Moving Up!


Next Steps @ 33 Hawley Street

Just drive by, and you can't help but notice the dramatic changes going on inside and out at 33 Hawley Street. The process of renovating and transforming the Arts Trust Building is well underway, and we are very excited about making the transition from old space to new. We now have use of a 1200 square-foot studio/rehearsal space on the lower level and a light-filled dedicated dance studio on the third floor. Feel free to call the office at (413) 584-7327 or email to learn about options for use, availability,  and rental rates. Take a look below for information on upcoming events. Click on the menu above for class and workshop offerings. Everything takes place at 33 Hawley Street. Entrance at the lower level, adjacent to the FREE parking lot!


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JUNE 25-29, JULY 2-6, 
JULY 23-27, JULY 30-AUGUST 3

The Center for the Arts introduces a new and exciting summer program for youth ages 6 to 12 years. Artplay encourages kids to think of themselves as fundamentally creative beings with a fun, interactive, interdisciplinary approach. The program connects youth to local teaching artists through classes and workshops, as well as providing space and structure for youth-initiated performances and exhibitions. Kids will have the chance to experiment with dance, music, drama, visual arts, collaborative play, and more! It's all happening in the new Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street in downtown Northampton.

Paradise City by Chris Gonzalez: A Staged Reading

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Wednesday, May 23 at 8 pm

Tickets: Free and open to the public. Donations accepted.

Paradise City is a one act tragic comedy set in downtown Northampton, Massachusetts. Rebecca, a recent widow, works with Liza, a half-baked medium, to converse with the ghost of her beloved. Over the course of the seance, both Rebecca and Liz are forced to face something much more frightening than ghosts and spirits: themselves.

The reading takes place in the downstairs studio. Please use the lower level entrance adjacent to the parking lot.

Valley Multigenerational Dance Project

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Friday, May 25 at 7pm and Saturday, May 26 at 4pm

Tickets:$15 Adult, $10 Students, $40 maximum per family. Cash or check at the door. Reservations can be made in advance by e-mailing Seating is limited.  Reservations are strongly encouraged!

Under the direction of Kelly Silliman and Noël Raley, Valley Multigenerational Dance Project is a new endeavor that brings together dancers ages 11-73 to create and perform a full length, movement-based performance piece.  Join us for a weekend of performances which will bring together community members to witness the piece and engage in conversation about the work itself as well as our ideas around age and art-making. There will be a special pre-show appearance by Been Around; Still Around.

Northampton Education Foundation’s Annual Showcase


Friday, June 8, 6-7:30 pm

The Northampton Education Foundation celebrates Northampton’s public school teachers and students, thanks our generous donors, and showcases the spectacular projects and programs that the schools have developed with our grants. Join us on Arts Night Out in the downstairs studio at 33 Hawley Street. Please use the lower level entrance, adjacent to the parking lot. Refreshments included.

The Northampton Education Foundation funds projects and programs that expand educational opportunities, foster creativity, and enhance academic experiences in Northampton's public schools. NEF also works to broaden community support for our public schools.

Happier Valley Comedy Show: Second Saturdays of the month in the downstairs studio

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SATURDAY, JUNE 9 at 8 pm

The show features The Ha-Ha's performing "The Armando" featuring our lovely monologist, WRSI's Joan Holliday! The Ha-Ha's will also be joined by The Majesters, bringing their completely improvised musical antics from their home at the Majestic Theatre in West Springfield!

Join us in our new home at the Center for the Arts where the doors at the lower level entrance open at 7:30 pm. Free parking with handicapped accessible space. Tickets are $13 and available at the door only.

And stick around after the show for...

The "More Improv, More Better" After-Show is an open improv jam and showcase that runs from 10-11pm on the second Saturday of each month, directly following the Happier Valley Comedy Show. Play improv games lead by a Happier Valley Comedy School Jam Leader and watch a short improvised set featuring an up-and-coming improv group.

For more information about The Happier Valley Comedy Show, visit the website at

High Definition in Concert: Music from Across the Years and Around the World

Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30 pm in the downstairs studio

Donation at the door. Proceeds benefit the NCMC Scholarship Fun

High Definition, a vocal ensemble of the Northampton Community Music Center, presents its season finale. Under the direction of Catherine Kay,High Definition sings a cappella music for women’s voices of all genres. Its current set includes music spanning five centuries. From the sacred to political, jazz to folk, profound to irreverent, there is something for everyone in a High Definition program.

Members of the group include Heather Antonelli, Lauren Bell, Kristen Benjamin,  Danielle Federa, Chris Futia, Wendy Gannett, Karen Gengler, Catherine Kay, Polly Keener, Sue Keller, Shersten Killip, Marisa Brown Ludwig, Ann Markes, Adriana Piantedosi, Andi Porter, and Pat Vittum.

Radical Closeness for the People: Peer Counseling


A 9 week series taught by Rythea Lee and Samantha Burnell

Sunday nights april 8-june 3, 2018, 6-8pm
33 Hawley St, Northampton Center for the Arts

To register, go to:
$280 or $100 deposit by March 25th and $300 after that date. Limited group numbers so register early. Not a drop-in class.

INFO:  email, 413-824-2870 or 413-586-7390

This class series is for people who have taken either Rythea's or Samantha and Rythea's Peer Counseling intro classes or have had some experience with Re-evaluation Counseling or Co-counseling. We will build on the basic skills of compassionate listening, releasing emotions, and working on early material (childhood). We will learn more about what it means to be a grounded counselor with a solid tool-belt of skills who can also respond to the moment. We will learn what it means to take charge of our own healing as a client, to ask for the support we need in the moment, and to find safety to feel and express in our sessions. Peer Counseling is, most importantly, a practice that deepens over time, as connections develop into solid longer-term support. Our intention is to facilitate the growing of community of Peer Counselors in our area.

Our hope is to create a weekly experience that helps you move forward in:

1. Not feeling alone in your life
2. Allowing feelings to cycle through without getting blocked
3. Having new insights that move your life out of stuckness
4. Creating relationships that support you to have true intimacy
5. Waking up emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and creative avenues of expression