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!

In the meantime, we continue to produce Arts Night Out in conjunction with the Downtown Northampton Association and the Northampton Radio Group. We also support a variety of visual and performing arts events including those connected to our resident companies as well as Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares.

Radical Closeness for the People: Peer Counseling


A 9 week series taught by Rythea Lee and Samantha Burnell

Sunday nights January 21-March 19, 2018, 6-8pm
33 Hawley St, Northampton Center for the Arts

To register, go to:
$280 by January 5th and $300 after that date. 
Scholarships for people of color. Some work study available. Contact us for a payment plan.

We live in a society of isolation and separation, where feelings are considered too much and few people have the skills to help out or even listen. As peer counselors for 20+ years, we have seen the value of creating a network of counselors as part of every day mental and emotional health.

Human beings are meant to live in community, to be in relationships where true intimacy can flourish, where pain and joy are shared equally with compassion. This work aims to create a context for developing deep and lasting connection through time. This workshop will introduce the practice of peer counseling, fostering a safe space, tools, and theory to begin building enduring peer support. This workshop creates an 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

Join us and start using tools to create more intimacy in your life.

To read more about this incredible practice read this wonderful article by Rythea Lee:

What Can Social Media Do For You As a Writer?


Come listen to presenter Marya Zilberberg discuss how to break down the barriers and put Twitter, blogs and other online formats to work. The event will be at the Northampton Center for the Arts on March 3, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Social media seem to be a necessity for marketing anything in the 21st century. But are they? What are the best approaches for a writer? We will discuss some of the successful strategies and potential pitfalls of this brave new communication ecosystem.

Marya Zilberberg is a physician-health services researcher living in Western Massachusetts. In addition to over 120 academic articles, she has authored the book Between the Lines: Finding the Truth in Medical Literature, which, thanks to her blogging and tweeting, is used by many residency programs as a textbook of evaluative medicine. Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Six Hens, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, Cleaver, Vox Poetica, The Blue Hour and Boston Poetry Magazine, among others. If you want to follow Marya on Twitter, her handle is @murzee.

Why I March 

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FRIDAY, March 9, 7-10pm

Come be inspired - or inspire others! Join local women activists who share their passion for a cause and what keeps them motivated.

Join as an audience member - or sign up to be a speaker here: (And you don't have to be a perfect speaker - you can use notes! And you don't need to be the world's most active activist!)

Cost: Sliding scale tickets: $0-15

Want to volunteer, or sponsor? Email

Co Sponsored by Women Speak Up, Pioneer Valley Women's March, Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership, and more coming! 

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

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This show features The Ha-Ha's and special guest performers Girls Night Out! The Ha-Ha's perform "Still Life." 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 available at the door only for $13. Plenty available! And stick around after the show for our free open improv jam and showcase MORE IMPROV, MORE BETTER!

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