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.

First Night Northampton 2018




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The Northampton Arts Council is delighted to present our city’s 33rd annual New Year's Eve festival of the performing arts on December 31, 2017. This is the first year that the Northampton Arts Council will produce First Night. Arts Council staff are working closely with the Center for the Arts to ensure a smooth transition and to preserve the community’s New Year’s Eve tradition.


For the First Night 2018 Schedule, to purchase buttons, and for more information about sponsorship




Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Master Class in Documentary Production with Award-Winning Filmmaker Larry Hott at Northampton Community Television


NCTV is proud to be accepting applications for a multi-week workshop in documentary production taught by veteran filmmaker Larry Hott of Florentine Films/Hott Productions. The course will be limited to six filmmakers. This is an exceptional and rare opportunity, a collaboration between a multiple national award-winning filmmaker Hott, including multiple Academy Award nominations, and a nationally accoladed community media arts organization in NCTV. And the class is entirely FREE.

Participants will produce a short documentary under Hott’s supervision, using the equipment and facilities of NCTV. The workshop includes screening and critiquing a diverse variety of documentary work for style, content, point-of-view, and production values. Funding, producing, directing, editing, copyright, archives, rights, research methods, budgets, story structure, interviewing, music, distribution, and how to position a project for broadcast or foreign sales, will be covered in the class. NCTV personnel will be available for help with equipment and editing. Participants will come away with an understanding of how professional documentaries are produced, broadcast and distributed.

Larry Hott has been producing documentary films since 1978, when he left the practice of law to join Florentine Films. His awards include an Emmy, two Academy Award nominations, a George Foster Peabody Award, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, The Erik Barnouw OAH History Award, five American Film Festival Blue Ribbons, fourteen CINE Golden Eagles, screenings at Telluride, and first-place awards from the San Francisco, Chicago, National Educational, and New England Film Festivals. He has produced and directed twenty-five major documentaries for national broadcast and many short films for online distribution.

A Good Night’s Sleep Experimental Film + Video Series - Final Screening


WHAT: A Good Night’s Sleep Experimental Film + Video Series - Final Screening
WHERE: Studio 4 - 25 Main Street, 4th Floor Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Saturday, November 25th 7-9 PM

Pease join us for the final edition of A Good Night’s Sleep on Saturday November 25th at Studio 4 in Northampton. We have a wonderful show prepared and hope that you will join us to celebrate over a year and a half of screenings featuring local experimental film. Although we are each moving on to new and exciting projects, this won’t be the last you see of our collective members organizing experimental film screenings featuring local artists.

Q&A with November’s featured artists to follow the screening.

Live 155 Front Facade Sculpture: Request for Proposals


Way Finders is seeking an artist or team to create an original, site-specific artwork to be installed on the East Facade of Live 155, over the entrance and above the sign. The building is located at 155 Pleasant Street in Northampton, MA, adjacent to the Manhan Rail Trail and across from the Amtrak platform. This opportunity is open to established professional artists. We welcome submissions from artists working in a broad range of media and encourage the inclusion of kinetic and/or lighted elements so long as they are durable and can be easily maintained.

Dimensions: approximately 30' high x 12' wide.
Please refer to the Full RFP for detailed plans and additional information.

We see this project as a first step in integrating public art into affordable housing development and as a testament to the significance of art in our community. Our hope is that the finished piece will create a signature presence for the building and welcome visitors to Northampton as it is the first thing many rail travelers will see when they first arrive.

The application deadline for short proposals is Midnight EST, January 12, 2018.

Please submit your proposal via google forms here: https://goo.gl/forms/UjB3labgQiqzsxCS2

You will need to log into or create a google account in order to complete the form.

Link to Full RFP here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b2X3FM4auqteJOtm844rHEzRKOZAUjfr6SLmP8uZU_k/edit?usp=sharing


Thursday, November 16, 2017

First Night Northampton 2018


The Northampton Arts Council is delighted to present our city’s 33rd annual New Year's Eve festival of the performing arts on December 31, 2017. This is the first year that the Northampton Arts Council will produce First Night. Arts Council staff are working closely with the Center for the Arts to ensure a smooth transition and to preserve the community’s New Year’s Eve tradition.


For the First Night 2018 Schedule, to purchase buttons, and for more information about sponsorship please visit: FIRSTNIGHTNORTHAMPTON.ORG

Monday, November 13, 2017

This Week at 33 Hawley: Community Inspired Social Action

WHAT: Community Inspired Social Action
WHEN: Saturday, November 18th 7:30-9:45pm
WHERE: Northampton Community Arts Trust. 33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA.

An evening of story performance and sharing. ReBelle and Eveline MacDougall begin the night with their individual instrumental story performances on the theme. There will be a break and then an optional opportunity for participants to meet in small groups to share their own stories of Community Inspired Social Action. Everyone welcome.

$10 per adult at door.



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Hatchery and The Funks: Works in Progress

High School dance and theatre projects

The Hatchery (dance) is directed by Jen Polins/School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, and the Funks (comedy improvisation) is directed by Heidi Haas/Northampton High School.

Seating limited to 40; tickets at the door.

Sunday, November 12
1:00 - 2:30pm

Group Sing

WED, NOV 8, 5:00-7:00pm
at the Brew Practitioners in Florence, on Rt. 9 (Main Street)
across the street from Cooper's Corner.
Come join us for a sing-along. 
Alex Johnson on the guitar.
Following the Group Sing, Alex hosts an open mic at 7:00pm.
Free!
Brew Practitioners,
36 Main Street, Florence, MA.
http://www.brewpractitioners.com

Funded in part by the Northampton Arts Council
and Senior Services.

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