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, June 26, 2023

Soundscores for Living Scenery at A.P.E

WHAT: Soundscores for Living Scenery
WHERE: A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA, 01060
WHEN: Initial release: Arts Night Out, July 14, 2023, 5-8pm

Soundscores for Living Scenery
July – November 2023 
A.P.E. Gallery & other locations

Contact: Kathy Couch:; Sara Smith:

Soundscores for Living Scenery is a series of recorded soundworks created by artist Sara Smith for specific outdoor locations in Northampton and the surrounding region, beginning with the Main St. site of the A.P.E. Gallery. One Soundscore will be released mid-month from July-November 2023.

The Soundscores incorporate original music, field recordings, and other sounds, and are designed for immersive listening to support and augment listeners’ experiences of specific environments, as soundtracks and soundscores enhance the atmosphere of a film or theatrical performance. Smith, an artist rooted in choreography and performance, is interested in how embodied knowledge and memory are informed by dynamic and intentional auditory, visual, tactile, and other sensory-motor experience.

Each month a new location and soundscore url will be revealed. Participants will be encouraged to listen to the downloaded or streamed soundwork on-site. Headphones are recommended. The July soundscore, composed for the A.P.E. Gallery Main St. site, will also be played from speakers in front of the gallery.

Sara Smith is a transdisciplinary choreographer and librarian. They create speculative-documentary performances and other works that explore interconnection and the poetics and politics of embodied and archival research. Sara’s projects have been supported by funding from the LEF Foundation, Maine Arts Commission, and New England Foundation for the Arts, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in choreography (2016), and residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, Hewnoaks, and the American Antiquarian Society. Sara works as the Arts & Humanities Librarian at Amherst College.

Available Potential Enterprises, Ltd. (A.P.E.) exists to support contemporary artists working in all disciplines, by preserving and supporting the spaces in which they create, perform and exhibit their work.; 413.586.5553 This Exhibition is made possible in part through support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council

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