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, March 30, 2017

Erring Star Theatre Company presents Emily Atkinson’s 'Act of Contrition'

Erring Star Theatre Company presents Emily Atkinson’s 'Act of Contrition'

Production Dates: April 7 2017—April 8 2017
Opening Night: April 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm

Event: Act of Contrition by Emily Atkinson Directed by Emily Atkinson
When: April 7-8, 2017 at 7:30, House opens at 7:15, There will be one fifteen-minute intermission.
Venue: Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College, Northampton MA 01063

Erring Star Theatre Company embarks on its first production for a developmental staging of Emily Atkinson’s Act of Contrition, 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. It is 1593, and Kit Marlowe--playmaker, poet, spy--is dead. So what is he doing in what looks like Will Shakespeare's bedroom? This is a story about love, about grief, about repentance; about what it means to sell your soul before you know it's real; about memory, creation, poetry and forgiveness in the midst of a world dictated by fear, lies, and harsh politics. Combining sharp wit and an ironic sensibility with an evocative portrait of loss and desire, Atkinson’s production, as much a love story as a spy story, enthralls the audience in the vivid, dangerous world of Elizabethan England, in all its violence and brutal glory. 

UMASS MFA Visiting Writers Series presents Edie Meidav

UMASS MFA Visiting Writers Series presents Edie MeidavREADING: Thursday, April 6, 2017 8 PM
Memorial Hall, 
UMASS Amherst
Free & Open to the Public

Called "an American original" by the Daily Beast, Edie Meidav is the author of Kingdom of the Young (Sarabande, 2017), a collection of stories with a nonfiction coda, as well as three novels, most recently Lola, California (FSG) and Crawl Space (FSG). Of Kingdom of the Young author Paul La Farge said, “These stories are dazzling, full of knowledge of the world and of the heart, and written with the pluck and thrum of a flamenco guitarist. Meidav draws you into world after world; she makes you want to sit by your window and listen all night.”  

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at Williston Theater

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ at Williston Theater
April 27 to 29, and May 4 to 6 at 7:30 p.m

Peter and the Starcatcher unfolds the origin story of Peter Pan, and in doing so, invites theater-goers to join a heroic journey. The Williston Northampton School’s theater program presents the play April 27 to 29, and May 4 to 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at and go on sale on April 1. They cost $10 general admission and $7 for students and seniors.

The young adult book on which this play is based was co-written by humorist Dave Barry, and the play offers contemporary jokes and is told in a tongue-in-cheek style, said Williston Theater Director Emily Ditkovski. The Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher was nominated for a Tony award for best play in 2016.

Botanical Illustration 2 at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Botanical Illustration 2
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd. Easthampton
Instructor: Jan Ruby-Crystal - Professor of Art and Design

Put your botanical illustration skills to use with experiences drawing spring flowers and landscapes. Students will expand their knowledge with additional skills and techniques in drawing and composing.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

CLICK Workspace “Feed the Soul” Benefit for Northampton Survival Center

CLICK Workspace celebrates anniversary with “Feed the Soul” benefit for the Northampton Survival Center

Last April, CLICK Workspace moved its coworking community from an office suite in Hampton Court to its new multi-story home at 9 1/2 Market Street in Northampton. In that freshly renovated space, CLICK has greatly expanded its services to the community, offering meeting and event spaces, membership plans for local organizations, and cultural events. Now CLICK is celebrating the first anniversary in its long-term home by giving back to the community.

On Thursday, April 13 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., CLICK will host "Feed the Soul," a private art opening featuring original paintings by artist Pam Carter, the proceeds of which will benefit the Northampton Survival Center.

Northampton High School Theater presents Tears of Laughter

Tears of Laughter: Comedy meets Tragedy!
One Show Only: Thursday, March 30 at 7:00 PM

A celebration of the Friends of NHS Theater. Northampton High School Theater marries comedy to tragedy as improv troupe Funktionlust joins award­ winning Anti(gone) to celebrate our new support group, Friends of NHS Theater (FONHST).

Founded under the auspices of the NHS PTO, FONHST will help fundraise, support and promote theater arts at NHS. The group was formed in response to the program’s need for adult partners in its ambitious projects, and the intensifying challenge of meeting the bottom line at a time when both arts and education funding is, literally, under attack.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Young@Heart 35th Anniversary Show

Young@Heart 35th Anniversary Show
Friday, May 5th, 2017 @ 7:30PM
Academy of Music Theatre - 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

Come celebrate with us as the Young@Heart Chorus turns 35 years old with lots of new music ranging from Leonard Cohen to the Psychedelic Furs, Los Lobos, Radiohead, Tears for Fears, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and much more.

Tickets Online:

Or call: 413-584-9032 x105


Performances: Friday, March 24 @ 8 PM & Saturday March 25 @ 8PM
$18 Students & Seniors/$20 General/Performances for 14 & up
Location: STUDIO4 / SCDT, 25 Main Street, 4th floor Northampton, MA 01060

We The People: Community Reading & Discussion of the U.S Constitution

We The People: Community Reading & Discussion of the U.S Constitution
with special guests and food & drinks to follow.

Sunday March 26, 2017
5:30-8:00 PM
Haymarket Cafe, 185 Main St, Northampton, MA

$5 Suggested Donation
All are Welcome.

Northampton Jazz Workshop News for 3/28/17

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guitarist John Stowell from Portland, OR on Tuesday March 28th, 7:30PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM at the The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

Here’s Where I Let Go: A Cabaret Benefit for Arts at Northampton High School

Salient Productions Presents:
Here’s Where I Let Go

A Cabaret Performance by Sharon Saline to benefit the Arts at Northampton High School

Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m
Sunday, March 26, 2:00 p.m.

Northampton High School Black Box Theater
$20 for adults/$10 for students

SCDT presents HUT IX

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought presents HUT IX
An evening of contemporary music, movement and poetry

Saturday, April 1, 8 PM
SCDT Studios, 25 Main Street 4th floor, Northampton MA (across from Strong Avenue)
$10 general admission, $5 students/seniors | Reservations 413 570 4491

Stephen Gingold Nature Photography at Arcadia

Stephen Gingold Nature Photography
April 1st to 31st, 2017

Opening Reception:
Wed. April 5th, 5pm to 7pm
Arcadia, 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA 01027

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Saturday 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Sunday seasonally

Contact Information:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mint Field @ 13 Queen

Saturday March 25
8PM - 11PM 
All Ages

Eternal Slumber Party Presents
Mint Field (Tijuana, MX)
Judas El Desgraciado (Mexico City, MX)
Izy Coffey (Northampton, MA)
Lady Jane (Northampton, MA)

Facebook Event


Friday March 10th
8PM - 10PM 

All Ages

Nomad Versus Settler - Brattleboro, VT Indie Rock

Cosmic Duct Tape - WMASS Psychedelic Rock

Paper City Exile - WMASS Alternative Rock


9th Annual Meltdown Family Music and Book Fest!

NY Times Best-Selling Author (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) at 9th annual Meltdown Family Music and Book Fest Saturday

(Northampton, MA) Sixty million books sold. Translations into over 50 languages. Three movies with another on the way. Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a children’s literature powerhouse on par with the Harry Potter books. Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney will read from his books and meet and greet fans starting at 10am at the 9th Annual Meltdown Family Music and Book Fest Saturday at Smith Vocational and Technical High School in Northampton. Meltdown runs 10am-4pm. Doors open at 9:30 to accommodate Jeff Kinney fans.

Full event schedule and information can be found at

Meltdown is free and open to all, and is the creation of the Northampton Radio Group (WRSI The River, WHMP and Hits 94.3). Meltdown offers three stages of Grammy-winning musicians, award-winning authors, puppets and storytellers, plus a petting farm, bounce houses, circus, food court, giant Hot Wheels track, vendors and so much more.

Call to Artists: Art Auction Fundraiser

Call to Artists:
Northampton Rotary is hosting an Art Auction Fundraiser and is seeking local artists to donate all or part of the proceeds of items up for auction. Pieces valued over $300 will be auctioned live from 7pm to 9pm and items under $300 will be part of a silent auction during the preview from 6pm to 7pm on Thursday March 30th at the Hotel Northampton.

The proceeds from auctioned items will be divided between the artist and Northampton Rotary. The auctioneer will not be asking for a percentage as long as at least 50% of the proceeds are offered to Rotary as a charitable contribution. This means the artist will earn up to 50% of the final bid depending on their %contribution and 50-100% of the proceeds will go to Northampton Rotary to fund various service projects for our community. Reserve may be set by the artist and may be subject to revision by the auctioneer.

Service projects of Northampton Rotary benefit children from low income families in the greater Northampton area. In the past, Rotary has supplied winter coats and school supplies for school children, partnered in fundraising to benefit the Children's Advocacy Center, provided meals and gifts from Santa to kids from needy families at an anual Christmas party, and funded "Camperships" to send kids to scouting camp who can't afford to attend. Northampton Rotary is also one of the few clubs with a standing Rotary Youth Exchange program which provides opportunities for high school students to study abroad.

Contact Rotary President Dan at 413-200-8789.

Yours in Rotary Service,
Dan Shaver
Northampton Rotary President

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Northampton Jazz Workshop features the Green Street Trio with Jason Robinson/sax and Don Anderson/trumpet

Northampton Jazz Workshop features the Green Street Trio with Jason Robinson/sax and Don Anderson/trumpet on Tuesday March 21st, 7:30PM, 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, March 14, 2017

Spare the Rock with Dan Zanes FM Broadcast and Podcast

Audio from the Northampton Arts Council's live presentation of Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child with Dan Zanes, part of Four Sundays in February Winter Arts Festival Benefit, will be airing on FM stations across the nation over the next three weekends beginning March 18th.

For now you can listen to the entire show recording online at:

The all-ages family event took place on stage at the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA on Sunday February 19th, 2017. The show celebrated LGBTQ youth and the legacy of David Bowie through story, songs and conversations.

War, Conflict & Refugees: the literature of crisis at

War, Conflict & Refugees: the Literature of Crisis
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 7:00 PM
Coolidge Museum

A refugee crisis is unfolding worldwide. Fleeing war, poverty, drought and political repression, millions of people are seeking to escape their countries of origin. Literature can provide us a window into their experiences, traumas, and dreams. In this event, three writers will explore lives in crisis through their work bridging the Middle East, Russia, Africa, and the United States.

Surveillance Landscapes: Work by Marcus DeSieno at A.P.E

Surveillance Landscapes: Work by Marcus DeSieno
April 5 – April 30, 2017 at 
126 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Artist Reception: Friday, April 14: 5-8 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 12-5, Friday, 12-8, Closed Monday

Jessica Tam: MOVING PICTURES at Oxbow Gallery

Jessica Tam: MOVING PICTURES at Oxbow Gallery
Opening Reception Friday March 17, 2017. 5:00-8:00pm

The Oxbow Gallery 
273 Pleasant Street
Northampton MA 01060

Gallery Hours: Thurs-Sun 12-5 PM
Show runs: March 2 – 26th

CLICK Music presents “Close Your Eyes”

CLICK Music presents “Close Your Eyes,” an evening of lullabies for all ages,
Wednesday March 22, 2017 at 7:00PM
CLICK Workspace
9 ½ Market Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Now in its third month, the CLICK Music concert series at CLICK Workspace has been drawing crowds to its intimate performance space for up-close experiences with local artists who are given 
free reign to experiment with their music-making.

For its next offering on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:00 p.m., CLICK will usher its audience into a nontraditional concert experience with “Close Your Eyes,” an unusually quiet evening that inspires a different way of listening. As musicians Polly Fiveash, Anand Nayak, and Jim Eagen perform lullabies, the audience will either recline in comfortable seating (arm chairs, bean bags) or will take advantage of space to lie down. Guests are encouraged to bring yoga mats or sleeping pads, and even a pillow if they like. There will be no need for applause and no threat of alarm clocks, just gentle music easing away the stress of the day.

Call for Collider

Collider is a STUDIO4 series juxtaposing two acts from discrete traditions, each performing a 30- to 45-minute set and separated by intermission. The series emphasizes expertise and virtuosity above composition. The event features one performer from each of two categories, broadly speaking: 1) strange or marginal folk traditions including regional music and outsider art; and 2) crafts which though not ordinarily considered performative can be fascinating to witness. This second category could include everything from bricklaying to Double-Dutch.

The April 29 Collider will feature Tenores de Aterúe. An act from the second category is TBD.

25 Main Street Suite 444
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 570-4491

Friday, March 10, 2017

Artist James Hardy on display at J Rich

Artist James Hardy on display at J Rich on Arts Night Out

WHEN: Friday March 10, 2017. Opening Reception 5:30-7:00 PM
WHERE: J. Rich Clothing for Men, 152 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Driven From Their Homes, New Installation Sculpture by Harriet Diamond

Driven From Their Homes, New Installation Sculpture by Harriet Diamond

WHAT: Opening Reception of Harriet Diamond's installation sculpture "Driven From Their Homes"
WHEN: Friday, March 10th 5-8 pm. Show runs through March 26.
WHERE: The Oxbow Gallery 273 Pleasant Street Northampton MA

Gallery Hours: Thurs-Sun. 12-5
with additional hours on Fridays from 5-8 pm.

ARTIST TALK is Thursday, March 23 at 7pm.

This new installation depicts an episodic journey of refugee people from the terrible destruction of their home city to possible escape by boat. The largest part of the installation, what I call The Long Line, depicts hundreds of fleeing Syrians and in the background looms the destroyed city, Aleppo or Homs.

Chance Encounters at A.P.E


Sculptures by Mutsu Crispin

March 8 - April 2, 2017
Artist Reception: Friday, March 10, 5-8pm

One’s first discovery of the bouncy ball (or ‘superball’) usually involves a surprise, and extreme delight, as an unassuming little orb of compressed rubber explodes off the ground or wall. In a series of sculptures by Vermont-based artist Mutsu Crispin, balls of different sizes, colors and visceral qualities are coaxed, danced, bullied or ouijaed into place to create a range of immersive visions. Each gaggle of balls is gently squeezed and suspended and — as if a spell were cast over them — time is suddenly frozen, gravity resisted or dispelled. Then begins a deepening play of associations as the balls float within their designs or wanderings, rhyming with their cast shadows, ghostly glows, nearby hardware and reflections. These dear objects from our childhood are animated and transmogrified, speaking in a chorus at once lighthearted, humorous, mysterious and ecstatic.

Center for New Americans to Receive First-Ever Awesome Foundation

Center for New Americans to Receive First-Ever Awesome Foundation - Northampton Grant to Support Gothic Street Mural

The Downtown Northampton Association together with the nine other trustees of the Awesome Foundation’s Northampton Chapter , announces the awarding of the first-ever $1,000 grant to the C enter For New Americans. They will use this grant to commission one of their students, an artist from Costa Rica, to create a mural to welcome students and constituents into their downtown Northampton location.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Raja Feather Kelly/ The Feath3r Theory, and Katy Pyle / WOMANIFESTO

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought
presents “2-2” | 2 NYC choreographers in 2 months

Raja Feather Kelly/ The Feath3r Theory, and Katy Pyle / WOMANIFESTO

Raja Feather Kelly and Company with SCDT’s Hatchery
Friday, March 17
6:30PM - 8 PM

Katy Pyle Womanifesto and Master class
Saturday April 8
8 PM- Womanifesto

Sunday April 9
Master class- pre registration required!

SCDT / Studio 4
25 Main Street 4th floor
Northampton MA

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Arcadia Players perform Haydn "Lord Nelson Mass" at Sweeney Hall

Haydn, Lord Nelson Mass (Missa in angustiis)

Arcadia Players with guest conductor Woodrow Bynum, The Cathedral Choir of All Saints, Albany and soloists Sonja DuToit Tengblad, Katherine Growdon, Eric Christopher Perry and David Tinervia

WHEN: Saturday, March 18, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Sweeney Hall, Smith College, Northampton MA
Tickets: $37.50 General admission $10 Student with ID

Purchase advance tickets online or print order form at Group tickets (5+ people, $25 each) or individual tickets may also be purchased at 413-586-8742. Any tickets still available will be sold at the door for $40.

Group Sing Along at Brew Practitioners

Group Sing Along at Brew Practitioners
WHEN: Wed, March 8, 5:30-6:30pm
WHERE: Brew Practitioners, 36 Main Street, Florence, MA.
Ken Maiuri on piano

The regular 7:00 PM First-Wednesday-of-the-Month Group Sing won't return until June, but we'll have arranged for a couple of sing alongs for the daytime crowd at your Northampton Senior Center with the

Unidentified Woman exhibition at Historic Northampton

Unidentified Woman
An exhibition in response to the collections of Historic Northampton by artist Jodi Colella.

WHEN: Opening Reception March 10 from 5-8 pm part of Arts Night Out
WHERE: Historic Northampton 46 Bridge Street, Northampton MA

Live models exhibiting headwear sculptures

Public Talk with Margaret Bruzelius
Sunday, April 2 at 2 pm

Historic Northampton
46 Bridge Street, Northampton MA

Monday, March 6, 2017

Serious Play's Endgame Project in Northampton

Serious Play's Endgame Project in Northampton
WHERE: STUDIO4, 25 Main Street, Northampton
WHEN: Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25, 2017 8:00PM
Tickets are available at
Tickets are $15 for Students & Seniors and $18 General admission. Reserve now, seating is limited.

Active Hope – Healing Our Planet and Ourselves – Dancing the Spiral

Active Hope – Healing Our Planet and Ourselves – Dancing the Spiral 

Amina and Arif & Carol and Paula 

WHERE: Woodman Hill Retreat Center 107 Keets Road, Deerfield MA
WHEN: Friday March 31 to Sunday April 2, 2017

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