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.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Shoestring Launch Party at 13 Queen

WHAT: The Shoestring Launch Party
WHERE: 13 Queen - 13 King Street. Northampton, MA
WHEN: Sunday January 21st 8:00pm-10:30pm

Come help celebrate and support The Shoestring - a new independent web magazine covering culture and politics in Western Mass.

This event will include a panel discussion hosted by Ellerie Ballard with our finest writers- Mod Behrens, Ted McCoy, Rojas Oliva, Sarah Jane and Will Meyer. Afterwards enjoy righteous tunage from bands Soft Fangs (CT) and Stoner Will and the Narks. Come see the antidote to the for-profit status quo news cycle and maybe have some fun too.

$5 suggested donation to support local journalism and touring bands


The Shoestring is funded in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council

Valley Classical Concerts Present the Manhattan String Quartet

WHAT: Valley Classical Concerts Present the Manhattan String Quartet
WHERE: Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall at Smith College, 144 Green Street Northampton, MA
WHEN: Sunday February 4, 2018 3:00pm

An American institution, still going strong in their 47th season. Quartets by Haydn, Witold Lutosławski, and Ravel. And you’ll be home in time for the Super Bowl! “A national treasure.” (Boston Globe).

Gain insight into the music and the performances by attending the lively Concert Conversations with the musicians and VCC Artistic Director John Montanari, in Sweeney Concert Hall, (handicap accessible), at no additional charge, one hour in advance of each concert. Valley Classical Concerts presents this opportunity as part of its mission to enhance our audience’s understanding and enjoyment of the music.

Upcoming Shows:
Sunday, February 4, 2018, 3 p.m. - Spend your Super Bowl Sunday with one of America’s finest and most enduring chamber ensembles, the Manhattan String Quartet! Program TBA.

Saturday, March 31, 2018, 8 p.m. - The sleek-sounding Quartetto di Cremona returns to the VCC stage – program TBA.

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 3 p.m. - Among the finest quartets of their generation, the Attacca Quartet will play Mendelssohn, Caroline Shaw and Beethoven’s sublime Op. 132.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Silver Chord Bowl 2018 A capella Invitational


Silver Chord Bowl 2018 A capella Invitational


Sunday, February 4 – 2:00 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30PM


John M. Greene Hall, Smith College, 60 Elm Street Northampton, MA 01060


The first Sunday in February will be devoted to the 34th Silver Chord Bowl, the oldest and most respected collegiate a cappella show case in the region, hosted in John M. Greene Hall on the Smith College campus, part of the Four Sundays in February winter arts series presented by the Northampton Arts Council.

This years event will begin with a performance by Northampton High School’s very own Northamptones, followed by performances by 6 groups from colleges and universities around the Northeast. This year we will see the MIT Ohms, Pitch, Please! of Northeastern University, Tufts sQ!, Vocal Suspects of UMass, the UMass Doo Wop Shop and the Smith College Smithereens. The Silver Chord Bowl 2017 will be hosted by Smith College President Kathleen McCartney and Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz. Performances subject to change.

How Much?

Premium Admission (Reserved seating in the front section of the Orchestra) - All Ages - $35 (Available through BrownPaperTickets Only)
General Admission (First come, first serve) - All Ages - $15

Premium Admission (Reserved seating in the front section of the Orchestra) - All Ages - $40
General Admission (First come, first serve) - All Ages - $20

Ticket Outlets?
Premium Admission and General Admission Brown Paper Tickets or call 1-800-838-3006

General Admission Tickets Only
State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, Cooper’s Corner in Florence , A.J. Hastings in Amherst, DAY OF AT DOOR.

Event Sponsored by?

Silver Chord Bowl 2018 Headline Sponsors: Whalen Insurance, Smith College

Four Sundays 2018 Series Sponsors: Lathrop Communities, National Grid

Four Sundays 2018 Media Sponsors: NEPR, 93.9 the River/WHMP/Hits 94.3, Northampton Community Television, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Four Sundays 2018 Organizational Sponsors: Northampton Arts CouncilCity of Northampton, Massachusetts Cultural Council, #massfestivals

Thursday, January 18, 2018


WHEN: FEBRUARY 3, 2018 8PM $12/$10 (STUDENT)
WHERE: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought -25 Main St, Fl 4th, Northampton, MA


It’s an anomaly to make a record created out of the pleasure and desire of simply making music together. A record with no commercial aspirational location. The new duo record from John Truscinski (drums, synths) and Steve Gunn (guitars), "Bay Head", makes it look easy, carving out a space where none existed before with assurance, resonating beautiful along the way.

If I were forced to put what John and Steve play into a genre I would simply call it “music.” There’s a quality of timelessness to it without being nostalgic that is impossible to manufacture. It comes from their years of playing together based on a formula of chemistry. Bands are fragile ecosystems. The best ones have a melding that results in a musicality that otherwise can’t be found in a melody or lyric, or an effect pedal. While "Bay Head" is the third record the duo has recorded together, John has played drums and helped shape the songs and the sound on all Steve’s more song-configured albums. Their bond is tight, unique, and effective.

As an instrumental record "Bay Head" has no literal voice. It doesn’t need it, as the constant flow between the drums and guitar describe fully and without a narrator. Steve’s guitar leads you along a contemplative path that describes an inner monologue that is more expressive than if there were words. Some of the guitar parts are worked out and then set free, improvised in the playing. But it’s hard to tell. It all sounds deliberate. "Bay Head" is the accumulation of the duo’s years of playing music together where each can guess where the other is going to go next. The cover collage by their longtime friend Bill Nace reflects what is both abstract and figurative about this unique musical collaboration.

As I drink my morning coffee, I use the Gunn-Truscinski Duo's records as a way to make my way into the day. As I am writing, answering email and the like, I find that the spirit of their music matches the gentle light and morning coolness that breeds inspiring thoughts before the LA sun blasts it all away and the day’s minutiae take over. Basically, "Bay Head" is great music to procrastinate to!

-Kim Gordon, Los Angeles, August 2017

KidsBestFest 2018, a Film Festival for kids and their adults

KidsBestFest 2018, a Film Festival for kids and their adults

Winter School Break: Monday February 19 - Friday February 23
Each day the presentation starts at 1:30 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:00PM

Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060

A film festival for kids and their adults during winter school break, part of the Four Sundays in February winter arts series presented by the Northampton Arts Council and the Academy of Music Theatre.

How Much?
FREE, donations encouraged.

Film Schedule?
Still from "Weirdhealing"

Monday February 19 - Opertura Animated Shorts and Q&A with the artists (All Ages, Animated) Opertura, otherwise known as Aya Yamasaki and Jason Brown, will share their imaginative short films at the kick-off of KidsBestFest. A discussion with the artists will follow the screening. The artists, who won a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Film & Video in 2017, create hand-drawn, animated films driven by a unique vision and their particular style of collaboration. The complex worlds created in their animations are teeming with imagination, humor, and vitality. Aya and Jason live and work in Greenfield, MA. More info:
Tuesday February 20 - March of the Penguins (2005, Rated G, 85 min, Documentary)
Morgan Freeman narrates this award-winning documentary about the mating rituals of penguins living in Antarctica. At the end of each Antarctic summer, the emperor penguins of the South Pole journey to their traditional breeding grounds in a fascinating mating ritual that is captured in this documentary by intrepid filmmaker Luc Jacquet. The journey across frozen tundra proves to be the simplest part of the ritual, as after the egg is hatched, the female must delicately transfer it to the male and make her way back to the distant sea to nourish herself and bring back food to her newborn chick.

Wednesday February 21 - The LEGO Batman Movie (2017, Rated PG, 104min, Animated)
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble, LEGO Batman stars in his own big screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Cast: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Zack Galifianakis
Thursday February 22 - The Dark Crystal (1982, Rated PG, 120min, Fantasy)
In Jim Henson’s classic fantasy film, good and evil battle when an orphan begins a quest to find a missing shard of a crystal that holds the world in equilibrium. Cast: Stephen Garlick, Billie Whitelaw, Lisa Maxwell
Friday February 23 - The Breadwinner (2017, PG-13, 94min, Animated)
Parvana is an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy in order to support her family. Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of freedom–and danger. With undaunted courage, Parvana draws strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family. Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner is an inspiring and luminously animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times. A film by Nora Twomey, from executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, based on Deborah Ellis’ bestselling novel.


Event Sponsored by?

Four Sundays 2018 Series Sponsors: Lathrop Communities, National Grid

Four Sundays 2018 Organizational Sponsors: Northampton Arts Council, City of Northampton, Massachusetts Cultural Council, #massfestivals

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Sunday Afternoon Live! Variety Showcase


Sunday, February 25 – 2:00 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30PM


Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060


Each February for the past 26 years the Valley’s best local talent have gathered together at our communities’ most beloved theater for their favorite variety showcase- The Really Big Show. Over the course of its lifetime, the Really Big Show has taken on the form of famous night-time TV programs such as the Ed Sullivan Show and the Gong Show. This year it’s time to switch things up again and the Northampton Arts Council is pleased to say “Live from Northampton, it’s Sunday Afternoon!” Part of the Four Sundays in February winter arts series presented by the Northampton Arts Council.

How Much?

Advance - $11 Adults/$9 Senior 65+ & Students/$6 Kids 12 & Under

Day of at door - $13 Adults/$11 Senior 65+ & Students/$8 Kids 12 & Under

Ticket Outlet?

Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060

Event Sponsored by?

Four Sundays 2018 Series Sponsors: Lathrop Communities, National Grid

Four Sundays 2018 Organizational Sponsors: Northampton Arts Council, City of Northampton, Massachusetts Cultural Council, #massfestivals

SCDT and Smith College Dance Department Present RIFF Talks: Tone

R I F F T A L K S: T O N E

WHERE: SCOTT DANCE STUDIO, SMITH COLLEGE 106 Lower College Ln. Northampton, MA

​General Admission: $10 online/$15 at the door
Students: $5 online/$10 at the door

This event is sponsored by SCDT and the Smith College Dance Department.

RIFF TALKS offers the local community a chance to get up close to internationally renowned contemporary artists, as they perform and then participate in dynamic panel discussions focused on critical themes in dance. RIFF TALKS 6 brings together K.J. Holmes ( NYC), Dana Casperesen ( VT, Germany) and Chris Aiken (Smith College), to discuss the notion of tone in performance. RIFF TALKS 6 takes place at 7 PM on February 2nd in the Scott Dance Studio at Smith College. Tickets are $10 online, $15 at the door.

RIFF TALKS is one SCDT's original programs. The School's mission includes an abiding respect for the tradition and history of reinvention, and a resolution to continue challenging established ideals. SCDT serves as a hub for performance art of the highest quality by connecting communities on an international scale. The School showcases contemporary movement training and performance practices that embrace multiplicity, arouse curiosity, and emphasize personal choice. SCDT is comprised of independent and internationally experienced performance artists/movement practitioners who are also innovative teachers. The School offers adult and youth programming in dance training that includes modern, ballet, hip hop, contemporary Indian dance, and improvisational techniques.

13 Queen Presents Raspberry Jam, Moxie and Court Etiquette

WHAT:  Raspberry Jam, Moxie and Court Etiquette
WHERE: 13 Queen - 13 King Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Friday January 19th 7:00pm

Raspberry Jam (Greenfield, MA) 

Moxie (Brattleboro, VT)

Court Etiquette (Northampton, MA)

Door: $4-7 sliding scale

Supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council

Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist and flutist Greg Abate

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist and flutist Greg Abate 
WHERE: Tuesday, January 23rd, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM
WHEN: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St, Northampton.

Back by popular demand, the always invigorating Greg Abate on sax and flute will join the trio for some hard bop and other musical treats. Greg likes to swing hard and have fun and that's what we intend to do. Hope you can join us and stick around for the jam session.

Upcoming Guest Artists:
1/23 - Greg Abate - saxes
1/30 - Green Street Sextet
2/6 - Jeff and Dawning Holmes - trumpet and vocals
2/13 - Samirah Evans - vocals with Don Anderson on trumpet - Fat Tuesday Celebration
2/20 - Kris Allen - alto
2/27 - Sean Fielder - tap dancer

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see FB at: onJazzWorkshop

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


WHAT: New Repertory Theatre’s production of "Thurgood"
WHERE: Hampshire Council-Gov Courthouse in Northampton at 99 Main St., Northampton, MA 
WHEN: Friday, February 16 at 7:00pm

 The Academy of Music Theatre will present the New Repertory Theatre’s production of Thurgood on Friday, February 16 at 7:00pm. The performance will be held at the Hampshire Council-Gov Courthouse in Northampton. Audience members will sit in the courthouse viewing seats as actor Johnny Lee Davenport portrays the role of Thurgood Marshall in one of the “greatest performances of the year” (Boston Post-Gazette).

Written by the 17-time Emmy-winning playwright George Stevens, Jr., directed by Benny Sato Ambush and featuring actor Johnny Lee Davenport, Thurgood spans Justice Thurgood Marshall’s impressive career as a lawyer, arguing such landmark cases as Brown v. Board of Education, and is a remarkable tribute to Marshall’s enduring legacy as the first African-American to sit on the Supreme Court.

Johnny Lee Davenport (Thurgood Marshall) won the Elliot Norton Award for “Best Actor” in Broke-ology with Lyric Stage Company in 2011 and named “Best Actor” by Boston Magazine. Mr. Davenport has played more than 50 roles in 24 of Shakespeare’s plays including Richard III (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Pericles (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); and Richard II (Shakespeare & Company).

Thurgood will run for one night only on Friday, February 16, 2017 at 7:00pm. Adult Tickets are $20 (plus applicable fees). The event will be performed at the Hampshire Council-Gov Courthouse in Northampton at 99 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060.

“Davenport has the kind of ineffable stage presence that can’t be adequately described but needs to be experienced. – The Boston Globe

“A powerful reminder that one man can make a difference.” – Broadway World

“One of the great performances of the year.” – Boston Post-Gazette

NCTV Launches 5th Year of Grants for Short Films, Classes, Community Art, and Virtual Reality

Northampton Community Television Launches 5th Year of Grants for Short Films, Classes, Community Art, and Virtual Reality.

As an extension of its mission to support and resource expression of all kinds across media in the greater Northampton community NCTV is again giving out money to support the time and effort for creators to craft content. This represents the 5th year of such grants, which have empowered projects throughout the community.

Grants are open to the public at and applications are due on February 16, 2018. The grants cover a broad range of multimedia related projects, including short films, classes, community art projects, and virtual reality and are available for up to $2000. The grants recognize that among the resources people need in order to be empowered to create are included time and security.

Four Sundays in February 2018 Event Series

Four Sundays in February 2018 Event Series

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mass Cultural Council seeks new Community Initiative Program Officer

Community Initiative Program Officer

Mass Cultural Council promotes excellence, education, diversity, and inclusion in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life for Massachusetts through a wide range of grants, initiatives, and advocacy. We work with partners in government, the cultural community, and across sectors, to increase public and private investment in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Mass Cultural Council, the state’s arts agency, is seeking an individual for the position of Program Officer in its Community Initiative. 

This position is an integral part of the Mass Cultural Council’s Community team in all of its work. The Mass Cultural Council is looking for a person with significant experience in the field of grantmaking, or a municipal environment, or a cultural organization.

Initially, the Program Officer will report to the Program Manager of the Cultural Districts Initiative (part of the Community Initiative) and serve as the primary contact for Cultural District in the following 12 regions: North-Central Massachusetts, Martha's Vineyard, Greater Boston, Nantucket Island, Plymouth County, Greater Springfield, Cape Cod, Franklin County, Greater Merrimack Valley, Hampshire County, Metro West, and Southeastern Mass/Bristol County. Over time, the workload will change and a flexible attitude is crucial.

Administer services and programs for cultural districts with growing responsibility
Respond to inquiries from applicants, municipal officials, and constituents.
Work to support smooth administration of the Cultural District Initiative on the local level.
Promote a regional approach to support the Community Initiative.
Work collaboratively with the Local Cultural Council and Festivals Program staff in assigned regions.
Provide support to cities and towns engaged in Cultural Compacts in assigned regions
Other responsibilities as assigned

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Eshu Bumpus and saxophonist Jason Robinson

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Eshu Bumpus and saxophonist Jason Robinson
WHEN: Tuesday, January 16th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

On Tuesday the 16th we welcome vocalist and story teller Eshu Bumpus along with saxophonist Jason Robinson. We will be honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by playing songs related to the struggle for equality and freedom; specifically songs that came from the jazz artists of that time who were deeply moved by the struggle. Eshu, besides being a great story teller, specializing in African folk tales is also a gifted singer who's musical heart is rooted in jazz. We will be doing songs by Charles Mingus, Billy Taylor, Les McCann, Miles Davis and others. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

VIDAM with Stephen Katz

WHAT: VIDAM (Valley Improvised Dance and Music) with Stephen Katz
WHERE: Karuna Yoga Studio 25 Main Street 3rd Floor Northampton, MA
WHEN: Monday January 15, 2018 8-10pm

Each VIDAM features veteran improvisational musician(s) who are feeling the room and collaborating with the dancers. Together we fill the space with inspiration for focussed movement, composition, and improvisation


Join our VIDAM Facebook Group!

1st & 3rd Mondays with Live Musicians ($15 / $10 student)
Karuna Yoga Center
25 Main St. Northampton, 3rd Floor
8 – 10p

Upcoming VIDAM Events for 2018:

January 15 = Stephen Katz
January 29 = Amanda Turk & John Sprague

The Performance Project: Arts & Youth Leadership at Northampton High School

WHAT: The Performance Project: Arts & Youth Leadership
WHEN: Friday January 12th 7:00 PM
WHERE: Northampton High School 380 Elm Street Northampton

The Performance Project is a venue for self-representation in a culture where politics, social structures and the media suppress expressions of truth and the depth of economic oppression, racism and incarceration in our country. Our creative work is informed and shaped by the experiences and beliefs of ensemble members, who claim full authorship for the plays they produce.

Through the performances, audiences have had the opportunity listen to the experiences and ideas of people whose stories are rarely told, and to expand their perspective and expectations of people coming out of jail. The plays address critical social and cultural issues, and initiate a dialogue between people who have been incarcerated and their communities.

Tuesday, January 16th 12:30 pm
Northampton High School

Lyra Music Festival returns to Smith College July 8-28th

WHAT: Lyra Music Festival
WHEN: July 8-28, 2018
WHERE: Smith College, Northampton MA 01060

The Lyra Music Festival is an outstanding series of summer classical music events bringing together world class musicians, outstanding young string players and pianists and an exceptional faculty of professional musicians and educators for concerts, masterclasses and outreach performances. Join us in Northampton, MA in July for this exciting summer festival!

Season Passes and Individual Event Tickets are for sale Here

Guest Artist Concerts:
Internationally recognized musicians join Lyra Music on the solo concert stage each summer. Guest Artists have included musicians such as Simone Dinnerstein, Frederic Chiu, Matthew Zalkind, Itamar Zorman, Sibbi Bernhardsson, Michael Brown, Dane Johansen, Spencer Myer, Alexi Kenney, and Melissa White. These world class musicians perform in festivals and with ensembles including: Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Escher Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Harlem Quartet, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. 

Lyra Festival audiences also have the option to go behind-the-scenes, attending Masterclasses where they will hear Lyra Music Workshop advanced students perform and watch as these students receive one-on-one coaching with Lyra Music Guest Artists. Learn more about the musical process and these incredible guest musicians as they share their personal insights and inspiration with Lyra Workshop students and the public.

Outreach Concerts:
The Lyra Festival brings music to the community! Lyra Music’s exceptional students perform free outreach concerts, sharing live classical music with audiences and organizations in the surrounding community. Lyra Students perform at nursing homes, senior centers and even enjoy a collaboration with the Eric Carle Museum and Stamell Stringed Instruments performing for the youngest audiences.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Application: Deadline Feb. 15

Apply now for the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program's 2018-2019 residency!

Deadline: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 11:59pm EST

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas studios are located amidst a thriving waterfront community full of art galleries, creative professionals, and independent retailers. Studios have freight and passenger elevator access, high ceilings and natural light. Communal spaces include a kitchen, slop sinks, restrooms and a sitting area with wi-fi. Studio access is 24 hours/7 days week.

Learn more:
Apply now:

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991.

In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.

Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program
20 Jay St
Suite 720Brooklyn, NY 11201

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New Documentary MILFORD GRAVES FULL MANTIS by Director Jake Meginsky

“I’m going right to the praying mantis. That’s the boss, not some human!” – Milford Graves

MILFORD GRAVES FULL MANTIS is the first ever feature-length portrait of renowned percussionist Milford Graves, exploring his kaleidoscopic creativity and relentless curiosity.Graves has performed internationally since 1964, both as a soloist and in ensembles with such legends as Albert Ayler, Giuseppi Logan and Sonny Sharrock. He is a founding pioneer of avant-garde jazz, and he remains one of the most influential living figures in the evolution of the form.

The film draws the viewer through the artist’s lush garden and ornate home, into the martial arts dojo in his backyard and the laboratory in his basement - all of this just blocks from where he grew up in the housing projects of South Jamaica, Queens.Graves tells stories of discovery, struggle and survival, ruminates on the essence of 'swing,' activates electronic stethoscopes in his basement lab to process the sound of his heart, and travels to Japan where he performs at a school for children with autism, igniting the student body into an ecstatic display of spontaneous collective energy.

Oscillating from present to past and weaving intimate glimpses of the artist’s complex cosmology with blistering performances from around the globe, MILFORD GRAVES FULL MANTIS is cinema full of fluidity, polyrhythm and intensity, embodying the essence of Graves’ music itself.

Milford Graves Full Mantis, was selected to have its world premiere in late January 2018 at IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam, as part of the Perspectives section, a program focusing on Pan Africanism in African Cinema. MGFM is a primary document - the film features never before seen material from Milford's archive, performance footage spanning five decades, unreleased electronic music by Graves, unreleased footage of his first tour in Japan with Butoh legend Min Tanaka, combined with an exclusive and unprecedented look into the brilliant mind of a living master.

UMASS Arts Extension Service Spring Arts and Humanities Internship Fair

WHAT: UMASS Arts Extension Service Spring Arts and Humanities Internship Fair
WHERE: Fine Arts Center Atrium 151 Presidents Dr, Amherst, MA 01003
WHEN: Tuesday, February 13 from 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Artists, Cultural Organizations, & Creative Businesses - join us at the Spring Arts and Humanities Internship Fair!

Are you an artist, cultural organization, or creative business interested in having a student intern for the spring or summer? Then we invite you to join us for the Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative’s Spring Arts and Humanities Internship Fair on Tuesday, February 13 from 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM at the Fine Arts Center Atrium! The fair will be an opportunity for you to meet prospective interns in our arts (studio arts, art history, history, theatre, music & dance), humanities, and arts management programs. Internship postings for the fair need to be submitted by Wednesday, February 7 - space is limited so early application is highly recommended. See Internship FAQ for more information.

The first half-hour of the internship fair will be an opportunity for you to setup and network with other area artists and arts organizations. We will have refreshments just for internship providers and time for you to meet and talk. The opportunity to network with fellow artists and arts organizations was one of the top highlights articulated in our follow-up surveys from prior successful internship fairs! Students will begin arriving at 11:30 AM.

Participation in the Internship Fair is free, but space is limited. If you are interested in participating, please read the AES Internship FAQ page and fill out the AES Internship Posting Form (one for each internship opportunity) found at the Internship FAQ page and email the form(s) to by Wednesday, February 7.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Cyndy Sperry & BZ Reily at Oxbow Gallery

WHAT: Works by Cyndy Sperry & BZ Reily 
WHERE: Oxbow Gallery, 273 Pleasant Street, Northampton MA 01060
WHEN: Opening Reception: Friday, January 12th, 5:30-8pm
              On View: January 11 - February 4, 2018. 

Front Room
Cyndy Sperry: Mostly New Work

Back Room
B..Z. Reily: New Work: Prints Sculptures Assemblages

Friday, January 5, 2018

ArtsEZ 2017 Award Winners

ArtsEZ 2017 Award Winners

The Northampton Arts Council is pleased to announce the awarding of 34 grants totaling $18,000 in support of a variety of projects from funds raised through event-programing within the Northampton community. Our signature events include the Silver Chord Bowl, Summer Concert Series in Downtown Northampton/Paradise City Cultural District, Transperformance, RETROFaire, and First Night Northampton. The funding of these projects would not have been made possible without our community members who continue to show up in support of our benefit events and the sponsors and donors who contribute time and again. Each year we are in awe of the outstanding applications we have the honor of reviewing, and unfortunately, this year we were unable to fund many worthy projects. The Arts Council received 60 requests for almost $98,500 of funding. This year grants were awarded in the following categories: Film/Video, Dance, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.

Visual Arts:
$ 500.00 to Cassandra Holden for “Single Room Occupancy”
$ 300.00 to Donna Marie Carpenter for “Ancient Homeland” 
$ 250.00 to Donnabelle Casis for “The ArtSalon”
$ 500.00 to Elizabeth Stone for “Women’s Self-Portrait Show”
$ 500.00 to Greta Svalberg for “To Be Titled Solo Painting Exhibition”
$ 250.00 to Jodi Lyn Cutler for “Circus Smirkus”
$ 1,000.00 to Jonathan Kohrman for “Mural Restoration”
$ 250.00 to Sara K. Lyons [Acton] for “Reframing Northampton: A Contemporary View of the Howes Brothers Photographs”
$ 250.00 to Keith Black of Starlight's Youth Theatre for Spamlot
$ 1,000.00 to Sam Rush of New Century Theatre for “The 39 Steps by Patrick Barlow”
$ 800.00 to Alison Klejna of Click Workspace for “CLICK Music Series, 2017-2018 Season”
$ 650.00 to Bob Cilman of Young at Heart Chorus, Inc. for “Mash-Up 5”
$ 250.00 to Ellen Gilson Voth of DMA Novi Cantori for “Spirit of the Season: Novi Cantori in concert”
$ 500.00 to Jason Trotta of Northampton Community Music Center for “Pioneer Valley New Horizons Band Program”
$ 600.00 to Mod Behrens of Eternal Slumber Party for ”Eternal Slumber Party Show Series” 
$ 600.00 to Paul Arslanian for Northampton Jazz Workshop
$ 500.00 to Stephen Katz for “Hungry Ghost Amphitheater Launch”
Mixed Media
$ 250.00 to Amanda Herman for “Live Art Magazine Issue 5” 
$ 850.00 to Jazer Sibley-Schwarz of The Royal Frog Ballet for “Hindsight/Foresight: Celebrating 10 Years Of Creating As The Royal Frog Ballet”
$ 500.00 to Jeffrey Weaver of Studio4 for “Collider #2”
$ 250.00 to Jon Ruseski & Patrick Gaughan of P L A T F O R M for “P L A T F O R M Lecture Series Fall '17” 
$ 750.00 to Lisa Thompson of A.P.E. Ltd. for “ARC”
$ 650.00 to Pamela Petro for “Dusk at MacLeish”
$ 1,000.00 to Peter McQuillan of 13 Queen for “13 Queen Event Series”
$ 500.00 to Laura Stone - Admin. Director of Straw Dog Writers Guild for “Abel Meeropol Writing for Social Justice Program”
$ 500.00 to Nellie Prior for “Departure Reading Series”
$ 600.00 to Alex Leff for “Now and Again”
$ 500.00 to Kate Way “G is for Gun: The Arming of Teachers in America - website development and screening “
$ 850.00 to Sarah Bliss for “16mm Cameraless Filmmaking Workshop and Experimental Animation Film Screening”
$ 400.00 Sasha Statman-Weil of Horse Drawn Films LLC for “Goof Off”
$ 750.00 Jennifer Polins of The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought for “Hatchery Dance Company, Fall Dance Showcase”
$ 400.00 to Michelle Marroquin for “Love Poem to my Parents”
$300.00 to Molly Stamell for “Parallax”
$250.00 to Roger Salloom for “Roger Salloom's 34th Annual Free Community Concert at Look Park”

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Fall 2017 LCC Grant Award Winners

The Northampton Arts Council is pleased to announce the awarding of 23 grants totaling $11,950 in support of a variety of projects from funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Councils' LCC program. The caliber of applications this round was outstanding, and we were unable to fund many worthy projects. The Arts Council received 40 requests for almost $35,750 of funding. Grants are awarded in the following categories: Dance, Film/Video, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.

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