Northampton Arts Council

The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.


The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as Transperformance and Four Sundays in February, and advocating on behalf of the arts community.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Double Edge Theatre presents The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century)

Double Edge Theatre presents The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century)

At CityStage in Springfield on October 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit our website or call the City Stage Box office at 413-628-0277. Discount tickets are available for students, families, and groups of eight or more.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fall Grant Round Q&A

The Northampton Arts Council invites you to attend an open office session on Wednesday October 7 from 4:30pm-6:30pm at our office on 240 Main Street, Memorial Hall Room #1.

Stop by and ask questions about our Fall Grant Round application process.

Link to start Fall Grant Round app:

Inaugural Poet Laureate Reading

On Sunday, November 1, at 4:00 PM, Patrick Donnelly will give the inaugural Poet Laureate reading of his term, sponsored by the Gallery of Readers Series. The reading will take place at Neilson Browsing Room, Neilson Library, Smith College, 7 Neilson Drive, Northampton, Massachusetts. Google Maps Link

The reading will conclude with the first event of Donnelly’s Choral Poem Project, a performance of Albert Goldbarth’s poem “Library” given by a spoken-word choir comprised of a diverse group of people from the Northampton area.

The event will be free, but donations will be accepted to further the work of the Poet Laureate.

More information about Northampton's Poet Laureate here

Friday, October 2, 2015

Biennial Exhibition: Motion Emotion Reception

Motion-Emotion: A Juried Exhibition at Hosmer Gallery

October 2-30th, 2015

Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, MA

Hosmer Gallery Hours: Mon/Wed 9am to 9pm, Tue/Thu 1pm to 5 p.m., Fri/Sat 9am to 5pm

Now Accepting Submissions: YouthFilm 2016

Presented by the Northampton Arts Council 
Postmark/Hand/Digital Delivery Deadline: January 30th, 2016

The Northampton Arts Council is accepting entries for YouthFilm 2016, part of the annual International film festival KidsBestFest, presented from February 15-19, 2016 at the Academy of Music Theatre.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

First Generation Performance

First Generation Performance
Tuesday, October 6th At 7:00 pm

Augusta Savage Gallery
103 New Africa House
University of Massachusetts
180 Infirmary Way
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-5177

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Northampton Film Festival

Join us for the inaugural Northampton Film Festival, celebrating the Cinematic Arts on the weekend of October 9-11 at the Academy of Music Theatre.