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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two more weekly sessions. registration open!

JULY 23-27


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.

Arts Night Out En Plein Air

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Friday, July 13, 4-8 pm in Pulaski Park

“En plein air” is a French term referring to the act of painting outdoors with natural subjects and light. On the eve of Bastille Day, ten notable local artists add a French flare to Northampton's monthly gallery walk by showcasing their skills al fresco throughout the late afternoon and evening as part of what has become an annual downtown festival.  Please join Linda Babcock, Susan Barocas, Valerie Bassett, Jeffrey Gatrall, Paula Gottlieb, Kathleen Hession, Robert Markey, Robert Masla, Scott Prior, and Deborah Rubin in the open air “studio of Pulaski Park.

Everything is free and interactive as artists welcome onlookers to watch them work on original pieces and engage in conversation about the technique. Robert Masla, in cooperation with Northampton’s own Royal Talens paints and Chartpak, Inc., will be offering hands-on, paint-along demonstrations in watercolor and water mixable oils using Fredrix All-Media Paint Board. The public is also invited to create their own en plein air paintings by borrowing one of 20 water color kits for an hour at a time.

The festival also hosts Prone to Mischief, a group of street musicians known for their colorful costumes and high energy. The band will keep the atmosphere lively by channeling its inner French Quarter.

This community event is produced in cooperation with the Downtown Northampton Association. It is funded in part by the Festivals Program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Northampton Arts Council and Florence Bank.

For selected artist statements, click here.

For details about Robert Masla's demos and paint-along, click here.

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

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SATURDAY, JUly 14 at 8 pm

Our most popular show is back!
SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED features a cavalcade of talented improvisers and stage actors from the Pioneer Valley in a half-scripted, half-improvised, totally fun show! SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED combines one actor performing from a script with one improviser making it all up on the spot to mix up one wild and wooly show!

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. This show usually plays to a sold-out crowd, so you'll definitely want to get there close to &30 to guarantee your seat.

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