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.

Friday, September 23, 2016


Dee Schneidman
Research Manager

Creative workers are a vital part of our region’s vibrancy, but are often undercounted - and underserved - because of the fluid nature of their work life. You can help change that!

Artists and creative workers of New England are invited to:
Answer questions about your jobs, income, and career priorities
Be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card
Count yourself in ... and encourage creatives in your networks to do the same

The survey is designed to capture the complexity of creative work - please take this opportunity to convey how much you count. Help advocates, service providers, and other stakeholders ensure that creative workers are better served by employment analysis, program planning, and advocacy strategies.

Analysis of your responses will be included in a report on the whole creative sector in New England that will be released in spring, 2017. Thank you!


Collaborative Workspace Program

The Collaborative Workspace Program provides funds to accelerate the pace of new business formation, job creation and entrepreneurial activity in Massachusetts communities, by supporting infrastructure that funds community-based innovation. Eligible collaborative workspace applicants may apply for either Seed Grants for predevelopment and feasibility work, or Fit-out Grants for building improvements and equipment purchases.

Click here to sign up to receive the RFP including program guidelines and application

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Northampton Fire Rescue Open House

Northampton Fire Rescue is holding its annual open house on Saturday, October 8th at Fire Headquarters on Carlon Drive from 10:00 until 2:00 p.m. Please see the attached flyer for more information and feel free to pass it along to friends and family.

The Red Guitar - This Friday at the Shea Theater

John wowed the reviewers and Fringe Festival audiences in Edinburgh, Scotland this past August and he wants to share this latest rendition of The Red Guitar with the people here in the Valley who have supported his work for years.

Please join us for a special musical evening at the Shea Theater this Friday the 23rd. John will also be sharing some of his latest compositions in the second half of the show. For more details go to

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

HUT Fall Season Kickoff at SCDT

HUT Series returns to SCDT to kick off a second season with an evening of contemporary sound, movement and poetry. 

3 artists - 3 disciplines - 3 short sets

Andrea Pensado - Music
Paul Matteson/Jennifer Nugent - Dance
Chris Gonzalez - Poetry 

Saturday October 1st

25 Main Street 4th Floor Northampton, MA 01060

Facebook Event

*Afterparty with DJ and full bar across the street at the brilliant new restaurant/bar/cafe Sevenstrong located at 7 Strong Avenue* 

Andrea Pensado
Andrea Pensado works with sound as a performer, improviser and programmer. She studied in Argentina and Poland where she graduated with honors. She studied composition with Barbara Buczek and Boguslaw Schaeffer and computer music with Marek Choloniewski.
Pensado plays solos and collaborates frequently with other improvisers. Her more stable groups are Phurnne (a trio with Jenifer Gelineau and Stephanie M. Germaine), Los Condenados (with Walter Wright, Jules Vasylenko and Chris Strunk), Bats From Pogo (with Walter Wright) and Sheer Anxiety (with Chris Strunk). She performs extensively across the United States and has been featured on numerous occasions in Europe and South America as well. The performances take place in all sorts of varied venues from regular concert halls to art galleries, clubs, lofts, basements, record stores and "house-shows". She has releases with Zeromoon, Feeding Tube Records, YDLMIER, Hidden Temples, Pan y Rosas, LITL and Ayurvedic Tapes. Since 2010, she runs Sonorium, a quarterly series of experimental music in Salem, MA.
Pensado uses Max as her main programming tool. The voice is constantly interwoven in her music. Occasionally, the combination of the performance situation, the often abrasive sounds, the irrational use of the voice and the inherent uncertainty of improvisations contributes to discoveries of unknown places in her mind.

Paul Matteson/Jennifer Nugent
Paul Matteson and Jennifer Nugent are Bessie award performers and have been collaborating on dances for the last fifteen years. They are currently working on a new evening length duet, Note the Self, with composer Ted Coffey. Paul joined Amherst College and Mount Holyoke College in the fall of 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Dance and is a 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council Award recipient in Choreography. Jenn teaches regularly in NYC and is a teaching artist at Smith College and Amherst College.

Program info:
Note the Self (Excerpt of a work-in-progress)
Choreography & Performance: Jennifer Nugent & Paul Matteson
Sound: Ted Coffey

Chris Gonzalez
Chris Gonzalez is a 23 year old actor,theater maker, musician, poet, and educator raised in Northampton, Massachusetts. Chris has opened for International Slam winners Saul Williams and Shane Koyczan. He has featured at Amherst College's Multi-Cultural Theater Conference, MCLA and Equarox:Give Life to the Arts, and Northampton Arts Trusts "Outside the Box" series. Chris used to co-host Northampton Poetry and currently organizes readings to spotlight local poetic talent. Chris frequently leads poetry workshops for students at Northampton High School, where he also coaches a youth theater education group.

Eclectic Group Makes Up Williston’s Writers’ Workshop Series

EASTHAMPTON, Mass., September 20, 2016 – The four professionals that make up the 2016 Williston Writers’ Workshop Series arrive with divergent backgrounds but share two common threads: an intimate connection to the written word and a successful relationship with the creative process.

This is the 19th year Williston Northampton School has hosted the popular series—conceived by authors Madeleine Blais P ’00, ’04 and Elinor Lipman P ’00—in which writers and creative professionals give a talk during a public forum, then teach a master class to students who have prepared for the visit by studying the presenter’s work. The forums begin at 7 p.m. and are held at various locations on campus. They are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

NATURE PRINTS - Design and Aesthetics in Nature

NATURE PRINTS - Design and Aesthetics in Nature

Leonore Alaniz will be displaying some of her Nature Prints illustrating the attention given to detail which heightens our awareness

The exhibit is free and open from Oct. 1st to Oct. 31st, at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton. Contact # 413-584-3009.

For the joy of leaving impressions on the human mind, the artist inks plant and animal parts, and direct-imprints these with hand or foot pressure onto paper and cloth.

For twenty five years she has documented, and interpreted the vitality of life forms, as her tribute to their existence in the web of life.

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