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.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Announces The Art of Eric Carle: Seasons

WHAT: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Presents: The Art of Eric Carle: Seasons
WHEN: April 3, 2018 - August 26, 2018
WHERE: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, 125 West Bay Rd. Amherst, MA.

In 1970, Eric Carle published The Tiny Seed, which chronicles the life cycle of a plant across the four seasons. It was the first of many stories he would illustrate about the wonders of nature at all times of year. The Art of Eric Carle: Seasons celebrates five decades of Carle's seasonal imagery, from hibernating bears in winter and hatching chicks in spring to colorful flowers in summer and apple trees ripe for picking in fall. The exhibition, on view April 3 through August 26, 2018, features Carle's iconic collage art from 15 picture books as well as several never-before seen watercolors. It also includes a special display, Eric Loves Bobbie, of personal artwork Carle dedicated to his late wife throughout their 42-year marriage.

The Art of Eric Carle: Seasons features original art from Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?, Draw Me a Star, Little Cloud, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, Animals, Animals, and I See a Song, among other titles. Carle's work for other authors, such as Norma B. Green's The Hole in the Dyke, Arnold Sundgaard's The Lamb and the Butterfly, and Alice McLerran's The Mountain that Loved a Bird are also on display. Linoleum prints, which Carle created in 1965 for the cookbook Red-Flannel Hash and Shoo-Fly Pie, are showcased. Also included are several never-before-seen watercolors and unpublished drawings and collages, all providing glimpses into Carle's working method and personal interests.

There are several activities for guests to enjoy in the gallery. A custom-designed "book garden"--which grows both felted vegetables and real books!--encourages visitors to harvest a story. There are flip-and-find character surprises among the exhibition graphics (including the Very Hungry Caterpillar!). In keeping with the theme of seasons, guests can manipulate felted tree forms to mirror the season they love most. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

North to East: 3 Mile Trail Procession from Northampton to Easthampton

WHAT: North to East: 3 Mile Procession Northampton to Easthampton
WHERE: Veteran's Field, West Street. Northampton, MA
WHEN: Saturday April 28th, 12-4pm

Join our procession from Veteran's Field Northampton to Millside Park, Easthampton with performances & activities at both locations. Parade is open to cyclists, runners, roller skaters, skateboarders, trail users of any kind and all abilities.

Come as you are or dress as your favorite Winged Creature!

More Info:

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.

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