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Art Experiences

East 40 collaborates with Northampton Community College's
Art Department on a number of exciting initiatives.

visit their website and Instagram

Artist-in-Residency Program

Applications are closed for 2024
Announcements coming soon

We welcomed two artists-in-residence
to the East 40 for summer/fall 2023!

WDIY-88.1 FM's "Lehigh Valley Arts Salon"
featured our program - tune in!


  • Abigail Michelini explored the East 40 acreage listening, engaging, and writing poetry inspired by the interactions with people and nature that abound in our space. The poems she wrote are the genesis of the East 40 Poetry Walk, and are posted on a website with an audio recording of her reading it. This website will be accessible to those who visit the East 40 via QR codes posted on wooden posts in the space, in the spots where she created each poem.

  • Amanda Thackray is an artist, educator, communal gardener, and forager whose practice is grounded in handmade paper. She is invested in using local materials to experiment with papermaking processes. Her project includes deep site research – exploring, talking with the community, writing notes, experimenting with foraged materials, and taking photographs. She plans to create a catalog of indigenous and invasive plant varieties to harvest specimens, process, and make paper.




In the summer of 2022, the East 40 was the site of an Artist-in-Residency by NCC Fine Arts Adjunct Faculty member Cindy Vojnovic (pictured, right)Read more about her work creating natural dyes and pigments, using plants and rocks.
You can learn these techniques too!

In the summer and fall of 2021,  the East 40 was the site of an Artist-in-Residency program for three mixed-media artists. Read more about this inaugural program.

From the  Earth, Imaginary Landscapes
featuring the work of Cindy Vojnovic

A solo exhibition of artwork resulting from the
artist's summer 2022 residency at the East 40

Fall 2023



Ceramics Program

East 40 has a long collaboration with NCC's

Art Department. The acreage serves as

the site of two wood-fired kilns and two gas-powered kilns that are used

by students and faculty for the

pottery they create.

Read more about our program,

the physical improvements we're working on, and our faculty.


"In the present political environment, in which discourse is neither positive nor welcoming, the garden is a positive, welcoming place for people of all backgrounds to gather in the pursuit of a common experience. This garden is a reflection of who we are at NCC." 

Kelly Allen
NCC East 40 Coordinator

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