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.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

“Proverbs N Portraits” by Ken Gagne at A.P.E

WHAT: “Proverbs N Portraits” by Ken Gagne
WHEN: February 13- March 2, 2018
              Artist Reception: Friday, February 16: 6 -8 pm
WHERE: A.P.E 126 Main St Northampton, MA.

What do you get when you cross a proverb with a portrait? A.P.E. Gallery shines a spotlight on new work by local artist Ken Gagne that examines how, together, they can create a humorous situation, which nowadays isn’t so much a joke but a basic survival tool – a lifeboat we can use on life’s river.

“Ever since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated by the power of the proverb and how it can offer wisdom to the heart, be practiced and passed along to others,” states Gagne. “Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience. Portraits are of a similar nature. Nothing in a portrait is a matter of indifference. Expression, gesture, dress, ink even – all must combine to realize a character.”

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

"On The Horizon" Two evenings of work by 6 local artists at 33 Hawley St.

WHAT: "On The Horizon" Two evenings of work by 6 local creative artists
WHERE: Northampton Community Arts Trust building 33 Hawley St. Northampton, MA
WHEN: Friday Feb. 23rd and Saturday Feb. 24th: 8:00 pm

Two evenings of work by 6 local creative artists will be shown in an informal setting at The Northampton Community Arts Trust building at 33 Hawley St. in Northampton presented through the support of A.P.E.

Performance works by Kathy Couch, Mary Beth Booker, Madison Palffy, Molly McBride, Elena Marione, and Lauren Horn will be presented in the upstairs studio at 8 p.m. Curated by Peter Schmitz

Feb. 23rd and 24th: 8:00 pm
Suggested Donation $5-10 at the door, Limited seating

For information contact, 413.586.5553

Northampton Senior Center holds next Group Sing on Arts Night Out

WHERE: APE GALLERY, 126 Main Street.

Northampton Senior Services is joining forces with Forbes Library in planning a large community sing on the lawn of Forbes Library for the fall of 2018. We're hoping that you can attend the March 9 Group Sing led by local guitarist F. Alex Johnson to learn more about this project and how you can be a part of this celebration through song.

During 1918 as World War I was ending, the trustees of Forbes Library granted use of the library grounds for several large gatherings of Northampton citizens for “Community Sings,” primarily of patriotic songs.

The Gazette reported that the community sing of June 24, 1918, attracted a crowd of five to six thousand people! Spirits were high, automobiles were parked along West Street, and the view from the embankment on Smith College grounds was a maze of white blouses, long skirts, straw boaters, and 3-piece suits along with high school cadets and 2 drum corps. (See attached photos.)

Forbes Library plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of “the war to end all wars” by gathering again on the library lawn to raise spirits, support peaceful resolutions of conflicts, and confirm our sense of community by singing together. The large group sing will combine voices of individuals and singing groups in the area. Everyone will learn the same 3 songs and come together to sing in unison on the lawn, much in the same way the Library selects a book each year for all the entire community to read and then to gather and discuss. Our Community Sing will not be a performance, but a participatory, community event.

New Works by Luke Cavagnac, Jil Crary-Ross, Maclyn Milsark, and Kevin Pomerleau

WHAT: New Works by Luke Cavagnac, Jil Crary-Ross, Maclyn Milsark, and Kevin Pomerleau.
WHEN: Opening March 6, Show on display March 6-31
WHERE: A.P.E Gallery 126 Main Street Northampton, MA

Luke Cavagnac has a well-known presence in Easthampton, where his colorful, pop-art style can be seen on a big mural at 123 Cottage Street, on the side of the building that faces the entryway into Easthampton’s Cottage Street Cultural District. Working out of his “Invisible Fountain” studio in Eastworks, Cavagnac has concentrated on producing affordable and accessible works that also have a sense of humor. (Image above by Luke Cavagnac)

Jil Crary-Ross is an NYC based painter. Jil explores the relationship between identity, the built environment, and form to create an account of new Americana. Process, ritual, utility, and decay are central to Jil's material vocabulary.
Maclyn Milsark currently lives in Brooklyn and finds himself regularly noticing different patterns; in different spaces, in ways of speech, in earning and spending, and interactions between objects, living or inanimate. Maclyn studied at Pratt Institute, where he broadened his working mediums.
Kevin Pomerleau’s work focuses on telling stories through contemporary textiles that have inhabited spaces during relevant periods in his life. Ranging from topics such as isolation, relationships, and the plights of the queer community Pomerleau’s work hopes to convey a narrative that entices the viewer to look into his world without ever actually allowing them to enter.

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Valley Letters Project: Live on Stage

WHAT: The Valley Letters Project: Live on Stage
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Saturday, March 10th at 7:30pm, Doors at 7:00 pm

What do Susan B. Anthony, Alexander Graham Bell, Emily Dickinson, Frederick Douglass, Amelia
Earhart, Helen Keller, Leonard Nimoy, Elizabeth Taylor, Sylvia Plath, Dr. Seuss, Sojourner Truth
and Kurt Vonnegut all have in common? They have all impacted the historical fabric of our
beloved Pioneer Valley!

The Academy of Music Theatre is proud to present  The Valley Letters Project: Live on Stage,
a new series celebrating the art of letter writing and its connection to our local history.
The evening will feature letters by historic people of note connected to the Western
Massachusetts/Pioneer Valley region read aloud by contemporary people of note who are
currently impacting the Western Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley landscape.

Join us for letters of love, home, friendship and advice with letter readings by Joan Holliday,
Alika Hope, Daniel Jones, Richard Michelson, Mayor David Narkewicz, Bill Newman, Nannette
Vonnegut, Mo Willems and MORE!

A silent auction will take place in the Salon Room of the Academy of Music during the event.
All funds raised will benefit the operation of our beloved and historic Academy of Music

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Massachusetts Commonwealth Placemaking Conversations & Program Deadline

Deadline for Applications – March 1st
The application deadline for Commonwealth Places is coming up on Thursday, March 1st. Learn how you can take advantage of MassDevelopment's Commonwealth Places matching grant program today! You can start your application today on the application page.

Please feel free to email or call with any questions about the grant program, your project idea, or crowdfunding in general.
Jonathan Berk:
Michelle Moon:

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From Spaces to Places: A Conversation with Massachusetts Placemakers
Thursday, February 22, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Join us for a Placemaking Conversation
Join us at WeWork Boston (Portland Street location near North Station) to hear how Massachusetts communities are working with their neighbors to turn underused spaces in their towns into community assets for residents and visitors to enjoy. After a short presentation, there will be time for questions and an opportunity to connect with others in attendance.

Congratulations to all the towns and community leaders who recently completed crowdfunding projects last fall and this winter!
Art & History: A Creative Celebration of America's Hometown: Plymouth, $ 13,425.00
Healy Field Community Garden: Roslindale, $ 30,500.00
Lighting Up High Rock Tower: Lynn, $20,360.00
Maybarton Community Garden: Clinton, $5,000
Mosaic Gloucester: Gloucester, $7,875.00
Partnership for the Buckley: Lawrence, $50,330.00
Revitalizing Peabody Square: Dorchester, $26,430.00

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Super Bowl Ad features music from Young@Heart Chorus

You may be wondering who was singing the vocals in the E*TRADE “This is Getting Old" ad during the Super Bowl on Sunday. If you guessed the Young@Heart Chorus based in Florence, Massachusetts you would be correct. The Young@Heart was approached by the MullenLowe advertising agency two months ago for the job and worked closely with them and film directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, whose credits include “Little Miss Sunshine”, “Battle of the Sexes”, and numerous music videos for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. View the 30 second Super Bowl ad here:

The ad, which played in the 2nd quarter of the game, has been well received making top ten lists in USA Today, CNN and many others. Whoopi Goldberg called it her favorite Super Bowl ad on yesterday’s episode of ABC’s “The View” here:

The audio portion of the ad was produced by Los Angeles-based music collective Beta Petrol. Young@Heart’s vocals were recorded by Dan Richardson on a mobile studio rig at Young@Heart’s rehearsal space and by Beta Petrol personnel at SpiritHouse Studios in Northampton. Watch the 60 second ad here:

For more information please contact or call 413-230-7909.

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