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, November 21, 2014

Northampton Arts Council Announces 2014 Arts Lottery Grant Award Winners

The Northampton Arts Council is pleased to announce the awarding of 24 grants totaling $10,593 in support of a variety of projects. The caliber of applications this round was outstanding, and we were unable to fund many worthy projects. The Arts Council received 61 requests for almost $69,000 of funding. These grants were awarded in the following categories: Dance, Film/Video, Mixed Media, Music, Theater and Visual Arts from funds allotted by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

$500 to Nancy Stark Smith of Contact Quarterly for A Conversation on Contact.
$500 to Kelly Silliman of the tinydance project for The Second Annual tiny tour.
$400 to Maureen Shea of The Dance Generators for A Season, and New Works.
$500 to Jennifer Polins of The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought for RIFF Talks.

$1000 to Emma Weinstein for Guerrilla Filmmaking For Teens.
$250 to Carlin P. Trietsch for the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.

$500 to Katie Martin for Dance and Music Performance with Katie Martin and Jake Meginsky.
$500 to Elena Zachary for Group Landscape Show.
$200 to Davis Bates for Summer Reading Song & Story Celebration @ Forbes Library.
$300 to Benjamin Swift of Pleasure Editions for 3-4 Artist Books.

$250 to Karen Collins of Music In Deerfield for new Concert Season.
$250 to Martha Roman of Novi Cantori of Greater Springfield for Visions of Peace, a Choral Concert.
$600 to Rachel Courtney of Valley Free Radio for Valley Free Radio Community Production Studio.
$400 to Charles Neville for Jazz Improvisation/ African American Music History Workshop and Performance.
$250 to Susanne Dunlap of Pioneer Valley Symphony for CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA; A semi-staged opera.
$750 to Lynne Bertrand of The Parlor Room for The Parlor Sessions.
$200 to Sheila Ayala Heady of Ensemble Musica Humana for Pioneer Valley Early Music Day.
$250 to Ashlee Cancio-Bello of the Northampton Council on Aging for Northampton Group Sing.

$950 to Russell Brooks for eLviS D - Tripping With The King.
$200 to Keith Black of Starlight's Youth Theatre for CATS.

$800 to Elizabeth Pols for “Letters from Away” Contemporary Art at Historic Northampton.
$250 to Katie Richardson for Disease: Reflections of History.
$350 to Jan Ruby-Crystal of Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary for Art and Nature.
$443 to Michelle Mallory for JFK Middle School Community Mural.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NCTV Production Grants Available

Last year was a huge success!

Once again Northampton Community Television is providing grant opportunities for local filmmakers to create short films.

We will be handing out $6000 to local artists to create short pieces as well as providing potentially tens of thousands of dollars in resources for filmmakers to use in the process.

Deadline is January 15, 2015.

Details at

NCTV Production Grants Available

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Silver Chord Bowl 2015 - Four Sundays in February Event #1

Silver Chord Bowl 2015

Four Sundays in February Event #1
When: February 1, 2015  – 2:00PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30PM

How Much: 
Premium Assigned Seating - $30 (Available through BrownPaperTickets Only) 
General Admission - $15

Online Tickets: or call 1-800-838-3006

Local Ticket Outlets for General Admission Tickets Only: 

This legendary a cappella event is a tradition. People jam the 2000 seat hall. This year we will showcase some of the best collegiate groups in the country: Yale Whiffenpoofs, UMASS DooWop Shop, S#arp Attitude from UMASS, Dartmouth Aires, and Tufts SQ. Performances by local sensations The Groove from Smith College and the Northamptones from Northampton High School. Mayor David Narkewicz and Smith College President Kathleen McCartney will be on hand as emcees for this classic Northampton event.

Sponsored by Whalen Insurance Agency

Four Sundays in February 2015 Sponsors

Llama Lasagne 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert

Eat Up!  Llama Lasagne is On The Menu

Llama Lasagne is an ever evolving circus of Pioneer Valley musicians, artists, and business that strive to encourage collaboration and cross promotion among Pioneer Valley artists via bi-annual theme-based stage performances with a charitable goal.

Back in the VFW Cathedral
Cover: $10 - Save $2 at the door with a food donation
Ages: 16+
Doors: 8:30 PM
Show: 9PM-12AM
Afterparty 12AM-1AM (at the 13th Floor Lounge in Florence)

Local music sensations play cover songs with a food theme:

Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra
Outer Stylie
Jamie Kent and the Options
Rusty Belle
Eric Olsson Band
Drunk Stuntmen
Bella's Bartok
Fat Bradley
Jatoba (VT)
Dave Hayes of Colorway
Brotherhood of Thieves
The Mary Jane Jones
Smack My Bishop
Ed Vadas Trio
The Problemaddicts / Mystika Music
Shiprock & Anchordog
Rhythm Inc
Chocolate Peach
Groove Shoes

Strangers Helping Strangers will be hosting a Canned Food Drive for the Food Bank of Western MA!

Some of the most-needed items for canned food drives include: canned products such as fruit, pasta/ravioli, beans, vegetables, or tuna fish; rice and pasta; healthy snacks such as granola bars; peanut butter and jelly; and cereal. No glass jars, please.

It’s a great idea to try to collect items that can be combined to make a healthy meal, such as:
Peanut butter and jelly
Rice and canned or dry beans
Spaghetti and canned spaghetti sauce
Canned or boxed pasta/rice meals and canned vegetables
Canned or instant soups/stews and rice
Dry oatmeal and canned fruit

Did you know that in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties in Western Massachusetts, approximately 1 in every 8 people suffers from chronic food shortages or needs emergency food assistance? In some areas, rates of hunger and food insecurity are more than 6x higher than the Massachusetts statewide average.

Expect the most ridiculous, and we'll possibly top it!

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This production will be funded in part by the Northampton Arts Council

RIFF TALKS: Illuminating Artist Dialogues about Performance Practices

RIFF TALKS is produced by SCDT
Illuminating Artist Dialogues about Performance Practices
curated by Jen Polins and Jennifer Nugent

Talk #1 Nancy Stark Smith and Peter Schmitz
"Improvisation in Performance"

Sat Nov 15, 2014
7:00-9:00 PM

The Arts Trust Building
33 Hawley Street, Northampton MA

$15 General
$8 Students/Seniors

No Reservations

Monday, November 10, 2014

POETRY READING: Corrie Williamson and Carol Edelstein




Perugia Press publishes the best new women poets in the country. Now, two Perugia Press Prize winners will read together: local poet, Carol Edelstein, whose book, The Disappearing Letters, won in 2005, and the newest 2014 winner, Corrie Williamson, who will be coming from Montana to read from her book, Sweet Husk. This reading showcases how a local nonprofit with a national reach can fulfill its tight mission by publishing books with range and variation.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Creative Time Summit at UMass

Live from Stockholm:  Arts Extension Service and Art Department screens the Creative Time Summit at UMass
The UMass Arts Extension Service (AES) and the Art Department are collaborating to livestream segments of the Creative Time Summit at the Studio Arts Building, Room 240, on Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m..  The 6th Annual Creative Time Summit will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, and will be investigating Nationalisms, Performing The City, Activating Public Space, Art in the Age of Surveillance, and Migrations, each presented by a panel of international artists, activists, writers, curators, parliament, and scholars.  According to Creative Time, a New York City-based nonprofit public arts organization, the artists "will unpack the ways in which the financial crisis and subsequent austerity measures have radicalized segments of the population, leading to protest, activism, and a push for immigrant rights, as well as a rise to nationalism and xenophobia." The Summit will pose such questions as: Who is art in the public sphere for and what is it supposed to do? How does art produce debate, contribute to a sense of the civic, or perhaps, more cynically, merely perpetuate the status quo? And more generally, who is the city for and how can our public spheres and its arts work across a heterogeneous space?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Diorama Show

The Diorama Show

Event Dates: 11/7/2014 - 12/7/2014
Location: A.P.E. Gallery
126 Main Street
Northampton Massachusetts 01062

The Diorama Show will include the disparate visions of 8 contemporary artists. Their various approaches are conceptual, realistic, dreamlike, symbolic or reflective often with a strong vein of wit. The dioramas range from small wall hung boxes to a store window-sized scenario. One includes a transmuting projected image and another hides under the skirts of ceiling-hung dresses.

Artists: Judith Abraham, Kathy Couch, Sally Curcio, Beckie Kravetz, Jane Lund, Lindsay Palermo, Elizabeth Stone, and Michael Tillyer

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