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.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pulaski Park Phase 2 Overlook Construction To Begin October 3rd

Pulaski Park Phase 2 Overlook Construction To Begin October 3rd

Mayor David J. Narkewicz announced today that Phase 2 of the city's renovation and expansion of Pulaski Park will begin construction on Monday, October 3, 2016. Phase 2 involves the creation of a new Overlook area at the rear of Pulaski Park. The Overlook will expand the overall size of the city's downtown park by over 25% while greatly improving its connection to the adjacent Roundhouse Parking Lot and New Haven-Northampton Rail Trail through an improved stairway and handicapped accessible switchback path. The project will also make improvements to the area of Pulaski Park behind the Academy of Music Theater.

The City of Northampton awarded the bid for Pulaski Park Phase 2 to MASS-WEST Construction, Inc. of Granby, MA for $965,000. The project is funded through a combination of the city's Community Preservation Act (CPA) dollars and a $400,000 Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Pulaski Park will remain open during the Phase 2 construction, but the rear of the park and a section of the Roundhouse Parking Lot below will be fenced off by the contractor. There will also be a temporary reduction in parking spaces in the Roundhouse Parking Lot during construction, which is projected to be complete by May 2017.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The all new Northampton Film Festival is here

The all new Northampton Film Festival is here.

A team of community organizations and leaders is set to launch the newly designed Northampton Film Festival as a modern experience of media.

In redesigning the Northampton Film Festival, NCTV Executive Director Al Williams of Northampton Community Television, the festival’s new founding organization,  and a dedicated team including Dylan Gaffney, Dave Newland, Jason Mazzotta, Otis Wheeler, and many others have been asking themselves what constitutes an updated version of a curated art experience that many people can now simulate in their own homes. The answer, or the beginning of that answer, is this year’s Northampton Film Festival.

For more information go to and attend the festival in Northampton from September 28th-October 2nd, 2016.

SCDT Upcoming Events

Friday Sept 30, 7:30 PM, MOBILE

with Jorg Muller and Hatchery


Saturday Oct 1, 8 PM, HUT IV

with Jen Nugent/Paul Matteson, Chris Gonzalez and Andrea Pensado.

Visit our website at SCDTNOHO.COM!

Utopia to Paradise?

What: Utopia to Paradise?

Who: Anna VA Polesny, MS, MFA

Where: Historic Northampton. 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA

When: Two More Weeks! Open Until, October 9, 2016

Closing Reception: October 9, five to seven PM-please contact
Anna VA Polesny MS, MFA:

Utopia to Paradise?

Skins of animals have been useful to humankind throughout history. In the Pioneer Valley the indigenous native Pocomtuc tribe used skins for clothing, shelter, spiritual and ceremonial objects. Colonists settling in the region, brought new materials, new constructions, techniques and decorations resulting in the blending of the old Native American world and a fusion of local natural materials with European technology, materials and design.

As part of an ongoing evolution for all, individuals and societies, we continue to be exposed to and influenced by other cultures, styles, ideas, ways of living and newly created materials.

Anna VA Polesny’s artistic expressions examine the possibilities of blending old with discovery and creation of new in the exploration of a variety of leather working techniques, coupled with miniature locally found objects and decorative materials. Through art garments and wall hangings the continuing story of Northampton as influenced by geography and history is told.

Polesny has devoted a lifetime to art creation, education, and advocacy. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and been recognized with grants and awards from the National Endowment and New York State Arts Councils, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council among others. In March to September of 2017 her work will be exhibited at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City in a traveling exhibition called Counter Couture, Establishing Identity In the Counter Culture.

Northampton Print & Book Fair 2016

Free and open to the public, the Northampton Print & Book Fair is a one-day event that takes place at A.P.E. Gallery in downtown Northampton, Massachusetts on Sunday October 2 from 12PM - 6PM. 

Facebook Event: here.

Friday, September 23, 2016


Dee Schneidman
Research Manager

Creative workers are a vital part of our region’s vibrancy, but are often undercounted - and underserved - because of the fluid nature of their work life. You can help change that!

Artists and creative workers of New England are invited to:
Answer questions about your jobs, income, and career priorities
Be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card
Count yourself in ... and encourage creatives in your networks to do the same

The survey is designed to capture the complexity of creative work - please take this opportunity to convey how much you count. Help advocates, service providers, and other stakeholders ensure that creative workers are better served by employment analysis, program planning, and advocacy strategies.

Analysis of your responses will be included in a report on the whole creative sector in New England that will be released in spring, 2017. Thank you!


Collaborative Workspace Program

The Collaborative Workspace Program provides funds to accelerate the pace of new business formation, job creation and entrepreneurial activity in Massachusetts communities, by supporting infrastructure that funds community-based innovation. Eligible collaborative workspace applicants may apply for either Seed Grants for predevelopment and feasibility work, or Fit-out Grants for building improvements and equipment purchases.

Click here to sign up to receive the RFP including program guidelines and application

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Northampton Fire Rescue Open House

Northampton Fire Rescue is holding its annual open house on Saturday, October 8th at Fire Headquarters on Carlon Drive from 10:00 until 2:00 p.m. Please see the attached flyer for more information and feel free to pass it along to friends and family.

The Red Guitar - This Friday at the Shea Theater

John wowed the reviewers and Fringe Festival audiences in Edinburgh, Scotland this past August and he wants to share this latest rendition of The Red Guitar with the people here in the Valley who have supported his work for years.

Please join us for a special musical evening at the Shea Theater this Friday the 23rd. John will also be sharing some of his latest compositions in the second half of the show. For more details go to

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

HUT Fall Season Kickoff at SCDT

HUT Series returns to SCDT to kick off a second season with an evening of contemporary sound, movement and poetry. 

3 artists - 3 disciplines - 3 short sets

Andrea Pensado - Music
Paul Matteson/Jennifer Nugent - Dance
Chris Gonzalez - Poetry 

Saturday October 1st

25 Main Street 4th Floor Northampton, MA 01060

Facebook Event

*Afterparty with DJ and full bar across the street at the brilliant new restaurant/bar/cafe Sevenstrong located at 7 Strong Avenue* 

Andrea Pensado
Andrea Pensado works with sound as a performer, improviser and programmer. She studied in Argentina and Poland where she graduated with honors. She studied composition with Barbara Buczek and Boguslaw Schaeffer and computer music with Marek Choloniewski.
Pensado plays solos and collaborates frequently with other improvisers. Her more stable groups are Phurnne (a trio with Jenifer Gelineau and Stephanie M. Germaine), Los Condenados (with Walter Wright, Jules Vasylenko and Chris Strunk), Bats From Pogo (with Walter Wright) and Sheer Anxiety (with Chris Strunk). She performs extensively across the United States and has been featured on numerous occasions in Europe and South America as well. The performances take place in all sorts of varied venues from regular concert halls to art galleries, clubs, lofts, basements, record stores and "house-shows". She has releases with Zeromoon, Feeding Tube Records, YDLMIER, Hidden Temples, Pan y Rosas, LITL and Ayurvedic Tapes. Since 2010, she runs Sonorium, a quarterly series of experimental music in Salem, MA.
Pensado uses Max as her main programming tool. The voice is constantly interwoven in her music. Occasionally, the combination of the performance situation, the often abrasive sounds, the irrational use of the voice and the inherent uncertainty of improvisations contributes to discoveries of unknown places in her mind.

Paul Matteson/Jennifer Nugent
Paul Matteson and Jennifer Nugent are Bessie award performers and have been collaborating on dances for the last fifteen years. They are currently working on a new evening length duet, Note the Self, with composer Ted Coffey. Paul joined Amherst College and Mount Holyoke College in the fall of 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Dance and is a 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council Award recipient in Choreography. Jenn teaches regularly in NYC and is a teaching artist at Smith College and Amherst College.

Program info:
Note the Self (Excerpt of a work-in-progress)
Choreography & Performance: Jennifer Nugent & Paul Matteson
Sound: Ted Coffey

Chris Gonzalez
Chris Gonzalez is a 23 year old actor,theater maker, musician, poet, and educator raised in Northampton, Massachusetts. Chris has opened for International Slam winners Saul Williams and Shane Koyczan. He has featured at Amherst College's Multi-Cultural Theater Conference, MCLA and Equarox:Give Life to the Arts, and Northampton Arts Trusts "Outside the Box" series. Chris used to co-host Northampton Poetry and currently organizes readings to spotlight local poetic talent. Chris frequently leads poetry workshops for students at Northampton High School, where he also coaches a youth theater education group.

Eclectic Group Makes Up Williston’s Writers’ Workshop Series

EASTHAMPTON, Mass., September 20, 2016 – The four professionals that make up the 2016 Williston Writers’ Workshop Series arrive with divergent backgrounds but share two common threads: an intimate connection to the written word and a successful relationship with the creative process.

This is the 19th year Williston Northampton School has hosted the popular series—conceived by authors Madeleine Blais P ’00, ’04 and Elinor Lipman P ’00—in which writers and creative professionals give a talk during a public forum, then teach a master class to students who have prepared for the visit by studying the presenter’s work. The forums begin at 7 p.m. and are held at various locations on campus. They are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

NATURE PRINTS - Design and Aesthetics in Nature

NATURE PRINTS - Design and Aesthetics in Nature

Leonore Alaniz will be displaying some of her Nature Prints illustrating the attention given to detail which heightens our awareness

The exhibit is free and open from Oct. 1st to Oct. 31st, at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton. Contact # 413-584-3009.

For the joy of leaving impressions on the human mind, the artist inks plant and animal parts, and direct-imprints these with hand or foot pressure onto paper and cloth.

For twenty five years she has documented, and interpreted the vitality of life forms, as her tribute to their existence in the web of life.

Monday, September 19, 2016

CALL FOR ENTRIES | Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition

The Greater Denton Arts Council announces the opening of its 2017 Call for Entries for the 30th Annual Materials: Hard + Soft Contemporary Craft Exhibition. This exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the United States, this year we are thrilled to be partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts to expand this national exhibition to now include international artists. Approximately 70 works will be selected for exhibition by juror JoAnn Edwards, Executive Director of the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, California. Of the works selected, Juror Awards in amounts of $1000, $750, $500, and $250 will be awarded.

Submission deadline for entries is on September 30, 2016. The exhibition itself will be held at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas from February 4, to May 6, 2017. Online submissions and prospectus are available at Inquiries on the competition may be directed to the Arts Council at (940) 381-2787 or

Online submissions and prospectus available at

SUBMISSION DEADLINE | September 30, 2016

2017 EXHIBITION | February 4 – May 6, 2017 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas.

A Weekend with Wes Anderson Film Fest

A Weekend with Wes Anderson Film Fest
September 23rd-Sept 25th

The Northampton Arts Council invites you to a special presentation of three films directed by Wes Anderson starting Friday September 23rd and going through Sunday September 25th at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton. Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou will be projected on the big screen at the recently renovated majestic 19th century theatre, which has the honor of being the oldest municipally owned theater in the United States. “Wes Anderson's mind must be an exciting place for a story idea to be born. It immediately becomes more than a series of events and is transformed into a world with its own rules, in which everything is driven by emotions and desires as convincing as they are magical.” -Roger Ebert

Cinema Northampton presents Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Wednesday September 28th, 2016
7:00 PM
Pulaski Park
Free Admission
More Info:

The all-new Northampton Film Festival launches on Wednesday September 28th with a FREE Cinema Northampton outdoor screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Northampton’s newly renovated Pulaski Park right in the middle of downtown Northampton.

Brought to you in part by the City of Northampton.

Come hang out early and you’ll see Stormtroopers from Vader’s 501st Legion of New England wandering the city, a Star Wars costume contest for area youth with prizes from local businesses, and an adult costume-optional after-party at the secret Rebel Base, Northampton’s The Foundry, where Star Wars-themed beer taps will greet 21+ film fans.

6:00 pm – Youth Star Wars Costume Contest
6:30 pm – Music by the Super 8 Players at Pulaski Park
7:00 pm – Film Starts at Pulaski Park
9:30 pm – 21+ after-party at the Secret Rebel Base (The Foundry)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Julie Schumacher's Dear Committee Members FREE PUBLIC EVENT

The Academy of Music Theatre presents author Julie Schumacher, reading from her 2015 Thurber Prize-winning novel, Dear Committee Members, in a free, public event at the theater on Sunday, October 16th at 2:00 p.m.

End of the Big Show

Sunday, September 18, 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., the Anchor House of Artists will host a symposium on the end-of-life concerns for artists; legacy, probate and emotional reckoning. Are these different for artists than people of other trades. Should all the stuff of a studio career be saved? By who? Who gets to tell the story after the artist is gone. A panel including a celebrity photographer, a sculptor cancer survivor, an octogenarian ceramicist, and an expressive therapist will take up the discussion with the audience.

Location: Anchor House of Artists
Street Address: 518 Pleasant Street, Northampton, Massachusetts

Accessible Ground Floor
Phone: (413) 588-4337

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

America’s Got Talent Top Comedian

America’s Got Talent Top Comedian
Tom Cotter headlining a benefit for North Star Thursday, September 29 at the Academy of Music

Northampton, Massachusetts – An evening of comedy talent at the Academy of Music! America’s Got Talent top comedian, Tom Cotter will headline an evening of comedy to benefit North Star, Thursday, September 29. Tom has taken the comedy scene by storm since finishing as runner-up. He lost to a dog act, but donʼt hold that against him.

Tom was the first comedian ever to be a finalist on AGT and was the highest finishing human that year. Tom’s numerous TV and radio credits include “The Tonight Show,” his very own special, “Comedy Central Presents...Tom Cotter,” “The Howard Stern Show,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” and, Celebrity Host of “Gotham Comedy Live.” Tom was featured at the “Just For Laughs” Festival, the HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival, and headlining “America’s Got Talent Live.”

Tom’s appeal is truly international, being summoned to London to tour and perform on British television. He won The Seattle International Stand-Up Comedy Competition and the Boston Comedy Festival, winning the latter by the largest margin of victory in the history of the event!

Join us for an intimate pre-show champagne reception starting at 6:30 p.m. where Tom will stop in for a quick visit when you purchase a VIP ticket. Award-winning comedian Kerri Louise will open the show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start $25, $35, $50 ($50 for includes VIP seating and pre-show champagne reception).

Grab your friends for a night you don't want to miss! Buy 10 tickets and get one complimentary ticket! Email for the promo code.

Purchase tickets at the Academy of Music Theatre box office or online

Play by Play Readings this Week

Play by Play Readings at A.P.E. this week
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September 15-17 at 7:30 pm.  
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Thursday, Sep. 15: Harley Erdman, CROWSNEST, directed by Sheila Siragusa
Friday, Sep. 16: Mojie Crigler, THE WINKLEMEYERS BET IT ALL, directed by Jennifer Onopa
Saturday, Sep. 17: Eric Henry Sanders, WHERE’S ANNIE?, director TBA

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Faneuil Hall Marketplace Plein Air Paint Out

Faneuil Hall Marketplace in downtown Boston will be hosting our first annual Plein Air Paint Out next weekend: Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18.

The three-day Paint Out invites professional, amateur, and student plein air painters to capture iconic Boston scenes of architecture, markets, crowds, and street performers. Painters are encouraged to use any painting medium over the three days. A final show, group draw, prizes, and two-week exhibition, will offer artists many opportunities to exhibit their work to thousands of daily visitors to the marketplace.

Additional information about the Paint Out can be found on our registration page:

Northampton Jazz Workshop features trumpeter Barry Ries

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest trumpeter Barry Ries Tuesday, September 20th, 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.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Transperformance 26: Labor Party! Recap

Transperformance 26: Labor Party! Photos by: Jan Ruby


Upcoming Events @ 13 Queen

Friday September 16th
----------------------------------- Short Film Premiere - "Born Dead" by Caitlin Driscoll
Thursday September 22nd
Yohuna - - nyc ambient pop duo
Casey Opal - - wmass songwriter
Jenifer Gelineau - - wmass violinist/improvisor
Friday October 1st
Northampton Print & Book Fair pre-party
Short film screenings by:
Maria Molteni  
Meghan Minior
Music TBA Facebook Event

Events @ 8PM
13 King St Northampton, MA
$5-10 sliding scale donation for artists & the space

13 Queen is a media studio and performance space in downtown Northampton

Part of an ongoing not for profit diy events series sponsored in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council

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