Fifth Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival: Call for Artists

APPLICATION DEADLINE TODAY! Friday, August 29! The event is Arts Night Out, September 12. Stipends and Prizes!

We are seeking artists to participate in the fifth annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival on Friday, September 12, 2014. Participation is selective and requires the completion of an application form with supporting materials by Friday, August 29. Download the application
or pick up a hard-copy at Guild Art Supply, 102 Main Street, Northampton.

This year's festival, presented by the Northampton BID, is scheduled from 8 am until 8 pm and is a part of Northampton's Arts Night Out. Selected artists will be invited to work from 8 am until 4 pm, rendering drawings in chalk on 5'x5' cement canvases located ...


First Night 2015 Performers

Application deadline is Friday, August 29!
Gayle Kabaker and Alexis Design

Are you a performer who wants to participate in the 30th anniversary of First Night Northampton on Wednesday, December 31, 2014? To download a PDF of the official application, please click here. You are also welcome to email us, and we will send you an application by return email. Please include your name and telephone contact with your request. Completed applications and supporting materials are due by Friday, August 29. Feel free to call the First Night office at (413) 584-7327 for questions or assistance.

Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares

Sign up now! Season Three opens on Thursday, September 11
Ingrid Laubrock's Nor'easter

The Center for the Arts is proud to be the fiscal sponsor for Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares. Now in its third season, Jazz Shares is not just another arts presenter in western Massachusetts. The ten varied and remarkable concerts produced by the group each year are the direct result of the commitment of curious and engaged music lovers: shareholders in an enterprise to create cultural capital by inviting world-class improvisers to perform in the Valley. The concerts, featuring both established and emerging jazz masters, are held throughout Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties and include post-concert receptions where shareholders meet the artists, and each other.

Season Three opens with a performance by Ingrid Laubrock’s Nor’easter ...


The Lion & The Clown: A Rumi Love Song for Beauty & The Beast

Thursday-Sunday, September 18-21, at 8 pm. Tickets: $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Advance tickets available online at Brown Paper Tickets
Photo by Emma Jimerson

Real Live Theatre presents this world premiere of an original script written and directed by co-founder Ellen Morbyrne. An ensemble of eight actors brings you the story of a faerie and the woman he curses into a lioness, as they entangle themselves in the life of a small traveling circus struggling to survive in contemporary America. A Clown, a Wire-Walker, a Lion-Tamer, a Juggler, a Manager, and a Balloon-Seller join Faerie and Sarah in weaving poetry, obscenity, magic, and love into an experience to remember.

Featuring Toby Bercovici, Lucy Gouvin, Kate Hare, Trenda Loftin, Dan Morbyrne, Alberto Peart, Michael Pray, and Nia Steiner. Original music composed and performed by Cynthia Zaitz. Stage Management by Sara Berliner, Production Managemenr by Emma Jimerson.

Mature Content, Not Intended For Children.

Bach to Baghdad: A Concert with Archguitar Peter Blanchette

Sunday, September 28 at 2pm at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street. All tickets $15. Purchase online in advance at Brown Paper Tickets.
Peter Blanchette

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent,” wrote Victor Hugo. It is in that spirit that we offer Bach to Baghdad.

The concert, featuring internationally acclaimed musician Peter Blanchette, was inspired by the famous Christmas Truce of WWI when Vedran Smajlovic, the"cellist of Sarajevo", took his cello to perform amidst the rubble and terror of the war zone created by the siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian war. It was also inspired by Dr. Salma Al-Hadad, Director of the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Children's Welfare Teaching Hospital in Baghdad, whose powerful antidote to frustration has been to play Pavarotti on her cell phone.

Claudia Lefko founding director of the Northampton-based ...


Center for the Arts STRONG

Our office is located at 5 Strong Avenue. Our classes are held in the Arts Trust building at 33 Hawley Street. Use the lower level entrance adjacent to the parking lot. For program information, click here.

For almost 30 years, the Center has been a valuable resource, encouraging participation in a variety of expressive forms and producing quality events that bring people together in celebration of creativity. Although the City of Northampton’s non-renewable lease for the space that housed the Center for the Arts has expired, we have NOT! You can find us downtown at 5 Strong Avenue where we are making exciting plans for new arts spaces at 33 Hawley Street in collaboration with the Northampton Community Arts Trust. At this time, we are offering limited space rental for arts-related classes. We also hope to schedule some pop-up events from time to time. Please join our email list (link below) to receive news as it unfolds.

Modern Dance Technique with Lisa Leizman at 33 Hawley Street

Advanced Level Modern, Mondays 6-7:30 pm/Intermediate Level Modern, Thursdays 9-10:30 am. Classes begin week of September 8.

Explore a variety of technical skills drawn from modern and contemporary dance, classical ballet, floor barre and more! Moving combinations, floorwork, conditioning and flexibility training encourage healthy alignment and the development of artistry and expression.

$15.00 for single class
$64.00 for 8-class card

Ballroom Dancing with Diana and Mick Malek

Wednesday evenings. Schedule below

Ballroom experts Diana and Mick Malek offer weekly partner dance classes. Their expertise and fun teaching style are ideal for both competitive and social dancers seeking to improve their skills. Come alone or with a friend! Partners are rotated so everyone can participate.

6:15 p.m. Advanced Ballroom Technique
(rise and fall, swing, body shaping)
7:15 p.m. Advanced Waltz
8:15 p.m. Advanced Foxtrot

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