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.

Friday, March 28, 2014

UNITE DJ Festival Closing Party

All good things come to an end.

We are closing our doors forever on Saturday March 29th.

Come through between 12-9 to check out 1 of the 8 local DJ's that will be spinning.

We will raffle off the Ol' Dirty Bastard Portrait that has made it's home at UNITE for the past 3 years. Tickets available now until 7:30 PM on Saturday. Raffle drawing is at 8:00 PM. $20 a ticket.

Refreshments will be served.


Snack Attack 12-1
Vinyl Child 1-2
Rick Jams 2-3
Rec 3-4
I-Ganic Soundsystem 4-5
Lucas 5-6
Tambo 6-7
footeking 7-8
raffle drawing 8:15
Special Guest 8:30-9

WOZQ 91.9fm & Northampton Arts Council present... THE SUN PARADE w/ WHO'DA FUNK IT?

WOZQ 91.9fm & Northampton Arts Council present... THE SUN PARADE w/ WHO'DA FUNK IT?

WOZQ is pleased to collaborate with Northampton Arts Council for a rad night of local music!

Come through to support two killer Northampton bands and your favorite radio station!!

Facebook Event Here:

When: Friday March, 28th - DOORS at 9:30pm, SHOW at 10:00!
Where: Davis Ballroom, Smith College

~No Tickets - FREE for 5 College Students (please bring ID) and $5 at the door for the general public~


The Sun Parade -

Chris Marlon Jennings and Jefferson Lewis are two roving Northern gents who blaze their guitars and sing lusty pop songs of their own brand. At times incanting psychedelia, Nirvana, and disco, they find their roots in bluegrass and the magic of The Beatles. Jacob Rosazza and Noam Schatz are the heavy rhythm backbone that makes “folk/rock” really rock. Based in Northampton MA since 2011, The Sun Parade has been steadily creating a buzz and has many loyal fans across the country. They are in the midst of creating a new “power-pack” EP for release in early 2014 and will be touring in March for their 3rd SXSW.

Who'da Funk It? -

Whether you want to define their music as arty experimental, funk, alternative rock, ska, klezmer, hip hop, blues, afrobeat, bossa nova, latin, punk, or any other existing genre, one thing can be promised: Who’da Funk It will make you dance. This young all-female group of five goes far beyond their appearance with daring twangs and bangs, belted lyrics, and foot-stomping charisma. They will get couch potatoes to crowd surf and coyotes to howl at the moon. They might even make you smile.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Our Last Art Show: Justin Norris

UNITE  has decided to close its' doors forever on Sunday March 30th, 2014.
Their Last Art Show is Friday March 14th!

Justin Norris, Selected Works
March 14th – March 30th at UNITE
Opening Friday March 14th, 6-10pm
UNITE, 202 Main St. Northampton MA

In conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out, on Friday May 14th, UNITE will host their final gallery reception for local artist Justin Norris from 6-9pm. Refreshments will be served. Justin’s work will be on display and for sale until March 30th, when UNITE closes its’ doors forever-ever.

Justin Norris is a Western Massachusetts based artist. He currently is in his final semester at Hampshire College studying dance and studio arts. Norris is a visual problem solver that enjoys responding to the consistent impulses that present themselves to him on a daily basis.

Brek One will be providing the musical experience.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Chuck D and Gaye Theresa Johnson

A conversation on music, social justice, 
and the importance of critical situated 
knowledge in the 21st Century  

Weinstein Auditorium
Wright Hall, Smith College

As the founder of legendary rap group Public Enemy, Chuck D is one of the most significant figures in the history of Hip Hop and its most respected public intellectual. As an artist and activist, he redefined Hip Hop as music with a revolutionary political message.
Gaye Theresa Johnson is Associate Professor of Black Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and affiliated with the Departments of History and Chicana/o Studies. She writes and teaches on race and racism, cultural history, geographies of freedom, and political economy.
Watch an interview with the couple on the history of Black music and activism:
Conversation facilitated by Carlos Rec McBride (TRGGR Radio/Smith/UMass)
Free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. 
For disability access information or accommodation requests please call(413) 585-2407

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Gaye Theresa Johnson discusses her book Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity,
on the shared struggles among African American and Chicano 
freedom seekers and cultural workers in Los Angeles

Graham Auditorium
Brown Fine Arts Center, Smith College
Free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible. 
For disability access information or accommodation requests please call(413) 585-2407

Chuck D is the leader and co-founder of legendary rap group Public Enemy.  He redefined rap music and hip hop culture with the release of PE's explosive debut album, Yo Bum Rush The Show, in 1987. Since then, Public Enemy has completed 86 tours in 85 countries, and they're still going strong. Chuck D and Public Enemy were celebrated in the May 2004 issue of Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "fifty most important performers in rock & roll history."  In 2010, their song, "Fight the Power" was recognized by VH-1 as the greatest hip hop song in history.  Public Enemy has sold, to date, over 10 million albums, and for the first time in their career, were number 1 in iTunes downloads in the UK for their song "Harder Than You Think," a song penned by Chuck D and longtime collaborator Gary G-Wiz, and used as the 2012 Special Olympics signature song.  In 2013, Chuck D recognized by what is universally known as one of the highest honors in music: along with the Public Enemy, he was inducted into the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Chuck D has been a national spokesperson for Rock the Vote, the National Urban League, and the National Alliance for African American Athletes. He is on the advisory board for the Sankofa Foundation, convened by Harry Belafonte to radicalize artists and orient them to social movement activism.  Chuck has appeared in numerous public service announcements for national peace and the Partnership for a Drug Free America. He is featured in countless documentaries as an expert on several genres of music, sports, and history, including the critically-acclaimed documentary, Public Enemy: Welcome to the Terrordome, a retrospective of the group and its indelible impact on American music. Chuck D is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, the author of two books, and he continues to work on commentary, music, and writing on diversity, rap, and reality.  

Gaye Theresa Johnson is Associate Professor of Black Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and affiliated with the Departments of History and Chicana/o Studies. She writes and teaches on race and racism, cultural history, geographies of freedom, and political economy. Her first book, Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spatial Entitlement in Los Angeles (University of California Press, 2013), is a history of civil rights and spatial struggles among Black and Brown freedom seekers and cultural workers in LA. Johnson’s second book, Women in Hip Hop: A Radical Herstory, is under contract with Haymarket Press. She has been a visiting researcher at Stanford University’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, as well as at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is also active with the Los Angeles Community Action Network’s struggle for housing and civil rights on LA’s skid row and is the 2013 recipient of the Freedom Now! Award for her efforts.  She is a member of the board of directors for the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE). Johnson has appeared in and consulted on several documentaries, including independent films about music and urban politics, as well as television programs for the BBC and the Biography Channel. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post and a prolific public speaker.  Johnson is also the Founding Partner of Sol Sisters Rising, a women’s collective dedicated to elevating women of color in film:

Sponsors – Smith College: History, Office of Student Engagement, Wurtele Center for Work & Life, Student Events Committee, Latina/o and Latin American Studies, Afro-American Studies, American Studies, Music, Theater, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Res Life Social Justice Committee, Endowed Lecture Fund; Hampshire College: Africana Studies, Decolonize Media Collective, Latina/o and Latin American Studies; Amherst College: Black Studies, American Studies, Music; Mount Holyoke College: Africana Studies; UMass: WEB DuBois Department of African American Studies, Communication, English, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Theater, Women of Color Leadership Network; Five College Asian Pacific American Studies Program; TRGGR Media Collective; Five Colleges, Inc.

For more information on this series contact Jennifer Guglielmo, Associate Professor of History at Smith College, 

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