Northampton Arts Council

The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

    Monday, November 14, 2022

    Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents: A World of Piano - A series of three solo concerts

    WHAT: A WORLD OF PIANO - A series of three solo concerts
    WHERE: 33 Hawley St, Northampton, Massachusetts.
    WHEN: Thursday, November 17, Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19. All shows at 7:30pm

    Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares, in collaboration with the Northampton Center for the Arts, presents three master improvisers in concert at 33 Hawley St., Northampton, Massachusetts.

    Thursday, November 17: Lafayette Gilchrist
    Lafayette Gilchrist’s music draws on the span of jazz history from stride to free improvisation, along with inspiration from hip-hop, funk, and Washington D.C.’s unique go-go sound. Gilchrist has toured extensively with David Murray, and his compositions have graced the soundtracks of David Simon’s acclaimed series The Wire, The Deuce and Treme.

    Friday, November 18: Ron Stabinsky
    Ron Stabinsky enjoys working in many stylistically diverse musical contexts throughout the United States and Europe with a wide variety of other musicians and ensembles. He is currently a regular performing member of the groups Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Rel√Ęche, the Meat Puppets, and the Peter Evans Ensemble.

    Saturday, November 19: Marilyn Crispell
    Marilyn Crispell is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and has been a resident of Woodstock, New York since 1977 when she came to study and teach at the Creative Music Studio. She tours and records with Joe Lovano’s Trio Tapestry, Dreamstruck with Harvey Sorgen and Joe Fonda, as well as collaborating with Angelica Sanchez, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Tyshawn Sorey, David Rothenberg and others.
    All shows at 7:30pm
    Tickets ($15-$35 sliding scale):

    Wednesday, November 2, 2022

    First Night Northampton

    The Northampton Arts Council is thrilled to present our city’s 38th annual New Year's Eve celebration and festival of the performing arts, which takes place on December 31, 2022. The event falls on a Saturday this year, and we look forward to welcoming enthusiastic crowds at the venues and on the streets downtown. First Night continues to be a unique opportunity to celebrate the cultural vibrancy of our community while sharing time with friends, neighbors, and visitors. We'll witness a fireworks display at 6:15 pm. We’ll gather outside the Hotel Northampton for a “ball-raising.” A bargain-priced pin is still the ticket to over 50 arts and entertainment performances. 

    For more information please visit:

    Double Edge Theatre - Upcoming Performances & Events in November

    WHAT: Double Edge Theatre Upcoming Performances & Events
    WHERE: 948 Conway Road Ashfield, MA 01330
    WHEN: November 2022

    For Information Contact: Sandy Timmerman

    Nov 4-6 at 7:30 pm

    Directed and devised by DE Design Director Jeremy Louise Eaton
    and co-created with the DE Company

    Layering large puppetry, shadow, and song, Lightning takes place at the collision point between the worlds of our internal and external experiences. We look at our past and tell the birth story of the inner monsters we both need and deny.

    Before Lighting there will be a pre-performance musical offering by DE Company Member Robert Carlton.

    Something Else & reading premiere of How We Go Missing?
    Nov 11 & 12 at 7:30 pm

    Co-produced by the Ohketeau Cultural Center and Anishinaabe Theater Exchange

    Something Else
    Written and performed by DE Company Member Tomantha Sylvester
    Directed by DE Co-Artistic Director Jennifer Johnson

    We follow Lucy, an incarcerated Native American woman on death row, as she seeks connection in her final moments.

    How We Go Missing
    A reading premiere performed by the Anishinaabe Theater Exchange

    Written by Carolyn Dunn (Muskogee Creek/Cherokee/Tunica-Choctaw-Biloxi)
    and Tomantha Sylvester (Anishinaabe/ Ojibwe)

    How We Go Missing examines the impact on those left behind, Indigenous sisterhood, and some of the ways in which Native women, in particular, go missing both physically and through erasure.

    The Living Presence of Our History Part VII
    Nov 13 at 1 pm

    Presented by The Ohketeau Cultural Center and Double Edge Theatre. This is the 7th in a series of panel conversations with Indigenous community members and allies regarding issues faced today by Native peoples. This panel will focus on Native playwrights. This is an in-person event at Double Edge Theatre and will also be livestreamed. For ticket information please write to or

    Rainbow Exodus
    Nov 18-20 at 7:30 pm

    Created and performed by Company Associate Karol Matuszak
    Directed and Designed by DE Co-Artistic Director Travis Coe

    Rainbow Exodus is one man’s journey to escape the confines of his conservative upbringing in Poland where people are increasingly hostile towards the LGBTQ+ community.

    Following each performance, there will be a respondency with Barbara Lanciers, Executive Director of the Trust for Mutual Understanding, a funding agency focussed on art and environmental exchange between the US and 29 countries of the regions of Central and Eastern Europe, and Harold Steward, Executive Director and Cultural Strategist of Boston’s The Theater Offensive, a company that presents liberating art by, for, and about queer and trans people of color.

    Box Office is now open for
    Lightning, Something Else / How We Go Missing, and Rainbow Exodus


    For for more information or if you have questions, please call our Box Office at:
    (413) 628-0277 x 502

    Tuesday, October 18, 2022

    Downtown Northampton Association - Call for Artists: 12th Annual Northampton Ice Art Festival

    WHAT: 12th Annual Northampton Ice Art Festival
    WHEN: Saturday, January 21, 2023 
    WHERE: Downtown Northampton 
    APPLY: Online Application

    Call for Artists:  

    The Downtown Northampton Association invites artists to carve ice sculptures or create other ice-related works of art for Northampton’s 12th Annual Ice Art Festival.

    Organized by the Downtown Northampton Association, the 12th Annual Northampton Ice Art Festival takes place on Saturday, January 21, 2023. Artists are asked to create an ice sculpture as part of the Festival, which will culminate in the public display of the final sculptures during a new downtown Northampton Winter Festival, coinciding with the Ice Art Festival. Carving will take place throughout the day on Saturday, January 21, 2023 and finished sculptures will be on display as long as weather permits.

    All participating artists will be paid a $200 stipend for their work, with checks handed out in person on the day of the Festival. Reserved parking spaces, hot beverages and lunch will also be provided.

    This event is guaranteed to generate the most traffic that we have ever had for ice carving because it is the first year that we are incorporating ice carving into a festival atmosphere - the Northampton Winter Festival! To further boost attendance, we have moved the event to Saturday.

    We encourage you to dream big and create a very special carving to help kick off this new event!


    ● Artists must submit an Ice Art Festival Application (attached), with a design sketch and a short bio to the DNA by Friday, December 2, 2022.

    ● Selections will be made by the Downtown Northampton Association. ● Submissions will be considered under rolling admission.

    ● Artists will be notified if their designs are selected no later than December 16, 2022; additional Festival information (site location, parking information, lunch details) will follow in early January.

    Design Guidelines: 

    ● Artists will be provided with up to 3 blocks of ice. Each block measures approximately 40” x 20” x 10”. Blocks can be set up in two different orientations, selected by the artist. ● Design must be appropriate for public space.

    ● Ice Blocks will sit on an illuminated pedestal base approximately 30” x 40” x 12” tall. Bases will be provided by the Downtown Northampton Association, for use during the festival. There are a limited number of illuminated bases; in the event we have more artists than we have bases, some artists may be asked if they would be willing to carve without an illuminated base. Bases will be provided in the order accepted design applications are received. 

    Online Application

    Questions? Contact Amy at the Downtown Northampton Association at (413) 387-5145 or

    Submit all required materials to:
    Downtown Northampton Association or 99 Pleasant Street
    Northampton, MA 01060

    NCMC Benefit Concert featuring Ron Gorevich and Larry Wallach

    WHAT: NCMC Benefit Concert, Featuring Ron Gorevich and Larry Wallach,
    WHEN: November 6th 4:00pm
    WHERE: Sweeney Hall at Smith College, 51 College Ln Northampton, MA. 
    More Info and Buy Tickets

    Ron Gorevic, violin, and Garry Wallach, piano, will be performing the Complete Mozart Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Part 2 to benefit the Northampton Community Music Center.

    The performance will be at November 6th, 4pm at Sweeney Hall at Smith College. And tickets are $20 per person.

    Join us for this wonderful performance! Read more about the performers and buy tickets at the link below.

    Northampton Community Music Center
    139 South Street
    Northampton MA, 01060

    Monday, October 17, 2022


    Come watch a film classic and listen to the soundtrack performed by a live orchestra!

    If you’ve been following the news you have probably seen the astounding footage of the newly discovered wreck of Ernest Shackleton’s ship, Endurance. The ship has been Lying 10,000 feet deep at the bottom of the Weddell Sea in Antarctica, for more than one hundred years. Amazingly, the video shows the ship looking as fresh as the day it sank. This is the perfect time to revisit the original film shot during the expedition and released in 1919. SOUTH was shot and edited by Frank Hurley, the official photographer for the expedition. His film tells the incredible tale of how the ship got stuck in the ice and sank after the boat was crushed by the expanding ice. The crew spent two years living on the ice and ultimately made their way to the nearest land 800 miles away. Incredibly, every member of the expedition survived the experience and Frank Hurley managed to save many of the stills and motion picture films he shot of the harrowing experience. It is these movies and stills that make up the movie, SOUTH. The film has received a new and exquisite 2K restoration from the British Film Institute. The running time is 81 minutes.

    The Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra was founded in 2014 by Ken Winokur to accompany Ken Brown’s 1960’s super 8 films, compiled under the name Psychedelic Cinema. The group has performed in the US with Brown’s film at prestigious venues such as the AFI Silver, ICA Boston, Cornell Cinema, Hamilton College, and many others. The PCO did two tours of the Balkans (Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Montenegro). In addition, the group has scored Alfred Hitchcock’s THE LODGER and a number of short films (both contemporary and classic silents).

    The Members of the Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra are:
    Ken Winokur on drums and clarinet (Alloy Orchestra, Concussion Ensemble, Lookie Lookie).
    Jonathan LaMaster on electric violin and guitar (Cul de Sac, Saturnalia)
    Russ Gershon on saxes, flute, and bass guitar (Either Orchestra, Lookie Lookie

    Show Date/Time:
    Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 7:00 pm
    Doors at 6:30 pm

    Ticket Prices:
    $20.00 ($25.16 after Fees)

    Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
    Purchase online by clicking here, or you may visit or call our box office at 413-584-9032 ext.105.
    Box Office Hours are 3pm - 6pm, Tuesday - Friday. Service fees always apply with purchase.

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