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

Amy Dryansky Named Northampton's 8th Poet Laureate

Photo by Trish Crapo
The Northampton Arts Council is thrilled to announce the appointment of Amy Dryansky as Northampton’s poet laureate for the 2017 – 2019 term. As Northampton’s 8th laureate, Dryansky joins the illustrious ranks of poets Martin Espada, Janet Aalfs, Jack Gilbert, Lesléa Newman, Lenelle Moïse, Richard Michelson, and Patrick Donnelly.

Dryansky’s first book, How I Got Lost So Close to Home, won the New England/New York Award from Alice James Books. Her second book, Grass Whistle (Salmon Poetry, Ireland) received the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award for poetry. Dryansky’s poems have appeared in a variety of anthologies and journals, including Barrow Street, Harvard Review, New England Review, Memorious,  Orion and The Women’s Review of Books. She’s received honors and awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Dryansky is also a former Associate of the Five College Women’s Studies Center, where she looked at the impact of motherhood on women poets.

Dryansky has a long history of working at and for arts and community organizations in the Valley, and is currently the assistant director of the Culture, Brain & Development Program at Hampshire College. During her tenure as poet laureate, she hopes to partner with local organizations like the Center for New Americans, the Literacy Project, Historic Northampton, David Ruggles Center and the Northampton Arts Council to highlight the diverse voices--past and present--that make up our vibrant Northampton community.

Dryansky lives in Conway, has two kids ages 15 and 18, and tries very hard to maintain a blog called Pokey Mama, about her attempts to navigate the territory of mother-writer. Her kids, despite their mother’s many accolades, remain unimpressed with the fact of her being a poet.

For more about Dryansky and her work, please visit:

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

SCDT presents HUT VIII

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought presents HUT VIII

An evening of contemporary music, movement and poetry

Saturday, March 4, 2017 @ 8 PM
SCDT Studios, 25 Main Street 4th floor, Northampton MA (across from Strong Avenue) $10 general admission, $5 students/seniors
Reservations recommended! 413 570 4491

Thursday, January 26, 2017

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:

Now Hiring: Quilting Instructor(s)

Now Hiring: Quilting Instructor(s)

The Holyoke Creative Arts Center seeks one or more qualified Quilting Substitutes to cover already scheduled Spring classes while our regular Quilting Instructor is on long-term leave. Classes are run in an open studio format, the instructor works one-on-one with students of all levels. Subject to candidates’ availability and proficiency, there is also the possibility of offering additional classes, as well as bilingual and/or Spanish classes. See current class schedule below. An expertise in quilting is required, and some teaching experience is preferred. Pay: $20-25/hr. Please send resumes and inquires to

Call to Artists: Art In the Orchard

Outdoor Sculpture and Installations: Art In the Orchard (AIO) is seeking sculptures and installations for its fourth biennial outdoor exhibit in Easthampton, Massachusetts. This biennial is expected to draw 25,000 visitors from August 13th to November 26th and will feature approximately 30 works. Selected artists will receive a $500 honorarium (totaling $15,000). Art In the Orchard 2017 is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as private donations. The first edition of AIO was awarded the prestigious Gold Star Award for exemplary community arts project by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Applications are available at: and are due by April 1st, 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
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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.