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.

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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 Transperformance and Four Sundays in February, and advocating on behalf of the arts community.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Small Books - Encounters with the Natural World


Small Books - Encounters with the Natural World
February 1- February 28
Reception: Thursday, Feb. 2nd from 5pm to 7pm
Location is Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton

URL: www.massaudubon.org/arcadia
Mac Everett has responded to encounters with the natural world by creating small, hand-made books. They include reflections on mountains, plants, seasons, weather, people, animals, lakes, and rivers. Sources for inspiration are both local and exotic. Most books are collections of haiku; some are brief narratives. Come prepared to sit and read for a bit from a mobile library of works, many of which will fit in a single hand.

“I take time to sit quietly and try to focus on the subtleties and small beauties. I have often asked myself: “How can I use words to capture this special moment in nature?”

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

BJ Goodwin Award Recipients Boy Harsher Embark on U.S Tour



Northampton-based electronic duo and 2017 BJ Goodwin Award recipients BOY HARSHER embark on a one month U.S Tour beginning today.

This January, the Northampton Arts Council awarded Jae Matthews & Augustus Muller $750 to support Boy Harsher's Winter Tour, a total of thirty shows in the span of thirty-five days and over eight thousand miles. The grant allows the duo to bring their unique sound to new audiences while connecting with and raising money for marginalized LGBTQ communities & alternative safe spaces. Proceeds from the sale of hand-printed secular prayer cards will benefit LGBTQ Youth Kickback a New Haven, Connecticut based organization that provides assistance, guidance, and care for gay and transgender youth. A limited run of one hundred prayer cards have been made by Jae and Gus at the Big Wheel Press and include a short passage from transgender activist June Miller and poet Lara Rodriguez. Boy Harsher will also contribute a “road diary” for post tour publication to the Atlanta-based magazine, The Fanzine. This piece will showcase elements from the tour, highlighting the benefits, art-spaces and queer performers from each night. 

Suspended Echoes


Suspended Echoes
New work in and on paper by Fafnir Adamites with sound by Neil Young Cloaca

February 7 - March 4, 2017
Opening reception: Friday February 10th 5-8pm

A.P.E. ltd.
126 Main Street 
Northampton, MA 01060
Tel. 413.586-5553 www.apearts.org

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Exhibition and Installation by Gordon Thorne Opening soon

Upcoming Exhibitions
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Exhibition and Installation by Gordon Thorne
Opening soon.  Dates and Times TBA
January 26 - February 10
at
Nolen Art Lounge – Smith College Campus Center
 CELLBLOCK VISIONS
Set Free in the Penitentiary
Friday, February 3rd, 4 – 6 pm
Opening and Gallery Talk by Phyllis Kornfeld, collector and custodian of the work.
Smith College Office of Student Engagement – nolenartlounge@smith.edu

Image: Times Up by Larry Mocks

Four Sundays in February 2017

Silver Chord Bowl 2017: Four Sundays in February


Sponsored by Whalen Insurance Company
When: Sunday, February 5 – 2:00PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30PM
Where: John M. Greene Hall-Smith College, 60 Elm Street Northampton, MA 01060
Ticket Outlets: Brown Paper Tickets - http://silverchordbowl.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006, State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, Cooper’s Corner in Florence, A.J. Hastings in Amherst, Elmer’s Store in Ashfield.
How Much:
Advance
Premium Assigned Seating All Ages - $35 (Available through BrownPaperTickets Only)
General Admission All Ages - $15
Day of at door
Premium Assigned Seating All Ages - $40
General Admission All Ages - $20

The first Sunday in February will be devoted to the Silver Chord Bowl, the oldest and most respected collegiate a cappella show case in the region, hosted in John M. Greene Hall on the Smith College campus. This years event will begin with a performance by Northampton High School’s very own Northamptones, followed by performances by 6 groups from colleges and universities around the Northeast. This year we will see the Dartmouth Aires, the Boston University BosTones, Tufts sQ!, the UMass Dynamics, the UMass Doo Wop Shop and the Smith College Noteables. The Silver Chord Bowl 2017 will be hosted by Smith College President Kathleen McCartney and Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz.

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MAKING UP LOVE: Four Sundays in February

(PG-13)
Sponsored by Gage & Wiley
When: Sunday, February 12 – 2:00PM, Doors Open at 1:30PM
Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060
Ticket Outlet:
Academy of Music Theatre Box Office - http://aomtheatre.com
How Much:
Advance
Premium Assigned Seating - $30 All Ages
General Admission - $15 Adults, $10 Senior 65+/Students/Veterans
Day of at door
Premium Assigned Seating - $35 All Ages
General Admission - $20 Adults, $15 Senior 65+/Students/Veterans

MAKING UP LOVE
(PG-13)
New Century Theatre actors perform a scripted scene line by line while Happier Valley Comedy improvisers walk into the scene for the first time, performing their parts out of thin air. Love walks into the room, and you never know what's going to happen next! Guess they'll have to make it up. Based on Happier Valley Comedy's popular SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED show, this unique performance captures that great lover's leap into the unknown. Will they swipe left or right? Make a love match or wind up in divorce court? Nobody knows how these love 'em or leave 'em stories are going to turn out until the lights go up, the scripted actors meets eyes with the unscripted improvisers, and the sparks fly. One thing is for sure, Shakespeare had it right when he wrote, "The course of true love never did run smooth.” But it does run hilariously in MAKING UP LOVE.

Featuring Happier Valley Comedy Improvisers: Scott Braidman, Maureen McElligott, Laura Patrick, Maile Shoul, Christine Stevens, Pam Victor and New Century Actors: Lisa Abend, Kyle Boatwright, Stephanie Carlson, Cate Damon, Sam Rush, Sam Samuels.

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Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child LIVE!: Four Sundays in February


Sponsored by Smith College
When: Sunday, February 19 – 2:00PM, Doors Open at 1:30PM
Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060
Ticket Outlet:
Academy of Music Theatre Box Office - http://aomtheatre.com
How Much:
Advance - $15 Adults, $10 Senior 65+/Students/Veterans w/ID, $5 Kids 12 & Under
Day of at door - $17 Adults, $12 Senior 65+/Students/Veterans w/ID, $7 Kids 12 & Under

A special live presentation of the nationally syndicated radio show Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child on stage at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA on Sunday February 19th, 2017. This all-ages family event will celebrate LGBTQ youth and the legacy of David Bowie through story, songs, poetry and conversations. Featuring host Bill Childs, music from Lord Russ, The Stuntmen and The Deedle Deedle Dees, Yo-Yo skills from A2Z, Puppets from Fuzznogginz & much more.

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KidsBestFest-YouthFilm 2017: Four Sundays in February



Co-presented by The Academy of Music
Sponsored by Northampton Community Television & A2Z Science and Learning Store
When: Monday February 20 - Friday February 24, 1:30PM Showtime, Doors Open 1:00PM
Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060
How Much: FREE - DONATIONS ENCOURAGED, Seating limited to 400

KidsBestFest is a dedicated FREE children’s film festival. The week also includes YouthFilm Festival, films made by local youth who are at the beginning of their budding careers. The participants are able to see their films on the Academy of Music’s large screen in a theater setting.

Monday Feb 20 - EAGLE HUNTRESS (2016)
Tuesday Feb 21 - THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989)
Wednesday Feb 22 - TRASH DANCE (2013)
Thursday Feb 23 - A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY (2014)
Friday Feb 24 - YOUTHFILM 2017

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The Really Big Show: Four Sundays in February



Sponsored by Downtown Northampton Association (DNA)
When: Sunday February 26 – 2:00PM, Doors Open at 1:30PM
Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060
Ticket Outlet:
Academy of Music Theatre Box Office - http://aomtheatre.com
How Much:
Advance - $10 Adults/$8 Senior 65+ & Students/$5 Kids 12 & Under
Day of at door - $12 Adults/$10 Senior 65+ & Students/$7 Kids 12 & Under

A showcase of the best local talent in the Valley’s favorite variety show at the communities’ most beloved theater. with the Really Big Show orchestra led Jim Armenti. After Intermission prepare for the Gong Show hosted by Steve Westfield of the Pajama Slave Dancers. Enjoy witty quips by our celebrity judge panel featuring ________, _______, Monte Belmonte, and someone special.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

KidsBestFest-YouthFilm 2017: Four Sundays in February

Co-presented by The Academy of Music


When: Monday February 20 - Friday February 24, 1:30 PM Showtime, Doors 1:00PM
Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060
How Much: FREE - DONATIONS ENCOURAGED, Seating limited to 400


KidsBestFest is a FREE children’s film festival that takes place at the iconic movie house, The Academy of Music Theatre. The week-long film event also includes YouthFilm, movies made by local youth at the beginning of their budding careers. Come join us to watch these great films together for FREE at THE historic theater in Downtown Northampton during school vacation week.

MONDAY FEBRUARY 20, 1:30 PM - EAGLE HUNTRESS (2016)
DIRECTED BY OTTO BELL
87 MINUTES
RATED G

Northampton Jazz Workshop features baritone saxophonist Claire Daly


Northampton Jazz Workshop features baritone saxophonist Claire Daly Tuesday January 24th, 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM at the The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

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Four Sundays in February 2017

Silver Chord Bowl 2017: Four Sundays in February Sponsored by Whalen Insurance Company When: Sunday, February 5 – 2:00PM Showtime, Do...