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.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Four Sundays in February 2017

Series Sponsors: Gravity Switch, Lathrop Communities, Off The Map Tattoo
Media Sponsors: Daily Hampshire Gazette, WRSI - 93.9 The River, New England Public Radio, WGBY Public Television, Northampton Community Television, WMUA 91.1 FM, / The Republican, The Valley Advocate / Preview Massachusetts
Organizational Support: Massachusetts Cultural Council and the City of Northampton
Four Sundays in February/KidsBestFest-YouthFilm are produced by the Northampton Arts Council
KidsBestBest-YouthFilm ‘17 is co-presented by the Academy of Music Theatre
Portions of the proceeds for all shows benefit the 2017 ArtsEZ Grant Round administered by the Northampton Arts Council.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

KidsBestFest-YouthFilm 2017: Four Sundays in February

KidsBestFest-YouthFilm 2017: Four Sundays in February

Co-presented by The Academy of Music

When: Monday February 20 - Friday February 24, 1:30 PM Showtime, Doors 1:00PM
Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060
How Much: FREE - DONATIONS ENCOURAGED, Seating limited to 400

KidsBestFest is a FREE children’s film festival that takes place at the iconic movie house, The Academy of Music Theatre. The week-long film event also includes YouthFilm, movies made by local youth at the beginning of their budding careers. Come join us to watch these great films together for FREE at THE historic theater in Downtown Northampton during school vacation week.


THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breath-taking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl’s quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.
""The Eagle Huntress" is all at once an inspiring story for children of all ages to believe that they can do anything, a reflection of the unfairness of gender roles and a rare and unique look at a remote part of the world."
– Ariel Scotti, New York Daily News
""The Eagle Huntress" tells its documentary story with such sureness that falling under its sway is all but inevitable."
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Viewers jaded by daily doses of digital dazzlement might not fully register the reality of the wonders they are witnessing. But that doesn't, in the end, make "The Eagle Huntress" any less wonderful."
– A.O. Scott, New York Times
"A sky-high documentary salute to girl power."
– Susan Wloszczyna,
"There's a spirit that soars in this nature doc about a 13-year-old who becomes Mongolia's first female eagle hunter in 12 generations. You'll be hooked."
– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land.
Won Two Oscars
-Best Music, Original Song
Alan Menken (music)
Howard Ashman (lyrics)
For the song "Under the Sea"
-Best Music, Original Score
Alan Menken

Sometimes inspiration is found in unexpected places. Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks -- and in the men and women who pick up our trash. She joins city sanitation workers on their daily routes to listen, learn, and ultimately to try to convince them to collaborate in a unique dance performance. Hard working, often carrying a second job, their lives are already full with work, family and dreams of their own. But some step forward, and after months of rehearsal, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks perform an extraordinary spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, thousands of people show up to see how in the world a garbage truck can "dance."


Since the birth of their trademark toy in 1958, The LEGO Group has produced over 400 billion bricks. But more and more, LEGO bricks aren't just for kids, and some take them very seriously. Adult Fans of LEGO around the globe are unashamedly declaring their love of the brick, brick artists are creating stunning and surprising creations, and LEGO master builders are building human scale and larger structures. LEGO bricks are being used educationally, therapeutically, and have provided a universal system for human creativity and our innate desire "to build." This documentary playfully delves into the extraordinary impact of the LEGO brick, its massive global fan base, and the innovative uses for it that has sprung up around the world.


YouthFilm, movies made by local youth at the beginning of their budding careers.


YouthFilm 2017: Four Sundays in February

Presented by the Northampton Arts Council 

Postmark/Hand/Digital Delivery Deadline: February 17, 2017

The Northampton Arts Council is accepting entries for YouthFilm 2017, part of the annual youth-centric film festival called KidsBestFest which is presented from February 20-24, 2017 at the Academy of Music Theatre during the Northampton Winter Arts festival Four Sundays in February.

Filmmakers in the Pioneer Valley area aged 18 and under are invited to submit short films (10 minute limit) for consideration. All subjects and genres welcome; films should be in digital file format. A selection committee will screen submissions and filmmakers will be notified in early February.

Selected films will be screened at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton on Friday, February 24, 2017.

To be considered for the event, please submit your film in digital file format only (mpeg, mov, or avi format), along with this completed entry form. Please submit one still image file from your film: 300 dpi, jpeg files only, and no larger than 5 MB file size. These images may be used for promotional purposes.

Entries can be mailed or dropped at Northampton Arts Council 240 Main Street, Memorial Hall Room 1, Northampton, MA 01060. Applications, images, and video files can be shared on google drive with

For more information, please contact the Northampton Arts Council by: Emailing or calling (413) 587-1269.
with support from #massfestivals

Friday, January 27, 2017

Really Big Show: Four Sundays in February

Sponsored by the Downtown Northampton Association
The Really Big Show: Four Sundays in February

When: Sunday February 26 – 2:00PM, Doors Open at 1:30PM
Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060
Ticket Outlet:
Academy of Music Theatre Box Office -

How Much:
Advance - $10 Adults/$8 Senior 65+ & Students/$5 Kids 12 & Under

Day of at door - $12 Adults/$10 Senior 65+ & Students/$7 Kids 12 & Under

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Silver Chord Bowl 2017: Four Sundays in February

Sponsored by Whalen Insurance Company
Silver Chord Bowl 2017: Four Sundays in February

The first Sunday in February will be devoted to the 33rd Silver Chord Bowl, the oldest and most respected collegiate a cappella show case in the region, hosted in John M. Greene Hall on the Smith College campus. This years event will begin with a performance by Northampton High School’s very own Northamptones, followed by performances by 6 groups from colleges and universities around the Northeast. This year we will see the Dartmouth Aires, the Boston University BosTones, Tufts sQ!, the UMass Dynamics, the UMass Doo Wop Shop and the Smith College Noteables. The Silver Chord Bowl 2017 will be hosted by Smith College President Kathleen McCartney and Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz.

When: Sunday, February 5th – 2:00 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30 PM

Where: John M. Greene Hall - Smith College, 63 Elm Street Northampton, MA 01063
Google Map Link

Tickets: for Premium Assigned & G.A. Tickets; State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, Cooper's Corner in Florence, AJ Hastings in Amherst, and Elmer's in Ashfield for G.A. Tickets.

On View at City Hall: Photography of Travis Weitzman

On View at City Hall: Photography of Travis Weitzman

Arts Night Out Opening Reception: February 10, 2017 4:30–6:30 PM
Show runs: February 10, 2017 – March 7, 2017

Travis Weitzman received a BFA in Photography from Pratt Institute in 2014 with a minor in Art History. He currently lives and works in Northampton.

These images are a series of photographic experiments inspired by our relationship to the natural world.

City Hall Gallery
Second Floor – City Hall
210 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Good Night’s Sleep Monthly Screening Series

A Good Night’s Sleep
Monthly Screening Series
Experimental film and video by artists connected to Western MA

A Good Night’s Sleep is a monthly screening series featuring experimental, documentary, and essay films by artists connected to Western MA, including a wide spectrum of aesthetics and approaches. Each screening is composed of films that when placed together form dynamic conversations and interconnectivity: sometimes works reflect each other, sometimes they spark opposition. We see these film screenings as a route to challenge hegemonic perspectives, and to support the work of a broad range of artists.

February is the 1 year anniversary of our screening series, we will be celebrating after the screening!

This month’s program will take place on February 25th 2017
@ Studio 4 at SCDT (4th floor, 25 main st, Northampton) starting at 8pm.
Admission $7-10. The screening will include the following artists: