Try Being Nice
Illustrated Reflections & Protest Signs from 2018
Mo Willems and his studio assistant
Occasionally during the roller coaster that was 2018, Mo Willems pulled out his pen and markers as a way to absorb, reflect, and share his thoughts on the events of the day. Try Being Nice collects many of these drawings along with a few signs created for various protests Mo attended throughout the year.(
All of Mo’s proceeds for this show will be donated to The Northampton Education Foundation to help supplement programs and activities for the community’s public-school students.
Please join R. Michelson galleries for the Opening Reception of Try Being Nice on Friday, March 8th from 6-8 pm (in conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out).
Mo Willems will not be signing books at this event.
- You can choose to donate all or part of your $10 credit from a full stamp Broadside card to NEF.
- You can purchase one of the store’s donation books, and the proceeds will go to NEF.
- You can donate cash through a donation jar on the store counter.
On Tuesday, Nov. 27, please join a global movement by giving locally.
Your donation to NEF on this day will help all Northampton public schools
– and will jump-start a season of philanthropy that strengthens our entire community.
The deadline to apply for a Small Grant is Tuesday October 16th 2018.
View the Small Grant Application here.
The Northampton Education Foundation awards grants twice a year to encourage the development of creative and innovative teaching and learning initiatives for the Northampton Public Schools consistent with the district’s goals. Through the grant program, we support the preparation of new instructional materials, methods, and innovative teaching programs that are introduced into a classroom. We also fund extracurricular initiatives that are intended to enhance student learning. Since the grant program was initiated in 1991, dozens of projects have received funding. These projects have been proposed by teachers and administrators, often in collaboration with parents, community members, and local organizations. For summaries of projects undertaken since June, 2000, see NEF-Funded Projects.
It was wonderful to see so many of you last night at NEF’s 18th annual Adult Spelling Bee. What a night – hundreds of people of all ages, thirty-eight creative teams of spellers, a range of challenging words from booboisie to vivisepulture – all to raise important funds so that NEF can say YES to more teachers.
What made last night even more exciting? It was also the public launch of our campaign to raise $1 million for the NEF Endowment. Thanks to the generosity of many lead donors, we are already halfway there!
And with the support of our incredible community, we know we will reach our goal: to provide guaranteed, multi-year grants at all Northampton public schools, forever.
We are so excited about the innovation and collaboration the Endowment can provide for our teachers and students – a resource that will be there for them, regardless of the economic or political situation, for all the years to come.
April 16: NEF Small Grants to Teachers deadline
May 1: Valley Gives Day
May 12: SOS Plant Sale
May 23: Citywide NEF/PTO biannual meeting
June 8: NEF Showcase
For more information about any of these events, please visit