First Night Northampton 2016

Deadline for Performer Applications: August 31, 2015

On Thursday, December 31st, 2015, we present our 31st community New Year’s Eve celebration and festival of the performing arts. It is an important occasion for what is a signature event for the city of Northampton. First Night continues to be a major fundraiser for the Center for the Arts. Our goal is to raise money to support artists and their activities throughout the year.

Are you a performer who is interested in participating in First Night Northampton 2016? For an application, click here.

Sixth Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival

Friday, September 11, 10 am-8 pm and on display all weekend!

Join us as 11 veteran artists reunite to create masterpieces in chalk on the sidewalks of downtown during September's Arts Night Out. The competitive event kicks off a festive weekend that includes the Northampton Jazz Festival and the Northampton Arts Council’s RETROFAIRE.

For a map of the Chalk Art Festival sites and artists, click here.

Drawing takes place from 10 am until 4 pm on Friday. The public is encouraged to watch chalk art pieces develop and to view completed work in the evening while enjoying Northampton’s monthly gallery walk 5-8 pm. Cash prizes of $300, $200, and $100 will be awarded by a panel of judges for the top three ...


Baghdad to Bach: Our Second Concert

Friday, September 18 at 7:30 pm at Helen Hills Hills Chapel
Thamer Dawood

Baghdad to Bach is our second spoken word/music event presented in collaboration with the Iraqi Children's Art Exchange (ICAE) and acclaimed musician and composer Peter Blanchette. Last September's sold-out concert at 33 Hawley Street featured short, recorded SKYPE conversations with ICAE's long-time partner Dr. Mazin Al-Jadiry from Children's Welfare Teaching Hospital in Medical City Baghdad. This' year's format will be similar, music with spoken word segments scattered throughout, but we will have Dr. Mazin LIVE in Northampton offering insights and poetry from Iraq. Helen Hills Hills is located at 123 Elm Street on the Smith College campus.

Also performing The Clarinet Workshop from the Northampton Community Music School with ...


Next Steps @ 33 Hawley

Keeping Art in the Heart of Downtown Northampton
Photo credit: Peter Raper

After a year of hosting classes, performances and special events, we are leaving the Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street where the long-awaited process of renovation and transformation begins. As we transition from old space to new, we invite you to stop by our office located at 5 Strong Avenue in Northampton. You will find us on the second floor where we share Suite #202 with Alexis Design. We continue to produce Arts Night Out, First Night Northampton, and support a variety of visual and performing arts events including Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares. For more information about our next great adventure, click here.

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