Northampton Arts Council

The Northampton Arts Council is an 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.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

ValleyCreates Rapid Response Artist Working Capital Grant Program

The ValleyCreates Rapid Response Artist Working Capital Grant Program is a fast-tracked financial wellness and sustainability initiative for artists who currently live or have studio space in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampton Counties, Massachusetts. This program pairs a $1,000 artist mini-grant with one-on-one coaching and online financial and business resiliency webinars specifically focused on navigating a post-COVID cultural sector.

This ValleyCreates opportunity is being administered by MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists.

Application Deadline: June 5, 2020

In order to receive the $1,000 mini-grant, selected artists will be expected to:
Participate in a 1-on-1 business and financial coaching session on a topic of their choice with a team member of the Assets for Artists (A4A) program.
Participate in at least one ValleyCreates peer event in 2020 (most likely online meet-ups, with possible in-person cohorts activities later)
Complete a basic strategic plan that outlines the artist’s business/career goals and action steps (don’t worry, we’ll guide you in getting that done easily).

In addition, selected artists will receive:
Priority sign-up for A4A’s new, free online webinar workshops (which have limited enrollment in order to maximize peer networking and interaction with the trainer). Workshop participation is strongly encouraged, as it will help maximize your ability to enact your strategic plan. See application for a full list of ValleyCreates webinars.
Social media promotional support for 1-2 projects per artist with CFWM’s and A4A’s social accounts.
Access to a strong ValleyCreates network of fellow artists.

Funds will be dispersed upon the completion of the above requirements. If a selected artist completes these requirements quickly, they can expect to receive their mini-grant funds in as little as a month from being selected into the program. (Please note that for most recipients, the artist working capital grant will not be regarded as income for tax purposes, and will not result in a 1099 being issued, which is one reason we are prioritizing a working capital grant opportunity over an emergency grant opportunity, which would typically be considered taxable income.)

Eligible applicants are artists aged 18+ of any discipline (painters, sculptors, installation artists, new media artists, craft artisans, designers, film-makers, photographers, performers, writers, musicians, thespians, dancers, etc.) who live OR have a studio address in Franklin, Hampshire, or Hampden Counties. A studio address can include access to shared studio space, such as at an artist collective. Artists who have previously participated in Assets for Artists programs, including the Studios at MASS MoCA, A4A Matched Savings, or Capacity-Building programs, are eligible to apply. Artists who recently received a ValleyCreates mini-grant are not eligible to apply.

After meeting the above eligibility, applications will be assessed based on the following criteria
Applicant’s stated financial need
Applicant’s history of creative work (whether emerging or seasoned)
A commitment to working with the applicant’s community

This program promotes equal opportunity and seeks diversity in its applicants and participants.

We will not be seeking follow-up reports or proof of exactly how the funds were utilized. Before the artist receives their funds, however, they will be expected to submit a basic “strategic plan” to identify their major goals and action steps for the year ahead, and they must meet (electronically) with staff at MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program for possible feedback. See above for other program requirements.

Application Deadline: June 5, 2020



The ValleyCreates Rapid Response Artist Working Capital Grant is a program of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts administered by MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists. This Rapid Response Artist Working Capital Grant and the support services that go along with it, are supported by the Barr Foundation, the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, the US Department of Agriculture, and many individual donors through CFWM’s Valley Gives Initiative.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

195essential Collaborates with Nutré Meal Plans to Help Feed Nurses

195essential is donating one meal to go to a nurse for every 195essential t-shirt purchased at We are collaborating with Nutré Meal Plans, the largest healthy meal kit delivery organization in Massachusetts, which will provide the meals to nurses at seven different hospitals throughout the state. 195essential has already pledged $1,000 to provide meals to nurses in Massachusetts.

195essential is also working with Nutré to include ‘Essential Nurse’ t-shirts in their meal kit deliveries, along with plans for co-branded apparel as well. Additionally, 195essential is extending the opportunity to nominate a nurse in his or her life on the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle to receive a complimentary Essential Nurse t-shirt by nominating them at or direct messaging @195essential on Instagram.

About Nutré Meal Plans
In an effort to bring fresh, quality and healthy prepared meals by professional chefs and restauranteurs into households, the Perrina brothers launched Nutré Meal Plans in 2017. The North Shore-based meal delivery service offers a diverse selection of meal plans where customers can choose from any combination of healthy, delicious and nutritious options – including those geared towards losing weight. All meals are created by dieticians, prepared by professional chefs and directly delivered to your doorstep. Not delivered by UPS like many food delivery services; they are delivered safely by real people – Nutré’s staff drivers. Three years later, Nutré has become the largest meal delivery service provider in New England.

About 195essential
Launched in May 2020,195essential Clothing and Apparel honors and celebrates those deemed as essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, while also supporting and highlighting the ideals, people and organizations essential to our community, country and our own lives. 195 Essential drives awareness and a renewed appreciation for the basics of life – family, friends, neighbors, work, food and human contact, and partners with businesses, organizations and individuals providing goods and services to essential workers to help alleviate some of the stresses they are facing on the job or in the home. For more information or to purchase a t-shirt, please visit, @195essential on Instagram or

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Easthampton City Arts (ECA) Artist Grants Initiative

ECA Artist Grants Initiative
Supporting Our Artists While Cultivating Community

Easthampton City Arts (ECA) is deeply committed to our community of artists and we are actively invested in the meaning, value, and impact that arts and culture have here in Easthampton and throughout our region. For 15 years, ECA has served our community in receptive, responsive, and innovative ways and in accordance with the evolving needs of our public. Within the context of this time of pandemic, we recognize that our community of artists is more economically vulnerable than ever before and that the financial circumstances that individuals are facing are broad, complex, and diverse.

In the spirit of our ongoing commitment to our artists and our community, we are pleased to announce Easthampton City Arts Artist Grants Initiative. This first-of-its-kind program at ECA will provide grants to individual artists in exchange for an event, workshop, or other arts-based activity — presented through a virtual platform — that serves to engage others and inspire community. This particular approach serves to activate our new, shared virtual platforms during this time of social distancing with the visual arts, poetry, music, performance, and educational opportunities that we all value and appreciate so much.

ECA extends our immense gratitude to all the dedicated individuals, local businesses, and community organizations that have contributed throughout the years to creating our community of arts and culture that we all hold dear. Creating this grants program is rooted in this longstanding foundation – and is an opportunity for ECA to join the larger ecosystem of artist relief efforts to help provide some assistance as we all work together to navigate this unprecedented time. We also acknowledge Mayor Nicole LaChapelle for her leadership, guidance, and support as we worked to develop the ECA Artist Grants Initiative.


Northampton Open Media: Focus Locus Double Feature Tonight

WHAT: The All New Focus Locus: Double Feature
WHEN: Wednesday, May 20th at 7pm

Focus Locus is back online! Focus Locus is an interactive streaming event for emerging moving image and media makers.

Join us this Wednesday, May 20th at 7pm for a live stream double feature of two past grant films:

Shelf Life (Liz Walber)

the stuff of your nightmares...a night you've always dreamed of (Clara Gainer & Thea Cohen)

Join us on

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

New Grants for Valley Artists from MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists and the Community Foundation of Western Mass

MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists is partnering with the Community Foundation of Western Mass for an amazing Rapid Relief Working Capital Grant for artists in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties! You get $1,000 + a bunch of professional in-kind support and educational opportunities. If you have already received a $1,000 mini-grant from CFWM’s ValleyCreates initiative, you’re unfortunately not eligible for this opportunity, but please share with others who might be.

We’ve also announced even MORE workshops specifically for Valley artists (with yet more to come). This includes one webinar about grant-writing in Spanish with Yara Liceaga. Please share all of these opportunities with your friends and colleagues.

Info on all of this is available here:

Friday, May 15, 2020

Love’s In Need Of Love Today | a multitrack extravaganza

Love's In Need Of Love Today | a multitrack extravaganza from Luke Jaeger on Vimeo.

In May of 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, 60 Pioneer Valley musicians came together to record a Stevie Wonder song of hope in an effort to bring attention to the plight of their fellow artists and a fund started by the Northampton Arts Council, where you can donate and help. We worked on our phones, home studio equipment and even voicemail. This is what we made ❤

Donate to Northampton Arts Council's COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund:

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Forbes Library - We're in This Together: The Library is Here with You!

We're in This Together:
The Library is Here with You!

Although our building is closed, library staff are actively working to connect our community with needed resources for learning, entertainment, relaxation, and more.

Free ebooks, magazines, audiobooks, movies & music via, or

Free wifi on library grounds--no password needed!

Virtual storytimes on Facebook, tech support, and book chats

Answering your questions by voicemail, email and text
Sign up for a library card online!
Sign up for our weekly newsletters.

What do you need from us now?
Please tell us:

We've missed seeing you in person! We know that this has been a challenging couple of months and will continue to be so for many of us. We're curious what would be meaningful and/or helpful to you.

Please reach out -- We look forward to helping you.

Connect with us via email, phone, text message, or via social media:
413-587-1011 (phone)
413-570-0444 (text)

Forbes Library
20 West St
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060


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