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.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Call to Artists: Amherst Cross-Town Contemporary Art Project

WHAT: Call to Artists: Amherst Cross-Town Contemporary Art project (XTCA)
WHERE: Locations across Amherst, MA (Kendrick Park, Haigis Mall, North Pleasant St)
WHEN: Proposals due Sunday November 5th. Project on view Spring-Fall 2018.

The University Museum of Contemporary Art is announcing an open call for local artists to exhibit in the upcoming Cross-Town Contemporary Art project (XTCA).

On view from spring through fall of 2018, the exhibition will place works of art by community members alongside those by nationally recognized artists, engaging with themes of inclusivity and sustainability.

The following sites have been identified for XTCA: Kendrick Park, at the intersection of North Pleasant, East Pleasant and Triangle streets; “Frat Green,” the empty space along North Pleasant Street across from Phillips Street; and Haigis Mall, in front of the Fine Arts Center, between the Isenberg School of Management and Whitmore Administration Building.

Artists, artists’ collectives, community groups, architects and designers from all disciplines are and backgrounds are welcome to submit entries.

Chosen artists will receive a $1,250 stipend and the opportunity to participate in public talks and local panels.

Visit for additional information. Artist proposals are due by Nov. 5.

Northampton Police Department Halloween Movie Night

WHAT: Halloween Movie Night at Northampton Police Department
WHERE: Northampton Police Station - 29 Center St, Northampton, MA
WHEN: Friday October 27th 6:30pm

The Northampton Police Department, NCTV, Northampton Arts Council and the DNA present:


Bring your chairs, blankets, snacks, children, parents and friends!

The movie will be shown outside on the Northampton Police Parking Deck.

Lovable Sulley and his wisecracking sidekick Mike Wazowski are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. When a little girl named Boo wanders into their world, it's the monsters who are scared silly, and it's up to Sulley and Mike to keep her out of sight and get her back home.


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.

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!

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