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.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest vocalist Nicole Pasternak

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest vocalist Nicole Pasternak and tenor saxophonist Ralph Lalama Tuesday, August 4th, 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM, The Loft at the Clarion Hotel.

September, 2015 Installation

September, 2015 Installation

September 8-27, 2015

Artist Reception: Friday, Sept.11:  5-8 pm

Image and Ritual: Selected Work by Anna Bayles Arthur

Image and Ritual:  Selected Work by Anna Bayles Arthur, 2005 - 2015

Exhibition Dates: August 11 thru 23.

Artist reception, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, 5 - 8 p.m.  (Arts Night Out)

Four Poets & A Photographer


Friday, August 7th at 7:30

Join us for a mid-summer delight: Four valley poets reading their work while surrounded by superb photographs.

Outside-in: Windows, Walls, & Doors


Color Photographs by Kate Way

July 29th – August 9th

Opening Reception: Friday, July 31st 5:00-7:00pm

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Transperformance 25: Look at the Movies! Program Book

It’s time to celebrate our community and the arts with Transperformance 25: Look at the Movies! Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at Pines Theater in Look Park Florence, MA. It’s the Transperformance Silver Anniversary and what better way to celebrate than to feature music from the Silver Screen. This year, our Valley’s favorite benefit music festival features local sensations The Winterpills, The Unband, LuxDeluxe, Rusty Belle, and The Lonesome Brothers. The bands will perform songs from the soundtracks of The Big Lebowski, This is Spinal Tap, The Sound of Music, Saturday Night Fever, Easy Rider, and Rocky as well as take on the personas from characters in the films. Northampton notables Monte Belmonte, Bill Dwight, Kelsey Flynn, Johnny Memphis, and Julie Waggoner will host as celebrity personalities.

Each summer the Northampton Arts Council and the Parent Teacher Organizations of Bridge Street School, Leeds Elementary School, RK Finn Ryan Road Elementary School, Jackson Street School, J.F.K. Middle School and Northampton High School join forces to raise funds for arts enrichment in the schools and the ArtsEZ grant program. Last year Transperformance 24: Off the Map was attended by over 2,000 people and provided $1,500 to each school due in part to the dollars raised by donors like you. The money goes toward great projects in our local schools, like JFK Middle School bringing WOFA Drum and Dance Interactive performance to their students. The Northampton Arts Council raised an additional $15,000 that was recently distributed during the ArtsEZ grant round where local artists, schools, and arts organizations receive funding to produce arts events in Northampton, Leeds, and Florence.

Show our locally engaged, civically minded, arts loving, family oriented community that you think that the Arts are important by purchasing an ad in the Transperformance program book: Full Page - $500, Half Page - $250, Quarter page - $150.

If you are interested please fill out and return the enclosed form or contact me: / (413) 587-1069. If you would like to find out more about the Arts Council visit: