The Northampton Arts Council is an organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A.P.E.@Hawley JANUARY MOVEMENT MONTH


January Dance Festival Returns to Northampton

Northampton will be treated to a festival of dance this January at the new Arts Trust building, located at 33 Hawley Street. For over fifteen years, A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery hosted a January Movement Month at Thornes. Reviving that successful series this January, A.P.E. @ Hawley Street brings over twenty-five local and national dance artists and their collaborators to the new arts facility for four weeks of performances and workshops. The month-long festival will feature a different focus each week—improvisation, contemporary dance in performance, streetdance and Butoh, and new works created by local choreographers. Additional workshops and lectures will be held during the course of the month. Scholar in Residence Deborah Goffe will host conversations with the dance makers, and four affiliated visual artists will create and present their work in relation to the dance events.

The month-long series begins with the Architects, highly skilled improvisors known for their dynamic collaboration: Lisa Gonzales, Pamela Vail, and Katherine Ferrier along with colleagues Peter Schmitz and Kathy Couch. Week two features Xan Burley + Alex Springer, former performers with the NYC-based company Doug Varone and Dancers, now in the graduate program at Smith College. Week three introduces Cameron McKinney and his NYC-based company Kizuna Dance, blending streetdance with Japanese Butoh ideologies in a new work for the Hatchery, the youth company at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought. The final week hosts the Improvisation Ensemble directed by Angie Hauser, long-time dancer with the Bebe Miller Company and chair of the dance department at Smith College.

Historic Northampton teams up with festival hosts A.P.E. Ltd. and the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought to present a special film, Vision of Thornes, honoring Gordon Thorne and his contributions to the arts in the Northampton community. The film also reflects the role of local newspapers and news media in bringing the arts into the public eye. Following the screening, there will be a conversation about the role of creativity in shaping community and the dialogue between business and the arts.

A special Sundays at 5 series begins on January 13 with a stunning evening-length duet by Jen Nugent and Paul Matteson, another piece apart, recently presented in the New York Live Arts series. January 20 will feature a showing of new works by Lailye Weidman and Doug LeCours—two young artists actively performing on both coasts. Kizuna Dance  the young dancers of Hatchery, plus a work in progress by local dancer and choreographer Meredith Bove will be shown on January 27. The Festival Finale on February 3 highlights five area dance artists with works created at Hawley Street throughout the month—Katie Martin, Barbie Diewald, Sarah Lass, and Leah Fournier, along with NY-based artist-in-residence Andrew Pester.

A Festival Pass lets you support this lively month of dancing by attending any five events.

For the full schedule and tickets, see A.P.E.@Hawley.

About the Artists: Selected Websites

Week I: Improvisation—
The Architects: Katherine Ferrier,  Lisa Gonzales, and Pamela Vail, (https://www.architectsdance.org/)
Peter Schmitz (www.scdtnoho.com/improvisational-practices.html)
Kathy Couch (https://www.amherst.edu/people/facstaff/kcouch)
Sundays at 5: Paul Matteson and Jen Nugent (45 minute duet) https://www.pbs.org/video/nyc-arts-nyc-arts-profile-jennifer-nugent/

Week II: Contemporary Dance
Xan Burley + Alex Springer  (http://www.themedianmovement.com/the-work/)
Sundays at 5: Lailye Weidman (www.lailyeweidman.com/)

Week III: Street Dance and Butoh and New Works
Sundays at 5: Cameron McKinney (https://www.cameronmckinneydance.com/)
Meredith Bove (https://meredithbove.wordpress.com/)

Week IV: Improvisation Ensemble and Festival Finale
Angie Hauser (www.angiehauser.com/)
Sundays at 5: Festival Finale
Barbie Diewald (https://barbiediewald.weebly.com/)
Sara Lass (https://www.facebook.com/239866362825199/.../sarah-lass.../994297894048705/ )
Meredith Bove (https://meredithbove.wordpress.com/)
Katie Martin (https://www.fivecolleges.edu/dance/facultystaff/guest-artists/katie-martin)

Photo Credits:
Burley and Springer by Francisco Graciano

Visual Artists:
- Michael Tillyer: www.tillyervision.com/
- Jil Crary-Ross:  https://cargocollective.com/jilcraryross/JIL-CRARY-ROSS
- Stephen Petegorsky: https://spphoto.com/
- Peter Raper: https://www.flickr.com/photos/111040228@N03/albums/

Old Deerfield Painting Group

WHAT: Old Deerfield Painting Group
WHEN: December 3-29, 2018
WHERE: Forbes Library Hosmer Gallery, 20 West Street, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060

The Old Deerfield Painting Group was started in Historic Deerfield in 1989 by Elice Davis Pieropan and is now under the direction of local artist David Sund. The group meets weekly at the Community Center in Old Deerfield to paint. Each member brings their own unique style of painting in several media, including watercolor, oil and pastel. All 15 member artists are participating in this exhibit: Valerie Bassett, Trudi Bluml, Jo-Ann Denehy, Leni Gaudet, Helen Hodges, Nancy Howell, Jean Koslowsky, Joan Morawski, Harry Ruddock, David Sund, Barbara Taylor, John Tomasetti, Georgina Van Zandt, Carol Walker, and Christine Yario.

The Old Deerfield Painting Group celebrates its 30th year in 2019. We are pleased to share a sampling of some of our work from over the years with you. Please feel free to visit our website:
http://olddeerfieldpainting.wixsite.com/arts. We hope to keep painting for many years to come.

Gallery Hours
Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 1-5 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 1-5 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays.

Seasonal Makers Market featuring the work of 27 local artisans


WHAT Seasonal Makers Market featuring the work of 27 local artisans
WHEN: Open through the holiday season (December)
Hours: Monday-Thursday (11am-6pm) Friday-Saturday (11am-7pm) and Sunday 12pm-5pm
WHERE:18 Center Street, Downtown Northampton (next to the Iron Horse)




Holiday Stroll is this Saturday

WHAT: Holiday Stroll!
WHEN: Saturday Night, December 1, from 5-8pm
WHERE: Downtown Northampton

Join us downtown to experience Main Street on foot.  Shop at our local stores, eat at your favorite restaurants, enjoy the holiday lights and celebrate the winter season!​

Where to park?  All of our municipal lots will be open and waiting for you, as well as the parking garage.  ​A parking map is available here. There is also parking available on downtown side streets, and on-street parking on Elm, Green and West Streets near Smith College.

TRAFFIC FLOW: Main Street will close to through traffic starting at 4pm.  Please note: Main Street will be closed only from Masonic Street (which will remain OPEN) to King Street (which will also remain OPEN).  The lower block of Main Street, between King Street and Market Street will be open to through traffic the entire evening.  This is because there are two other big events happening in downtown Northampton on Saturday night: an 8pm concert at the Calvin (Melissa Etheridge) and an NEPR fundraiser at the Hotel Northampton.

What’s happening, you wonder?  A quick overview:
- S’mores and fire pits, of course – in the block near Thornes
- Winter kid-friendly games with Northampton Parks & Recreation, AND kid-friendly activites with    the Hampshire County YMCA!
- Karaoke with Hits 94.3
- More winter kid-friendly games with the Northampton Montessori School
- A Crackerbarrel Alley takeover by UMass Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning Students      and Faculty
- Food on the sidewalk from Belly of the Beast, Iconica Social Club and Viva Fresh Pasta
- Forbes Library kid crafts and read-alouds
- Food from Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School culinary students
- D.J. Quintessential – in front of Cathy Cross
- The Northampton DPW, Police Department and Fire Department with trucks for kids to explore
- MUSIC – SO MUCH MUSIC!
A schedule of performances, being coordinated with the Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals as part of their December fundraising efforts, is available HERE (it’s being updated constantly).  You can catch the Northampton High School band in Pulaski Park, small acapella groups wandering the streets, Valley Rock Voices on the steps of First Churches, an acapella jam inside First Churches, folk music inside the Unitarian Universalist Society, the Florence Community Band and others at the Christian Science Center, a schedule of groups in front of City Hall, and lots of groups performing inside retail spaces on and off Main Street.

The Arts Co-Creator a ValleyCreates Gathering

WHAT: The Arts Co-Creator a ValleyCreates Gathering
WHEN: Saturday, January 12, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
WHERE: Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St, Holyoke, MA
Registration will close by December 20th at 5pm
REGISTER

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts is hosting a gathering of people passionate about creating a more connected and vibrant arts community in the Valley, with a goal of generating fundable ideas that create meaningful change.

Bring your voice. Come ready to share your vision for how your organization can contribute to meaningful change through the arts. During this day-long event, we anticipate active exchange of ideas that explore equitable and visionary approaches for elevating the arts in our Valley. We invite diverse perspectives that together can contribute to the co-creation of innovative possibilities.

Who should come: Members from arts nonprofits who want to engage in building stronger networks, and who can commit their organization to the collaborative grant application process. Please limit two (2) attendees per organization.

Why this is important: From Hampden to Heath, from Worthington to Ware, we envision a thriving, inclusive, and collaborative arts and creativity ecosystem of artistic organizations, artists and their communities interconnecting throughout our Valley.

Other Essentials: Food and beverages will be provided. Please use our survey to indicate whether you need childcare. The event is free of charge.

Questions?
Please contact us at valleycreates@communityfoundation.org

The Pioneer Valley Arabic Music Ensemble Presents: A Concert of Traditional Arabic Instrumental and Vocal Music




WHAT: A Concert of Traditional Arabic Instrumental and Vocal Music
WHEN: Thursday, December 13, 7PM
WHERE: The American Legion Hall, 63 Riverside Drive, Florence, MA


Tickets available at the door: $8/adults


The Pioneer Valley Arabic Music Ensemble is a community-based group of singers and instrumentalists who share a common interest in learning and performing traditional music of the Arab world. For more information about how to join us, email sharonarslanian@yahoo.com

For more information, call or text: 413-374-3355





The Ukulele Scramble

WHAT: The Ukulele Scramble
WHEN: Saturday, December 15 at 2:00 PM
WHERE: Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

The Ukulele Scramble will play a benefit concert for Sing For Shelter, a project of Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals. http://www.hamphomeless.org/
The performance takes place Saturday, December 15 at 2:00 PM, in the Coolidge Museum at Forbes Library.
Donations of any size will be gratefully accepted, and will be used to give homeless individuals food, shelter, and a hand up to a better life.

The Ukulele Scramble sing and play songs from the past 500 years -- Renaissance music, 19th century parlor and art songs, jazz and swing standards, and even some rock and roll.  They update, revise and rewrite lyrics for many of these songs -- often humorously -- and perform them on a variety of ukuleles and other small stringed instruments.  They are based in Western Massachusetts.

Richard Perlmutter, aside from playing ukulele, plays piano, guitar and mandolin. He is the creator, lyricist and featured performer of Beethoven's Wig, winner of over 50 awards, including 4 Grammy Award Nominations. He has also produced recordings for other artists incuding Grammy Award winning group Nickel Creek; Victoria Jackson, from Saturday Night Live, and Grammy Lifetime Achievement winners Ella Jenkins and Tom Paxton. Richard's songs have been made into animated films by Emmy Award Winning Smiley Guy Studios, and he has toured nationwide and performed in the Hollywood Bowl, Grammy Museum, and Rockefeller Plaza (on the Today Show). Two colections of his songs, as well as choral editions, have been published by Alfred Music.

Robin Hoffman began playing ukulele after retiring from her career as a professional ballet dancer, with companies including the Joffrey Ballet and Metropoplitan Opera Ballet. She performend throughout the United States at theaters including the Kennedy Center, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Metropolitan Opera House. Robin is also an illustrator with two published books to her credit, Live From The Audience and Jalopy Bands -- featuring on location drawings of musicians including the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Jake Shimabukuro and The Nields. She also illustrates the popular Shirley Link mystery series for middle school readers. Robin teaches ukulele in Northampton, MA, and at Greenfield Community College.

December At The Academy

December 2018

Dear Friends,

This month we welcome back some traditional December programming and announce a few new additions. Come in out of the cold and get in the holiday spirit! We begin our month with Pioneer Valley Ballet's 40th Nutcracker (12/7, 12/8, 12/9)!  Join us for this treasured community event that includes over 250 dancers from towns throughout western Mass alongside professional guest artists.  The insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies of The Weepies Holiday Acoustic Duo Tour (12/12) with indie singer-songwriters Deb Talan & Steve Tannen are up next, then  J Mascis (12/14), best known as the front man of indie rock trio Dinosaur Jr., brings his solo tour to our stage.

We welcome back A Celtic Nutcracker (12/15) to watch the classic story of The Nutcracker through Celtic Dance performed by the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company, and we welcome back The Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Sing-Along SPECTACULAR (12/22 3pm & 7pm) with their signature take on the holiday sing-along.  We bring you into the New Year for Bach at New Year's (12/30) with Berkshire Bach Ensemble Director and Soloist Eugene Drucker.  Don't miss the annual First Night Northampton (12/31) performances, with a special performance by Academy Youth Productions at 4pm on the AOM stage!

See you at the theatre!

Debra J'Anthony

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents: The 40th Nutcracker
Friday, December 7 @ 4pm (Sensory & Family Safe)
Friday, December 7 @ 6:30pm
Saturday, December 8 @ 1pm
Saturday, December 8 @ 4:30pm
Sunday, December 9 @ 1pm
Sunday, December 9 @ 4:30pm


The Weepies Holiday Acoustic Duo Tour
Wednesday, December 12 @ 7:30pm


J Mascis 
Friday, December 14 @ 8pm


A Celtic Nutracker
Saturday, December 15 @ 3pm


The Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Sing-Along SPECTACULAR! 
Saturday, December 22 @ 3pm
Saturday, December 22 @7pm


Bach at New Year's 
Sunday, December 30 @3pm


First Night Northampton
Monday, December 31


For more upcoming events visit

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Rob Scheps and drummer Bill Goodwin


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Rob Scheps and drummer Bill Goodwin
WHEN: Tuesday, December 4th, 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.

We are pleased to welcome back for the third 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.   http://www.robscheps.8m.net. We are also very excited to welcome, subbing for Jon, Rob's good friend drummer Bill Goodwin,. Bill started his career in the 60's working with the likes of Charles Lloyd, Art Pepper, Paul Horn and George Shearing. After a 3 year stint with Gary Burton he became drummer and producer for Phil Woods and in that time won three Grammy awards for the albums he produced. We can't wait to play with these great artists https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Goodwin_(jazz_drummer)

Upcoming Guest Artists:
12/4  -  Rob Scheps on saxes and master drummer Bill Goodwin
12/11 - Dmitry Baevsky on alto with Brian Alder on drums
12/18 - John Stowell and Draa Hobbs on guitars with Tido Holtkamp on drums
12/25 - Merry Christmas and Happy and Safe New Years Eve (no music)
1/1   -   Karrin Allyson on vocals with Paul, George and Jon

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: www.facebook.com/NorthamptonJazzWorkshop


Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Giacomo Gates


WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Giacomo Gates
WHEN: Tuesday, November 27th, 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, one of our favorite and most popular guests, vocalist Giacomo Gates returns to the Workshop with his masterful interpretations of some of the swinginest tunes in the jazz  lexicon. Ad to that his stories, relaxed style and "hipster' persona you get a real entertaining night of great music. For those of you who haven't seen Giacomo, here is a quote from his bio:
The criteria for defining jazz singing will probably be argued for the rest of time. But no matter which side of the argument one may be on, there can be no doubt that Giacomo Gates is an authentic jazz vocalist. Heavily steeped in the traditions of the original vocal improvisers from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald through their modern counterparts Betty Carter and Leon Thomas, Giacomo’s own approach draws most heavily from the bebop-rooted masters like Jon Hendricks, Babs Gonzales, King Pleasure and most of all, Eddie Jefferson. Like his influences, Gates has forged his own unique path.  http://giacomogates.com

Also, on drums, subbing for Jon who is out for a month on his cruise ship gig, will be Peter Moutis from Exeter, NH. This will be Peter's second appearance with us.

Also, lots of other events going on in the Valley. Here's a few that might be of interest:
Dec. 1 Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Marty Ehrlich and Duende Winds: http://jazzshares.org
Dec. 1 NEPR Radio presents "Jazz, Baby", a holiday party at the Hotel Northampton: http://www.nepr.net/community-calendar/event/227863#stream/0
Dec. 8 Valley Jazz Voices annual concert at Gateway City Arts

Upcoming Guest Artists:
11/27 - Giacomo Gates on vocals with Peter Moutis on drums
12/4  -  Rob Scheps on saxes and master drummer Bill Goodwin
12/11 - Dmitry Baevsky on alto with Brian Alder on drums
12/18 - John Stowell and Draa Hobbs on guitars with Tido Holtkamp on drums
12/25 - Merry Christmas and Happy and Safe New Years Eve (no music)
1/1   -   Karrin Allyson on vocals with Paul, George and Jon

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: www.facebook.com/NorthamptonJazzWorkshop


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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Shakespeare Stage presents TWELFTH NIGHT (Or What You Will)


WHAT: Twelfth Night (Or What You Will)
WHEN: November 30 and December 1 at 7:30pm, and December 2 at 6:30pm
WHERE: Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA

Shakespeare Stage returns to the Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley to present Twelfth Night (Or What You Will), November 30 and December 1 at 7:30pm, and December 2 at 6:30pm. A classic tale of love in all of its powerful forms, Twelfth Night shows us that love can be lost, and found, in the most unexpected and unintended places. Join us for a cozy post-holiday weekend and laugh until your sides hurt as the ensemble gets into some hilarious hijinks.

Tickets are $15, available in advance at www.nohoarts.org and at the door. Reservations are recommended.

Live music by local musician Chris Devine enhances the joy and laughter as love is discovered, plots are hatched, and a set of twins causes quite the mix up. With both new tunes, and some that you might know, music truly is the food of love—so join us as we play on!

CAST (in order of appearance)
Viola- Jasmine Caamaño
Olivia- Siobhan McManamon
Sir Toby Belch- Thom Griffin
Feste, a jester- Chris Devine
Duke Orsino- Ryan Dunn
Malvolio- Jimmy Murphy
Sir Andrew Aguecheek- Julian Findlay
Maria-Erica Eynouf
Fabian/Valentine- Andrew Lapenta
Sebastian- Billy Moro
Antonio- Mark Tidswell
Sea Captain/Priest- Tim McCabe
Curio/Officer- Penney Hulton

Shakespeare Stage strives to provide artistic enrichment in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Through passionate performances, involvement from the community, and the pursuit of dramatic excellence, we contribute to the growing importance of the arts and theatre for our neighbors.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Real Live Theatre presents When Last We Flew


WHAT: Real Live Theatre presents When Last We Flew
Written by Harrison David Rivers, co-directed by Trenda Loftin and Ellen Morbyrne
WHEN: December 6-8 at 7pm & Sunday, December 9 at 2pm
WHERE: Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley St. 33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA

From start to finish, When Last We Flew is a reflection, a holding, a celebration of black, brown, queer, and activist youth coming into their various identities while navigating family, relationships, and seeking connection. These characters are nuanced and real, their stories are relatable and simultaneously inspiring. This coming of age story follows teenagers Paul, Ian, and Natalie (and their families) as they discover who they really are. The depth of these young characters is a rare find!

After stealing his local library’s only copy of Angels in America, misfit teenager Paul locks himself in the bathroom and begins reading Tony Kushner’s landmark play. He soon finds that his life and the lives of those around him in his small Kansas suburb are about to take flight, and over the course of a seemingly ordinary day, extraordinary things start to happen.

Real Live Theatre is a collective of theatre artists based in the Pioneer Valley. We seek to create unique, dynamic, and powerful pieces of storytelling.

CAST & CREW:

Co-Director/Producer: Ellen Morbyrne (Holyoke, MA)

Co-Director/Producer: Trenda Loftin (Springfield, MA)

Lighting Designer: Ellen Morbyrne (Holyoke, MA)

Cast: Steve Folmar (Amherst, MA), Julissa Rodríguez (Springfield, MA), Nicole Young (Holyoke, MA), Syl Simmons (Northampton, MA), Tosh Foerster (Amherst, MA), Lia Russell-Self (Austerlitz, NY), Jacob West (Michigan City, IN)

TICKETS: Advance at Brown Paper Tickets with link at www.nohoarts.org
$25 general (sliding scale $10-24, and sponsor tickets $26 and up available)

www.reallivetheatre.net

Lisa Leizman Dance Company Takes Long Way Home to 33 Hawley Street


WHAT: “Long Way Home” Lisa Leizman Dance Company
WHEN: Friday, December 14, 7:30PM
WHERE: Flex Space @ 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA

The Center for the Arts presents the Lisa Leizman Dance Company in concert on Friday, December 14 in the new Flex theater space at the Northampton Community Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street. The 7:30 pm performance of “Long Way Home” celebrates the company’s debut in this recently opened venue. It is followed by a trademark festive dinner reception prepared by members of the troupe. Tickets for the concert and reception are $15 for adults, $7 for children under 10. They are available online in advance at Brown Paper tickets and at the door. Reservations are recommended.

About “Long Way Home”: After five years of wandering throughout the greater Pioneer Valley, awaiting a new home for the Center, this long-time resident company finally has a new residence. Grateful and joyful, the dancers will present audience favorites "Spiegel im Spiegel," set to music by Arvo Part and “the amen of calm waters," with music by Ludovico Einaudi. The concert will also include “the secret that bamboo guards” with music by composer-in-residence Andrea Kwapien.

Leizman: “There are no shortcuts in art. Do the work. Be tenacious. Be resilient. Keep going. Applaud the beautiful, elegant destination. Celebrate the journey, no matter how far. Take the long way home.”



Details and link to tickets at nohoarts.org.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Power Your Values with Lavery Greenfield's Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive

WHAT: Power Your Values with Lavery Greenfield's Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive
WHEN: Monday, November 19 at 2:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Old Courthouse Lawn, 99 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060 

HCG is once again welcoming home Monte’s March by partnering with Lavery Greenfield’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive. We invite you to join with us in support the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. 

On Monday, November 19th, from 2:30-3:30 pm, we will be gathering on the lawn of the Old Courthouse to welcome Monte home with donations of jars of peanut butter and jelly, cash, or checks for the Food Bank.

Donations will be accepted on the side lawn by the late Gregory Stone’s statue ‘Hope’, at the corner of Main and King Streets in Northampton. Lavery Greenfield’s generosity to giving back to her community by starting the Peanut Butter and Jelly Jar Drive was an inspiration for the ‘Hope’ statue.

HOW YOU CAN POWER YOUR VALUES:

1. Simply download this flyer: Monte_PBJ_Flyer_PRESS_8.5x11_2018, and put it on a box to collect donations at your business.

2. Bring the donations to HCG at 99 Main Street on or before November 19th.

3. Join us at the event on Monday November 19th to welcome Monte home with your donations.

4. Let us know you are participating and we will share your values on social media.

*If you want to participate and are unable to bring your donations to us, please let us know, and we will pick up any donations you have.

**Checks can be made out to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. In the notes section, please mark checks as PB&J.

On November 19th and 20th The River’s Monte Belmonte will be leading his annual march against hunger through the Pioneer Valley.  For two days, Monte, Congressman Jim McGovern and a number of supporters will push a shopping cart 43 miles from Springfield to Greenfield to raise awareness and funds for food insecurity in our region.

HCG encourages all area businesses and interested community members to gather on the lawn and bring donations for the Food Bank.

Please come and join us in supporting this worthwhile cause to help ensure that all families have enough to eat. We applauds the community-minded efforts of Monte and Lavery and all those who give.

A Night of Poetry and Conversation with Rhina P. Espaillat

WHAT: A Night of Poetry and Conversation with Rhina P. Espaillat
WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, November 29 4:30-5:30, Poetry Reading with Ms. Espaillat in The Poetry Center, Smith College
Followed by “Poet of the Future: Rhina P. Espaillat’s Enduring Americanness,” Book Talk with Nancy Kang and Silvio A. Torres-Saillant, 7:30-8:30 in Dewey Common Room, Smith College

Meridians and the Poetry Center at Smith College invite the local community to a night of poetry and conversation celebrating the life and work of Rhina P. Espaillat. The evening’s events will bring Ms. Espaillat—a bilingual Dominican-American poet and translator who has published eleven collections of poetry—to Smith College along with scholars Nancy Kang, and Silvio A. Torres-Saillant, authors of the recently published book, The Once and Future Muse: The Poetry and Poetics of Rhina P. Espaillat. This event is also co-sponsored by the Latin American & Latino/a Studies, English Language & Literature, Study of Women and Gender, and Spanish & Portuguese departments.

On Thursday, November 29th, a brief reception will be held in Wright Hall from 4:00pm to 4:30pm, light refreshments to be served. Immediately following the reception, Ms. Espaillat will give a poetry reading and brief Q&A, at the Poetry Center from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. A book talk with scholars Nancy Kang and Silvio A. Torres-Saillant entitled “Poet of the Future: Rhina P. Espaillat’s Enduring Americanness,” will take place later that evening in Dewey Common Room from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. These events are free and open to the public. For disability access or accommodation requests, please call 413-585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter, call 413-585-2071 (voice or TTY) or send an email to ods@smith.edu at least 10 days before the event.
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Meridians y el Centro de Poesía en Smith College invita a la comunidad local para una noche de poesía y diálogo, celebrando la vida y las obras de Rhina P. Espaillat. Los eventos traerán la Sra. Espaillat—una poeta dominicana-americana bilingüe y traductora que ha publicado once colecciones de poesía—a Smith College junto con los profesores Nancy Kang y Silvio A. Torres-Saillant, autores del libro recientemente publicado, The Once and Future Muse: The Poetry and Poetics of Rhina P. Espaillat. Este evento es patrocinado en colaboración con los departamentos de Estudios de Latinoamerica, Inglés, Estudio de Mujeres y Género, y Español & Portugués.

El jueves, 29 de noviembre, una breve recepción se llevará a cabo en Wright Hall de 4pm a 4:30pm, refrigerios ligeros serán servidos. Inmediatamente después de la recepción, la Sra. Espaillat dará una  lectura de su poesía con una breve oportunidad para preguntas y respuestas de 4:30pm a 5:30pm. Una charla con los profesores Nancy Kang y Silvio A. Torres-Saillant llamada “Poet of the Future: Rhina P. Espaillat’s Enduring Americanness,” se llevará a cabo más tarde en la sala de Dewey Hall de 7:30pm a 8:30pm. Estos eventos son gratis y abiertos al público. Para facilidad de acceso o arreglos especiales, por favor llame a 413-585-2407. Para solicitar un intérprete de lenguaje de señas, llame a 413-585-2071 (voz alta o TTY) o mande un correo electrónico a ods@smith.edu al menos 10 días antes del evento.

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought
 presents: RIFF TALKS _07 “TIPPING UTOPIAS”


WHAT: RIFF TALKS _07 “TIPPING UTOPIAS”
WHEN: Performance/Talk: Friday Nov 30, 7 PM
              Workshops: Sat Dec 1, 12-2, Sun Dec 2, 10-12
WHERE: STUDIO4/SCDT, 25 Main St, 4th floor Northampton, MA
How Much? $15/$10 student seniors
For more information please visit: http://www.scdtnoho.com/riff-talks.html


The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought
 presents: RIFF TALKS _07 “TIPPING UTOPIAS”

Yield to the real/Understanding sustainability in the ARTS
RIFF TALKS offers the local community a chance to get up close to internationally renowned contemporary artists as they perform, and then participate in a dynamic panel discussion focused on critical themes in dance. RIFF TALKS _07 brings together four nationally acclaimed artists:: the innovative NYC based artist Katy Pyle who is re imagining ballet culture through a queer feminist lense, Bessie Award winning performer, director and amateur farmer from Queens, Jonathan González, local, community engaged artist/scholar, Deborah Goffe (Hampshire College) and long time contributor to arts enrichment in the Pioneer Valley through his work directing PVB and as a scholar and artist, Thomas Vacanti (UMASS). Pyle, Gonzalez and Goffe will perform and then the panel will converse about TIPPING UTOPIAS- Yield to the real/ Understanding sustainability in the ARTS.

RIFF TALKS takes place at 7 PM on November 30 at STUDIO4, 25 Main St, 4th floor, Northampton MA. Tickets $10 online, $15 at the door. http://www.scdtnoho.com/riff- talks.html

RIFF TALKS WORKSHOPS: Saturday Dec 1 with Jonathan Gonzalez 12-2/ Sunday Dec 2 10-12 with Katy Pyle. Register at http://www.scdtnoho.com/contemporary-lab-series.html

RIFF TALKS is one of SCDT’s signature programs. The School’s mission includes an abiding respect for the transition 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.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

¡SATURDOOZY! last one of 2018!


WHAT: ¡SATURDOOZY! last one of 2018!
WHEN: Saturday, November 17, 6-10pm
WHERE: Studio4, 25 Main St, 4th floor, Northampton MA

CHEAPER THAN A BABYSITTER AND WAY MORE FUN!
¡SATURDOOZY! An arts focused kids-night-out
ages 7+

Ask about our "VALET SERVICE" !

PRE REGISTER ONLINE NOW!
6-10pm $30 / 6-8pm $20 [additional siblings half price]
https://www.studio4noho.com/saturdoozy

ON FACEBOOK
https://www.facebook.com/events/998879976950572/

check out our trailer and spread the word
https://vimeo.com/242992461

Hope to see you all there!

Jen and the SCDT team

The Oxbow Gallery Presents: Overgrowth/Growth


WHAT: Overgrowth/Growth
WHEN: November 1-December 2
WHERE: Oxbow Gallery (Back Gallery), 275 Pleasant St, Northampton MA

Mary Bernstein, Harriet Diamond & Rebecca Muller in Collaboration.

Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 12-5pm



The Northampton Film Festival Launches Next Week!


The Northampton Film Festival

Calling all film lovers. Calling local art lovers. Calling all those who admire the moving image and those who love community events. Calling those who want to experience unique creations with friends and neighbors in dark rooms only to dissect and dialogue about them after. This is the Northampton Film Festival, across locations November 15th-18th, 2018.

The festival launches Thursday evening, November 15th at Click Workspace in Northampton with a networking event, wine and treats for filmmakers, multimedia professionals, and lovers of the moving image, sponsored by the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative and leading right into Sound is Vision: The Immersive Cinematic World of Podcasting,  at 7pm in The Parlor Room in Northampton - and featuring Andrew Leland, Producer and Host of KCRW and McSweeney’s The Organist, Ben Brock Johnson, Producer and Host of WBUR’s Endless Thread, Karen Brown, Producer of NEPR and Radiotopia’s Great God of Depression, Caitlin O’Keefe, Producer of WBUR and the New York Times’ Modern Love.

The festival features a wide variety of experiences across mediums, curated by a dedicated team of local arts professionals and aficionados from a variety of backgrounds. Festival participants can attend a 16mm filmmaking class or learn to sculpt in virtual reality alongside Nick Criscuolo. They can attend the festival’s first competitive program, of experimental shorts, as coordinated by Sarah Lanzillotta of Open Eye Screenings. They can watch a free screening of Josiah, about Josiah Henson, born in Maryland, who spent 41 years as a slave, with a Q&A with filmmaker Jared Brock. There is a local music video party and a late night screening of Repo Man, and a celebration of international animated hand-drawn films curated by Niko Guardia and Sachio Cook. All this happens next week and the entire four-day festival pass is available for less than some high end festivals charge for a single film.

Northampton Jazz Workshop features trombonist Sara Jacovino

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features trombonist Sara Jacovino
WHEN: Tuesday, November 20th, 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

As has been our mission, we like to present new voices to our audience so we are pleased to present for the first time NYC trombonist and arranger Sara Jacovino.  After leaving the University of North Texas and her time with their renowned One O'Clock Lab Band, Sara moved to NYCi 2008 to continue her career. Throughout her time in NYC, besides being a studio arranger and prolific and ward winning composer, Sara has performed along side many jazz and pop greats such as: Adele, Aretha Franklin, Frank Ocean, Johnny Mandel, Michael Feinstein, Claudio Roditi, Steve Davis, Rufus Reid, Wayne Bergeron, Rich Perry, Lou Marini, Slide Hampton, Phil Woods, Carmen Bradford, Diane Schuur, Marlena Shaw, Snarky Puppy, Lee Konitz, and Robin Eubanks among others. Sara has also established herself as an active sub in the Broadway scene and performed the jazz trombone chair in the 2016 Maurice Hines musical Tappin’ Thru Life.   http://sarajacovino.com

We are really looking forward to playing with Sara and hope you can join us to welcome her to Northampton. I know she will love it here since we have the best jazz audience in the world (at least that's what the guest artists always say and I have to agree).

Upcoming Guest Artists: 
11/20 - Sara Jacovino on trombone
11/27 - Giacomo Gates on vocals with Peter Moutis on drums
12/4 - Rob Scheps on saxes with Bill Goodwin on drums
12/11 - Dmitry Baevsky on alto with Brian Alder on drums

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: www.facebook.com/NorthamptonJazzWorkshop 

A Night in Rio de Janeiro - Bossa Novas and Choros

WHAT: A Night in Rio de Janeiro - Bossa Novas and Choros
WHEN: Saturday, November 17, Doors open at 7 PM, Concert starts at 7:30
WHERE: Pioneer Valley Co-housing, The Great Room in the Common House, 120 Pulpit Hill Rd, Amherst, MA, 01002

Suggested Donation: $10-$20, Refreshments available.
This is a smoke and fragrance-free venue. Facility is wheelchair accessible.

Amy Rose, Haley Peltz and Zack Danziger, come together for the first time ever to offer you music from Brazil - Bossa Novas and Choros. With the first grooves on the guitar, flutterings on the flute, and the vocalese in Portuguese, you will feel warm rays of sunshine and the sound of the surf, right here in New England!

For more information, please contact Amy Rose: 413-835-1484, amyrosemusician@gmail.com

Supported by a grant from the Amherst Arts Council - Many Thanks!!!

Health, Vitality, and Creativity Series@Hawley Street

Pilates Mat Class With Nicole Bruno
Starts Tuesday, Nov.. 13, 12-1 p.m.
Bring your own mat.
$10, register in class.

Compositional Practices with Peter Schmitz
Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.
Register through SCDT$15, register in class.

Qi Gong with Andrea Olsen
Sundays, November 18, 25 2-3 p.m.
Free

Drop ins welcome.
Dance Studio, 33 Hawley Street, easy parking!


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Accessing Portable Apple and Android Devices

WHAT: Accessing Portable Apple and Android Devices
WHEN: November 9, 2018 at 1 PM
WHERE: Community Room, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton MA

When Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, it had no features to make it accessible to individuals with vision, hearing, motor and like challenges. Since that first iPad, Apple has made enormous strides in supporting access in all their devices. As a result, other manufactures were pressed to offer similar access. This class will focus on enlarged text, spoken output and fine motor access. Bring your interest and, if you have one, your device and lots of questions.

Forbes Library is offering a series of free classes on assistive technology and related topics on the second Friday of each month from 1-2:30PM. Assistive technology helps people with challenges like low vision, hearing loss, or fine motor problems. All classes will take place in the library's Community Room and will be taught by Rick Ely.

The classes do not require pre-registration and will be demonstrations with time for question and answers. Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for one on one or small group tutoring for hands-on instruction related to the topics covered in each class.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Monte's March for The Food Bank IX

Monte’s March for The Food Bank IX

WHAT: Monte's March for The Food Bank IX
WHEN: Monday November 19th and Tuesday November 20th 
Times and Locations Below 

Monday and Tuesday November 19th and 20th, Monte Belmonte and his entourage of marchers, including anti-hunger action hero U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern, will once again walk from Springfield to Greenfield to raise money for The Food Bank of Western Mass.

Last year they raised over $250,000. Can you help them top that this year?


Want to be a “Virtual Marcher”? Get together with your friends, your school, your place of worship your BAND and commit to fundraising, whether you want to actually march of not. You can set up a digital fundraising page here.

STASH - Holiday Pop up registration

STASH (pop-up art shop) is returning for the holidays (December 1- 30) at 80 Race Street in downtown Holyoke. The store is a collection of original, found, and remade works of art. See more details at  www.holyokestash.org

Please consider sharing the registration link below with your network of local artists, crafters and makers - and/or signing up yourself to sell your handmade work. Thank you.

https://goo.gl/forms/uxaJiyIHNlyPqxJw2

An Afternoon with Sally and James Taylor at MASS MoCA

WHAT: An Afternoon with Sally and James Taylor To Benefit Arts Education at MASS MoCA
WHEN: Sunday, December 9, 3pm
WHERE: MASS MoCA, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA

MASS MoCA Members get first dibs on limited availability tickets for this intimate performance. Become a member here.

James Taylor joins his daughter, Sally Taylor, whose exhibition Come to Your Senses is now on view in Kidspace, for a one-afternoon-only performance for 900 guests, to benefit arts education at MASS MoCA.

Sally invites her dad to the stage for this intimate concert to play some of his music and to join her for a few songs to close the show. Sally and her Colorado-based collaborators, The Larson Brothers, kick off the event.

LIMITED AVAILABILITY MASS MoCA MEMBER TICKETS ON SALE: Thursday, November 8, 10:30am
LIMITED AVAILABILITY TICKETS ON SALE: Friday, November 9, 10:30am

New Funding Announced for Commonwealth Places!


Looking to attract public support for a local community project? 
Commonwealth Places can help.

We're excited to announce YEAR 3 of our Commonwealth Places program with MassDevelopment officially kicks off TODAY. Commonwealth Places  is a crowd-granting challenge program to activate new or distressed public places and community spaces. The program is open to municipalities and nonprofits to improve low- and moderate- income communities in Massachusetts.

The Commonwealth Places program aims to engage and mobilize community members to make individual contributions through a crowdfunding platform, with the incentive of a dollar-for-dollar funding match (up to $50,000) from MassDevelopment if the crowdfunding goal is reached within 60 days. Through its first two rounds, Commonwealth Places has launched fifty projects in Massachusetts, with MassDevelopment providing more than $1.4 million in matching funds. Projects have included main street improvement projects in North Adams, Wakefield, and Hyannis; large scale mural projects and public art installations in Lynn, Salem, and Worcester; and pop-up retail activations in Ashland, Boston, Brockton, and Lowell, among others.

START YOUR PROJECT HERE

Applications for the third round will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a deadline of midnight on December 21, 2018.

There are some minor changes to the program eligibility criteria so I'd ask prospective applicants to please review the new program guidelines posted to the program page here.

If you have any questions please be sure to reach out directly to Jonathan Berk at Jonathan@patronicity.com.

Communities, nonprofits, and other entities can learn more by visiting MassDevelopment.com/CommonwealthPlaces or contacting Laura Barrett at lbarrett@massdevelopment.com or 800-445-8030.

Click here to learn more


50 Projects AND COUNTING!
Launched in 2016, Commonwealth Places aims to engage and mobilize community members to make individual contributions through a crowdfunding platform, with the incentive of a dollar-for-dollar funding match (up to $50,000) from MassDevelopment if the crowdfunding goal is reached within 60 days.

Through its first two rounds, Commonwealth Places has launched fifty projects in Massachusetts, with MassDevelopment providing more than $1.4 million in matching funds. Projects have included main street improvement projects in North Adams, Wakefield, and Hyannis; large scale mural projects and public art installations in Lynn, Salem, and Worcester; and pop-up retail activations in Ashland, Boston, Brockton, and Lowell, among others.

'The Storied Tellers'


WHAT: 'The Storied Tellers'
WHEN: Saturday, November 10 at 8 pm
WHERE: A.P.E.@Hawley, 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA


An evening of informally presented performance works by:
Mary Beth Brooker, Kathy Couch, Karinne Keithley Sayers, and Lailye Weidman.

Tickets -$5-10 donation at the door

THE ARTSALON'S RED DOT DASH


WHAT: The ArtSalon's Red Dot Dash
WHEN: Friday November 9, 6-9 pm
WHERE: Northampton Community Arts Trust, 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA

The ArtSalon will host its First Annual RED DOT DASH Benefit Exhibition at 33 Hawley Street, the Northampton Community Arts Trust Building on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 6-9 pm. It will coincide with the November Arts Night Out, Northampton. Come to our exhibition/party after checking out the gallery openings!

Everyone is invited to apply and to attend!

LEARN MORE AND GET THE FORMS

Thirty Years in Old Deerfield

Helen Hodges
The Old Deerfield Painting group was started in Historic Deerfield in 1989 by Elice Davis Pieropan and is now under the direction of local artist David Sund. The group meets weekly at the Community Center in Old Deerfield to paint. Each member brings their own unique style of painting in several media, including watercolor, oil and pastel. All 15 member artists are participating in this exhibit:  Valerie Bassett, Trudi Bluml, Jo-Ann Denehy, Leni Gaudet, Helen Hodges, Nancy Howell, Jean Koslowsky, Joan Morawski, Harry Ruddock, David Sund, Barbara Taylor, John Tomasetti, Georgina Van Zandt, Carol Walker, and Christine Yario.

Carol Walker
The Old Deerfield Painting Group celebrates its 30th year in 2019. We are pleased to share a sampling of some of our work from over the years with you. Please feel free to visit our website: http://olddeerfieldpainting.wixsite.com/arts. We hope to keep painting for many years to come. 

Vineyard Bouys

Gallery Hours: Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 1-5 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 1-5 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays.

Valerie Bassett


Visiting Writers Series Welcomes Martín Espada


WHAT: The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers presents a reading by poet Martín Espada
WHEN:Thursday, November 8th at 8pm
WHERE: Memorial Hall, 134 Hicks Way, Amherst MA

Martín Espada, winner of the 2018 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, has published almost twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist, and translator. His latest collection of poems from Norton is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball, The Republic of Poetry, Alabanza, A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen, Imagine the Angels of Bread, City of Coughing and Dead Radiators and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover's Hands. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His other honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston's Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Of Espada's work, Paul Mariani writes, "Martín Espada is one of the few poets in our time who really matters, because his words matter, and the people and the world he writes about matter. One thinks of Neruda, of Whitman, of Philip Levine as one finds oneself caught up by the magic of Espada's voice."

Learn more about Martín Espada:

Interviews:
Poetry, Teaching, and Resistance (Indigo Radio)
Mad Love (PBS NewsHour)

Poems:
Vivas To Those Who Have Failed: The Paterson Silk Strike, 1913
Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper
You Got a Song, Man

This reading is free, accessible, and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase from Amherst Books.

To learn more about upcoming events in the Visiting Writers Series, like us on Facebook or visit us at www.umass.edu/englishmfa/visiting-writers-series.

Announcing "Community Engagement for Artists" Workshops this Fall

Photo Credit: Conexión Américas
Are you an artist curious about creating public art or art for social change projects with your community? Join the UMass Arts Extension Service (AES) for a free, evening-long Community Engagement for Artists Workshop this fall (pre-registration required). Learn about the innovative community-engaged art projects happening nationwide, best practices, and the skills required to create an art project that engages your community.

Workshop Dates/Locations:

-- Westfield: Monday, October 1st 5:30 – 8:00pm at The Rinnova Gallery, 105 Elm St.
-- Amherst: Tuesday, October 9th 6:00 - 8:30pm at the Jones Library, Woodbury Room, 43 Amity St.
-- Easthampton: Tuesday October 16th 5:30 – 8:00pm at the Flywheel Arts Collective, 43 Main St.
-- Springfield: Wednesday, November 7th 5:30 – 8:00pm at the Community Music School of Springfield, 127 State St.
Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Pre-register by contacting AES at aes@acad.umass.edu or 413-545-2360.

Community engaged art is on the rise! Artists and organizations from all genres – dance, theater, music, painting, sculpture, design, and more – are designing projects to build community and affect social change. Performers are amplifying the voices of Latina immigrants and promoting dialogue around issues faced by LGBTQ+ communities. Interdisciplinary artists are documenting and activating stories of crossing the U.S./Mexico border. Lakota youth and artists are teaming up with international graffiti artists to paint graffiti celebrating Lakota culture. And so much more! In the upcoming Community Engagement for Artists workshops we will be inspired by the abundance of community-engaged projects happening nationwide and beyond.

Community-engagement art projects, whether student designed murals, participatory installations or performances, or arts education opportunities for underserved communities, are excellent opportunities for Western Massachusetts artists to harness the power of art to bring people together across difference and have a broad social impact. Leading these projects takes special skills. In this evening long workshop, artists will receive a broad overview of how to: identify opportunities for public art and socially-engaged projects, begin collaborations and partnerships, and develop art projects that truly reflect the needs and interests of the communities involved.

Community-engaged art provides a unique opportunity for artists to expand beyond their comfort zones and historical artistic approach and to learn as much as to teach. These projects also reach new audiences and bring artists’ work new visibility.

Workshops will be taught by AES Lecturer Terre Vandale who brings a wealth of experience, both as a movement-based, interdisciplinary community artist and as an arts manager for renowned community-based artists and nonprofit arts organizations.

The Community Engagement for Artists Workshops are part of the UMass Amherst Arts Extension Service’s Arts Entrepreneurship Initiative, which serves artists through intensive workshops on the business of art, courses, publications, and an internship program to connect UMass and 5 College arts and humanities students with individual artists and arts organizations. These trainings are funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Westfield Cultural Council, Amherst Cultural Council, Easthampton Cultural Council, Springfield Cultural Council, and UMass Amherst. Trainings are presented in partnership with Westfield on Weekends, the Amherst Central Cultural District, Easthampton City Arts, Flywheel Arts Collective, Springfield Central Cultural District, and the Community Music School of Springfield.

Brushworks Arts and Industry Open Studios

above:  be by yourself, 2018, matte acrylic on canvas 10x8 inches
WHAT: Brushworks Arts and Industry Open Studios
WHEN: 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday November 10th &11th
WHERE: Studio 434, 221 Pine Street, Florence, MA
Note: The studio is four flights up, so if you'd like a ride on funky old elevator, head toward the back of the building. Someone will be there to operate it. 

Stop by the Brushworks Arts and Industry Open Studios, 10am-5pm. There are lots of great creative people opening their doors. Because of the time of year, there is a lot geared toward holiday gift sales, which is great, but not wanting to spend money shouldn't stop you from coming! It's a great opportunity to get inspired, and explore an interesting building, and see art where it is made, and talk to folks who make it.

I will have art on view and for sale, including works on paper and other  things at the cheaper end of the spectrum, I will also have a few friends join me, just to make it more lively. Feel free just to come and hang out, make a drawing, have a cup of tea or something.

Also I am trying out an online store, please check it out. I'll be posting things that are simple to ship.
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