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.

Founded in 1980, the Northampton Arts Council has an all-volunteer board, and staff, consisting of a director, a part-time events producer, one seasonal assistant producer, and one student intern from Smith College. Each fall, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency, allocates money to all of Massachusetts' 351 cities and towns through 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs), of which the Northampton Arts Council is one, in support of community arts activities. This is the largest decentralized program of its kind in the United States.

In addition to administering the LCC program, The Northampton Arts Council was the first cultural council in the Commonwealth to raise money for a second round of funding every spring, with only a few other LCC's following our lead. The ArtsEZ Spring Grant round is made possible by two major fundraising events produced by the Northampton Arts Council; first, Transperformance, an end-of-summer music festival at Look Park held every August, and second, the Four Sundays in February Series which includes events such as the Silver Chord Bowl, KidsBestFest, and the Really Big Show. In addition to grant programs, the Northampton Arts Council offers arts enrichment programs in the public schools, initiates public art projects and advocates for the arts in the city. We also produce or help produce many other events in Northampton including but not limited to Northampton Summer Concert Series, RETROFAIRE, Cinema Northampton, Bi-ennial Exhibit at Forbes Library, Northampton Film Festival, Northampton Print and Book Fair.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

David Kassan’s Drawing the Portrait from Life at Off the Map Tattoo

David Kassan’s Drawing the Portrait from Life
1 and 2 day Workshops
June 11th and  June 12th, 8:30am-4:00pm
Hosted by Off The Map Tattoo - 84 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA

David Kassan is a contemporary American painter best known for his life size representational paintings, which combine his subjects with abstract backgrounds. This instructional class is set up in two parts:

David will begin by leading a drawing demonstration with a live model while explaining his process from start to finish. Workshop attendees then draw a live portrait with David’s input and personalized guidance. Artists have a unique opportunity to learn directly from this master realist who has taught students all over the world. Class is available for beginners and advanced artists.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

EHStone Art: Draw Your Self-Portrait Class

WHEN: Tues. evenings May 23-June 6th 6:30-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: 52 Beacon Street Florence
COST: $150 includes materials

Looking in the mirror will you draw what you see or what you want to see? We will spend three sessions drawing the self-portrait from life. Proportion, values, line quality & gesture help you get a likeness. Charcoal and a limited palette of black, red, and white free you up to focus on drawing and expression. Contemporary portraiture will be our inspiration. This class is appropriate for beginners as well as the more experienced artist. Visit my website:

"I paint self-portraits because I am the person I know best." Frida Kahlo

52 Beacon St, Northampton, MA, United StatesNorthampton, MA 01062

Scout Cuomo Summer Arts Classes


Join me in my studio to make your own layered painting on glass. I will instruct you in painting on glass and teaching you how to work with resin. Classes will be held over two 3hr sessions. Each class is limited to 5 participants each so you get attention and space to work. We will meet and discuss mapping your painting, start painting all the while talking about the creative process while having some fun! You don't have to have a ton of experience making art to come learn. Come with your inspirations and a willingness to be open to your inner creative.

You will walk away with a painting of your very own 8"x8" glass painting in a steel frame made by Katie Richardson of Blue Barn Studio and some new approaches to painting and the creative process. Click the button below to see class dates and times.
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CLICK Music presents a night of harmonies with singer-songwriter Jennifer Kimball

A night of harmonies with singer-songwriter Jennifer Kimball
Thursday May 25th, 2017. 7:00pm
CLICK Workspace, 9 ½ Market Street, Northampton.

On Thursday, May 25th, the CLICK event space will ring with harmonies as acclaimed singer-songwriter Jennifer Kimball performs songs from her new album, Avocet, at 7:00 p.m.

Since her departure from the seminal, 90s folk-pop duo, The Story, which she formed with her college friend Jonatha Brooke, Kimball has forged an unconventional career path. With the March 3rd release of Avocet, she has proved once again that the wait was well worth it. A formidable songwriter and consummate performer, Kimball returns with a stellar collection of songs and a quiver full of accolades.

SCDT Presents Vanessa Anspaugh’s “The End of Men, and Ode to Ocean”

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought presents
Vanessa Anspaugh’s “The End of Men, An Ode to Ocean”

Sunday May 21 @ 4:30 PM
STUDIO4, 25 Main St Northampton MA
$12 online, $15 at door

What does a feminist work look like without women?- New York Times

A rare sneak peak! Featuring an all-male cast, Anspaugh considers the question: “What does feminist work look like without women?” The End of Men delves into religion and ritual to investigate masculine vulnerability and the dynamics of domination and surrender. In preparation for a premier at Joyce Soho unleashed in NYC in June, local choreographer Vanessa Anspaugh brings her cast of 7 dynamic male performers to SCDT, to share this new, groundbreaking work.

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest alto saxophonist Erena Terakubo

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest alto saxophonist Erena Terakubo
Tuesday, May 16th, 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM
The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

This week we are happy to announce the return of the very talented alto saxophonist from NYC, Erena Terakubo. Erena is the real deal when it comes to hard bop jazz playing and hanging with the masters and shining brightly. Can't wait cause it's always fun.

J. Rich and Cathy Cross Spring Fashion Show

Spring Fashion Show
Friday May 12, 2017
Arts Night Out 5-8pm
151 & 153 Main Street, Northampton, MA.

Cathy Cross and J. Rich celebrate the art of fashion and take it to the streets with a Spring fashion show on the sidewalk in front of our stores. The show will be dedicated to the memory of our dear friend and fashion icon Gordon Robinson. Showtime is 7pm. Music by Samuel Whiting and Lucas Alexander from Heart of House.


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