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, July 11, 2016

The Candidate is Absent: A Pop-Up Campaign Office

The Candidate is Absent: A Pop-Up Campaign Office launched by the PineCone Finance Reform Party

Exhibition Dates: July 24 – July 30

The Pinecone Finance Reform Party will launch The Candidate’s 2016 presidential campaign with a host of workshops and actions for the people. Workshops will address all aspects of platform-building, including Hands-On Democracy Construction, an Electioneering Ephemera Atelier, Manifesto Writing, and Public Speaking. Participatory Actions will include Listening Lunches with EE Miller, a public performance of I Want A President Who…, and will conclude with an UNconventional victory DANCE party!

Many people feel that the mechanisms of electoral politics are far removed from their own hopes and dreams for themselves and their communities. The Candidate is Absent will function as a base for collecting personal stories and political ideas large and small to create a picture of political possibility outside of the current election system.

Gina Siepel Chief Operational Engineer

Sara Smith , Archivist of Revolution Messaging

Bernadine Mellis , Data Visualization Technician

EE Miller , Action Research and Outreach Director

Public Events:

Listening Lunches - July 26th- 29th 12-1pm

Manifesto Writing - July 26th 7-9pm

Democracy In Design: Enzo Mari Furniture Building - July 27th 2-5pm

Public Speaking - July 27th 7-9pm

Electoral Ephemera Altier - July 28th 5-7pm

Collective Reading “I want a president…” - July 29th 7pm

Unconventional Victory Dance - July 29th 8-10pm

Additional positions and events will be announced at and

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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency and a grant from the Art Angels, through the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

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