Northampton Arts Council

The Northampton Arts Council is an 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.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Transperformance 29: Lookstock, A Benefit Music Festival

Poster Art by Arnold Skolnick

Transperformance 29: Lookstock presented by The Northampton Arts Council

Transperformance 29: Lookstock, A Benefit Music Festival

Pines Theater, Look Park Florence, MA 01062

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 4:30-9:30 PM - Venue opens at 3:00 PM

Online -
Local - State Street Fruit Store Northampton / Cooper’s Corner Florence / AJ Hastings Amherst
Day of - At the entrance to Pines Theater starting at 3:00 PM
Pre-sale Cost - Adults 13+ $10; Seniors 65+/Veterans $8; Kids 12 & under $5.
No refunds/No exchanges (A portion of the proceeds support arts enrichment programs in the Public Schools of Northampton, Leeds, and Florence)

Wednesday, August 21 at Pines Theater, Look Park

Friday, August 16, 2019

Apply for a Grant from the New England Dance Fund

WHAT: Apply for a Grant from the New England Dance Fund
WHEN: Deadline September 13

The next New England Dance Fund deadline is September 13. The New England Dance Fund awards small, catalytic grants to New England-based choreographers of all genres and backgrounds who identify an opportunity that will advance their careers in dance.

Apply Today
09.13: New England Dance Fund
12.01: New England States Touring (NEST) Grant*

Rolling Deadlines:
National Dance Project Travel Fund
New England Presenter Travel Fund
National Theater Project Presenter Travel Grant

By Invitation Only:
10.21: Creative City Boston Full Project Proposal
Rolling: National Theater Project Presentation Grant

*NEFA implemented a new and improved application system for New England States Touring (NEST) Grant deadlines. Other programs' applications will upgrade over the course of the next year.

Grant deadlines are at 11:59 PM ET. NEFA staff are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET.

Learn About Recently Awarded NEFA Grants: 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibit "Off the Wall—American Art to Wear" to feature Northampton Artist Anna VA Polesny

WHAT: Off the Wall—American Art to Wear - featuring Northampton Artist Anna VA Polesny 
WHERE: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 
WHEN: Opening Saturday, November 9, 2019

Northampton Artist’s work bound for the PERMANENT COLLECTION of the PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM of ART 

“International Levi's” Shorts, 1973, by Anna VA Polesny (Promised gift of The Julie Schafler Dale Collection) Photograph by Otto Stupakoff © Julie Schafler Dale.

Off the Wall: American Art to Wear
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Celebrate the opening of this astonishing exhibition that highlights mixed-media artists who pioneered a new art form designed around the body.

This exhibition has been made possible by Julie Schafler Dale, PNC, The Coby Foundation, the Arlin and Neysa Adams Endowment Fund, Catherine and Laurence Altman, the Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and other generous donors.

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130

August 22: I’ll be speaking about my work at the Berkshire Museum’s Pechakucha

Monday, August 12, 2019

Frank Ward & Robert Tobey Photographs at A.P.E

WHAT: Frank Ward & Robert Tobey Photographs
WHERE: 126 Main St, Northampton, MA
WHEN: September 2019
             Artist Reception Friday, September 13: 5-8PM (Arts Night Out) 
             Open to the public daily
             Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday12-5PM, Friday 12-8PM, Sunday 2-5PM, Closed Monday

Frank Ward
The Last Empire—The new countries of the old Soviet Union is a series of photographs of the former Soviet Empire that tell a story of curious pleasures and confounded expectations.

“On a beach in Ukraine a grandmother in a bikini asks me to take her picture. In the Russian Far East I discover a wall mural of Lenin blowing a kiss to Marilyn Monroe. Policemen in Uzbekistan accuse me of stealing strategic military secrets by photographing a World War II tank on display in a park. In Siberia, an angry security guard repeats his only phrase in English, “I love you,” as he makes me delete my pictures of a destroyed waterfront habitat. The former Soviet Empire is a paradise of paradox, where the landscapes are limitless and the people are full of passion and pain.”

Robert Tobey
BLIND I consists of pictures of people at parades in Holyoke and Greenfield, all taken with one camera and one fixed-focal-length lens, while on a bicycle... mostly in motion. All images have been printed without cropping, and minimal photoshop adjustment.

Frank Ward is a professor of visual art at Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA. Over the past 18 years, Ward has made ten trips to the Former Soviet Union. In 2012, he went to Central Asia as the Cultural Envoy in Photography for the US Department of State. In 2011, he was awarded an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for his photography in the former Soviet Union. He has received the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous other grants for his work in Holyoke, the former Yugoslavia, Tibet and India. He is represented by Photo Eye Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.

Robert Tobey has been publishing his photographs for half a century, as a staff photographer at four newspapers in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and as a free-lancer in numerous local, regional and national magazines. He has participated in many solo and group shows.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Salsa in the Park 2019

WHAT: Salsa Dancing in Pulaski Park
WHERE: Pulaski Park, Main St. Northampton, MA
WHEN: Summer Saturdays July 13th & August 17th. 6:00-8:30pm

Come celebrate the Beauty and Positivity of Latin Dance!

Join our facebook event here:

Woodstock the Movie: Free Screening at 33 Hawley

WHAT: The Northampton Community Arts Trust presents: Woodstock the Movie
WHEN: Wednesday August 14th, 2019 at 8:00 PM
WHERE: 33 Hawley Street Outdoor Space (Behind the building) Northampton, MA

Come join the Northampton Community Arts Trust, the Northampton Arts Council and Northampton Open Media (formerly Northampton Community Television) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with a screening of Woodstock the Movie, the film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival by Michael Wadleigh. To introduce the film Isabella DeHerdt (of Kalliope Jones) will perform a live 10 min opening set; The Northampton Arts Council will also be giving away tickets to Lookstock at Pines Theater, Look Park as well as have tickets on sale for the event.

Woodstock the Movie
Director: Michael Wadleigh
Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey
Rated: R (Drug content, nudity, and language)
Runtime: 224 min

“An intimate look at the Woodstock Music & Art Festival held in Bethel, NY in 1969, from preparation through cleanup, with historic access to insiders, blistering concert footage, and portraits of the concertgoers; negative and positive aspects are shown, from drug use by performers to naked fans sliding in the mud, from the collapse of the fences by the unexpected hordes to the surreal arrival of National Guard helicopters with food and medical assistance for the impromptu city of 500,000.”

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring Boston based harpist Charles Overton

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring  harpist Charles Overton
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Tuesday August 13, 2019 7:30pm followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30pm

We are very excited to welcome Charles Overton and his grand instrument to our stage on Tuesday the 13th. Currently, Charles resides in Boston where he maintains an active performance schedule as a performer of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Recent engagements include an appearance at Scullers Jazz Club with his jazz ensemble: the Charles Overton Group, regular performances with the Boston Philharmonic, an appearance as a featured artist at the Dutch Harp Festival in concert with the Dutch National Youth Jazz Orchestra, as well as a performance tour of Spain performing Ginastera's Harp Concerto with Benjamin Zander's Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set and donations to the band gratefully accepted. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

Upcoming Guest Artists:
8/20 - Mark Lewis on alto and flute
8/27 - Josh Bruneau on trumpet.

9/3 - Felipe Salles on tenor sax
9/10 - Rob Scheps on soprano sax
9/17 - John Clark on French Horn
9/24 - David Eure on violin

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