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.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

¡SATURDOOZY! An arts focused kids-night-out at STUDIO4

WHAT: ¡SATURDOOZY! An arts focused kids-night-out
WHEN: Saturday October 21st 6-10pm, ages 7+
WHERE: Studio4, 25 Main St, 4th floor, Northampton MA
COST: $30 / 6-8pm $20 [additional siblings half price]


STUDIO4, the vibrant community performance space and arts center located in the heart of Northampton, is launching a packed season of dance, music, film, and theater programs for all ages, and is proud to announce a new monthly event for kids only: SATURDOOZY!—an arts-focused kids' night out. Fun, safe, and supervised, SATURDOOZY! welcomes children ages 7 and up, and will feature a DJ and dancing, plenty of games, ping-pong, arts and crafts, karaoke, face-painting, and a movie, plus pizza and a bevy of fun snacks! Parents can opt for "valet service"—curbside pickup of their children at the end of the night.

SATURDOOZY! will take place on the third Saturday of each month, beginning on OCTOBER 21, from 6-10 PM. Admission is $30 (for 10pm pickup) or $20 (8pm pickup). Additional siblings admitted at half price. Preregistration is recommended, at or by phone: (413)570-4491.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


WHAT: SCDT’s visiting Artist Series Presents Taja Will’s BRUJA // FUGITIVE MAJESTY

WHEN: Friday Oct 27, 8:00pm

WHERE: STUDIO4, 25 Main Street, 4th floor, Northampton MA


RESERVATIONS: or 413 570 4491

THE SCHOOL FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE AND THOUGHT (SCDT) proudly presents BRUJA// FUGITIVE MAGESTY with Minneapolis based- Taja Will. Will, named “One to watch, one to embrace” in Metro Magazine, shares a magical solo about the preservation of identity.

Bruja // Fugitive Majesty is an evening length solo woven from Will’s personal mythology as a queer, transracial adoptee. Bruja, meaning Witch in Spanish explores the archetypal characters of the Queen, Warrior, Lover and Healer. Will has come to know herself as a cultural fugitive, taking on personality as it fits; shape-shifting as way to escape displacement; this is the preservation of identity. BRUJA is supported by the Jerome Foundation and Foundation for Contemporary Arts and premiered in San Francisco at the Joe Goode Annex.

Monday, October 16, 2017

CLICK Music presents Keith Murphy

WHAT: CLICK Music presents Keith Murphy, an evening of traditional songs from Newfoundland and New England
WHERE: CLICK Workspace 9½ Market Street. Northampton, MA
WHEN: Thursday, October 26, 2017. 7:00pm-9:00pm

CLICK Workspace continues its sophomore season of CLICK Music concerts at its 9½ Market Street home in downtown Northampton with an evening of traditional songs from Newfoundland and New England, showcasing material from Keith Murphy’s newest release, Suffer No Loss.

The program includes a mix of songs and ballads from Murphy’s native Newfoundland, as well as his adopted home of New England, where he has lived these last 20 years or so (currently based in the Brattleboro, Vermont, area). In particular, Murphy has revisited some of the most well-known, classic Newfoundland folk songs, songs he grew up with and now reinterprets after years of musical traveling. With simple yet elegant arrangements of traditional songs pared down to just voice and guitar, Murphy brings the focus back to the beauty of these texts. He creates a rich palette of textures using multiple open tunings and rhythmic ideas on the guitar, while also bringing in influences from French Canada, which has long been part of his musical profile. The addition of his mandolin, foot percussion, and chorus songs make for a well-rounded evening of music for lovers of traditional song.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

First Night Northampton 2018

The Northampton Arts Council is delighted to present our city’s 33rd annual New Year's Eve festival of the performing arts on December 31, 2017. This is the first year that the Northampton Arts Council will produce First Night. Arts Council staff are working closely with the Center for the Arts to ensure a smooth transition and to preserve the community’s New Year’s Eve tradition.

First Night Northampton continues to be a special opportunity to celebrate the cultural vibrancy of our community while sharing time with friends, neighbors and visitors. Because the event falls on a Sunday this year, it’s poised to be the centerpiece of a long holiday weekend, drawing enthusiastic crowds to the venues and streets of downtown Northampton. A First Night button—available at various locations throughout the Pioneer Valley and online—is your ticket to each performance at every venue, day and night. The Northampton Arts Council and their partners at PeoplesBank invite you to take part in this alcohol-free, family-friendly event. All are welcome.

As always, a spectacular display of fireworks can be witnessed at 6:15 p.m., visible from the heart of the city. As midnight approaches, revelers will gather outside the Hotel Northampton for a unique “ball-raising.”

First Night depends upon the support of our most important partner: the city of Northampton. The offices of the Mayor and Central Services along with police, fire, public works, and licensing departments are critical to its success. We also rely on the generosity of performance venues throughout the city and button-sales locations throughout the Valley. In the end, we benefit from the assistance of over 100 volunteers, who make a logistically complex operation run smoothly.

The Northampton Arts Council produces innovative arts programming, provides direct aid to artists/arts organizations/schools for arts enrichment, and conducts educational outreach to the community. Events that make Northampton great, like the Summer Concert Series, Transperformance, RETROFAIRE, Silver Chord Bowl, and KidsBestFest, rely on community support. Attending these events not only makes our community great, but it helps to support the the Northampton Arts Council’s mission of working to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton.

For the First Night 2018 Schedule (coming soon), to purchase buttons (coming soon), and for more information about sponsorship please visit: FIRSTNIGHTNORTHAMPTON.ORG

Thursday, October 5, 2017

2017 Municipal Flu Clinic Provided by The City of Northampton Health Department

WHAT: 2017 Municipal Flu Clinic Provided by The City of Northampton Health Department
WHEN: Thursday, October 12th 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
WHERE: Municipal BuildingCouncil Chambers, 212 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060

The flu vaccine is free to those who attend but please bring your insurance card or fill out and bring the attached insurance form so we may bill your insurance for administrative costs. This helps us to help subsidize the vaccine program.

Each year in the United States, on average, 5-20% of the population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications. The Center for Disease Control recommends everyone 6 months and older should receive the flu vaccination. You must be 19 years old or older to receive the vaccine at this clinic.

Please contact Public Health Nurse, Jennifer Meyer, RN if you have any questions. or 413-587-1216

2017 Visual Arts and Poetry Biennial: A Juried Exhibition at Hosmer Gallery

Image by Priya Green

October 3rd - 28th, 2017
Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA
Hosmer Gallery Hours: Mon/Wed 9am to 9pm, Tue/Thu 1pm to 5pm, Fri/Sat 9am to 5pm

The Northampton Arts Council is proud to announce the 2017 Northampton Biennial. This is the second Northampton Biennial to include both poetry and visual arts.

Our opening celebration will take place in conjunction with Arts Night Out at Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library on Friday, October 13th, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

For the 2017 Biennial, the Northampton Arts Council asked artists and writers who live and work in Western Massachusetts to submit their best work created in the past two years which most closely represents their personal artistic vision.

This is Japan by Photographer Chester Michalik at A.P.E

WHAT: Photographs by Chester Michalik
WHEN: October 6 -29, 2017
Artist Reception: Friday, Oct.13 5-8 pm
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery. 126 Main St, Northampton, MA

Anyone who spends a good amount of time in Japan is inevitably asked: why Japan? What do you see in Japan? The more time spent the more difficult it is to provide quick or simple answers.

Photographer Chester Michalik has been going to Japan regularly for close to thirty years, as teacher, artist, researcher and observer, and his work reflects his deep interest and insights into ‘what is Japan’. With its many temples and shrines, beautiful scenery, and odd combination of old and new, east and west, Japan has long been considered a photographer’s paradise. It often presents a palimpsest of images, confusing at times, but revealing to the discerning eye that can capture the order (and disorder) of everyday life. As reflected in his photographs, Chester has visited cities, towns, and countryside throughout Japan, with the greater part of his time spent in the Kansai region of Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe. Some of the sites of his photographs—a building, temple or shop—are identifiable; others could be anywhere in Japan. He finds his subjects by walking the streets and alleyways of cities and towns, its commercial centers and small neighborhoods, observant of the everyday life that Japanese often take for granted. What is Japan to Chester Michalik? The pictures tell the story.

For more information on Chester Michalik, go to

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Albatross by Matthew Spangler & Benjamin Evett at Academy of Music

WHAT: ALBATROSS by Matthew Spangler & Benjamin Evett
WHEN: October 14, 2017. 7:30pm
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA

The Ancient Mariner is doomed for eternity to retell his harrowing story of an old ship, a voyage to the bottom of the world, and a mystical seabird.

It’s a rollicking sea yarn, a fascinating character study, a celebration of storytelling, and a spiritual odyssey into the interconnectedness of all living things.

"In the midst of Coleridge’s strange and haunting storytelling is an extraordinary performance by Ben Evett, enhanced by a deceptively simple set by Cristina Todesco and a series of projections, including maps, that provide a concrete sense of place, and then an illusory suggestion of emotion." ~The Boston Globe



credit: Fafnir Adamites, grant recipient for exhibition "Suspended Echos"

The Northampton Arts Council has set an October 16 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support arts activities in the community.

According to Council spokesperson George Myers, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Northampton -- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.
The Northampton Arts Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

In Fall 2016 the Northampton Arts Council awarded 27 grants totaling $11,650 in support of a variety of projects from funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s LCC program. The caliber of applications in 2016 were outstanding, and we were unable to fund many worthy projects. The Arts Council received 55 requests for almost $58,828 of funding. Grants were awarded in the following categories: Dance, Film/Video, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.
A list of past grant recipients can be found
For local guidelines and complete information visit our website If you have questions please contact the Northampton Arts Council, contact Brian Foote or George Myers: Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

Monday, October 2, 2017

28th Annual Children's Illustration Celebration

WHAT: 28th Annual Children's Illustration Celebration
WHERE: R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main St, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
WHEN: Sunday, November 12th from 4-6 pm

It's finally here! R. Michelson Galleries invites you to join us for the 28th Annual Children's Illustration Celebration! Come meet some of your favorite Illustrators and Authors as we celebrate one of our favorite traditions!

The Eric Carle Museum will be here selling books and authors and illustrators will be ready to sign those purchased at the event.

All ages are welcome. See you at the Opening Reception- Sunday, November 12th from 4-6 pm!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Brooklyn Youth Chorus + Young@Heart = Mash Up V

Young@Heart + Brooklyn Youth Chorus + Singers from the Y@H Prison Project
WHEN: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 3PM
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060
or call 413-584-9032 x105

Performing with Y@H will be the renowned Brooklyn Youth Chorus, a nationally recognized collective of young singers and vocal ensembles, now in their 25th year, re-envisioning choral music through artistic innovation, collaboration, and their distinctively beautiful sound.

"The sheer beauty of their singing was captivating..."
-The New York Times

With an incredibly versatile range and repertoire, Brooklyn Youth Chorus combines intensive voice training and music study with performance experiences from Carnegie Hall to the Barbican Theatre. Their artistic excellence has made them the go-to chorus for leading New York orchestras, recording artists, and arts presenters. Founded in 1992, BYC's after-school program encompasses over 600 students in multi-level training divisions and advanced performing ensembles. Joining Young@Heart on-stage will be BYC's premier Men's Ensemble.

"A consistently bold organization that regularly commissions works from composers representing an unusually broad stylistic range." -The New York Times

Monday, September 25, 2017

Departure Reading Series #4 at Pulaski Park

WHAT: Departure Reading Series #4
WHEN: Saturday, September 30 at 7 PM - 10 PM
WHERE: Pulaski Park Northampton, MA

The next Departure Reading arrives on September 30th. Come to witness the writerly stylings of:

Dan Chelotti
Shana Bulhan Haydock
Alex Raz
John Sieracki

Bring a few $$ for the Prison Birth Project.

Also, bring a candle to light the night if you'd like.

This event is generously supported by the Northampton Arts Council

The 23rd Annual Paradise City Arts Festival

WHAT: Paradise City Arts Festival
WHERE:  3 County Fairgrounds 54 Old Ferry Rd., Northampton, MA
WHEN: October 7, 8 & 9, 2017
Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm
Monday, 10am-4pm

Come October, Northampton’s Paradise City Arts Festival is New England’s cultural, creative, culinary and leaf-peeping destination.

Meet 250 outstanding artists and master craft makers traveling from 25 states to show and sell original works in ceramics, painting, decorative fiber, art glass, furniture, jewelry, metal, mixed media, photography, sculpture, wearable art and woodworking.

The 23rd Annual Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton, Massachusetts is an experience like no other – beautiful, unique, festive and fun. This sprawling, thrilling showcase for the arts features three airy new Exhibition Buildings filled with visual art and design, plus cuisine by Northampton’s best chefs under the 12,000 square-foot Festival Dining Tent, live music, craft demonstrations and workshops, themed exhibits, a benefit silent auction and the new Sculpture Promenade.

This award-winning event offers the chance to see the remarkable work and hear the stories of 250 extraordinary artists from every corner of America. Over 10,000 attendees, many traveling long distances, visit the flagship show held during the peak of New England’s fall foliage season. AmericanStyle Magazine named Paradise City the “#1 Arts Festival in America” in 2008 – and one of the top five in the country for eight years running – calling the event “truly innovative”.

For over 23 years, Paradise City’s guest books have recorded names, addresses and comments by visitors from all 50 states and five continents. A sampling from the last show:
“Incredible variety of artistry here, and so wonderful talking with artists about their work. Like being at a museum except you get to take some art home.”
“We drive an hour and a half one way to attend this show, and it’s definitely worth the trip. Seeing the scope of creativity is amazing, and we go home all revved up.”
“I must say that we were really impressed by the new buildings the show is in. There is more room for the attendees, the atmosphere is bright and airy, and the vibe is really friendly and relaxed. The art at the show had terrific selection and depth. Kudos to Paradise City!” 

Pedal People 15th Anniversary Party


WHEN: Sunday, October 1st, 1:00pm-4:00pm 
WHERE: Veterans Field 88 West St., Northampton, MA

Come celebrate 15 years of worker-owned, human-powered bicycle hauling and delivery
services in Northampton. All are welcome!

* 1:00 Pizza, Art & Activities
* 2:00 Singing of the Pedal People Anthem
Speakers & Stories (Share your favorite Pedal People story!)
Anniversary Logo Presentation & Award
* 2:30 Cycle Circus! Car Piñata!
* 3:00-4:00 More art/activities, including silkscreening t-shirts w/
anniversary logo

Groundbreaking Celebration for Smith College's new Neilson Library

Join faculty, students and staff, along with members of the local community, to celebrate this milestone moment in Smith's history.

What: Groundbreaking Celebration for Smith College's new Neilson Library
When: Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:30 p.m.
Where: Seelye Lawn, Smith College

Featured Speakers:
Maya Lin, architectural designer
Kathleen McCartney, president
Deborah L. Duncan '77, chair, board of trustees
Katherine Rowe, provost and dean of the faculty

A reception with light refreshments will follow.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

STUDIO4 presents HUT XI

WHERE: STUDIO4 / 25 Main St. Suite 444 Northampton, MA.

STUDIO4, the vibrant performance space and arts center located in the heart of Northampton, is proud to announce the third season of HUT—the interdisciplinary performance series co- curated by SCDT Director Jennifer Polins, sound artist Jake Meginsky, and writer Chelsea Hogue. As part of STUDIO4’s new season packed with performance art, HUT showcases three artists in three short sets, in an evening of music, dance, and poetry. HUT has so far presented a wide range of internationally recognized contemporary artists including Bill Nace, Jason Lesceleet, Andrea Pensado, Paul Matteson, Jennifer Nugent, Matt Krefting, Vic Rawlings, Laura Warman, and Chris Corsano, among many others.

The series resumes with HUT XI on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 at 8PM, and features acclaimed violinist SAMARA LUBELSKI, contemporary novelist and essayist CAROLE MASO, and nationally recognized dance-maker DANTE BROWN.

Friday, September 22, 2017

7th Annual Pedal Poker Run

WHAT: Bike for Community 7th Annual Pedal Poker Ride
WHEN: Sunday October 1st 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
WHERE: Look Park - 300 N Main St, Florence, MA 

7th Annual Pedal Poker Ride
Presented by Valley Community Development
Grand Prize - $500 Martha's Vineyard Getaway!

45-mile Orchard Ride
25-mile Vineyard Ride
10-mile Bike Path Ride
Register Here!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Botanical Illustration & Water Color Painting classes with Jan Ruby-Crystal

Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw flowers or paint landscapes? If so, please sign up for one of our Fall courses or pass this message on to someone who may be interested. Thank you so much!

Botanical Illustration Series
Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road Easthampton, MA

Jan Ruby-Crystal - Professor of Art and Design
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
Using graphite pencils, technical pens, and watercolors, learn how to create botanical illustrations of plants, trees, and flowers. Instruction begins with line and tonal drawing before moving on to various watercolor techniques. Subjects will be selected from the plant life that thrives at Arcadia. We will learn to identify and illustrate important key features, such as leaf, tree, and flower types. Color studies, exercises, and composition will be practiced throughout the course. We will also dissect a flower, learn the parts, and create a complete color study guide .

Class dates and times:
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon, Oct 16, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon, Oct 23, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon, Nov 06, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Instructions and Directions:
All materials included in fee
Registration is required.
Register online or call 413-584-3009 to register by phone.
Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.
For more information, contact:
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary
127 Combs Road
Easthampton, MA 01027

CLICK Music announces second season of concerts at CLICK Workspace

CLICK Music announces second season of concerts at CLICK Workspace

After a successful inaugural series in early 2017, CLICK Workspace will kick off its second CLICK Music season at its 9½ Market Street home in downtown Northampton with three performances this fall. The concert series has drawn crowds to CLICK’s intimate performance space for up-close experiences with local artists who are given free reign to experiment with their music making, and this tradition will continue in the 2017-2018 season.

First up is the Pamela Means Band on Thursday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. CLICK Workspace - 9 1/2 MARKET STREET, NORTHAMPTON, MA

The band is comprised of Pamela Means (guitar, vocal), Cinamon Blair (bass, vocal), and Iréne 'I-Shea' Shaikly (percussion, vocal). A longtime Pioneer Valley resident, Means views her music as both an artistic and political outlet — to her, the two are interwoven in the fabric of her lyrics and intricate guitar work. Her songs, although sometimes musing on softer matters of the heart, are often rallying cries for justice and racial equality. “I want to use my platform with purpose and produce art with substance,” she says. “Socio-politically, it’s a turbulent time and all the more important to use one’s voice.”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"The Neural Architecture Sees Itself in Patterns” Paintings by John Aiken

"The Neural Architecture Sees Itself in Patterns”
Paintings by John Aiken
September 6-29, 2107
A.P.E Gallery - 126 Main Street Northampton, MA

John has been working since 2011 with no formal instruction. He attempts, in this series, to allow the patterns of the neural architecture to see themselves. Creating this work has been a reparative process. He hopes that people viewing the work see that humanity is more than its destructive capacities. He does not use a computer, but works intuitively and by hand with ink and liquid acrylic to create these geometric abstractions.

John is a New Hampshire native and a retired cabinetmaker.

Serious Play's Perspectives Through Performance

Serious Play's PERSPECTIVES THROUGH PERFORMANCE initiative, debuting this Fall, offers new work from "across the pond."

OCT 21, 22 & 23 (8pm) at A.P.E.Gallery, Serious Play presents a staged reading of British playwright Caryl Churchill's LOVE & INFORMATION, with Natalie Djondo, Kermit Dunkelberg, Lisa Enzer, Nanette Mendieta, David Regan, Patrick Ryan, and Linda Tardif, directed by Sheryl Stoodley.

DIRECT FROM THE EDINBURGH FRINGE, Mairi Campbell and PULSE, her inspiring original theatre-music piece, DEC 1 and 2 (8pm) SHEA THEATER, Turners Falls. We connected with Mairi last summer at the Fringe Festival in Scotland when we presented JohnSheldon's THE RED GUITAR to 5-star reviews. Now we are bringing this talented Edinburgh actress and her viola to the Valley to perform her story and to collaborate with John Sheldon towards developing a new theatre work.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Love Poems to my Parents Dance Performance

WHAT: Love Poems to my Parents Dance Performance, an immersion into the musical heritage of a bicultural family. 
WHERE: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (Studio 4) 25 Main Street, 4th Floor. Northampton, MA 
WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 8:00pm
Sunday, September 24, 4:00pm

​Performed and choreographed by Michelle Marroquin
Live music by Tony Silva, Zoe Darrow and Pan Morigan

Tickets $15, ($10 students) and at

SCDT’s International Artist Series Presents Massimiliano Balduzzi

SCDT’s International Artist Series
Massimiliano Balduzzi
DOIEB SI TAU, language for a requiem

THE SCHOOL FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE AND THOUGHT (SCDT)proudly presents DOIEB SI TAU with Italy’s Massimiliano Balduzzi,, an internationally renowned vocalist and performance artist- one night only! Fresh from New York City, Balduzzi brings us DOIEB SI TAU, Language for a requiem, a 45 minute performance that combines theater, dance and voice work.

When: Saturday, September 30, 8:00pm
Where: STUDIO4, 25 Main Street, 4th floor, Northampton MA
How much: $10
Reservations: or 413 570 4491

DOIEB SI TAU, language for a requiem is a study on loss and transformation. A lone performer pushes language and character to their breaking point, crafting a ritual of willful separation. This work is a mourning of what is lost in the moment of becoming. Applying his on going investigation of invented language and song, the solo explores the human voice as a medium uniquely able to recount the life of the body.

Balduzzi will offer a workshop to theater dance and voice students on SUNDAY OCTOBER 1, 2-5 PM at STUDIO4.

ROOTS TO RESISTANCE: Resistance Love and Gratitude Party

WHAT: ROOTS TO RESISTANCE - Resistance Love and Gratitude Party
WHEN: Saturday September 23rd 2-5PM 
WHERE: Florence Civic Center, 90 Parks Street Florence Massachusetts.

*Local Art and Activism Project, Roots To Resistance holds a grand celebration to honor the 12 Women Activists it portrays and the Western Mass Community that has supported the project from the beginning, as it completes the final Portrait of slain Honduran Environmentalist Berta Cáceres!

*All 12 of the eight foot high Roots To Resistance Portraits will be displayed together for the first time, as well as all 12 of the Postcard Campaigns and Street Posters created to amplify the amazing voices of these Earthshaking Women.

*The Celebration will be catered by Roots To Resistance with Beet Relishes, Caponata Platters and Tomatillo Jams from the Gardens and Farms of Western Mass! Much Food, Drink and Merriment will abound!

The all new Northampton Film Festival returns

The all new Northampton Film Festival returns.

A team of community organizations and leaders continues to evolve the Northampton Film Festival as a modern experience of media.
For more information go to and attend the festival in Northampton from September 27th-October 1st, 2017.​

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A team of dedicated community members, led by Northampton Community Television (NCTV), who began the process of rethinking the Northampton Film Festival (NFF) last year, once again offers up a broad palette of moving image offerings, from the local to the international, and guides attendees to experiences in art and technology largely unavailable elsewhere in the Valley.

In what has become a tradition, the festival launches on Wednesday September 27th at 7:00pm with a free public screenings of the newest installation of Star Wars - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, outdoors, downtown in Pulaski Park and caps with the 200+ person public art project Crowdsourced Cinema and its remake of Back to the Future on Sunday, October 1st at 7:30 pm at the Academy of Music. “The goals of the festival reflect the goals of our organization.” said Al Williams, Director of NCTV, “We want to make the festival as accessible as possible, to represent a diversity of expressive forms, to build community, and to encourage the audience to create as well as experience.”

This year’s festival includes features like Lucky, the spiritual journey of a 90 year old atheist featuring David Lynch, and Do Not Resist, an urgent documentary that explores the militarization of local police departments, in their tactics, training, and acquisition of equipment since 9/11. Birdboy is an animated Spanish feature, adapted from Alberto Vazquez's graphic novel, offers a complex tonal and conceptual mix of a type that’s not for children. Brimstone & Glory is a documentary about “ annual National Pyrotechnics Festival so giddily cinematic that the medium itself practically seems to roll over and wag tail in approval.” (Variety)

Northampton African Dance Workshops

WHAT: Northampton African Dance Workshops
WHEN: Saturday September 23rd, 1pm-5:30pm
WHERE: Northampton Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA.

The Northampton African Dance Community, in partnership with The Northampton Center for the Arts, is pleased to announce its second annual event, a Workshop Series with two master West African dancers. Khady Malal Badji from Senegal and Yalani Bangoura from Guinea will each teach a two-hour dance workshop on Saturday September 23rd. Both workshops will be accompanied by live drumming.

Khady Malal Badji is the choreographer for the premier dance company, Bakalama, in Dakar, Senegal. She is a remarkably versatile artist who has taught intensive workshops across many dance genres, including African, jazz, modern, and hip hop dance; Capoeira; choreography, contact improvisation, theater and voice. She has performed at festivals in Senegal, such as the International Festival of Arts and Culture (FESNAC), and internationally, in such countries as Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Kuwait, and throughout the U.S. When she visited the U.S. last summer, teaching in San Francisco, Chicago, Northampton, and Brattleboro, she attracted crowds who were taken by her vibrant teaching and graceful movements.

Yalani Bangoura is a master dancer, performer, choreographer,
acrobat, and teacher of dances from Guinea in West Africa. He is also known for his exciting hip-hop dance. Yalani is currently a member of the award- winning West African Dance and Drum Company, Les Merveilles de Guinea. Yalani has toured with Les Merveilles since 1995 in the United States and Europe as well as in Mali, Guinea, Senegal, and the Ivory Coast. He moved to New York in 1998. He continues to perform with Les Merveilles as well as with Bamidele Dancers and Drummers, Sankofa, and Rhythmic Response. He serves as a master artist in residence with several of these dance companies.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Northampton Print & Book Fair 2017

WHAT: Northampton Print & Book Fair
WHEN: Sunday, October 1st 12PM - 6PM
WHERE: 126 Main St. Northampton, MA.

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.

The NPBF is a curated event established to promote contemporary prints and publications, celebrating local talent while bringing regional artists and publishers to our community. Artists, publishers, labels, editors, and distros are invited to display and sell their work—including zines, artists’ books, chapbooks, minicomics, screenprints, letterpress prints, photographs, shirts, records, tapes, and more.

This event is sponsored in part by the Northampton Arts Council and co-produced by Fugitive Arts.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Upcoming Group Sings

WHAT: Upcoming Group Sings (the FIRST Weds of Sept & Nov):
WHEN: September 6th 7-9pm
WHERE: Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St, Northampton, MA
with the A-E-I-O-Ukes, FREE & FUN!

***There's no group sing in October.***

November 8th  5-7pm
Brew Practitioners, 36 Main St, Florence, MA
with F. Alex Johnson on guitar

Group Sing is funded in part by the Northampton Arts Council and Senior Services.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Pollinate at School for Contemporary Dance and Thought

WHAT: Pollinate
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 1st, 2017, 9pm – midnight
WHERE: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought - 25 Main St, 4th Floor. Northampton, MA
Entrance: $15 - $25
(students $10 w/ID)

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Join us as we carry the momentum of the final summer days of dancing and being with each other in community. Pollinate is sure to keep sizzling!!!

Opening Set with renowned Cellist

resident DJ: Hip Sockit (Brando)
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& Nikos
Resident DJ for Infusion

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

RETROFAIRE Open-Air Market 2017


The Northampton Arts Council presents the fourth annual RETROFAIRE, an open-air market featuring a bounty of vintage fashion, unique reclaimed and re-purposed jewelry & design, as well as hard-to find music gear and vinyl records to be held on Saturday September 9th.

RETROFAIRE will be held in the space between Thorne’s Market and the Northampton Parking garage. All proceeds benefit the Northampton Arts Council’s BJ Goodwin Fund. A grant designed to provide direct assistance to a Northampton-based artist, writer or arts organization in recognition of exceptional work and to support the further development of artistic talents.

Our vendors include Tiny Anvil, Vintage Steele, Spin That! Records, Rambling Sam & Sons, Vapour City Vintage & more. Why not spend a day supporting art, buying art and wearing art, all while listening to great music and enjoying the savory smell of fine foods wafting in the background. Come to RETROFAIRE and enjoy the search for quality items that will impress your friends of every generation.

When: Saturday September 9, 2017. 10:30am-6:00pm
Where: Armory Street Parking Lot, 1 Kirkland Avenue. Behind Thorne’s Market and the Northampton Parking garage.
How Much: Free & Open to the Public. (Bring Cash for Vendors)

DJ Lineup:
10am-11am- George Myers

11am-noon- DJ Cashman

noon-1pm- Matt Krefting
1pm-2pm- Lindsey Musielak
2pm-3pm- I-Ganic Soundsystem
3pm-4pm- Meghan Minior
4pm-5pm - Peace & Rhythm
5pm-6pm - DJ Rec


Shadow Puppetry in Pulaski Park with The Brothers Čampur

What: The Brothers Čampur: An Evening of Indonesian Shadow Puppet Theater
When: Friday, September 8, 2017, 7pm
Where: Pulaski Park, Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

The Northampton Arts Council welcomes The Brothers Čampur to the stage for an evening of Wayang Kulit, in the park. Wayang Kulit is a form of traditional shadow-puppetry from Bali, Indonesia that brings together elements from the island’s rich cultural traditions: Hindu epics, complex music, leather carving, ritual, movement, and slap-stick comedy.

Since 2012, The Brothers Čampur—puppeteers Putu Rekayasa and Panji Wilimantara, theatre artist Sam Jay Gold, and ethnomusicologist Ian Coss—have presented this dynamic art form to audiences in both Indonesia and the United States. They are thrilled to share their newest show under the stars in Downtown Northampton Pulaski Park for one night only. Witness heroes rescue loved ones, clowns fight demons, and Gods crack jokes about Twitter and Instagram — all from the shadows.

More info about The Brothers Čampur

On View at City Hall: Kristi Beisecker Solo Show

On View at City Hall: Kristi Beisecker Solo Show

Arts Night Out Opening Reception: September 8, 2017 4:30–6:30 PM
Show runs: Sept  8, 2017 – October 10, 2017

City Hall Gallery
Second Floor – City Hall
210 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Gallery Hours: MondayFriday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Local and internationally recognized photographer - Kristi Beisecker, has completed a 10 piece body of black and white kirlian photography, most commonly known as aura photography or electrography - this work is meant to depict energy within plant and organic material when it comes into contact with electricity. The photographs actually depict the water networks - or the xylem - of organic materials and show a display of enigmatic current that spreads throughout the objects. Inspired by science and botany, Kristi names her pieces after the materials used. The images in this portfolio are reminiscent of botanical illustrations.

This body of work is award-winning and holds the Award of Excellence from the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts through VSA, acknowledged in an "under25" exhibition at the Romanian Institute for Culture and Humanistic Research in Venice, Italy through the Arte Laguna Prize, as well as Honored through the International Photography Awards. Through this artistic journey, Kristi has brought her process to Canada and Italy on residency, producing on-site images as a reflection of the region.

This exhibition features multiple 18x24" images in 22x26" frames, all encompassing similar characteristics creating a comprehensive and cohesive body of work.

The first annual Northampton Arts Council Artists’ Reception

Flyer by Anya Klepacki

The first annual Northampton Arts Council Artists’ Reception will be held September 8th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm to coincide with September’s Arts Night Out. It will be held at the Center for the Arts’ space in the new Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street, which will have just opened to the public. The Arts Trust board will be giving tours of the building.

This new annual event is meant to celebrate Northampton Arts Council grant recipients, past and present. “Most of Northampton has no idea how many amazing artists and projects we as a community support,” says current board chairman George William Myers. “Even active members of our arts community do not see the breadth of what we do.”

The event will be a chance for the Arts Council board to meet all the current grant recipients, and for these grantees to meet many from past grant rounds, spring and fall. In addition, new grant applicants for this fall will be encouraged to attend, to learn how successful applicants and projects are wrought. “The evening is meant to bring all the disparate parts of our amazing arts community together in one room to celebrate one another and our city,” says Myers.

There will be a poetry reading by Northampton Poet Laureate Amy Dryansky, grantee Ben Hersey, and local poet Emily Hunerwadel. Music performances by Mibble, Vanelectro and Anjali Rose Kumar. Images from art shows, performances, and other arts projects funded by the Arts Council will run on multiple screens while music, food, and drink are served.

Perhaps most significantly, it will be the perfect opportunity for confused citizens to straighten out the differences, hopefully once and for all, between the Art's Council, the Arts Trust, and the Center for the Arts.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wayne’s World | August 30th | 7:30 PM | Pulaski Park | PG-13 | 1h 34min

Wayne's World

Cinema Northampton presents:
Wayne’s World | Wednesday August 30th | 7:30 PM | Pulaski Park | PG-13 | 1h 34minParents Guide

  • We encourage you to bring drinks, snacks, bugspray, flashlights, and blankets to these free outdoor screenings.
Lawn chairs are allowed but must be set up towards the back and not block anyone's view.
The rain date for each screening is always one week after - the following Wednesday.
If a screening is cancelled due to rain we will update our Facebook page. You do not need an account to view these updates. This website may not be udated regarding postponements.
There are links to parental guides for each film on this website. The guides describe content that may be inappropriate for children.
Closed captioning will be on.
Screening times are based on when the sun sets.
Brought to you by:
Northampton Community Television
Forbes Library
Northampton Arts Council
Northampton Parks & Recreation

Friday, August 25, 2017

Eclipse Glasses to be Collected for Reuse

125 Locust Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Fax 413-587-1576

Eclipse Glasses to be Collected for Reuse

The City of Northampton will collect eclipse viewing glasses through September 15, 2017 for reuse. Drop off locations are at Northampton City Hall, 210 Main Street, and at the Northampton Department of Public Works (DPW), 125 Locust Street.

Pioneer Valley residents are encouraged to bring their usable eclipse viewing glasses to City Hall or to the DPW. Transfer Station permit holders may also drop them off at the Glendale Road Transfer Station on Wednesdays from 8:00am – Noon and on Saturdays from 7:00am – Noon, or at the Locust Street Transfer Station, Mondaythrough Saturday 7:00am – 4:00pm. Collected glasses will be donated to Astronomers Without Borders, which will arrange for them to be reused in South America and parts of Asia, both of which are anticipating eclipse events in 2019.

Glasses that are torn, scratched, or are otherwise rendered unusable can be recycled by removing and discarding the dark lenses and recycling the paper-board portion.

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