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.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guitarist John Stowell

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest guitarist John Stowell on Tuesday, December 1st 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM at the The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

Northampton Jazz Workshop features baritone saxophonist Claire Daly

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest baritone saxophonist Claire Daly on Tuesday, December 8th 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM at the The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

Upcoming Guest Artists:
12/15 - John Fedchock on trombone with Cicci Santucci on trumpet
12/22 - Erena Terakubo on alto sax
12/29 - Jay Hoggard on vibes

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. No cover or minimum. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

For photos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see (and Like us) on FB at: www.facebook.com/NorthamptonJazzWorkshop




Tejo Holyoke Open House Celebration!


Tuesday December 1, 5-7 PM, 207 Elm Street Holyoke, MA 01040

Monday, November 23, 2015

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guitarist John Stowell


Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest guitarist John Stowell on Tuesday, December 1st 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM at the The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

Call to Artists: Boston Biennial 4



Boston is simply the best town ever.

LA can have the Olympics, we have something totally way cooler than that - the Boston Biennial!

Friday, November 20, 2015

FAST FORWARD FILM SERIES: Harun Farocki Still Life

Harun Farocki in Germany in April, 2014 with his 12-screen installation, "Workers Leaving the Factory in Eleven Decades." Credit: Carmen Jaspersen/European Pressephoto Agency

Sunday, December 6th, at 3 pm
Historic Northampton
This event is free and open to the public
More info: http://www.historicnorthampton.org/artifacts-of-fixation-dec.html


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Historic Northampton announces Call to Artists for Contemporary Art Program, 2016

Historic Northampton announces
Call to Artists for Contemporary Art Program, 2016.


Historic Northampton, in collaboration with The Northampton Center for the Arts and A.P.E., welcomes proposals from artists to exhibit work inspired by objects from the museum’s permanent collection. This successful program is in its third year, marking Historic Northampton as a destination for art and history lovers alike.
 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Northampton Jazz Workshop features clarinet and sax player Ted Casher

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest clarinet and sax player Ted Casher Tuesday, November 24th 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM at the The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

Friday, November 13, 2015

New Book Features the Whole Book Approach to Reading Picture Books with Children through a Focus on Artwork and Design

New Book Features the Whole Book Approach to Reading Picture Books with Children through a Focus on Artwork and Design


Last week marked the publication of Reading Picture Books with Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See(Charlesbridge Publishing Inc.) by Megan Dowd Lambert, senior lecturer in Children’s Literature at Simmons College. The book shares with teachers, librarians, parents, and other caregivers the Whole Book Approach storytime model that Lambert, a former educator at The Carle, developed in the early days of the Museum. A portion of the proceeds from the book benefits the Museum, which collaborated on the publication of the book.

The Whole Book Approach, which is central to the educational mission that continues to this day at The Carle, focuses on the picture book as a visual art form and invites children to become active participants in making meaning of all they see and hear during a shared reading. The resulting discussions range from the profound to the hilarious, inspiring adults to make children’s responses to text, art, and design an integral part of their own storytimes. This critical engagement with the picture book as an art form helps educators and caregivers to create interactive storytimes that are really facilitated discussions rather than traditional read-aloud times.

In order to ground adults in the picture book as a visual art form, the book includes chapters on design elements such as trim size and orientation, jackets and covers, endpapers, typography, and more. With examples from well-known picture books, readers will discover how a picture book’s design, illustrations, and words work together to tell a story and how incorporating these elements into shared reading enhances a child’s learning and love of reading.

Lambert began laying the foundation for the Whole Book Approach while working as an educator at The Carle and earning her graduate degree in children’s literature at Simmons College. After several years—and after teaching about 25,000 students and 3,000 professionals—Lambert set out to write this book so she could share the approach with an even wider audience. "I wanted to reflect on and value specific moments of insight, delight, wonder, puzzlement, and pleasure that have arisen from the times when I’ve met children in the pages of picture books and have really listened to what they have to say about what they see and hear,” said Lambert.

Lambert will lead a Whole Book Approach storytime at The Carle on Friday November 13 at 10:30 am in the Reading Library. She will also give a talk about the new book on Saturday December 12 at 12:00 pm in the Reading Library at The Carle and explain the philosophy and practice of the Whole Book Approach and ways to implement these techniques into children’s storytime. These events are free with Museum admission. Book signings will follow the programs.

To see Lambert leading a Whole Book Approach storytime at The Carle, view this video at megandowdlambert.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Megan Dowd Lambert is a senior lecturer in children’s literature at Simmons College, where she earned her master’s degree in children’s literature (2002) after completing a B.A. at Smith College (1996). She writes for Kirkus Reviews and the Horn Book Magazine, served on the 2011 Caldecott committee, and worked at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for many years, where she led Whole Book Approach storytimes and trained others in her methods. The mother of six children, Megan lives with her family in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her book, Reading Picture Books with Children is on sale November 3, 2015, with a portion of the proceeds donated to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. To receive a review copy or to arrange an interview with Megan Dowd Lambert, please contact Donna Spurlock at (617) 926-0329, ext. 122, or via email at dspurlock@charlesbridge.com. Further information can be found on Megan’s website at megandowdlambert.com and in regular updates to her blog at megandowdlambert.com/blog and on Twitter @MDowdLambert.

ABOUT CHARLESBRIDGE PUBLISHING, INC.

Charlesbridge Publishing Inc, based out of Watertown, Massachusetts, publishes high-quality books for children, with a goal of creating lifelong readers and lifelong learners. Founded in 1989, their books encourage reading and discovery in the classroom, library, and home. They believe that books for children should offer accurate information, promote a positive worldview, and embrace a child's innate sense of wonder and fun. To this end, they continually strive to seek new voices, new visions, and new directions in children's literature.

ABOUT THE CARLE


The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. Eric Carle and the late Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Since opening, the 43,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 13,000 objects, including 6,600 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and Master’s degree programs in children’s literature with Simmons College. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. Open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website atwww.carlemuseum.org

Monday, November 9, 2015

Northampton Jazz Workshop features trumpeter Ambose Akinmuserie

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest trumpeter Ambose Akinmuserie Tuesday, November 17th 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM at the The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

2 PUBLIC ART OPPORTUNITIES

2 PUBLIC ART OPPORTUNITIES 
The Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, Massachusetts 

CALL TO ARTISTS: REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
DEADLINE: MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2015

A LISTENING PARTY WITH AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE

A  LISTENING PARTY WITH AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE. Rsvp today!



A New Generation of JAZZ musicians - Watch the video! 

Composer and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire (pronounced ah-kin-MOO-sir-ee) cut his jazz teeth playing professionally while still in high school. Inspired by legendary saxophonists Joe Henderson and Steve Coleman, he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and released his first album in 2007. Called “a thrilling trumpeter and astute bandleader [with a] unique spark in his playing” (The New Yorker), Akinmusire has moved to the front ranks of progressive jazzmen, leading his quartet and contributing his burnished tone to projects with the OSSO String Quartet and vocalists Becca Stevens and Theo Bleckmann.
 
GET A SNEAK PEEK! 

Ambrose Akinmusire will be performing at the Northampton Jazz Workshop on Tuesday, November 17. VJN members can meet him at an exclusive LISTENING PARTY on November 17 before his appearance at the Workshop: 5:30 pm, Fairview Inn Lobby, Conz Street, Northampton, MA. Please RSVP by November 12th.
Email yvonne@admin.umass.edu or call 413.545.4161


Ambrose will perform a full concert with his quartet in Bowker Auditorium (UMASS) on November 19th at 7:30 p.m. For tickets visit fineartscenter.com

Shane Koyczan

Shane Koyczan
Plus: Chris Gonzalez
Venue: Iron Horse Music Hall
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 ~ 7:00 PM
Price: Adv: $15.00 - Door: $18.00

Friday, November 6, 2015

Loculus Journal Release Event

A Collective Understanding of Authenticities 

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 6-9pm

Performances at 7:30pm

Eastworks, First Floor (next to the RMV)

116 Pleasant St, Easthampton, MA 01027 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cinema Northampton: The Pink Panther (1963)


The Pink Panther (1963)
Wednesday November 25, 2015
7:00 PM 
Academy of Music Theatre
Free Admission

More info: http://www.cinemanorthampton.org/the-pink-panther/

Healing, Art & Solidarity for Syrians

Friday November 6th, 5:00PM - 9:00PM at Friends Meeting House, 43 Center St, Northampton

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/521193431368493/

A Community event to support Basmeh and Zeitooneh

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Rebecca Parris

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest vocalist Rebecca Parris Tuesday, November 10th 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM at the The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Transformer Box Refresh

Local artist Peter Zierlein painted the Transformer Box on the Pleasant Street/Rail Trail intersection. Watch the video that NCTV created for more info: 


Monday, November 2, 2015

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