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.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Happier Valley Comedy Show Presents SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED


WHAT: A Happier Valley Comedy Show: Scripted/Unscripted 
WHEN: Saturday July 14th, show at 8:00pm, doors at 7:30pm
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060
How Much? Tickets are $13 at the door

Some people call it an actor’s nightmare, but some of the Pioneer Valley’s premier actors call it a high-flyin’ night of staged adventure. And nobody knows how it’s going to turn out until the show begins. Happier Valley Comedy’s production of SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED combines one actor performing from a script line by line with one improviser making it all up on the spot because they have no idea what play the actor is reading from. The results are one wild and wooly show... and their most popular. “With a cast of 12 teeming with talent, this show always attracts lots of attention,” says Pam Victor, Head of Happiness of Happier Valley Comedy. “It’s by far our most popular show.”

Cinema Northampton Presents Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Pulaski Park

WHAT: Free Outdoor Film Screening: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
WHEN: Wednesday, September 26: 7:00pm
WHERE: Pulaski Park, 240 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

Cinema Northampton is in its 6th year and we continue to expand this community event!

FREE film screening in Pulaski Park.
Film synopsis: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.

We encourage you to bring drinks, snacks, bug spray, flashlights, and blankets to these outdoor screenings.

Chairs are allowed but must not block anyone’s view.

Subtitles will be on.

More at

Cinema Northampton Presents CoCo at Forbes Library

WHAT: Free Outdoor Film Screening: CoCo
WHEN: Wednesday, July 25 at 8:30pm
WHERE: Forbes Library Lawn, 20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060

Cinema Northampton is in its 6th year and we continue to expand this community event!

FREE film screening at dark on the Forbes library lawn.
Film synopsis: Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

We encourage you to bring drinks, snacks, bug spray, flashlights, and blankets to these outdoor screenings.

Chairs are allowed but must not block anyone’s view.

Subtitles will be on.

More at

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Now Accepting First Night 2019 Applications

The Northampton Arts Council is delighted to present our city’s 34th annual New Year's Eve festival of the performing arts on December 31, 2018.

One of the ways to be considered as a performer for First Night 2019, is to fill out our NEW online form. If you are interested please click here.

The deadline to submit an application to be considered is August 31, 2018.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Have You Registered for ValleyCreates?

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts


Nueva Esperanza l Holyoke, MAMonday, June 25th 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Hawks And Reed l Greenfield, MAThursday, June 28th 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Learn about ValleyCreates trainings and grant opportunities
Hear how similar trainings have helped other nonprofits flourish
Network with other arts and creativity nonprofits

Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Rob Scheps

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Rob Scheps
WHEN: Tuesday, June 26th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM WHERE: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

This week we are pleased to welcome back for the second time a wonderful and eclectic saxophonist who makes his home in both NYC and Portland, OR. Rob Scheps has performed/recorded with everyone from Henry Threadgill and Julius Hemphill to Gil Evans, Jaki Byard and Dianne Reaves and even PDQ Bach. It should be a lot of fun and pretty amazing to boot I'm sure. Joining Rob, George and I will be his good friend and frequent collaborator, also from NY, drummer Jesse Simpson.

A little bit about our guest drummer who is also a pianist. Jesse hails from Graton, CA and now based in Brooklyn. After growing up performing around the San Francisco Bay Area, studying with legendary drummer Donald Bailey, he moved to New York in 2007 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, graduating in 2010. Since that time, Jesse has performed alongside Louie Bellson, backed comedians Fred Armisen and Janeane Garafalo and played with Marc Copland, Kevin Hays, Joe Lovano, John Abercrombie, Chris Cheek and many more. He regularly performs in New York as well as on tour with many different groups in Europe.

Upcoming Guest Artists:

6/26 - Rob Scheps - saxes with Jesse Simpson on drums
7/3 - Joe Magnarelli - trumpet with Peter Moutis on drums
7/10 - Sheryl Bailey - guitar
7/17 - Erik Lawrence - sax and flute
7/24 - Benny Sharoni- tenor
7/31 - Freddie Bryant - guitar

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 (and Like us) on FB at: onJazzWorkshop

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Forbes Staff Member Receives Competitive Award

Dylan Gaffney, Senior Library Assistant at the Forbes Library, has been awarded the 2018 Paralibrarian of the Year award by the Massachusetts Library Association. This competitive annual award is given to one library support staffer who has gone above and beyond. Dylan impressed the nominating committee with his work at both the local and statewide levels, and received a complimentary 1 year membership to the American Library Association.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Nicole Pasternak and saxophonist Ralph Lalama

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop featuring vocalist Nicole Pasternak and saxophonist Ralph Lalama 
WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM
WHERE: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

Our favorite jazz couple will be performing with us on the 19th. Vocalist Nicole Pasternak and saxophonist Ralph Lalama make a great musical team when they perform together and we are thrilled to have them back for their 6th appearance at the Workshop. Over Ralph's impressive career starting with Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, and the Mel Lewis Orchestra – now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – he has honed the craft of sonic blending. This also applies to his blending with his wife on the bandstand. Nicole has a beautiful sense of swing and an infectious and uplifting stage presence and together things just take off and fire up. Joining us will be the great drummer Jimmy Madison. We can't wait to play all three of them again. Hope you can make it for really fun show.

Call for Artists: Main Street Reimagined

Request for Public Art and Streetscape Element Design Proposals

Your opinion matters and we want to hear it. The City of Worcester is now accepting proposals from artists and designers for the creation of a series of public art features for the Main Street Reimagined Project.

The intent of Main Street Reimagined is to supplement the new streetscape with custom public art installations - including functional and decorative elements - to add interest to and activate the public space. Public art installations will reflect elements of Worcester's history, culture and community in creative and interesting ways through the themes of creativity, innovation and revolution.

"As we continue to make our downtown a lively and walkable 18-hour destination, public art will be a major component of our strategy," said City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. "This project is a great opportunity for local and regional artists to help make visual and functional enhancements to Main Street."

The project seeks to incorporate both functional and decorative art at locations throughout the mile-long corridor. The City seeks proposals for five different categories of installations:

  • Artistic screening
  • Lighting Installation 
  • Activity Nodes
  • Benches 
  • Bicycle Racks 

Eligibility: Open to all artists, artist teams, and design professionals with experience in public art and monumental features. Professionals residing in or with studio space in the city of Worcester and the New England region are encouraged to apply.

Download the RFP Bid Details.
Artists/designers who want to bid are responsible to check HERE for addenda.
With questions, please contact the City's Purchasing Director Chris Gagliastro.

Deadline: July 13, 2018, 10 a.m.

More details about the RFP may be found at

Friday, June 15, 2018

Mass Development Collaborative Workspace Program: Grant Round Open Now

The goal of the Collaborative Workspace Program is to accelerate the pace of new business formation, job creation, and entrepreneurial activity in communities, by supporting infrastructure that fuels community-based innovation. Eligible collaborative workspace applicants may apply for either Seed Grants for predevelopment and feasibility work, or Fit-out Grants for building improvements and equipment purchases.

We are excited to announce the opening of our third competitive funding round on June 11, 2018. Proposals are due in electronic format via email at no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, July 20, 2018. Funding decisions are expected to be announced at the end of September.



For more information, contact:

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

This Week @33 Hawley

WHAT: NCMC's High Definition in Concert
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA
WHEN: Wednesday, June 13th, 7:30pm

High Definition, a vocal ensemble of the Northampton Community Music Center, presents its season finale. Under the direction of Catherine Kay,High Definition sings a cappella music for women’s voices of all genres. Its current set includes music spanning five centuries. From the sacred to political, jazz to folk, profound to irreverent, there is something for everyone in a High Definition program.

Donation at the door. Proceeds benefit the NCMC Scholarship Fund.

WHAT: "THIS" with Mary Beth Booker, Kathy Couch, Lauren Horn, Madison Palffey & Michelle Huber
WHERE: Northampton Community Arts Trust, 33 Hawley St., Northampton MA
WHEN: Friday June 15 & Saturday June 16, 8:00pm

“THIS” is a continuation of a February 2018 project facilitated by Peter Schmitz that provides space and time at 33 Hawley Street for two informal showings of creative work by area artists. Highlighting artists whose work is rarely seen or artists who are known in different mediums other than movement performance work, “THIS” creates a platform for the development of new and ongoing work. 

Tickets:  $10 suggested donation at the door.

Survival Drive at Edwards Church this Saturday

WHAT: Survival Drive
WHERE: Edwards Church 297 Main Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Saturday June 16th 9am-2pm


Next Saturday, drop off your old tents, tarps, blankets, boots, pots, lanterns, really anything that could help someone survive the Spring, Summer and Fall until the shelter re-opens. And if you don't have a garage filled with stuff like that, please consider a monetary donation. ALL funds will go directly to buying gear and distributing it to those who need it. This is a totally volunteer effort of heart to help those who have nowhere else to go. At a time when the world is seemingly more and more cold by the day, this is a small gesture that can provide someone with some comfort and coverage against the elements in a last line of defense. Thank you for reading this.

Since homeless shelters are closed for the spring, summer and fall seasons, we want to give those without shelter as much of the bare-minimum-necessities that we as a community can pull together. It’s a great reason to declutter your basement, attic or trunk. It’s an even greater excuse to upgrade your gear by doing a good thing for a person whose basic survival depends on it.

No gear to give but still want to help? Donate money now by clicking on the DonorBox link below. All funds go towards purchasing tents and gear:

Questions? contact:

Green Street Brew Open Rehearsal

WHAT: Green Street Brew Open Rehearsal
WHERE: Florence Civic Center, 90 Parks St Florence MA
WHEN: June 13th 7:00pm

Local a cappella group Green Street Brew is expanding. The group is looking to add sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. Open Rehearsal begins with group warm up and some singing followed by refreshments and Q & A with members. Afterwards anyone interested in singing can sign up for a formal audition to be held later in June. For questions and info contact: GSB Director Todd Fruth at

Make Music Day / Fête de la Musique Northampton

WHAT: Make Music Day/Fête de la Musique Northampton
WHEN: June 21st
WHERE: Pulaski Park, 240 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060 and Forbes Library Lawn, 20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060.

Part performance, part participation, all fun!

Featuring The Massachusetts Walking Tour, Vernon Valiquette & Liam Hurley, on the west lawn at Forbes Library, and in Pulaski Park with NCMC Band and Western Mass. Fiddle Orchestra, plus: AEIOUkes at both locations!

Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120 countries. Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part.

Free performances and participatory music-making gatherings will take place all day in Pulaski Park and the Forbes Library lawn.

Check the facebook event for updates

Interested in performing a short acoustic set in the afternoon at Forbes Lawn?

FREE for everyone! Bring a picnic, bring a blanket, bring the kids, bring a ukulele!

Event Schedule:


1-5 PM: Acoustic Open Lawn: You make the music!

5-6 PM: Vernon Valiquette & Liam Hurley

6-8 PM: The Massachusetts Walking Tour featuring local guest artists


morning: Northampton Community Music Center Band

afternoon: AEIOUkes

early evening: Fiddle Orchestra of Western Mass.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hilltown Open Studio Tour

WHAT: Hilltown Open Studio Tour
WHEN: Saturday June 23rd, 10am-5pm and Sunday June 24th, 11am-5pm
WHERE: Full studio tour map available here

The Hilltown Arts Alliance is pleased to launch their first ever Open Studio Tour this spring and welcome visitors to view their work as well as the great beauty of the region.  The tour will wind its way amongst majestic mountain views, streams, timeless backroads and old growth forests to visit the work places of some of our finest artists.  Guests will get a glimpse into both the creative process and the physical work which make up the daily lives of these creative and visionary “Hilltowners”.
There will be 26 artists participating at 24 locations, plus a group exhibition at the Cummington Community House Gallery.  Hilltown Open Studio Tour is taking place in the towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Plainfield, North Chester, and Worthington.  This is the first year of what is hoped to be an annual event.

"As artists we spend hours alone working in the studio creating our art. We welcome the opportunity to share it with the public and give them a glimpse into our private workspace,” explains participant Peggy Klineman for her passion to make this event part of the Hilltown arts scene.

Participating artists include: 
Cyndy Sperry - paintings, drawings, prints
Valerie Claff - watercolor landscapes
Peggy Klineman - shredded paper paintings, works on paper, drawings 
Kevin O'Connor - collage
Larry Slezak - mixed media works on paper, assemblages & collages
Judith Bowerman - prints, paintings
Elizabeth Whyte Schulze -  basketry sculpture
David Marshall - paintings
Studio at East Branch - Frances Henry and Walter Korzec - watercolor, drawings, woodblock, abstract expressionist paintings, assemblage, drawings
Robert Sweeney - oil paintings
Olwen Dowling -  oil and watercolor paintings, Copper Intaglio prints
Gloria Conwell- photography, fused glass: tiles, dishes, knobs, jewelry, sculpture
Jen Parrish-Hill - handcrafted amulet jewelry of stained glass and clay
Kathy Ford - quilt art, fabric art
Kathryn Jensen- watercolor landscapes
Jeanne Johns - portrait paintings
Michael Melle - life size figure sculptures, drawings, paintings
Susan Flores -  metal Sculpture
Alexandra F. Cherau - watercolors, monotypes, monoprints, goose eggs, bird baths and gardens
June Ferrin - watercolor paintings
Natalie Stafford - watercolors
Community House Gallery -  group show of various medium
Beckie Kravetz - figurative and garden sculptures, masks
Leni Fried - printmaking, scrolls, notecards, The Bagshare Project
Mark Shapiro at Stonepool pottery -  wood-fired, salt-glazed pottery
Mara Superior Guest Artist at Project Art - ceramic art and sculpture
The weekend will include unique workshops and demonstrations– please see the website for the full  schedule.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Kate Bavelock at

Northampton Summer Concert Series 2018

The Northampton Arts Council believes bringing members of our regional community to downtown Northampton is really important. Providing diverse, live, and free arts programming is both central to downtown Northampton’s identity as a cultural district and a critical draw in encouraging residents from the Pioneer Valley and beyond to visit our unique city. We also believe you think it’s important, too.
How do we enjoy long summer nights in downtown Northampton’s Paradise City Cultural District? With free live music of course! Namely the Downtown Northampton Summer Concert Series! This year, the Northampton Arts Council will present FIVE live music concerts with FREE ADMISSION; THREE at Pulaski Park and TWO on the Hampshire County Courthouse Lawn. The concerts will take place on Friday July 20, Friday July 27, Friday August 3, Friday August 10, and Friday August 17. All the shows start at 5:30 PM.

How Much: FREE

When & Who: ALL FIVE SHOWS 5:30PM-7:30PM

Friday August 3rd - Pulaski Park
Vapors of Morphine

Friday August 10th - Hampshire County Courthouse lawn
Mal Devisa
Topsy (from And The Kids)

Friday August 17th - Pulaski Park
Signature Sounds Presents: An evening showcasing Signature Sounds Artists

Who Supports the Downtown Northampton Summer Concert Series?
Headline Sponsors: City of Northampton, Coca-Cola, Tea Guys
Organizational Support: Massachusetts Cultural Council

Cinema Northampton presents Casablanca at Forbes Library

WHAT: Free Outdoor Film Screening: Casablanca
WHERE: Forbes Library Lawn 20 West Street Northampton
WHEN: Wednesday June 27, Festivities 5-9pm Film 8:45-10:45pm


RSVP Facebook Event here:

Monday, June 11, 2018

Serious Play Alumni Reunion

What: Serious Play Alumni Reunion, Staged Reading of Caryl Churchill's play Faraway 
When: June 30th, 8:00pm start time (arrive by 7:45pm)
Where: The Northampton Arts Trust, 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA

We are looking forward to celebrating 25+ years of creative theatre-making with all of you at the new Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley St, Northampton (just down the road from Spoletos restaurant). Many of you have signed up and there is still time to be on the list. SO phone Sheryl at 413-588-7439, and if you don't get her on the line, leave a message that you are coming.

Each alum and one guest will be welcomed at the side door of the Arts Trust building just off the free parking lot. Everything is free but there may need to be a cash bar with beer, wine, and sparkling water. Food is being prepared by many friends of Serious Play. If you wish to bring a special dip or snack- go for it.

June 30th logistics:
All arrive at 33 Hawley St by 7:45pm for an 8pm alumni staged reading of Caryl Churchill's strange and unsettling play FARAWAY. I have become so interested in Churchill's work. We will be in an 80 audience air conditioned room, since the upstairs theatre is not as yet complete. There will be alumni, collaborating artists, and invited guests.

We are dedicating the Serious Play Alumni Reunion to the memory of ensemble alum Dane Botfield, who we lost this past year. We will be welcoming with open arms Belinda Botfield (Dane's wife) to our celebration.

Immediately following the staged reading, we will open up the room to enjoy an informal party where we can talk, relax, and catch up with one another. Do not dress up.

NOTE- As part of the Staged Reading there will be an "Alumni Procession" of 15 Alumni. These alumni will be receiving an e-mail soon with specific "procession" details as to all black clothing, and a quick rehearsal during the day at 33 Hawley. It is a movement procession with no speaking, simple and important.
The participants are:
Libby Kelly Oberlin
Maria Hudak Smith
Toby Vera Bercovici
Constance Leslie
Rich Vaden
Julissa Rodriguez
Martha Richards
Libby Augarten
Patrick Ryan
Matt Haas
Elizabeth Solomon
Nanette Mendieta
Rand Foerester
Kermit Dunkelberg
Axel Cruz

Reunion Continues on Sunday...

What: Informal Alumni Gathering
When: Sunday, July 1st, 12:00-4:00pm
Where: APE Gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton, MA

From noon to 4pm on Sunday, those who can are welcome to come over to 126 Main St (the APE Gallery) where we will continue our reconnections and share new work of alumni. Bring your coffee and join us!

QUESTIONS- Please phone Sheryl at 413-588-7439

SIGN UP NOW by calling Sheryl at 413-588-7439, there is still time!
SEE YOU ALL SOON on June 30 for an extraordinary Serious Play Reunion.
Sending much appreciation to all of you for making the effort to be with us-

Sheryl & Robin and Serious Play Theatre Ensemble

Call for Entry: Those Who Can, Teach

Deadline: September 1, 2018

Exhibition Dates: November 2018  (Exact dates TBD)

Opening Reception: TBD

Location: Nave Gallery, 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA

Curated By: Melissa Chaney, Amanda Kilton, Elizabeth Menges

This show is a celebration of artists who teach grades K-12. We often spend so much time and energy motivating and helping our students create, that we risk neglecting our own craft. Our jobs require us to assume various roles–nurturer, parent, and coach–and achieve a myriad of goals–to inspire, teach technique and regulate students of varying emotional, social, and developmental levels. We do all of this because it is important work, but in our field, teaching others often overshadows our own artistic development. This show is a reminder to ourselves and to others that the reason we teach is because we value the creative process. In order to support our students we must devote time to our own artistic practice. Our teaching feeds our art making and our art making feeds our teaching. This symbiotic relationship allows us to lead by example and helps us seek the difficult balance between giving to others through teaching and giving to our own work as artists.

How to Submit Your Work:
– There is a $15 submission fee per artist, payable through Paypal. Paypal is available here. Please include “Those Who Can, Teach” in the note field
– A maximum of three pieces may be entered for consideration
– Complete the online submission form at

If you have trouble filling out the form or uploading images, please contact

Call to Artists: 2018 Somerville Toy Camera Festival

Exhibition Date: September 2018
Exhibition Locations: Brickbottom Gallery, Nave Gallery, and Washington Street Gallery
Juried By: Jennifer Shaw

The Somerville Toy Camera Festival seeks entries for its sixth annual celebration of toy and lo-fi photography.

Images of any subject matter, made with a “toy” camera – any low-tech camera with no or very limited exposure control, such as pinhole, Holga, Diana/Diana clones, Brownie, Ansco, disposable cameras – are eligible. The key criteria are plastic lenses and a lack of reliable exposure control. Straight Polaroid-type images, or images made with cell phones, digital cameras, or film cameras with full exposure control (such as the Lomo LC series), will not be considered.

Submission Deadline: June 24, 2018
Photographers will be notified by: July 20, 2018
Selected work must be received by: August 31, 2018

All shows will open by September 8, 2018. Gallery-specific opening dates and related events to be announced.

The final placement of work will be decided by the organizing committee. Accepted pieces must be delivered to the respective gallery framed and wired for hanging (or ready and equipped for display, in the case of viewing devices, constructions, etc). Artists are responsible for cost of shipping to and from the gallery.

– There is a $25 submission fee per artist. Payment is made through the Nave Gallery – please include STCF in the memo
– A maximum of five pieces may be entered for consideration


Northampton Recovery Center Weekly Update

The number of new visitors to the Northampton Recovery Center is picking up every week.  Our new groups are filling up!

New this coming week is a mindfulness group on Friday at 3pm with Bill Butcher.  Bill will lead this for the remaining three weeks in June, and then will resume in September.  We are happy to have mindfulness back in our toolbox.

And Jack McEleny has also volunteered to come back to facilitate mindfulness groups on Tuesdays and Thursdays coming up later in the month. (click here to see full calendar of events)


Don't forget to Save the Date for our Grand Opening at 2 Gleason Plaza on Wednesday, June 20 from 2:00 - 5:00pm.  Light refreshments will be available. 

New Location at 2 Gleason Plaza: 

Group Sing On July 27

Group Sing on Friday June 8th during Arts Night Out  (photo by Lisa Downing)
WHAT: Group Sing
WHERE: Forbes Library Lawn, 20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060
WHEN: July 27th, from 7:00-9:00pm

The next Group Sing is Friday, July 27, in the shade of the two remaining large Oaks on the front lawn of Forbes Library. Led by Jim Armenti, this group sing will take place under a full moon.

Free and open to the public.

We're back at the air-conditioned Northampton Senior Center on Wednesday August 1, 7:00-9:00pm, with Joe Blumenthal and the A-E-I-O-Ukes.

Always free and open to the community.
Mark your calendars. 

Vive La France! "Arts Night Out En Plein Air" falls on Eve of Bastille Day

Kathleen Hession: photo credit Ellen Augarten

WHAT: Arts Night Out En Plein Air Painting Festival on Eve of Bastille Day
WHEN: July 13th, from 4-8pm
WHERE: Downtown Northampton, MA

"En plein air” is a French term referring to the act of painting outdoors with natural subjects and light. On Friday, July 13, ten notable local artists will showcase their skills al fresco throughout the late afternoon and evening as part of what has become an annual festival for downtown Northampton--Arts Night Out En Plein Air. Please join Linda Babcock, Susan Barocas, Valerie Bassett, Jeffrey Gatrall, Paula Gottlieb, Kathleen Hession, Robert Markey, Robert Masla, Scott Prior, and Deborah Rubin in the open air “studio of Pulaski Park 4-8 pm.

By happy coincidence, July’s Arts Night Out falls on the eve of Bastille Day, a national day of celebration in France and a great opportunity to add a little French flare to the occasion. Everything is free and interactive as artists welcome onlookers to watch them work on original pieces and engage in conversation about the technique. Robert Masla, in cooperation with Northampton’s own Royal Talens paints and Chartpak, Inc., will be offering hands-on, paint-along demonstrations in watercolor and water mixable oils using Fredrix All-Media Paint Board. The public is also invited to create their own en plein air paintings by borrowing one of 20 water color kits for an hour at a time.

The festival also hosts Prone to Mischief, a group of street musicians known for their colorful costumes and high energy. The band will keep the atmosphere lively by channeling its inner French Quarter.

This community event is produced in cooperation with the Downtown Northampton Association. It is funded in part by the Festivals Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Northampton Arts Council and Florence Bank.

Details and selected artist statements at

Summer Block Party 2018

WHAT: Summer Block Party
WHERE: Main Street, Downtown Northampton, MA.
WHEN: July 7th, from 6-9pm

Join us for a downtown Northampton Summer Block Party!

We’re closing Main Street and filling it with family-friendly entertainment, live music and more!

Jesus Pagan and Conjunto Barrio will perform on lower Main Street, near Dirty Truth and La Veracruzana. New this year there will be a rock climbing wall and bounce house! Look for them near Sam's Pizza and the Green Bean.

Wonder what else you'll find? Please check the Northampton DNA website and facebook pages for regular updates.

Upcoming Valley Dance Events: Workshop + Film + VIDAM + Pollinate

WHAT: Dance Workshop + Film + VIDAM + Pollinate
WHERE: Karuna Center for Yoga & Healing Arts 25 Main St, 3rd Floor, Northampton, MA.
WHEN: June 16 & 17th

CI Workshop 1-5pm

"Five Ways In" film to follow @ 5-7pm

VIDAM Saturday Night 8-10pm w/ Tony Silva

POLLINATE Afternoon BLOOM Sunday 2-4pm

Alyssa has been teaching Contact Improvisation internationally and this will be her first Northampton Teaching. Get ready to dive in deeply to more creative choices and playful connections!

Alyssa was one of the co-directors of the film 'Five Ways In'. She is excited to share it after we watch the film "Fall After Newton". She will facilitate a short discussion of what the founders of CI were exploring and how we experience CI nowadays. This afternoon will give us a range of textures to improvise with at VIDAM in the evening.

It's a great weekend of Movement choices in Northampton, MA Come for one event or stay for the weekend!

Scout Cuomo Summer Art Classes

WHAT: Scout Cuomo Summer Art Classes
WHERE: Arts & Industry Building Florence, MA
WHEN: Wednesdays: July 25th, Aug. 1st, Aug. 8th, Aug 15th, Aug 22nd: 5-8pm

What will you create this summer?

This 5 week program will teach you how to paint on large glass surfaces. During our class time together, will learn how to paint a resin layered painting on a refurbished rolled glass window. All materials will be provided. Over the course of 5 three hour classes, we will break down the painting process and learn color techniques to help you create your own large and lovely painting

Ages 15 & up!

Spaces are held on a first come, first serve basis once a registration form & full payment are received (online payment).

Sessions will be held WEDNESDAYS: July 25th, Aug. 1st, Aug. 8th, Aug 15th, Aug 22nd: 5-8pm.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Panopera & Music at the Crossroads present: "Prophets, Preachers and Prayers"

WHAT:  Panopera & Music at the Crossroads present:
              "Prophets, Preachers and Prayers: selections from operas and oratorios"
WHEN: June 15th, at 7:30 pm
WHERE: Edwards Church, 297 Main St,. Northampton MA

"Prophets, Preachers and Prayers: selections from operas and oratorios", featuring the Edwards Church choir and some of the area's finest singers and instrumentalists. Panopera regulars Alan Schneider, tenor, Katherine Saik, soprano, and Chris Mortensen and Fleur Barnes-Rowell, horn, will participate, as well as returning guests Sarah Briggs (Carmen), Ramsey Kurdi (Carmen), Jenna Rae (Tosca), and Hugh Keelan (Tosca, La Boheme).

Admisson is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit Cathedral in the Night.

The concert will take place at Edwards Church, 297 Main St,. Northampton MA

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Third Annual Interdependence Day Parade and Celebration

WHAT: Interdependence Day Parade and Celebration 
WHERE: Pulaski Park, Main St. Northampton, MA.
WHEN: July 7th at 1:00 PM 

CIRCLE UP FOR THE EARTH on Interdependence Day!

The third annual Interdependence Day Parade and Celebration will be held on July 7th at 1PM at Pulaski Park in Northampton, Massachusetts. Giant puppets, music, and audience participation will be woven into what MuZen Theater event producers Beth Fairservis and Stephen Katz are calling “Circle Up for the Earth”. Through meditation, community council, spontaneous theater and song, Circle Up participants are guided to rebalance individual and collective relationships with Life on Earth.

The community is encouraged to contribute to the Circle Up by arriving with flowers in hand at 12 noon in one of four nearby locations. At 1 PM everyone will parade from the Four Directions with MuZen giant puppets to Pulaski Park. While Stephen Katz underscores the event with layered cello music, Beth Fairservis will lead the group from sitting in silence, to conversation and community interaction about our relationship to the Four Elements: Earth, Air, Water, and especially, Fire. A dragon on a bicycle, a Polar Bear, Mother Earth, the Sun, and a Flying Tree will accompany the processions and bear witness to the events that unfold as we come to terms with what it takes to transform ourselves and our way of life.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Trainings Offered to the Cultural Sector

Recent news has reminded us that the nonprofit cultural sector is not immune to problems of sexual harassment in the workplace. We have reached out to our sister state agency, the Mass Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), to offer education and training to ensure our cultural nonprofits are meeting the highest standards in sexual harassment prevention. The trainings will be presented by Jeremy Scheiner of MCAD. In each region a morning session and an identical afternoon session will be offered. Please register for one session as soon as possible if you are interested in participating as each training will be capped at 40 participants.

Description: This specialized training focuses on sexual harassment in the workplace. The course touches briefly on overview topics: the protected identity categories, disparate treatment, harassment (both sexual and non-sexual), disability/religious accommodations, liability, and the MCAD process. After getting a quick overview of Massachusetts anti-discrimination law, participants will do a deep dive into techniques and tools for addressing sexual harassment. Topics include: nuances in the sexual harassment legal standard, reviewing your organization’s sexual harassment policy and code of conduct, and bystander intervention.

About the Trainer: Jeremy Scheiner is the Director of Training for MCAD. As the Director of Training, Jeremy is charged with all training, outreach, and education efforts across the Commonwealth on behalf of the MCAD. Since he started his role, Jeremy has conducted approximately 100 trainings and trained over 2,000 people. Jeremy started his career as a 4th grade teacher in Lawrence, MA. After spending several years in the classroom, Jeremy began working with adults as a full-time diversity, equity, and inclusivity trainer. Among many things, Jeremy designed and led over 50 diversity, equity, and inclusivity professional development sessions for over 450 professionals. Jeremy has an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston University and a B. A. in Education Studies and Women’s Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.

Scheduled Trainings:

Cape Cod
June 20th, 9am-12pm OR 1pm-4pm, Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis MA 02638

Western Massachusetts
June 26th, 9am-12pm OR 1pm-4pm, MASS MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA way, North Adams, MA 01247

Greater Boston
June 28th, 9:30am-12:30pm OR 1pm-4pm, The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington Street, Boston MA 02116


Crowdsourced Cinema Sign-Ups Now Open

Crowdsourced Cinema Sign-Ups Now Open

Yesterday, June 6th starting at 7pm, NCTV opened sign-ups for Crowdsourced Cinema: Ferris Bueller's Day Off. This year they are trying something new and allowing teams to pick their own scenes.Sign-ups are on There will be a quick form to fill out.

Scenes are first-come, first-served, and sign-ups are open until every scene is taken. Take a look at the scenes ahead of time and have a few alternates in mind in case the one you want is taken.

Completed scenes will be due end of summer, and there will be a screening party in the fall. More info at

Unified Special Olympics School Day Games at NHS

WHAT:  Unified Special Olympics School Day Games
WHERE: Northampton High School 80 Elm St, Northampton, MA
WHEN: June 11 from 9:30am-12:30pm

The Northampton Public Schools will be hosting the local area's first Unified Special Olympics School Day Games on June 11 from 9:30am-12:30pm at Northampton High School. Students from eight local districts will participate in accessible and modified events including throwing, jumping, yard games, relay races, and an obstacle course. 

This is a milestone year for Special Olympics as they are celebrating their 50th anniversary, and they are excited about the partnerships that have been built in the first 50 years and are looking forward to the new growth and opportunity in years to come. While NPS has hosted the School Day Games in the past, this is the first year when the events will be unified, having students with disabilities participating on teams alongside their peers without disabilities. The goal is for students to participate in sports together as peers and equals. 

Over 25 students from Northampton High School are volunteering to run the stations, and over 200 students will be participating as athletes. Students have been part of the planning process to help ensure events are accessible to those with physical disabilities. For example, the wood shop department of NHS is providing a catapult for students who cannot throw a ball that will allow them to press a switch to launch a ball across the field. The Unified School Day Games is an exciting entry into the field of Unified sports for NPS, as other schools in the area have added Unified Sports teams, and NHS will be starting a Unified Basketball team this coming fall. The School Day Games will include an opening ceremony with the National Anthem performed by an NHS student, and the Northampton Arts Council and faculty from NHS are teaming up to provide music (chosen by student participants) to be played throughout the event.

 NPS is proud to be hosting the event and grateful for partnering with Special Olympics. Special Olympics MA is a year-round organization offering inclusive sports and training opportunities in 23 sports across the state. To get involved in your local community visit for more information.

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