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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

February at the Academy of Music Theatre...

Dear Friends,  February is packed with great programming - a little something for everyone.  We can't wait for our film screening of  Everybody's Talking about Jamie  (2/2) live from the Apollo Theatre in London!  Inspired by a true story, its the  new award-winning five star hit musical for today.

Next, the uplifting vocal harmonies and signature dance moves of Ladysmith Black Mambazo (2/6) grace the AOM's stage, and then it's the first of the Season 5  Valley Voices Story Slams, FAMILY TIES (2/7) at Gateway City Arts.! Join us for true stories told live without notes by your friends and neighbors.

Academy Award winning comedian Steven Wright (2/8) takes the AOM stage with his trademark deadpan delivery and cerebral punch lines, and then we present our Season Series event,  National Geographic Live's  "A Rare Look: North Korea and Cuba" (2/9)  eight-time World Press Photo Award winner and seven-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, David Guttenfelder.

Artistic Dance Conservatory brings The Magical Divide, (2/10) an original ballet created by Rebecca Sutter; J Mascis (2/15) brings his solo act, and then the  wellRED Comedy Tour's From Dixie with Love (2/16) is here featuring stand-up comedy and writing partners Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester as they celebrate everything great about the South and telling stories from a place of love.

Need something to do over winter break? Get ready for KidsBestFest 2019 (2/18-2/22),  a FREE film festival for kids and their adults!  The Machine (2/23) celebrates 30 years of performing Pink Floyd, and we end the month with Sunday Afternoon Live! (2/24) where the Valley's best local talent will gather together for a variety showcase.

See you at the theatre!

Debra J'Anthony

Lyra Music Summer Workshop: Registration Is Open!

WHAT:  Lyra Music Festival and Workshop
WHEN: July 7-27, 2019
WHERE: Smith College, Northampton, MA


The Lyra Music Workshop is an intensive, nurturing, non-competitive, conservatory-style summer music camp. Students live and work together in a fun and energetic atmosphere, sharing classes, activities, social events and excursions. Lyra Faculty are artist educators, teaching and mentoring Lyra’s young musicians, sharing their passion, commitment and experience on a daily basis. 2019 faculty include: Yari Bond, cello, Francisco Montero, piano and Peter Rovit, violin.  Internationally recognized guest artists work with Lyra students in Master Classes. All students will attend guest artist and faculty concerts as part of the Lyra Music Festival and will participate in multiple outreach performances each week, and a final student gala concert, as junior members of the Festival. Our 2019 Summer Festival guest artists will include: Fei-Fei Dong, piano, Ayano Ninomiya, violin, Astrid Schween, cello and The Horszowski Trio with Jesse Mills, violin, Raman Ramakrishnan, cello and Rieko Aizawa, piano.

Daily Lesson or Chamber Coaching with Dedicated Faculty
Chamber Ensembles and Solo Repertoire
Scheduled and Supervised Practice Sessions
Masterclasses and Concerts with Guest Artists
Community Outreach Performances
Multiple Performance Opportunities Each Week
Final Gala Concert Performance in Sweeney Hall
        (Home of Rachmaninoff’s first Public Performance in the United States)
Group Classes: including Music Theory, Ear-Training, Rhythm, Performance
Group Sports
Outdoor Recreational Activities
Social Events
Regional Excursions

Application and Enrollment:
Enrollment is by rolling audition for all Lyra programs. Early application is strongly encouraged. Applications will be accepted until all seats are filled or the final deadline of March 23, 2019.

Minimum requirements, application materials, audition and financial aid information can be found on our website

Looking forward to seeing you this summer!


WHEN: Friday Feb 15, 2019, 6pm-9:30pm (full program below)
WHERE: School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, 25 Main St, Northampton, MA

Please join us to celebrate our non profit status, and THREE years of making art and community, curating dynamic performances, bringing international guest artists to share work with our local community, building an amazing school and resource for local artists, and of course, offering movement training to youth and adults!

Full Program: 
6PM: YOUTH SHOW- with Hatchery and the Hatchlings and special guests!

7-8:30: PARTY AND INSTALLATIONS- Live Music with Brooke Bateau! Free local food and drinks for all! Installation performances!

8:30-9:30: SCDT Showcase featuring Dante Brown, Chris Aiken, Alex Springer and Xan Burley, and Jen Polins with Stephen Katz.

The fundraiser will support scholarship funds to make SCDT programming accessible to ALL, scholarship funds for Hatchery, the pre professional dance company of SCDT, and for international programing!

Check out our SCDT 2018 retrospective

As you know, SCDT has been serving as a center for performance art while the Arts Trust at 33 Hawley st. was under construction. Now we are collaborating with A.P.E. @ Hawley, expanding programming to both spaces and continuing efforts to grow the arts community. SCDT has hosted over 200 artists in the past 3 years, we have started programming that supports the development of local artists, we have starts a thriving teen dance company that will be performing at Jacob's Pillow this summer for the second time, we have a vibrant school that offers classes to all ages, and we have been defending THE LAST HISTORIC LARGE PERFORMANCE SPACE in Northampton.

Comedy as a Weapon presents: Love (the way you laugh) Comedy Buffet

WHAT: Comedy as a Weapon presents: Love (the way you laugh) Comedy Buffet
WHEN: Thursday, February 14th // Doors open at 6:30pm, food will be served at 7pm, and show starts at 8pm
WHERE: 13th Floor Music lounge, 99 Main St, Florence, MA

February 14th at the 13th Floor Music lounge we bring you some of the funniest comedians along with some of the most delicious food you ever tasted. So bring your Boo or Bae, your wife or hubbie, or that special friend as we do Valentine’s Day Comedy as a Weapon style.

First, start off the night by enjoying invigorating cocktails at the newly remodeled lounge area. Tonight, let us cook for you as we provide an arrangement mouthwatering food buffet style prepared by JJ’s Tavern (menu provided on website). Bring your appetites, and treat yourself while Dj Groove of Good grove entertainment make you hum love songs.

We kick off the entertainment with the smooth and sultry sounds of Sax man Mtali Shaka Banda and his band. After his grown and “saxy” set we get seriously funny with an array of the hottest traveling comedians on the east coast starting with host Kim “Boney” DeShields (Nick at Nite). On the menu we have Tim Lovett (opened for Donnell Rawlings), Andre Kim Jr. (NBC & Iheartradio), Sarah Martin (Sirius XM Dog Radio), and headlining this evening is Dale Cover (What the Deal Dale Podcast, Main Comedy Festival).

Dale Cover- Has performed stand up on the finest stages including Comix, Levity, Gotham, Dangerfields, Rhodehouse Live and is a regular comic with Funny 4 Funds. He is also a writer and producer of some of the funniest content around.

Doors open at 6:30pm, food will be served at 7pm, and show starts at 8pm. (line up subject to change.) $20.00 in advance and $25.00 dollar at the door (buying tickets at the door does not guarantee food)

Get your tickets at or at

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Double Edge Theatre Training Intensives

Open Trainings: Sundays: Jan 27, Feb 24, March 10, May 19
The Open Training consists of a two-hour training session led by the ensemble, followed by a light meal with the company and a tour of our center. This is an ideal opportunity to get a sense of what we do and how we work. All levels- even the simply curious are welcome to attend.
For More Information Click Here

Spring Intensive: March 15 - 17, 2019
The Intensives are an explosive dive into Double Edge's training process - a full-body experience of our multidisciplinary creative process. The Intensives are open to participants of all levels of experience and are ideal for pushing the boundaries of one's physicality, creativity, and imagination.

Summer Training Intensive Program: May 31 - June 14, 2019
A two-week training program in which students work daily from morning until night, both in Double Edge's indoor training spaces and outside in the fields, hills, pond and pastures of the Farm, layering our physical training practice with music, design, dramaturgy, large object work and individual and group research.

Program Description:

The intensives are an explosive dive into Double Edge's training process. We’ll work daily from morning until night, both in Double Edge's indoor training spaces and outside in the fields, hills, pond and pastures of the Farm.  Layering our physical training practice with music, design, dramaturgy, large object work and individual and group research, intensives are a full-body experience of our multidisciplinary creative process. We explore the dialogue between individual process and group training and creation. The intensives are open to participants of all levels of experience and are ideal for pushing the boundaries of your physicality, creativity, and imagination!

Scholarships are available for all training programs through the Timothy O'Brien Fund, the Uriona-Klein International and Latino Training Fund, the Vidya Ramanan and Visalakshi Naranan Fund, and the Supporting Black Lives Fund. More Info >>

APPLY today!

CLICK here to see a photo album from the 2017 Summer Intensive.

Northampton Jazz Workshop features Woodstock, VT saxophonist Michael Zsoldos

WHAT: Woodstock, VT saxophonist Michael Zsoldos
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 5th from 7:30 to 8:30
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA

This week are pleased to welcome back after a long hiatus saxophonist, educator and composer Michael Zsoldos from Woodstock, VT. I recently heard a concert by Michael and his quartet at the Vermont Jazz Center and was truly knocked out by his feel and tone. The theme was a tribute to the great Ben Webster and Michael nailed Ben's sound and then some. He of course has his own sound but his playing does reflect a deep love of the tenor masters of the past.

Joining us on drums will be NYC drummer Brian Shankar Adler. I've heard great things about Brian, a very eclectic percussionist who started his studies at 5 years old in an ashram in India followed by jazz and percussion studies at New England Conservatory and then....

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
Also of Interest:

Upcoming Guest Artists: 
2/12 - Don Braden on sax and flute with Steve Johns on drums
2/19 - The Green Street Quintet
2/26 - Dominique Eade on vocals

For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see (and Like us) on FB at:


Valley Community Development Corporation (Valley) seeks an enthusiastic, highly
motivated and experienced Fiscal Director. Valley is a community based, non-profit
organization formed in 1988. Our mission seeks to empower low and moderate income
people and underserved populations manage and improve the quality of their lives. We
accomplish this through the development of affordable housing, providing economic
opportunities, and encouraging community leadership. Valley is a Hampshire County
United Way Partner Agency and a member of the Massachusetts Association of
Community Development Corporations (MACDC).

Fiscal Director Duties and Responsibilities at Valley Community Development

Valley is seeking an experienced Fiscal Director who will have primary fiscal oversight
responsibilities for all activities at Valley Community Development, including real estate
community development initiatives and rental property management. The Fiscal
Director will have primary responsibility for the implementation of the personnel
policies and the management of employee benefits. S/he will have primary
responsibility for the implementation and maintenance of the computer networking
system. The Fiscal Director will report directly to the Executive Director.
The position is full time, a minimum of 35 hours per week, with hours generally
scheduled between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Occasional early morning
or evening hours are required.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

Financial Management:

  • Direct all aspects of the financial management of Valley’s operations and its affiliates
  • Develop and implement financial policies and procedures regarding general ledger, financial reporting, state and federal regulation compliance, and corporate tax and informational filings
  • Ensure that financial reporting is designed and carried out in conformance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and that internal control systems are maintained
  • Manage the agency’s cash flow, through development of regular cash flow projections, including prompt billing and monitoring of receivables, and active oversight of investments
  • Prepare and present monthly financial reports to the Audit/Finance Committee
  • Reconcile property management general ledgers and produce quarterly financial statements for Valley and affiliates
  • Handle accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll functions
  • Work with Executive Director and Audit/Finance Committee to prepare annual operating and capital budgets. Work with other program managers to develop budgets for contracts and programs
  • Supervise the preparation of all financial reports for grants and projects as requested by staff and funding agencies
  • Manage relationship with audit firm, including scheduling, planning, and preparation of audit work papers. Ensure that annual audits are completed in a timely manner
  • Prepare and process bi-weekly payroll

Personnel/Benefits Duties:

  • Ensure consistent implementation of personnel policies as described in theEmployee Handbook
  • Ensure consistent implementation of employee benefits as described in the Employee Handbook
  • Research, analyze, and recommend changes to Valley’s employee benefits, as needed or as required by law
  • Maintain complete and accurate personnel files, ensuring full legal compliance with all applicable laws and regulations

Other Duties:
  • Manage Valley’s insurance coverages and ensure adequate coverage to meet agency needs. Review coverage on a periodic basis for cost and appropriateness
  • Maintain compliance with all Workers Compensation Insurance reporting requirements
  • Work with IT consultant to manage Valley’s computer networking system to meet agency needs

Desired Skills and Qualifications:
  • Must be knowledgeable about non-profit financial management and the grant funded programs in use at Valley, or have the ability to quickly gain this knowledge
  • Must possess, or have the equivalent of, a bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field and at least five (5) years’ relevant experience. An advanced degree is preferred
  • Must be knowledgeable about rules governing employment practices and employee benefits
  • Ability to work independently, maintain confidentiality, exercise good judgment and manage multiple tasks and deadlines
  • Computer literacy, including fluency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel), databases, spreadsheets and accounting software are essential
  • Organizational, budgeting and analytical skills are required
  • Computer software implementation and conversion experience a plus.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary range is $60,000-$70,000 depending on experience. Valley is expecting to hire a
professional at mid-range. Benefits include vacation, personal days and sick leave; and
health insurance and retirement plan. Downtown Northampton location with free

The Selection Process:
Please submit a cover letter, detailing your salary requirements and your qualifications
for this position, along with a resume to: Joanne Campbell, Valley Community
Development, 30 Market Street, Northampton, MA 01060 or Valley
Community Development will continue to accept applications until the position is filled.

Valley Community Development is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Employer. We encourage applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds and

Winter Rock Band Class (starts soon!)

Are you the parent of an aspiring rocker, age 11-17? 

We have a FEW spots left in our (last-minute) Winter Rock Band class, which starts on Sunday February 3rd!

Info below:
The full schedule is as follows:

Feb. 3
Feb. 10 >> NO CLASS
Feb. 17
Feb. 24
Mar. 3
Mar. 10 + Performance after class!

**Kids should at least one year of lessons under their belt or be otherwise able to make their way around their instrument. Call or come in to register your interest and get on the list. Our rock band teacher Dave Chalfant will have final say on the roster, depending on which instruments and skills are represented. We already have 3 kids signed up, and the maximum is 6.

Fall 2018 Rock Band Class performance photo album!

For much more:

Visiting Writers Series Welcomes Jordy Rosenberg

WHAT: Reading by Jordy Rosenberg
WHEN: Thursday, February 7, 8:00PM
WHERE: Old Chapel, Umass Amherst, 144 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 

The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers presents a reading by novelist Jordy Rosenberg on Thursday, February 7th at 8pm in Old Chapel.

Jordy Rosenberg is the author of Confessions of the Fox, a New York Times Editor's Choice selection and longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. He is a professor of 18th-Century Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies + Critical Theory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Jess Arndt says of Rosenberg's novel, "It takes a big cauldron of hope to make a book like this, and we need cauldrons of hope right now and always.”

Learn more about Jordy Rosenberg:

Interviews and Reviews:
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, visit our website.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Announcing 2019 Amplify Grants

Mass Cultural Council is proud to award 15 new Amplify grants for 2019 totaling $15,000. Directed to projects designed and executed by young people in programs receiving YouthReach or SerHacer funding, Amplify furthers the Commonwealth’s investment in youth leadership and empowerment.

The Amplify grant process incorporates youth voice throughout, including the participation of young professionals and program alums in the panel review. This unique approach ensures that the Amplify program continues to strive not just for the highest quality and innovation in programming, but to naturally and actively incorporate youth leadership in its rightful role in cultural provision across the state of Massachusetts.

Apply for a Grant: National Theater Project (NTP) Creation & Touring Grant

NTP Creation & Touring Grants provide funds for the creation and U.S. touring of artist-led, ensemble, devised projects. These grants are highly competitive and are awarded to eight projects annually.

Preliminary Round Deadline: March 11th, 2019

Apply Online Here

Apply for a Grant: National Dance Project (NDP) Production Grant

NDP Production Grants fund the creation and U.S. touring of new dance works. Grants are highly competitive and are awarded to approximately 20 projects annually.

NDP Production Grants provide funding to artists/companies to create new dance works and touring subsidies to the U.S. organizations who bring those works to their communities.

Preliminary Round Deadline: March 1st, 2019

Apply Online Here

Apply for a Grant: Expeditions Tour Planning Grant

Expeditions Tour Planning Grants fund nonprofit organizations’ project planning, allowing time to build interest among other nonprofit presenting organizations.

Expeditions Tour Planning grants provide resources for projects that need additional planning time to build interest among tour partners, leading to an application for Expeditions Touring support.

Application Deadline: February 20th, 2019

Apply Online Here

Apply for a Grant: Expeditions Touring Grant

Expeditions Touring Grants provide funding for presenting artist tours in New England that exhibit strong collaboration between artists, presenters, and nonprofit organizations.

Expeditions Touring projects must include at least three New England nonprofit partners in geographically separate communities from at least two states. Expeditions Touring grants provide up to 50% of artist fees (with a maximum grant of $10,000 per tour partner).

Application Deadline: February 20th, 2019

Apply Online

Apply for a Grant: New England Dance Fund

The New England Dance Fund awards small, catalytic grants to New England-based choreographers of all genres and backgrounds who identify an opportunity that will advance their careers in dance.

Through the New England Dance Fund, NEFA will award small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance

Application Deadline: February, 8th, 2019

Apply Online Here

NCTV is hiring a Media Coordinator!

Media Coordinator January 2019

PLEASE NOTE - We do not field phone calls about this job posting.

Job Description

Northampton Community Television is a forward-looking ever-evolving community media arts center, a public, education, and government access tv station, and a public multimedia hub. We enable expression of all forms across mediums in the greater Northampton community. Some of our core values include respect, opportunity, play, and innovation.

The Media Coordinator position is a full-time salaried position employed at will. NCTV is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The position will be expected to work regular weekends and evenings. The Media Coordinator position is involved in producing content, scheduling programming, running or aiding in the running of various programs, teaching classes, and acting as a community sherpa.

The duties of the Media Coordinator will include but not be limited to:
  • Program NCTV cablecast server for distribution on cable channels
  • Produce live and recorded weekly government meetings
  • Maintain VOD presence online across platforms
  • Maintain local historic archive of programming
  • Quality control of channels and management of external programming
  • Update community bulletin weekly or as needed
  • Manage class and member sign-ups and notifications
  • Teach classes and personal trainings in a range of multimedia subjects, such as camera, editing, lighting
  • Daily operation of facility, including fielding inquiries, helping members with projects, facility maintenance
  • Equipment check-in/out with members
  • Schedule use of facility and maintain calendars
  • Networked storage cleanup and maintenance
  • Be active on NCTV social media platforms
  • Aid in the running of our Patreon and Twitch presence
  • Work in all aspects of NCTV productions - shoot, light, edit, direct, set-up, breakdown
  • Aid in planning, operation, outreach and logistics with NCTV projects such as 7 Day Film Sprint, Crowdsourced Cinema, Cinema Northampton, Northampton Film Festival, and Focus Locus.
  • Learn and research new hardware, software, and equipment
  • Proactively participate in developing regular yearly self-improvement plans
  • Other duties as deemed necessary by the Executive Director.

Required Skills and Qualifications
  • Strong experience in all aspects of studio and field production, including post-production, audio, lighting, camera operation, producing, and multi-camera directing
  • Ability to teach classes and instruct in various multimedia production subjects
  • Strong familiarity with social media
  • Familiarity with spreadsheet and word processing software
  • Familiarity with Adobe Premiere and creative suite
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds
  • Valid driver's license and reliable transportation
  • Able to work a flexible work schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Candidate is required to pass a CORI background check.
  • Degree in media or multimedia arts or equivalent experience
  • Ability to work with diverse communities, with diverse demographics, opinions, and backgrounds.

  • The salary for the position is $38,000 a year. It includes health benefits partially supplemented by the organization, including dental, disability, life insurance, a matched IRA, and paid vacation.

How to Apply
  • Applications are due February 15, 2019 by 5:00pm.
  • Email a cover letter and resume to 
  • Your resume should include links to any material you have produced that you would like us to consider in evaluating your application. It should be specified in the resume or at the link what role you took in the production.
  • Please include, or be prepared to submit three references for contact should you be considered in later rounds as a candidate.

February in the Hosmer Gallery: Photographs and Drawings

Photograph by Tad Malek

WHAT: Sara Karz Reid and Tad Malek: Photographs, Bob Pelletier: Pencil Drawings, plus Forbes Library Archives: People at Work
WHEN: On View: February 2-28, 2019
             Artists' Reception: Wednesday, February 6,  5:30pm - 7:30pm
WHERE: Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA

"I have always been passionate about Art. I was elected class artist for the class of 1967 at Holyoke High School and chosen for a summer tutor program at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. A full and wonderful life took up my time and now that I am retired I am able to resume my old passion. Inspiration for this show comes from a lifetime of my photos taken on vacation with my family on Cape Cod and shore.
"I have always felt that pencil has been considered a minor art form.  To me, it forces a focus on composition and detail rather then relying on color. "

Sara Karz Reid is a photographer based in Deerfield. Originally from outside of Rochester, NY, the home of Kodak, she took photography classes in high school, but is otherwise self-taught. She studied geology and archaeology as an undergraduate, and later earned a doctorate in anthropology. While excavating in Petra, Jordan for her dissertation research she began to use her down time to explore the area, camera in hand.

Reid’s exhibit, “A Different Piece of Information,” is inspired by a quotation from American photographer Sally Mann: “What is truth in photography? It can be told in a hundred different ways. Every thirtieth of a second when the shutter snaps, it’s capturing a different piece of information.” Reid’s photographs represent scenes that could have been very different had the shutter been released earlier or later. In photos of people, a millisecond’s difference can change everything. Shadows, sun through windows, clouds, and ice change within the minute. Wind ruffles dandelion fluff or a spider’s web unpredictably. Even solid rock changes over time. Each of her photographs, while differing in subject and composition, hint at both change and Mann’s “different piece[s] of information.”

Tad Malek's experience in photography was originally rooted in the traditional color landscape, connecting with the contemplative solitude of remote natural environments.

His current series of Environmental Portraits moves into a new direction of photographing almost entirely in black and white. This is partly inspired by his urban roots of growning up in New York City as well as his admiration for the work of such photographers as Alfred Sieglitz, Fan Ho, and Vivian Maier.
Malek views the capturing of authentic, unedited moments as the essence of recording the human condition. "My biggest challenge and reward come from the immediacy of the moment, revealed in a fleeting look or expression. My intention is to tell a story using the photographic medium."

Also on display in February will be a selection of photographs from the archives depicting people at work in and around Northampton over the past 125 years. Each month during Forbes Library's 125th anniversary year, a variety of images and objects from the Library's local history collections will be featured.

Community & Creativity: The Arts in Northampton

WHAT: Community & Creativity: The Arts in Northampton // Film Screening of Vision of Thornes
WHEN: Monday, January 21, 2019 at 7 pm
WHERE: Northampton Community Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA

A second film screening of Vision of Thornes will be held Monday, January 21, 2019 due to popular demand.

Take a closer look at Northampton's arts scene -from the 1970s on into the future.
The event features a film screening of Vision of Thornes, a 13-minute documentary about Gordon Thornes' philosophy about the arts and his experience in Northampton. Speakers will include Andrea Olsen, Laurie Sanders and Elizabeth Sharpe.

Following the screening, audience members will be invited to share their thoughts about the role of creativity in shaping community and the relationship between business and the arts. Then, for those who are interested, Richard Wagner will offer a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Northampton Community Arts Trust building.

Suggested donation: $5-10 at the door. Light refreshments.
Limited seating. Reservations are going fast!
First come, first served or reserve your place by emailing


WHAT: Luncheon with Dan Ziomek
WHEN: Friday,  February 15, 11:30am
WHERE: Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main Street, Wilbraham, MA 01095

“Birds in the Garden” will be presented by Dan Ziomek of Hadley Garden Center. He will speak about how to make our gardens welcoming and safe for birds.

 Ziomek is the host of the long-running show "Bird Songs" on 93.9 The River.  He joined the Hadley Garden Center family in 1988 and is the store's resident bird expert. He earned his bachelor's degree in plant and soil science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The meeting will be held Friday,  February 15 at the Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main Street, Wilbraham, MA 01095. A light luncheon and beverages will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. Guest fee is $5.00.


Organized in 1917 and a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts since 1928, The Springfield Garden Club works to create interest in the art of gardening, stimulate the promotion of civic beauty through horticulture and conservation, and encourage the appreciation of the visual art of designing with plant material

RANDOM WORKS by Gordon Thorne

WHAT: RANDOM WORKS by Gordon Thorne
WHEN: On View: January 22-30, 2019
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St, Northampton, MA

Gallery Hours 2:00-5:00PM
Tuesday through Sunday

“…exploring the nature of the space which exists between things - between two and three dimensions - between what is and what might be.”


Week Two: Bodies in Motion Festival

Week Two!

BODIES IN MOTION FESTIVAL presented by A.P.E.@Hawley


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.  The Sundays at 5 series on January 20 will feature a showing of new works by Lailye Weidman and Doug LeCours—two young artists actively performing on both coasts.


7PM   FILM SCREENING Historic Northampton presents "Vision of Thornes" + conversation about creativity and community.  SOLD OUT.   Additional screening is being planned.

10AM-NOON   INT/ADV CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUE with Xan Burley, music by Will Owen
1-3PM   WORKSHOP Duet Repertory with Xan Burley + Alex Springer
6PM    INSTALLATION sound and video installation in lobby with Will Owen
7PM    PERFORMANCE with Xan Burley + Alex Springer, sound design by Will Owen

10AM-NOON   WORKSHOP Duet Repertory with Xan Burley + Alex Springer
1-4PM    WORKSHOP "First the body, then the words" with Rythea Lee *HELD AT SCDT!
6PM    INSTALLATION sound and video installation in lobby with Will Owen
7PM    PERFORMANCE with Xan Burley + Alex Springer, sound design by Will Owen

5PM    SUNDAYS AT FIVE SERIES New Works performance with Lailye Weidman and Doug LeCours

Click HERE to preview the festival with Donnabelle Casis on the Bill Newman Radio show.

“The Making of Casablanca: Film School in 90 Minutes” with filmmaker and editor Nina Kleinberg

WHAT: “The Making of Casablanca: Film School in 90 Minutes” with filmmaker and editor Nina Kleinberg
WHEN: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 5:30 - 7:30 PM First come, first seated
WHERE: Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton

Nina Kleinberg will take us through the fascinating story behind the production of Casablanca as the first 2019 presentation of the recently-launched Speaker Series, sponsored jointly by Northampton Neighbors and the Senior Center.

It is free and open to the public.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Northampton Jazz Workshop Features NYC tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Features NYC tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart
WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 22nd from 7:30 to 8:30
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA

NYC saxophonist Grant Stewart will be the guest soloist with the Green Street Trio along with Claire Arenius filling the drum chair. One of my favorite interpreters of the American Songbook, Grant has a big, beautiful sound and a magical way of making those great melodies come to life. Grant is one our regulars dating back to 2010 and it's always a special treat.

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

Upcoming Guest Artists: 
1/29 - Kris Allen on alto with Ben Bilello on drums
2/5  -  Michael Zsoldos on saxes
2/12 - Don Braden on sax and flute with Steve Johns on drums
2/19 - The Green Street Quintet
2/26 - Dominique Eade on vocals

For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see (and Like us) on FB at: 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Federal Shutdown Halts Some Environmental Conservation Efforts, Slows Others and More

Federal Shutdown Halts Some Environmental Conservation Efforts, Slows Others
Federal researchers in western Massachusetts study ways to protect migrating fish, backyard birds and urban trees. The government shutdown is keeping them home and away from their research.The researchers work for agencies like the USDA Forest Service and the U.S. Geological Survey.
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An Exuberant Lamont: 'I'm Happy To Join The Governors' Club'
Edward Miner Lamont Jr., an unlikely Democratic standard bearer as a wealthy Greenwich businessman whose family tree includes titans of Wall Street and a left-wing philosopher, took office Wednesday as the 89th governor of Connecticut, a state buoyed by great wealth and burdened by decades of fiscal mismanagement.
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How Climate Change Is Affecting New England, And What's Yet To Come
Climate change is expected to hit the Northeast pretty hard, affecting crops, ski resorts and fisheries on the coast. Here are some of our latest New England reports on climate change -- from inland floods in New Hampshire, to a Connecticut forest, to a salt marsh north of Boston where there's an invasive plant that just won't quit.
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New Springfield City Council President Renews Call For Change At The Police Department
The new city council president in Springfield, Massachusetts, says he'll continue to push for change at the police department. In recent months, one Springfield police officer has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and two others with unreasonable force. The department's narcotics unit is also under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department to see if a pattern of excessive force exists.
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Duke Ellington's Azure
"My brother David, who lives in Paris, took this photograph during a trip he made to Sardinia after Christmas," says Jazz à la Mode host Tom Reney. "His email subject line read "Azure," which immediately brought to mind Duke Ellington's song of that name." Read Tom's recent blog post on the impact of color, most notably blue, on Duke Ellington.
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ON THE EXHALE by Martin Zimmerman

WHAT: ON THE EXHALE by Martin Zimmerman
WHEN: Sunday Matinee, February 10, at 2:30pm (*with post show discussion) and Monday February 11 at 7:30pm
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Part of our ongoing initiative
Conversations for Our Times- A World in Progress Through Theatre
A conversation centered around current gun violence in America. Serious Play Theatre Ensemble presents: Staged Reading of compelling new script discovered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last August

Performed by Serious Play alumna, Elizabeth Solomon
Directed by Sheryl Stoodley, Artistic Director

*Post Show Discussion: following Sunday Feb 10, 2:30 staged reading led by Boston University Dept. of Medicine’s Dr. Bindu Kalesan

Tickets: $20 General, $18 Students / $24 at the door
Performances for 14 yrs.& up
Available starting Jan 11 at
Reservations are encouraged due to limited seating
Box Office opens half hour before staged reading at A.P.E Gallery

Contact: Sheryl Stoodley for more information
Call (413) 588-7439 or email

About the Play: After a devastating school shooting, a mother develops an obsession that begins to take over her entire existence.
“A startlingly original, and visceral examination of American gun violence.” NY Times)
Play written in response to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT.

There have been 1,300 school shooting incidents in USA since 1970.
In 2018, there were 82 school shooting incidents in the USA, the highest there have
ever been since 1970.
2018 was the highest year for the number of victims killed, including the shooter,
with 51 killed. --- Facts from Center for Homeland Defense & Security

Elizabeth Solomon is a writer, creator, business owner, living in Florence MA, who performed with Serious Play Theatre Ensemble in the early years when Serious Play was first part of the A.P.E Artist Associates on the third floor art space of Thornes Marketplace with Gordon Thorne & Lisa Thompson. Not only did her time in the Serious Play Ensemble transform her adolescence, but it shaped the trajectory of her life. Driven by a lifelong interest in systems, psychology and communication, Elizabeth has put storytelling and human connection at the foundation of her career. Serious Play welcomes her back to share this important staged reading with our Valley community.

Dr. Bindu Kalesan, MPH, PhD/ Post Show Discussion Leader is a clinical epidemiologist and a biostatistician at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Kalesan is interested in clinical and health outcomes research. Her work primarily explores cardiovascular and other long-term consequences in patients undergoing treatment for cardiac diseases, cancer, infectious and trauma. She also focuses on public health consequences of firearm violence in the US and the short- and long-term effects of firearm injury survivorship. Currently she is a faculty and the Director of Center for Clinical Translational Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research, department of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Kalesan received her PhD in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics from University of Bern, master’s degree in public health and another in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Christian Medical College, India.

*Serious Play Artistic Director and Managing Director will join Dr. Bindu Kalesan and Bill
Newman on WHMP’s Bill Newman Show, this Jan 31, 9am, to discuss the issue of gun violence and survivorship in America and the play.

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble works toward reshaping society’s conversation on prominent social issues through the art of ensemble theatre.

Join Serious Play for this staged reading and the important Sunday Feb 10, post-show discussion.

Elizabeth Solomon- photo by Luke Johnson

Dr. Bindu Kalesan

Come Celebrate 10,000 Square Feet of Innovation Awesomeness!

WHAT: Western Mass Annual State of Entrepreneurship & Grand Opening of VVM's Valley Venture Hub
WHEN: Thursday, February 7, 4:30 Registration // 5:30 Formal Program // 6:30 Celebration
WHERE: 276 Bridge Street, Springfield, MA

The Western MA EDC Entrepreneurship Committee and Valley Venture Mentors are joining forces to showcase this year’s State of Entrepreneurship in Western Massachusetts and proudly celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Valley Venture Hub space. Join us to learn more about the progress we have made as a region to support entrepreneurs right here in the Valley and help our special guests cut the ribbon at VVM’s  new co working and innovation space!  The Hub will house startups and innovators coworking, mentorship, live events, meetups and workshops.  Parking is available on street or in nearby garages. Join us as we toast the community and learn more about how our entrepreneurial ecosystem supports new businesses, presented by some of our favorite Western MA startups and plans on the horizon for 2019!

(To Register…Please click above on RSVP by February 1. 2019)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Academy of Music Theatre presents Everybody’s Talking About Jamie filmed live from the Apollo Theatre in London

WHAT: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie filmed live from the Apollo Theatre in London
WHEN: Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm // Doors at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St, Northampton, MA

The Academy of Music Theatre presents a screening of the musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie filmed live from the Apollo Theatre in London.

Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the new award-winning five-star hit musical for today. Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. He is going to be a sensation.  Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

John McCrea, Josie Walker, Tamsin Carroll, Shobna Gulati, Lucie Shorthouse and Phil Nichol lead a twenty-four strong company and an eight-piece band that will ‘sweep you away on a tide of mischief, warmth and exuberance’ (Financial Times). With ‘songs that have the wow factor’ (The Times) by lead singer-songwriter of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, and ‘hilarious’ book and lyrics ‘with delightful punch’ (Whatsonstage), by writer Tom MacRae, this funny, fabulous, feel-good, musical sensation has been thrilling audiences and critics alike.  Winner of 3 WhatsOnStage Awards including Best New Musical and nominated for 5 Olivier Awards.

‘This fizzing musical is a blast of fresh air. The songs have the wow factor.’ – The New York Times

‘A joyous punch in the air about following your dreams and being yourself’ – Time Out

Tickets are available now. Tickets can be purchased by calling or visiting the Academy of Music Box Office.  We are open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM and can be reached at 413-584-9032 ext.105.  Tickets can also be purchased online by visiting

Ticket Prices:
$7 (plus applicable fees)

Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Academy of Music Box Office Open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM
Call: 413-584-9032 ext.105 (Service fees will apply with purchase)

Online Tickets:

Emily Curro, Development and Marketing Manager
413-584-9032 ext.101

Art for the Soul Gallery: Calling All Artists!

Art for the Soul Gallery is well on it's way to opening the doors for the Emerging Artists Program. The program is meant for artists of all ages, and art of all mediums. We are looking for artists who, though not yet established in their field, are committed to doing the work to jump start their career.

Interested? Know someone who might be interested? Fill out the applicant form in the link below, or share the link.

Emerging Artist Applicant Form

Let's get some fresh voices represented in the art community!

And yes, really art of all forms. Visual, theatre, poetry, etc.

More details to come!

Questions? Contact Art for the Soul Gallery at (413)301-6314

Shut UP, Emily Dickinson!

WHAT: Shut UP, Emily Dickinson!
WHEN: Saturday, January 19 @ 7:30pm
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St, Northampton, MA

Emily Dickinson: poet, recluse, a**h@le.

Loosely based on the Master Letters, Shut UP, Emily Dickinson! by Tanya O'Debra is a pseudo-historical, quasi-biographical, hysterically existential, sadomasochistic psycho-romance about America’s most brilliant and annoying poetess. Holed up for all eternity in the bedroom of our minds, the “woman in white” stretches into a projection screen for truths, half-truths, truthiness, and truth-less-ness. She’s whatever you want her to be and nothing you imagined. Emily Dickinson is the definition of a difficult woman. *This play includes adult language.

Written by Tanya O’Debra
Original Music by Andrew Moreyellow
Directed by Sara Wolkowitz
Featuring Gregg Bellon

“There can be no doubting O’Debra’s talent: she has a vocal arsenal that puts Saturday Night Live’s Kristin Wiig to shame.” – NY Press

Tickets Available Here


WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm // Doors at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St, Northampton MA

Northampton, MA (January 8, 2019) –  Join us for National Geographic Live’s “A Rare Look: North Korea and Cuba” with David Guttenfelder, National Geographic photographer and photojournalist who focuses on global geopolitics and conservation.  For more than 20 years, David Guttenfelder has traveled the world, covering international events in more than 100 countries. Repeatedly, he has broken through political barriers to reveal isolated nations to the world, helping to open the first Associated Press news bureau in North Korea in 2011, and last year boarding the first cruise liner to a newly opened Cuba.  Guttenfelder is an eight-time World Press Photo Award winner and a seven-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the 2013 ICP Infinity Prize winner for photojournalism and a winner of the Overseas Press Club of America John Faber, Olivier Rebbot, & Feature Photography awards. Pictures of the Year International and the NPPA have named him Photojournalist of the Year. In 2016, a photograph of his made in North Korea was named among TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Photographs Ever Taken”.

Tickets are available now. Tickets can be purchased by calling or visiting the Academy of Music Box Office.  We are open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM and can be reached at 413-584-9032 ext.105.  Tickets can also be purchased online by visiting

Ticket Prices:
$20.00 (plus applicable fees)

Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Academy of Music Box Office Open Tuesday- Friday 3:00PM-6:00PM
Call: 413-584-9032 ext.105 (Service fees will apply with purchase)

Online Tickets:

Emily Curro, Development and Marketing Manager
413-584-9032 ext.101

Cuba In Transition opens Sunday January 13 at Deerfield Academy

WHAT: Cuba In Transition: Narrative & Perspective by Mark Guglielmo: Photomosaics, Interviews and Field Recordings
WHEN: Opening Reception: Sunday January 13th 5-8pm // Conversation with the Artist: Saturday February 16th (part of TEDxDeerfield) // On View: January 13 - March 1, 2019
WHERE: Hess Center for the Arts von Auersperg Gallery, Deerfield Academy, 7 Boyden Lane, Deerfield, MA 01342 

Conversation with the Artist Moderated by Wilson Valentín-Escobar, Associate Professor of American Studies and Sociology, Hampshire College

Free and open to the public. There are 10 murals displayed, 5 never seen in the Pioneer Valley and 3 never exhibited before.

Gallery Hours
Mon-Fri 8:30-4
Sat & Sun by appointment only
Contact Lydia Hemphill to arrange a time outside gallery hours

"Cuba in Transition: Narrative & Perspective" is a traveling exhibition of photomosaic murals, interviews, and field recordings by Northampton-based artist Mark Guglielmo. Each mural measures 5 to 15 feet long and is handmade by taping together hundreds, sometimes thousands, of individual 4x6” photographs. Neither a computer nor Photoshop are used. Set to a soundtrack of soulful Cuban music, it is the New York-born artist’s fifth exhibition of pieces from this series, which opened in June 2017 at APE Gallery in Northampton, MA, before traveling to Boston, Colorado, and Easthampton's Williston School.

Guglielmo visited Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, Havana, Viñales, Trinidad de Cuba, and Cienfuegos on three trips from 2015 to 2017 shortly before and after President Obama’s landmark trip to Cuba in 2016, the first by a sitting US President in 88 years. Guglielmo’s latest trip to the island was just two months after the death of Fidel Castro. An homage to Cuba at this historic moment, this project chronicles a dynamic and rich culture full of heart and soul.

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

10 week acting class for children ages 9-12 Taught by Carissa Dagenais

WHAT: 10 week acting class for children ages 9-12 Taught by Carissa Dagenais
WHEN: Starting January 9th // Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm
WHERE: The Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA 

Performance at the end!
$150 due at first class

Help your child build confidence, embrace spontaneity, practice teamwork, rehearse emotional regulation, make new friendships, and laugh! This ten week theater class will cover the basics of improvisation, storytelling, and ensemble work.

Carissa Dagenais has been working with children as a teacher, director, drama therapist, and actor for almost ten years. She has been teaching theater to elementary school kiddos with Hampshire Shakespeare's Educational Workshops for the last five summers at the Williston Northampton school. Carissa holds her BA in theater from Smith and MA in drama therapy from New York University.


"Carissa has an easy going and yet completely engaged manner that made my daughter feel comfortable being herself and taking risks. Carissa is also creative, empathetic and knowledgeable; she attunes well to the kids, their abilities and their needs. My daughter says every year that doing drama with Carissa is her favorite camp!"

Contact for more info

Register Here:

New Century Theatre presents Acting Classes

Classes held at Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street in Northampton, MA

To register, send an email to Sam Rush ( or call/text 413-626-3238 to hold your spot.

Acting for Non-Actors - Instructor, Sam Rush 
Ages 18 and up (or by instructor permission) 
Mondays, 5:15-7:15 p.m. 
Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA
January 14 - March 4
Cost: $285

Course Description:
This is the perfect course if you have never taken an acting class before. This is also the perfect class if you studied years ago but told yourself you'd get back to it someday. With NCT Producing Director Sam Rush, you'll have a chance to explore your inner ham in a fun, relaxed and supportive environment. Using improvisation, text and original source material, you'll learn a solid base of fundamental acting techniques that may serve you the rest of your life - on stage or off. 

Exploring the Craft - Instructor - Sam Rush
Ages 18 and up (or by instructor permission)
Wednesdays, 5:15-7:15 p.m.
Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA
January 16 - March 6
Cost: $285

Course Description:
If you are an actor with any amount of performance experience you know that staying present and relaxed on stage is necessary for honest and truthful work. Finding that right balance of "being in the moment" and actor awareness is something actors continue to seek out. In this class, designed for actors with previous experience, we'll use in-depth scene work, text analysis and exercises to shed an actors bag-of-tricks and instead deepen your true craft as an actor.

Northampton Arts Council LCC Grant Award Winners

The Northampton Arts Council is pleased to announce the awarding of 30 grants totaling $13,700 in support of art projects and programming from funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Councils' LCC program. The caliber of applications this round was outstanding, and we were unable to fund many worthy projects. The Arts Council received 80 requests for $80,802 of funding. Grants may be awarded in the following categories: Dance, Literature, Media Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.

  • Jennifer Greene, Pioneer Valley Ballet, Beauty and the Beast, $250.00 
  • Dante Brown, Our Lips, $250.00 
Media Arts:
  • Gabe Gill, Learning Digital Sound, $475.00 
  • Debbie Krivoy, Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, $250.00 
  • Jazer Giles, Interactive Computer Music & Video Workshop & Concert, $400.00 
  • Alex Leff, Now and Again, $500.00 
Multidisciplinary Arts:
  • Jennifer Abeles, Voices from Inside, Voices Carry Performances, $500.00 
  • Judith Roberts, The Literacy Project, Stories of Discovery - Memoirs from Photographs, $500.00 
  • Adam Novitt, Lilly Library, Aerial Mural for Lilly Library, $750.00 
  • Alexandra Woolner, 2019 Northampton Type-Ins, $250.00 
  • Swansea Benham Bleicher, Northampton Parents Center, Weekly Drop-In Music Classes for Families with Young Children, $750.00 
  • Akiko Sasaki, Lisa Landau, Lyra Music Festival, $250.00 
  • Andrew Wang, Nuclear Dream Tapes, $500.00 
  • M Patterson Field, Da Camera Singers, Dissident Voices, $250.00 
  • Sarah Metcalf, Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Concert: A Passion for the Planet, $250.00 
  • Beckie Markarian, Pioneer Valley Symphony, Jubilant Symphonies -- A Pioneer Valley Symphony Concert, $250.00 
  • Ann Chiara, Local Vocal Chord Bowl #11, $500.00 
  • Kenneth Comia, K and E Theater Group, "Songs for a New World" at Northampton Center for the Arts", $600.00 
  • Seth Wilpan, Joanna Rush Wilpan, Sex & Power, $260.00 
Visual Arts:
  • Kim Carlino, Oasis Northampton, $1, 500.00 
  • Sophie Argetsinger, Rare Species of Mt. Tom Exhibit, $300.00 
  • Northampton Arts Inc., Northampton Public Arts Festival, $750.00 
  • Marie Westburg, ARTS SALON, $400.00 
  • Candace Morgan Hope, #metoo, $750.00 
  • Liz Chalfin, Printmaking in Johannesburg, $250.00 
  • Caroline Jennings, Oxbow Gallery, Cooperative Gallery Affiliate Project, $500.00 
  • Debra Orgera, Lindsay Fogg-Willits, Art History & Material Exploration at the Recovery Center, $600.00 
  • Patricia Cataldo, The Paper Project, $335.00 
  • Jeff Wrench, Sojourner Truth mural, $330.00 
  • Eli Liebman, Self Care: Life Inside the Empire, $250.00

The School For Contemporary Dance & Thought 2019 GALA

WHAT: The School For Contemporary Dance & Thought 2019 GALA
WHEN: Friday, February 15th, 6PM Art Show // 7-8:30PM Party! & Installation // 8:30PM SCDT Showcase
WHERE: The School For Contemporary Dance & Thought, 25 Main St, Northampton MA

On Friday, February 15th, The School For Contemporary Dance & Thought will host its 2019 GALA to celebrate an incredible year and dance into 2019. In addition to dynamic performances featuring movement, sound, and film artists, we’ll serve drinks and food from local vendors – and we want you to be one of them!

It’s been a tremendous year at SCDT. In addition to our regular slate of classes in modern, ballet, and improvisational techniques, we programmed an astounding array of high-caliber performances by internationally renowned artists – too many to list here! Please visit for a peek at our schedule past and present.

The SCDT Gala is just part of an art-packed 2019 at its home, STUDIO4:
– SCDT is now NON PROFIT! All donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
– SCDT is hosting the Bodies in Motion Festival January 10th - February 3rd, 2019, hosting over 50 artists and collaborating with A.P.E @Hawley.
– On Sunday, January 27th, SCDT's teen dance company HATCHERY will premiere work by Cameron Mickinney ( NYC) at the Bodies in Motion Festival.
– On Saturday, February 2nd, SCDT will present the 21st HUT, with 3 NYC artists- Johathan Gonzalez, John Blum, and Lee JOHNSON. HUT has hosted over 90 regional and national artists over the past 3 years!
– On Saturday, February 9th, SCDT will host an open house to introduce the MOVEMENT RESOURCE STUDIO, a studio for innovative movement therapy.
– SCDT will be hosting 3 new national and international artist residencies including the Davis Project and Los Little guys.
– Finally, the Gala will feature special guests, Board members Dante Brown, Wendy Woodson, Melinda Buckwalter, Smith faculty Chris Aiken, Hampshire faculty Deb Goffe, and many more! Live music from local bands!

YOU GIVE! A donation of any kind! Some baked goods or a small platter, for example cheese plate, finger food, hors d’oeuvres…
YOU GET! Business listing and logo on the SCDT website; special sponsorship notice with logo on STUDIO4’s February Events poster; representation at Gala; and special thanks at all events!

If you would like to donate food or drinks to the Gala, please let us know by MONDAY JANUARY 21st
Graphics and/or logos due JANUARY 27th. Please contact Jennifer Polins at (413) 695-1799 or for more information.

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