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.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


WHAT: New Repertory Theatre’s production of "Thurgood"
WHERE: Hampshire Council-Gov Courthouse in Northampton at 99 Main St., Northampton, MA 
WHEN: Friday, February 16 at 7:00pm

 The Academy of Music Theatre will present the New Repertory Theatre’s production of Thurgood on Friday, February 16 at 7:00pm. The performance will be held at the Hampshire Council-Gov Courthouse in Northampton. Audience members will sit in the courthouse viewing seats as actor Johnny Lee Davenport portrays the role of Thurgood Marshall in one of the “greatest performances of the year” (Boston Post-Gazette).

Written by the 17-time Emmy-winning playwright George Stevens, Jr., directed by Benny Sato Ambush and featuring actor Johnny Lee Davenport, Thurgood spans Justice Thurgood Marshall’s impressive career as a lawyer, arguing such landmark cases as Brown v. Board of Education, and is a remarkable tribute to Marshall’s enduring legacy as the first African-American to sit on the Supreme Court.

Johnny Lee Davenport (Thurgood Marshall) won the Elliot Norton Award for “Best Actor” in Broke-ology with Lyric Stage Company in 2011 and named “Best Actor” by Boston Magazine. Mr. Davenport has played more than 50 roles in 24 of Shakespeare’s plays including Richard III (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Pericles (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); and Richard II (Shakespeare & Company).

Thurgood will run for one night only on Friday, February 16, 2017 at 7:00pm. Adult Tickets are $20 (plus applicable fees). The event will be performed at the Hampshire Council-Gov Courthouse in Northampton at 99 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060.

“Davenport has the kind of ineffable stage presence that can’t be adequately described but needs to be experienced. – The Boston Globe

“A powerful reminder that one man can make a difference.” – Broadway World

“One of the great performances of the year.” – Boston Post-Gazette

NCTV Launches 5th Year of Grants for Short Films, Classes, Community Art, and Virtual Reality

Northampton Community Television Launches 5th Year of Grants for Short Films, Classes, Community Art, and Virtual Reality.

As an extension of its mission to support and resource expression of all kinds across media in the greater Northampton community NCTV is again giving out money to support the time and effort for creators to craft content. This represents the 5th year of such grants, which have empowered projects throughout the community.

Grants are open to the public at and applications are due on February 16, 2018. The grants cover a broad range of multimedia related projects, including short films, classes, community art projects, and virtual reality and are available for up to $2000. The grants recognize that among the resources people need in order to be empowered to create are included time and security.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mass Cultural Council seeks new Community Initiative Program Officer

Community Initiative Program Officer

Mass Cultural Council promotes excellence, education, diversity, and inclusion in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life for Massachusetts through a wide range of grants, initiatives, and advocacy. We work with partners in government, the cultural community, and across sectors, to increase public and private investment in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Mass Cultural Council, the state’s arts agency, is seeking an individual for the position of Program Officer in its Community Initiative. 

This position is an integral part of the Mass Cultural Council’s Community team in all of its work. The Mass Cultural Council is looking for a person with significant experience in the field of grantmaking, or a municipal environment, or a cultural organization.

Initially, the Program Officer will report to the Program Manager of the Cultural Districts Initiative (part of the Community Initiative) and serve as the primary contact for Cultural District in the following 12 regions: North-Central Massachusetts, Martha's Vineyard, Greater Boston, Nantucket Island, Plymouth County, Greater Springfield, Cape Cod, Franklin County, Greater Merrimack Valley, Hampshire County, Metro West, and Southeastern Mass/Bristol County. Over time, the workload will change and a flexible attitude is crucial.

Administer services and programs for cultural districts with growing responsibility
Respond to inquiries from applicants, municipal officials, and constituents.
Work to support smooth administration of the Cultural District Initiative on the local level.
Promote a regional approach to support the Community Initiative.
Work collaboratively with the Local Cultural Council and Festivals Program staff in assigned regions.
Provide support to cities and towns engaged in Cultural Compacts in assigned regions
Other responsibilities as assigned

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Eshu Bumpus and saxophonist Jason Robinson

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Eshu Bumpus and saxophonist Jason Robinson
WHEN: Tuesday, January 16th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

On Tuesday the 16th we welcome vocalist and story teller Eshu Bumpus along with saxophonist Jason Robinson. We will be honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by playing songs related to the struggle for equality and freedom; specifically songs that came from the jazz artists of that time who were deeply moved by the struggle. Eshu, besides being a great story teller, specializing in African folk tales is also a gifted singer who's musical heart is rooted in jazz. We will be doing songs by Charles Mingus, Billy Taylor, Les McCann, Miles Davis and others. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

VIDAM with Stephen Katz

WHAT: VIDAM (Valley Improvised Dance and Music) with Stephen Katz
WHERE: Karuna Yoga Studio 25 Main Street 3rd Floor Northampton, MA
WHEN: Monday January 15, 2018 8-10pm

Each VIDAM features veteran improvisational musician(s) who are feeling the room and collaborating with the dancers. Together we fill the space with inspiration for focussed movement, composition, and improvisation


Join our VIDAM Facebook Group!

1st & 3rd Mondays with Live Musicians ($15 / $10 student)
Karuna Yoga Center
25 Main St. Northampton, 3rd Floor
8 – 10p

Upcoming VIDAM Events for 2018:

January 15 = Stephen Katz
January 29 = Amanda Turk & John Sprague

The Performance Project: Arts & Youth Leadership at Northampton High School

WHAT: The Performance Project: Arts & Youth Leadership
WHEN: Friday January 12th 7:00 PM
WHERE: Northampton High School 380 Elm Street Northampton

The Performance Project is a venue for self-representation in a culture where politics, social structures and the media suppress expressions of truth and the depth of economic oppression, racism and incarceration in our country. Our creative work is informed and shaped by the experiences and beliefs of ensemble members, who claim full authorship for the plays they produce.

Through the performances, audiences have had the opportunity listen to the experiences and ideas of people whose stories are rarely told, and to expand their perspective and expectations of people coming out of jail. The plays address critical social and cultural issues, and initiate a dialogue between people who have been incarcerated and their communities.

Tuesday, January 16th 12:30 pm
Northampton High School

Lyra Music Festival returns to Smith College July 8-28th

WHAT: Lyra Music Festival
WHEN: July 8-28, 2018
WHERE: Smith College, Northampton MA 01060

The Lyra Music Festival is an outstanding series of summer classical music events bringing together world class musicians, outstanding young string players and pianists and an exceptional faculty of professional musicians and educators for concerts, masterclasses and outreach performances. Join us in Northampton, MA in July for this exciting summer festival!

Season Passes and Individual Event Tickets are for sale Here

Guest Artist Concerts:
Internationally recognized musicians join Lyra Music on the solo concert stage each summer. Guest Artists have included musicians such as Simone Dinnerstein, Frederic Chiu, Matthew Zalkind, Itamar Zorman, Sibbi Bernhardsson, Michael Brown, Dane Johansen, Spencer Myer, Alexi Kenney, and Melissa White. These world class musicians perform in festivals and with ensembles including: Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Escher Quartet, Pacifica Quartet, Harlem Quartet, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. 

Lyra Festival audiences also have the option to go behind-the-scenes, attending Masterclasses where they will hear Lyra Music Workshop advanced students perform and watch as these students receive one-on-one coaching with Lyra Music Guest Artists. Learn more about the musical process and these incredible guest musicians as they share their personal insights and inspiration with Lyra Workshop students and the public.

Outreach Concerts:
The Lyra Festival brings music to the community! Lyra Music’s exceptional students perform free outreach concerts, sharing live classical music with audiences and organizations in the surrounding community. Lyra Students perform at nursing homes, senior centers and even enjoy a collaboration with the Eric Carle Museum and Stamell Stringed Instruments performing for the youngest audiences.


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