First Night 2015 Performers

Applications available now! Deadline is August 29, 2014.

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.

Fifth Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival: Call for Artists

Friday, September 12, 8 am-8 pm. Stipends and Prizes! Application deadline is August 29th!

The Center for the Arts is 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 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 throughout downtown Northampton. All who participate receive a $100 ...


The tinydance project on Arts Night Out at 33 Hawley Street

Friday, August 8. Performances at 5:30 and 6:00 pm

Kelly Silliman/the tinydance project, in collaboration with Liv Fauver, presents "veins in the stones we carry." Performances take place in the parking lot adjacent to the Arts Trust Building or indoors if there's wet weather. For more information, and to follow the "tiny tour" of greater Northampton the second week of August, visit the tinydance website.

The tinydance project presents low-tech dance performances that highlight the intersection between sustainability and the arts. Inspired by the Tiny House movement and Slow Living concepts, performances happen on a 4' by 8' stage that can be towed by bicycle to venues. Performed in natural light to entirely acoustic accompaniment, tinydance performances offer transparency and human connection in today's complex world.

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 on Mondays 6-7:30 pm, June 16-July 21. Intermediate Level on Thursdays 9-10:30 am, June 19-July 24.

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

Capoeira for Adults

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art that incorporates self defense, music, dance, acrobatics, and community. The worldwide Omulu group is led by renowned Capoeira master, Mestre Preguiça. Instructor Marola leads the Northampton classes. He has been practicing Capoeira for over 20 years and directed the Omulu group in Madison, Wisconsin for 10 years. Now residing in western Massachusetts, Marola continues to share his knowledge of Capoeira with this newest extension of Omulu.

Classes are $70 monthly and $15 for single drop-ins. For more information, visit the Western Mass Capoeira website.

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