A Public Celebration at 33 Hawley Street, A Permanent Home for the Arts

Date/Time
Date(s) - Sunday, June 9, 2019
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location
33 Hawley

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WHAT: A Public Celebration at 33 Hawley Street, A Permanent Home for the Arts
WHERE: 33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Sunday June 9th 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm

The Northampton Community Arts Trust announces the launch of the
pubic and final phase of its capital campaign for 33 Hawley Street on Sunday,
June 9th at Hawley Street. This exciting new community arts facility is
approximately two-thirds complete; the goal of the next phase of the capital
campaign is to raise the final 33 percent of the funds needed to complete the
renovation of 33 Hawley. In recognition of 33 Hawley’s growing role in the
Valley’s cultural life, and to kick off the public campaign and encourage
community support for completion of this permanent home for the arts, the Arts
Trust invites the public to a free celebration on June 9th.

The June 9th celebration runs from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm at 33 Hawley
Street, and has something for everyone. Starting at 1:00 pm, local artists
perform every half hour in the Flex performance/event space, while other
activities are ongoing throughout the building and grounds, including chalk art
for everyone and the collaborative construction of an outdoor sculpture. From
5:00 to 7:00 pm there is salsa dancing, while at the same time Disney’s Coco is
screened in the Flex space. Food and beverages are available for purchase throughout the day from food trucks on site, and beer is available in a Building 8 Brewing’s beer garden.

Northampton Community Arts Trust Board President Richard Wagner
said, “33 Hawley embodies the mission of the Arts Trust, which is to ensure the
long-term vitality of the Northampton region by acquiring and preserving
affordable and accessible space for the arts. We bought this property in 2013
because we saw that it could be a permanent home in the community for a wide
variety of artistic and cultural uses. We have already renovated and opened
about two-thirds of the building. We have workroom/teaching spaces, a
dedicated dance studio, a lobby and mezzanine that also function as event and
gallery spaces, and the “Flex” a large space that serves as a performance and
event hall. In the final phase of renovation, we will complete a 200+ seat flexible
theater space, theater support spaces, a dedicated visual art gallery,
administrative offices, and finishes to the lobby and mezzanine.” The Arts Trusts
keeps 33 Hawley operational costs to a minimum by avoiding commercial debt
and through energy saving measures that include a solar array covering most of
the roof and supplying the building with electricity. Low overhead means 33
Hawley will be a sustainable home for the arts in the Pioneer Valley for decades
to come.


Three long time Northampton arts organizations are currently in
residence at 33 Hawley: the Northampton Center for the Arts, APE Ltd. , and
Northampton Community Television. These organizations act as portals to all
artists, arts groups, arts educators and community organizations who seek to
use the various spaces at 33 Hawley.

While Northampton and the Pioneer Valley are widely known for their
cultural offerings, the area is in danger of being a victim of its own success as
property values rise and arts organizations are priced out of their homes. By
acquiring, protecting and renovating two-thirds of 33 Hawley, the Arts Trust has
already created a permanent home for the arts in the Northampton region. With
the launch of the public capital campaign, the Arts Trust is asking the
community to step up and complete the final 33 percent of 33 Hawley.

Funds for the purchase and renovation of Hawley Street to date have
been raised through individual and business donations, and grants from The
Massachusetts Cultural Council Cultural Facilities Fund and MassDevelopment,
the Commonwealth Office of Finance and Administration, the Commonwealth
Office of Housing and Economic Development, the Community Foundation of
Western Massachusetts, Smith College, the Beveridge Family Foundation, C&S
Wholesale Grocers, and the Wellspring Fund of the Peace Development Fund.
For further information on the Arts Trust, visit
www.northamptonartstrust.org or www.33hawley.org