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.

Friday, December 13, 2019

A Gift of Remembrance

A Gift of Remembrance; Anonymous donor honors lawyer Bart Gordon and his contributions to Northampton arts and culture.

The Northampton Community Arts Trust will name the mezzanine of 33 Hawley Street for Bart J. Gordon after receiving $150,000 to honor his memory. A long time Northampton resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, pledged $100,000 in a challenge to the community to match his gift with $50,000.  The challenge was met with contributions from the community, including many of Bart’s family members and friends, and a substantial gift from Saliq Savage, a local movement artist and developer. Saliq made his gift in honor of Bart and in memory of his recently deceased mother and father. A dedication ceremony will be held Saturday, December 14 at 5:00 pm.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Dwellings Arts To Release a Limited Edition Print Created in Collaboration By Local Poet Mishie Serrano and Local Artist Nicco Palazzi.

Dwellings Arts ends their first year as a non-profit by funding a collaborative limited edition print by local poet Mishie Serrano and local artist Nicco Palazzi. The print will be released just in time for the holidays on Friday, December 13, 2019. You can pre-order yours today.

Dwellings is an organization that celebrates interdisciplinary artwork and performances with a focus on community engagement and growth, founded with values of ethics and equal representation at the forefront. Their goal is to create greater equity of opportunities and access to resources and community support for artists from underrepresented groups. They also believe that raising awareness around issues that affect artists, such as union representation, fair pay, ethical artist/venue relationships, and safe venue practices will make our local art and music scene a safer and more supportive space for all artists and arts appreciators.

This limited edition 8.5”x11” print will feature an original poem by Mishie Serrano, with original artwork by Nicco Palazzi. Both artists were a part of the first annual Dwellings Arts Festival on October 12, 2019 at the Northampton Center For the Arts. This collaboration presents a unique combination of perspectives that is a clear expression of the power artists hold when they work together. This print will be available on December 13th, and only 60 copies will be made.

To pre-order yours email or visit our Holiday Marketplace page All pre-orders will be shipped once payment has been received on Friday, December 13th.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

75 Years of Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary: A Natural Gem is Our Own Back Yard

WHAT: Northampton Neighbors’ Speakers Series presents: “75 Years of Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary: A Natural Gem is Our Own Back Yard,” with Jonah Keane, Sanctuary Director, Mass Audubon’s Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries
WHEN:  Wednesday, December 11, 2019 5:30 – 7:30 PM
WHERE: Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. Free and open to all. Northampton Neighbors co-sponsors the Speaker Series with the Senior Center.

Jonah Keane will share the past, present and future of Mass Audubon’s Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. He will describe managing the meadows for a variety of birds such as Bobolinks and Eastern Meadowlark; restoring a rare floodplain forest ecosystem; and working to combat climate change locally. He also will highlight the importance of land protection, habitat management and environmental education in the valley today, illustrated by beautiful photos of Arcadia and the wildlife living there.

Before joining Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in 2014, Jonah worked with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) as manager of the SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps program and as the Northeast Regional Program Director for two years. He has a MS in Forest Ecology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a BS in Environmental Studies. University of Vermont. He served in the Peace Corps in Bolivia for three years. He enjoys spending time in the woods year-round.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring Trombonist Steve Davis

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop Featuring trombonist Steve Davis
WHEN: Tuesday, December 3rd from 7:30 to 8:30 followed by the open jazz jam session.
WHERE: City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA

One of our all time favorite players, trombonist Steve Davis returns on Tuesday the 3rd as our guest soloist. We are also thrilled to be working with Steve on another teaching project, this time as part of the Elliot Ross Jazz Artists in the Schools program working with the Northampton High School jazz band. This program is organized by the Northampton Jazz Festival and is funded by donations made in the memory of Elliot Ross, a former student of the Northampton schools who passed two years ago. I'm sure some of the members of the school band will be joining us at the club during the jam session.

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set and donations to the band gratefully accepted. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

Also of Interest
1. Sunday, December 1st, the Sprague/Jaffe/Ennis Trio . Doors 6:30 / Show 7:00 The Perch at Hawks & Reed Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 day of show.

2. Friday, Dec 6, Swing Set (vocal jazz ensemble) at Pioneer Valley CoHousing First Friday Concert Series. Show starts at 7:30pm (120 Pulpit Hill Rd in Amherst)

3. Saturday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m. - Jazz Baby at the Hotel Northampton, 36 King Street, Northampton, MA. Come dance to Kellso’s Hot Six in a 1920s style jazz club to benefit NEPR Radio. For tickets and more information:

4. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 AT 7:30 PM-JAZZ SHARES PRESENTS: CHRISTOPH IRNIGER PILGRIM at Springfield Community Music School, 127 State St., Springfield, MA 01103

5. The Vermont Jazz Center's Big Band will present its Annual Scholarship Gala on Saturday, December 7th at 8:00 PM. Featured vocalist is 2-Time Grammy Winner Peter Eldridge.

6 . A liitle music industry history: The Story of Erroll Garner, the First Artist to Sue a Major Label and Win – Variety

Upcoming Guest Artists:
12/10 - John Stowell on guitar
12/17 - Karrin Allyson on vocals
12/24 - No Music
12/31 - No Music

Monday, December 2, 2019

Winter's Work Makers Market

WHAT: Winter's Work Makers Market
WHERE: 33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: December 7, 2019

The 4th annual Winter's Work is in a new location & format this year: The Northampton Center for the Arts building on Hawley street during the Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair! A real two-fer-one. Come by and find us and support local artists and vendors and find artwork, books, handmade amazingness, and other things of beauty to take home.

Free & Open to the Public. (Bring Money for Vendors)

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

First Night Northampton 2020

First Night Northampton 2020

On Tuesday, December 31st, the Northampton Arts Council and PeoplesBank welcome you to the 35th edition of our city-wide New Year's Eve party. Since 1985, First Night Northampton has filled the Paradise City with a 12-hour, family-friendly festival of the arts, culminating in a traditional ball-raising from the roof of the Hotel Northampton. Gather with friends, neighbors and visitors at 20 terrific downtown venues for an astounding array of entertainment presented by hundreds of talented performers. Our efforts are supported by generous local sponsors and dedicated volunteers. Proceeds benefit community arts. For more information please visit

Download the program schedule here

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Green River Festival Presents: Free Screening of Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz

WHAT: Green River Festival Presents: Free Screening of Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz
WHERE: Academy of Music Theatre 274 Main St, Northampton, Ma.
WHEN: Saturday November 30th 7:00pm

* Sponsored by Northampton Arts Council *

Seventeen years after joining forces as the backing band for rockabilly cult hero Ronnie Hawkins, Canadian roots rockers The Band call it quits with a lavish farewell show at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom on Nov. 25, 1976. Filmed by Martin Scorsese, this documentary features standout performances by rock legends such as Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell and Muddy Waters, as well as interviews tracing the group’s history and discussing road life.

A recent addition to Green River Festival, the Tiny House Stage features pop-up sets from main stage artists. Watch our biggest performers let their hair down in an intimate, back porch setting and surprise the audience with unforgettable, acoustic jams! We’ll be screening some of our favorite performances from the past two years and sharing a BIG announcement for the 3rd annual Tiny House Concerts at Green River Festival!


Special one-day sale for locals:
$99.99 / weekend pass
$149.99 / weekend pass + camping

**Tickets also available to purchase at The Parlor Room from 12 - 5pm: Green River Festival 2020 Pre-Sale Party! **

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