organizations and leaders continues to evolve the Northampton Film Festival as a modern experience of media.
A team of dedicated community members, led by Northampton Community Television (NCTV), who began the process of rethinking the Northampton Film Festival (NFF) last year, once again offers up a broad pallette of moving image offerings, from the local to the international, and guides attendees to experiences in art and technology largely unavailable elsewhere in the Valley.

In what has become a tradition, the festival launches on Wednesday September 27th with a free public screenings of the newest installation of Star Wars - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, ]outdoors, downtown in Pulaski Park and caps with the 200+ person public art project Crowdsourced Cinema and its remake of Back to the Future on Sunday, October 1st at 7pmat the Academy of Music. “The goals of the festival reflect the goals of our organization.” said Al Williams, Director of NCTV, “We want to make the festival as accessible as possible, to represent a diversity of expressive forms, to build community, and to encourage the audience to create as well as experience.”

This year’s festival includes features like Lucky, the spiritual journey of a 90 year old atheist featuring David Lynch, and Do Not Resist, an urgent documentary that explores the militarization of local police departments, in their tactics, training, and acquisition of equipment since 9/11. Birdboy is an animated Spanish feature, adapted from Alberto Vazquez's graphic novel, offers a complex tonal and conceptual mix of a type that’s not for children. Brimstone & Glory is a documentary about “...an annual National Pyrotechnics Festival so giddily cinematic that the medium itself practically seems to roll over and wag tail in approval.” (Variety)

Northampton African Dance Workshops



WHAT: Northampton African Dance Workshops
WHEN: Saturday September 23rd, 1pm-5:30pm
WHERE: Northampton Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA.

The Northampton African Dance Community, in partnership with The Northampton Center for the Arts, is pleased to announce its second annual event, a Workshop Series with two master West African dancers. Khady Malal Badji from Senegal and Yalani Bangoura from Guinea will each teach a two-hour dance workshop on Saturday September 23rd. Both workshops will be accompanied by live drumming.

Khady Malal Badji is the choreographer for the premier dance company, Bakalama, in Dakar, Senegal. She is a remarkably versatile artist who has taught intensive workshops across many dance genres, including African, jazz, modern, and hip hop dance; Capoeira; choreography, contact improvisation, theater and voice. She has performed at festivals in Senegal, such as the International Festival of Arts and Culture (FESNAC), and internationally, in such countries as Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Kuwait, and throughout the U.S. When she visited the U.S. last summer, teaching in San Francisco, Chicago, Northampton, and Brattleboro, she attracted crowds who were taken by her vibrant teaching and graceful movements.

Yalani Bangoura is a master dancer, performer, choreographer,
acrobat, and teacher of dances from Guinea in West Africa. He is also known for his exciting hip-hop dance. Yalani is currently a member of the award- winning West African Dance and Drum Company, Les Merveilles de Guinea. Yalani has toured with Les Merveilles since 1995 in the United States and Europe as well as in Mali, Guinea, Senegal, and the Ivory Coast. He moved to New York in 1998. He continues to perform with Les Merveilles as well as with Bamidele Dancers and Drummers, Sankofa, and Rhythmic Response. He serves as a master artist in residence with several of these dance companies.

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