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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Photographs by Janine Norton, Bruce Hawkins and Robert Malthouse at Hosmer Gallery



Photographs by Janine Norton, Bruce Hawkins and Robert Salthouse
WHERE: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library 20 West St Northampton, MA
WHEN: March 2-30, 2017 Reception: March 4, 2-4 PM

Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Tim Armacost



Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Tim Armacost
WHEN: Tuesday March 7th, 7:30PM. Followed by Open Jazz Jam until 10:30 PM
WHERE: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.
Tim Armacost - www.timarmacost.com
The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. No cover or minimum.
City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830
For photos and videos of past NJW shows as well as related news, events and buzz: www.facebook.com/NorthamptonJazzWorkshop

On View at City Hall: Northampton Streetscapes: Views of City Storefronts



On View at City Hall: Northampton Streetscapes: Views of City Storefronts

Arts Night Out Opening Reception: March 10, 2017, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Show runs March 10 – April 11.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Amy Dryansky Named Northampton's 8th Poet Laureate



Photo by Trish Crapo
The Northampton Arts Council is thrilled to announce the appointment of Amy Dryansky as Northampton’s poet laureate for the 2017 – 2019 term. As Northampton’s 8th laureate, Dryansky joins the illustrious ranks of poets Martin Espada, Janet Aalfs, Jack Gilbert, Lesléa Newman, Lenelle Moïse, Richard Michelson, and Patrick Donnelly.

Dryansky’s first book, How I Got Lost So Close to Home, won the New England/New York Award from Alice James Books. Her second book, Grass Whistle (Salmon Poetry, Ireland) received the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award for poetry. Dryansky’s poems have appeared in a variety of anthologies and journals, including Barrow Street, Harvard Review, New England Review, Memorious,  Orion and The Women’s Review of Books. She’s received honors and awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Dryansky is also a former Associate of the Five College Women’s Studies Center, where she looked at the impact of motherhood on women poets.

Dryansky has a long history of working at and for arts and community organizations in the Valley, and is currently the assistant director of the Culture, Brain & Development Program at Hampshire College. During her tenure as poet laureate, she hopes to partner with local organizations like the Center for New Americans, the Literacy Project, Historic Northampton, David Ruggles Center and the Northampton Arts Council to highlight the diverse voices--past and present--that make up our vibrant Northampton community.

Dryansky lives in Conway, has two kids ages 15 and 18, and tries very hard to maintain a blog called Pokey Mama, about her attempts to navigate the territory of mother-writer. Her kids, despite their mother’s many accolades, remain unimpressed with the fact of her being a poet.

For more about Dryansky and her work, please visit: amydryansky.com





Wednesday, February 1, 2017

SCDT presents HUT VIII




The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought presents HUT VIII

An evening of contemporary music, movement and poetry

Saturday, March 4, 2017 @ 8 PM
SCDT Studios, 25 Main Street 4th floor, Northampton MA (across from Strong Avenue) $10 general admission, $5 students/seniors
Reservations recommended! 413 570 4491