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.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


A.P.E. is curating its fourth summer program, ARC.19 (Activate, Research, Create), with a series of summer projects that continue to expand the understanding of a contemporary art gallery as an active space within the community. A.P.E. will host four projects from the end of May to the end of August, 2019.  During each project’s 1-2 week residency, artists will create and shape work in the gallery space, which will then be made open to the public through a variety of workshops, performances, and interactive installations. Each project will make a commitment to maintain a central inquiry into the relationship between the public, the work, and the space in which it is made.

A.P.E. has selected a dynamic and varied group of area artists to participate in ARC.19.  The four projects and dates are listed below:

ARC 2019 participants

May 27 – June 2: Lynn Petefreund, Daily Practice.  An OPEN space for viewing work and daily art practice.  Workshops, daily practice with invited artists, makers, exhibition of work made plus Lynn’s daily drawings.

July 7 – 21: Shaina Cantino:  Shaina will be developing and documenting an evening-length contemporary dance theater piece in collaboration with performer Leah Fournier and dramaturg/designer Rose Proctor. The performance, inspired by Cantino's relationship with her recently deceased grandmother, grapples with various levels of intimacy in the dying process. The movement and text explores the tug between rigidity and expansion in aging and letting.

July 28 – August 11:  Eli Liebman, Security in a State of Violence:  a mixed media exhibition focused on the phenomena and relationship of security and violence and exploring how they are articulated in varied forms ranging human touch to dragnet surveillance; from the built environment to notions of health. The show will be comprised of woodblock prints, animation, sewn blankets, postcards, sound, and sculpture.

August 18 – August 31: Tristatic:  Jacqueline Dougherty, Julia Handschuh & Haley Morgan,10-year anniversary installation for Tristatic that would center around performance for video work, video stills, costumes and accessories, interactive elements for visitors to generate their own material, a zine/exhibition catalog and an artist talk and workshop.

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