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.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Center to Hold Celebratory Open House

Photo of 33 Hawley St. Lobby is by Stephen Petegorsky
WHAT: Northampton Center for the Arts Open House
WHEN: Saturday October 13, 11:00-3:00pm
WHERE: Northampton Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA

Northampton, MA—The Center for the Arts will hold a festive Open House on Saturday, October 13 from 11–3 PM. Free and open to the public, the Open House presents over fifteen brilliant artists and teachers working at the new downtown space at the Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street. Arts lovers of all ages can join in the fun! Strut the tango, hop with hip-hop, experiment with modern dance, learn the secret arts of theatre, enlighten your body with Alexander Technique. Or kick back and watch previews for plays by two different theatre companies, an open dance rehearsal, and dance classes.

Kids and families will especially enjoy Kelly Silliman’s participatory class and presentation of the Center’s ArtPlay vacation program, Danielle Smith’s hip-hop sample class, and a Valley Performance Playground mini-class of theatre games, improvisation, and movement.

Come explore the new space at Hawley Street. Discover the Center’s offerings. Learn how you can take or teach a class, or produce the performance or event you’ve been dreaming of.

Meet the artists:

·      The Lisa Leizman Dance Company gives you an insider’s view with an open rehearsal.
·      Western Mass Tango. Tango together across the new Flex space!
·      Center Program Director Kelly Silliman holds an open adult modern dance class.
·      Fritha Pengelly. Try out Fritha’s advanced dance class.
Special for Kids!
·      Valley Performance Playground will hold a children’s mini-class of theatre games, improvisation, and movement.
·      Kelly Silliman provides a sample creative dance class for kids, and presents with Jayme Winell a description of the newArtPlay vacation program.
·      Danielle Smith. Danielle offers a sample hip hop class.
·      Real Live Theatre presents a scene from She Kills Monsters and a theatre training workshop.
·      Shakespeare Stage enacts a scene from their current production The Complete History of America (abridged), showing the same weekend at the Center.
·      Abbie Steiner shares Alexander Technique’s teachings in answering questions about your circumstances.
·      Forms and Figures, an exhibition of David Andrews’ artwork, may be seen in the Downstairs Gallery. (There’s an opening reception for David’s show at the Center on October 12, 5-8 PM, an Arts Night Out offering.)

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