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.

Sunday, January 31, 2016


I Am Big Bird at the Academy of Music Theatre

Four Sundays in February Event #2

Brought to you in part by: A2Z Science & Learning Store

When: Friday February 12, - 7:00 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 6:30PM
Where: Academy of Music Theatre - Google Maps Link
How Much: ADVANCE: $15 General Admission, $25 Premium Reserved Seating
                     DAY AT DOOR: $17 General Admission, $27 Premium Reserved Seating
Ticket Outlet: Academy of Music Theatre Box Office

The Northampton Arts Council invites you to a special film presentation of “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story” on Friday February 12th at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton. The film will be followed by a Q&A session at which Mr. Spinney, his wife Debra and a very special guest will be discussing their journey and answering questions.

#1. Must-List: "A loving documentary about a puppeteer who's brightened the lives of countless children weaned on Sesame Street." - Entertainment Weekly

This heartwarming documentary chronicles the life of Caroll Spinney, the man who has been Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. For over 4 decades, Caroll's characters have been cherished by generations of children. At 81 years old, the tenacious and enthusiastic performer has no intention of slowing down. I AM BIG BIRD features incredible footage of Spinney's earliest collaborations with Jim Henson as it traces Caroll's journey from bullied child to celebrated performer. This loving portrait peels away the instances that inspired his creation of Big Bird and as the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the Spring 2016 ArtsEZ Grant Round administered by the Northampton Arts Council.

Mr. Spinney is now in his 80's and we are so fortunate to share an evening with him. Do not miss this opportunity to meet the real Big Bird in person!

I am Big Bird is possible with support from our sponsors

Connect & Follow

Artist News

    Council News

      Search This Blog

      Blog Archive