Join us at our Festive Open House!

Please join us for an Open House on Saturday, October 13 from 11—3 PM!

Free and open to the public, the Open House presents over fifteen brilliant artists and teachers working at the new downtown space at 33 Hawley Street. Arts lovers of all ages can join in the fun! Strut the tango, get hip with hip-hop, experiment with modern dance, learn the secret arts of theatre, enlighten your body with Alexander Technique. Or kick back and watch previews for plays by two different theatre companies, an open dance rehearsal, and dance classes.

Kids and families will especially enjoy Kelly Silliman’s participatory class and presentation of the Center’s ArtPlay vacation program, Danielle Smith’s hip-hop sample class, and a Valley Performance Playground mini-class of theatre games, improvisation, and movement.

Come explore the new space at Hawley Street. Discover the Center’s offerings. Learn how you can take or teach a class, or produce the performance or event you’ve been dreaming of.

The Day’s Schedule

11:00—Join Valley Performance Playground for mini-classes of theatre games, improvisation, and movement for families with kids. 11–11:30: Movers & Shakers(ages 1-1/2 to 5); Creative Drama (ages 6–12),  DOWNSTAIRS STUDIO.

 11:00–12:00—See the dance studio in use while the Center’s Program Director Kelly Silliman teaches her Adult Modern Dance class in the DANCE STUDIO.

12:00—Enjoy a preview of Real Live Theatre’s When Last We Flew, in production at the Center in December, followed by a theatre training workshop, THE FLEX.

12:30—Join Fritha Pengellyfor a sample Advanced Adult Danceclass, DANCE STUDIO.

12:30—Bring your kids to Danielle Smith’s Youth Hip Hop Class, DOWNSTAIRS STUDIO

1:00–1:30—Kelly Silliman and Jayme Winellwill introduce the ArtPlay Vacation Program, a multi-disciplinary arts program for youth, DOWNSTAIRS STUDIO.

1:00–1:30—Enjoy an introduction to Tango Dancing with Western Mass Tango, THE FLEX.

1:30–2:00—Have your kids try out Kelly Silliman’s Creative Dance Class, DANCE STUDIO.

1:30—Abbie Steinerwill discuss and demonstrate the Alexander Technique with time for attendees to ask questions and if desired, have a brief hands-on experience, DOWNSTAIRS STUDIO.

1:30—Shakespeare Stagepresents an excerpt from The Complete History of America (abridged). The full performance shows tonight at 7:30 and Sunday at 6:30, THE FLEX.

2:30–3:00—Lisa Leizman Dancegives you an insider’s view with an open rehearsal for their December 14 dance concert at the Center, THE FLEX.

Forms and Figures, an exhibition of David Andrews’ artwork, may be seen in the DOWNSTAIRS GALLERY.

The Center Hosts Forms & Figures, Exhibition of David Andrews’ Artwork

David is a Chicago born artist currently living and working locally. He calls his work a fluid elegance turning 2D drawings into 3D pieces of sculpture on paper. Please join us for an opening reception Downstairs at 33 Hawley on Friday, October 12, 5-8 PM. Here’s his Facebook page, and here’s a great 2016 interview with him by the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Introducing Christian Herold, New Managing Director

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The Center for the Arts is pleased to introduce Christian Herold as its new Managing Director. As long-time Executive Director Penny Burke is retiring from her position, the Center is transitioning to a new management structure. Herold will work with Program Director Kelly Silliman, who has been with the organization since September 2017. 

Christian Herold moves here from Cambridge MA, where he directed People’s Sculpture Racing, a group that stages races of wheeled, artistic sculptures and produces educational family workshops. He served as Executive Director of the Munroe Center for the Arts in Lexington MA, where he spearheaded the town’s first open studios and organized multicultural performances. He created news and art videos as a Citizen Journalist with Cambridge Community TV. At an earlier time in Cambridge, he taught creative drama, ran a theater company, and sang with the MIT Chorus and B.U.‘s Inner Strength Gospel Choir.

Prior to working in Lexington, Christian led the life of an artist, academic, and activist in New York City. As an academic, he taught for many years at New York University’s Undergraduate Theater Program and sat for ten years on the editorial board of Women and Performance, a Journal of Feminist Theory. He published academic papers and lectured internationally on performance and politics. His verse drama was produced in Manhattan, and his sound art has been published by MIT Press. Born and raised in Washington DC, he received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Performance Studies from NYU.

"I look forward to living in Northampton and to contributing to the creative community by developing arts-supporting infrastructure and organizing projects and events, “ says Herold. “I am proud of my success in building projects that serve both the broad community and advanced artistic practice. I am especially excited to play a part in launching the Center in its new role at 33 Hawley Street.”

Christian is no stranger to Western Mass. His brother, Nat Herold, is a lifelong resident of Pioneer Valley and owns Amherst Books

Penny, Must you go?

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Staff Writer
Thursday, August 02, 2018

“Some have called her a community treasure — one who’s “hidden in plain sight.” Indeed, for years she has been largely behind the scenes, whether producing First Night Northampton or any number of arts events around the city, from dance performances to concerts to art exhibitions….” READ MORE.