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 21, 2018

The Shoestring Launch Party at 13 Queen

WHAT: The Shoestring Launch Party
WHERE: 13 Queen - 13 King Street. Northampton, MA
WHEN: Sunday January 21st 8:00pm-10:30pm

Come help celebrate and support The Shoestring - a new independent web magazine covering culture and politics in Western Mass.

This event will include a panel discussion hosted by Ellerie Ballard with our finest writers- Mod Behrens, Ted McCoy, Rojas Oliva, Sarah Jane and Will Meyer. Afterwards enjoy righteous tunage from bands Soft Fangs (CT) and Stoner Will and the Narks. Come see the antidote to the for-profit status quo news cycle and maybe have some fun too.

$5 suggested donation to support local journalism and touring bands


The Shoestring is funded in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council

The Shoestring is an independent web magazine covering culture and politics in Western Mass. We want to shine a critical light on the money, colonialism and settler mentalities that continue to quietly turn the wheels of our local war economy while also giving support to many brave activists, artists and citizens who strive to make a better community.

We aim to create journalism that respects your intelligence and challenges power. That is why a couple of young people with (old and dying) laptops and not much of a future in for-profit journalism are starting The Shoestring. This new publication aims to create a different type of journalism than what currently exists in the area. Rather than respond to the news cycle, we aim to scrape beneath it and tell stories that are of, by and for the people- stories that make enemies in high places. 

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