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, November 22, 2017

Master Class in Documentary Production with Award-Winning Filmmaker Larry Hott at Northampton Community Television


NCTV is proud to be accepting applications for a multi-week workshop in documentary production taught by veteran filmmaker Larry Hott of Florentine Films/Hott Productions. The course will be limited to six filmmakers. This is an exceptional and rare opportunity, a collaboration between a multiple national award-winning filmmaker Hott, including multiple Academy Award nominations, and a nationally accoladed community media arts organization in NCTV. And the class is entirely FREE.

Participants will produce a short documentary under Hott’s supervision, using the equipment and facilities of NCTV. The workshop includes screening and critiquing a diverse variety of documentary work for style, content, point-of-view, and production values. Funding, producing, directing, editing, copyright, archives, rights, research methods, budgets, story structure, interviewing, music, distribution, and how to position a project for broadcast or foreign sales, will be covered in the class. NCTV personnel will be available for help with equipment and editing. Participants will come away with an understanding of how professional documentaries are produced, broadcast and distributed.

Larry Hott has been producing documentary films since 1978, when he left the practice of law to join Florentine Films. His awards include an Emmy, two Academy Award nominations, a George Foster Peabody Award, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, The Erik Barnouw OAH History Award, five American Film Festival Blue Ribbons, fourteen CINE Golden Eagles, screenings at Telluride, and first-place awards from the San Francisco, Chicago, National Educational, and New England Film Festivals. He has produced and directed twenty-five major documentaries for national broadcast and many short films for online distribution.

A Good Night’s Sleep Experimental Film + Video Series - Final Screening


WHAT: A Good Night’s Sleep Experimental Film + Video Series - Final Screening
WHERE: Studio 4 - 25 Main Street, 4th Floor Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Saturday, November 25th 7-9 PM

Pease join us for the final edition of A Good Night’s Sleep on Saturday November 25th at Studio 4 in Northampton. We have a wonderful show prepared and hope that you will join us to celebrate over a year and a half of screenings featuring local experimental film. Although we are each moving on to new and exciting projects, this won’t be the last you see of our collective members organizing experimental film screenings featuring local artists.

Q&A with November’s featured artists to follow the screening.

Live 155 Front Facade Sculpture: Request for Proposals


Way Finders is seeking an artist or team to create an original, site-specific artwork to be installed on the East Facade of Live 155, over the entrance and above the sign. The building is located at 155 Pleasant Street in Northampton, MA, adjacent to the Manhan Rail Trail and across from the Amtrak platform. This opportunity is open to established professional artists. We welcome submissions from artists working in a broad range of media and encourage the inclusion of kinetic and/or lighted elements so long as they are durable and can be easily maintained.

Dimensions: approximately 30' high x 12' wide.
Please refer to the Full RFP for detailed plans and additional information.

We see this project as a first step in integrating public art into affordable housing development and as a testament to the significance of art in our community. Our hope is that the finished piece will create a signature presence for the building and welcome visitors to Northampton as it is the first thing many rail travelers will see when they first arrive.

The application deadline for short proposals is Midnight EST, January 12, 2018.

Please submit your proposal via google forms here: https://goo.gl/forms/UjB3labgQiqzsxCS2

You will need to log into or create a google account in order to complete the form.

Link to Full RFP here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b2X3FM4auqteJOtm844rHEzRKOZAUjfr6SLmP8uZU_k/edit?usp=sharing


Thursday, November 16, 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.


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

Monday, November 13, 2017

This Week at 33 Hawley: Community Inspired Social Action

WHAT: Community Inspired Social Action
WHEN: Saturday, November 18th 7:30-9:45pm
WHERE: Northampton Community Arts Trust. 33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA.

An evening of story performance and sharing. ReBelle and Eveline MacDougall begin the night with their individual instrumental story performances on the theme. There will be a break and then an optional opportunity for participants to meet in small groups to share their own stories of Community Inspired Social Action. Everyone welcome.

$10 per adult at door.



Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Hatchery and The Funks: Works in Progress

High School dance and theatre projects

The Hatchery (dance) is directed by Jen Polins/School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, and the Funks (comedy improvisation) is directed by Heidi Haas/Northampton High School.

Seating limited to 40; tickets at the door.

Sunday, November 12
1:00 - 2:30pm

Group Sing

WED, NOV 8, 5:00-7:00pm
at the Brew Practitioners in Florence, on Rt. 9 (Main Street)
across the street from Cooper's Corner.
Come join us for a sing-along. 
Alex Johnson on the guitar.
Following the Group Sing, Alex hosts an open mic at 7:00pm.
Free!
Brew Practitioners,
36 Main Street, Florence, MA.
http://www.brewpractitioners.com

Funded in part by the Northampton Arts Council
and Senior Services.

Interns for Artists, Arts-Based Businesses and Non-Profits


Information Session
Tuesday, November 14, 2016 – 6 – 8 PM at the Florence Civic Center

One of the advantages of our 5 College area is access to interns! For students, interning defines career paths and builds resumes. For creative businesses and non-profit organizations, interns bring fresh ideas, energy and a willingness to learn. In the Interns for Artists, Arts-Based Businesses, and Non-Profits Information session, hosted by the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service, potential internship providers will learn how to become an internship provider, labor law compliance, and best practices for making the most of your intern's time.
Participants will leave the sessions with an understanding of how to best design an internship to meet University standards and next steps on how to submit their internship opportunity for posting and promotion. Through a variety of channels, AES will then promote the internship opportunities to arts and arts management students at UMass, connecting individual students with matching internship opportunities when possible.
The session will take place in Florence, MA at the Florence Civic Center, 90 Park Street, Florence, MA. The Florence Civic Center is next to Lilly Library in Florence. In order to reach the parking lot for the Civic Center, you will want to make a left after Park Street onto Cosmian Avenue.
Interns for Artists, Arts-Based Businesses, and Non-Profits is part of the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service's Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative. For more information on internships, visit our Internship FAQ and our Current Internship Postings page.

Food and drink will be provided. Session is free and open to the public but registration is required. To attend the session, please register by contacting AES at aes@acad.umass.edu or 413-545-2360 by Friday November 10.

25th Arts & Industry Open Studios and Holiday Sale



WHAT: 25th Arts & Industry Open Studios and Holiday Sale
WHERE: Arts & Industry Building, 221 Pine Street, Florence, MA 01062
WHEN: November 11th and 12th, 2017 from 10am to 5pm. 

Looking for the perfect gift? Something local, something hand crafted, something really special? Then the Arts & Industry Open Studios and Holiday Sale might be the place for you! Check out this former toothbrush-factory-turned-artists-studios and marvel at the amazing works of art! Find treasures for yourself and those you love.

Over 50 fine crafters and fine artists, including some nationally recognized clothing designers, jewelers, potters, and woodworkers open their studios to show off their best work. You will find painters, sculptors and a variety of creative people. With four new artists who upcycle, recycle, reuse and repurpose found objects there is something for everyone, adults and children.

Monte's March VIII steps off to help end hunger!


WHAT: Monte's March 2017 - Benefiting FOOD BANK OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
WHEN: Monday, November 20, 2017
WHERE: Springfield, MA to Greenfield, MA (43 miles)

The River’s Monte Belmonte will be leading his annual march against hunger through the Pioneer Valley, during his Monte’s March event. For those two-days, Monte, Congressman Jim McGovern, and a number of their supporters, will push a shopping cart 43 miles from Springfield to Greenfield to raise awareness and funds for food insecurity in our region. Listeners are encouraged to donate money to benefit The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.  Last year, the event raised more than $200,000.
You can walk with Monte and Congressman McGovern by individually raising money for the event. Supporters who collect $1,000 may join Monte and crew for either Monday or Tuesday of the walk (or a smaller segment of the walk). Simply click the green register button to get started. Marchers must be 18+. Walkers are responsible for arranging their own transportation and pick-ups.
Can't march? Become a virtual marcher and raise funds online to support the march! There is no fundraising minimum to be a virtual marcher.

Donate & More Information: firstgiving.com/29165/montes-march-2017
foodbankwma.org/events/montes-march-8/

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

4th Annual Art on the Menu: Unite the Resistance


WHAT: Art on the Menu: Unite the Resistance
             4th Annual Workers Music and Art Show
WHEN: Opening & Performance -Thursday December 6th, 6-10pm
              and on display Friday December 7th 10am-8pm
WHERE: Northampton Community Arts Trust Building - 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA

This show features performance, visual and musical artists who work or have worked in restaurants. Join us for appetizers, drinks, and good stories! Now more than ever we must defend the rights of low-wage and immigrant workers.

Suggested donation: $0-60. All are welcome! No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
All funds will support the self-organization of low-wage workers and immigrants.

Este show presenta las obras de músicos, artistas, y bailarinas que trabajan o han trabajado en restaurantes. Acompáñenos para una noche de aperitivos, bebidas y buenas historias. Ahora más que nunca, necesitamos defender los derechos de trabajadores inmigrantes.

Aporte sugerido: $0-60. Tod@s estan bienvenidos. Nadie será rechazado por falta de fondos.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Young@Heart MASH UP V at Academy of Music


WHAT: YOUNG@HEART with BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS
              and members of the Y@H PRISON PROJECT
WHEN: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 3PM
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

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

Get your tickets now. Premium Seating goes fast!
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE
or call 413-584-9032 x105

The Pencil Bandits Liar's Contest at the Parlor Room



WHAT: The Pencil Bandits LIAR'S CONTEST.
Sponsored by Awesome Foundation - Northampton, MA.
WHERE: The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic Street. Northampton, MA
WHEN: Thursday November 9th 6-8PM

Henry Reade and his friends are hosting a "Liar's Contest." It's also a book launch party for the second Pencil Bandits comedy adventure, "The Castelli Curse." The Liars Contest will include amusements for young people, including performances from the book, pizza, beverages and pencils. Judges will include filmmaker Melissa McClung and Johnny Memphis, the WRSI radio personality and bandleader.

Here's how it works: pairs or teams come up with a quick story that's true for only one of them, based on the prompt we give, like maybe "the time I got hurt." Then each team-member tells the same story, and the audience and judges decide who's lying. Winners get $50 cash, an iTunes gift card, candy, Pencil Bandits books and swag, and maybe an ugly, one-of-a-kind trophy.

This is to celebrate the release of "The Castelli Curse," Book Two of the Pencil Bandits series. If you came to the Bad Rap Contest, you know this will be fun. It's all hosted by M.C. Larry, described by Henry Reade as "the worst MC in this hemisphere." Be there or be miserable!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Donna Carpenter: Ancient Homeland at Hosmer Gallery


WHAT: Ancient Homeland: Photography by Donna Carpenter
WHEN: November 2-29, 2017. Reception: Monday November 6, 5-7 PM
WHERE: Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library 20 West Street Northampton, MA.

Donna Carpenter: Ancient Homeland
Ancient Homeland consists of photographic images captured during repeated journeys that I have made to the Lowlands, Highlands, and Islands of Scotland. These gritty, mysterious, black and white landscapes are thresholds to another world, a world that to me feels different in most every way from day to day life in the United States.

I first set foot on Scottish soil in the winter of 2013, when I made a quick overnight return journey from London to Glasgow. That journey, taken on a whim, turned out to be life changing. I felt an inexplicably deep familiarity and ease in Glasgow which led me to wonder about my Scottish heritage, of which I knew next to nothing. Over the course of the past two years I have spent nine months there, exploring the land and her history, often traveling on foot and capturing thousands of photographs in the process. It is from these thousands of photos that I have culled the images in this exhibition.

SEEING OURSELVES: Self-Portraits by 50 Women Artists at A.P.E


WHAT: SEEING OURSELVES: Self-Portraits by 50 Women Artists
Curated by Jane Lund and Rachel Folsom
WHEN: November 3 - December 3, 2017
Artists' Reception: Friday, November 10: 5-8 pm
WHERE: A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery 126 Main Street. Northampton, MA 01060

​A.P.E. Gallery is excited to present its first-ever exhibition of self-portraits by 50 area women artists, many of whom have national or international reputations. Curators Jane Lund, Rachel Folsom, and Betsy Stone, all figurative painters, have brought together a wide variety of artists, whose work includes many surprising variations on the theme of representational self-portraiture.

A number of years in the making, the show provides women artists, who are often underrepresented in galleries and museums, an opportunity to show their artwork as a group while revealing themselves as individuals.

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