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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


LIVE ART MAGAZINE is coming back to Northampton for a one-night-only show on
Friday Oct 24th at 7:30pm.

Live Art Magazine – or Live Art – is a contemporary art and music show structured like a magazine: a series of short, 3 to 8 minute performances by local and regional writers, poets, artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers and other creative “risk-takers” revealing unseen work and works-in-progress.

Silver Chord Bowl 2015: Now Accepting Submissions

The Silver Chord Bowl, now in its 31st year, is a prestigious showcase of collegiate a cappella groups. This legendary event is a Pioneer Valley tradition. People jam the 2000 seat John M. Greene Hall at Smith College. This year we will showcase some of the best collegiate a cappella groups in the Northeast.

A significant amount of time and research goes into planning for Silver Chord Bowl. Submissions from many a cappella groups are reviewed by the Northampton Arts Council. The material that potential groups submit is used to decide which groups will be invited to perform. Out of the hundreds of submissions we receive, only five or six groups will be chosen.

The Northampton Arts Council has begun reviewing submissions for Silver Chord Bowl which will take place on February 1st, 2015. We would like to see material that represents what you are currently working on. Please include videos from Fall 2014 only, not videos of past material.

Final decisions for Silver Chord Bowl 2015 will be made before winter break. We look forward to reviewing your submission.

Thank you for your time and effort and we hope to see you in February.

To be considered to perform in Silver Chord Bowl 2015 please email with subject SCB 15 and a link to a Fall 2014 performance of your a cappella group.

NCTV Annual Meeting

Please join us Saturday for our Annual Meeting - we need as many members present as possible at 2pm!

There will be snacks and mingling, then stay for "The Sprintys" at 3pm - the 7Day Film Sprint Screening and Awards!

Campaign for Local Peace and Justice Activist Frances Crowe

Please join us as we celebrate our campaign for Local Peace and Justice Activist Frances Crowe. Saturday November 15th at the Florence Civic Center 3PM. It will be an amazing afternoon of Art served up with delicious wine offerings, snacks and speakers that will Inform, Incite and Inspire! We are thrilled to have Professor Yasser Munif joining us to speak about his work within the Syrian Revolution, Uprisings in the Middle East and Partnership with Roots To Resistance. It will be an amazing afternoon of Community and Connection!

An evening of poetry with U.S. Poet Laureate, Charles Wright

The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers presents an evening of poetry with U.S. Poet Laureate, Charles Wright on October 23rd at 8pm in the Bernie Dallas Room in Goodell Hall. Mr. Wright will be introduced by Robert Casper (MFA, class of 2004), Head of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress.

Mister G Hosts 3rd Annual Halloween Fiesta Costume Party for Families

Mister G Hosts 3rd Annual Halloween Fiesta Costume Party for Families:
Academy of Music Theatre, Sunday, October 26th at 11:00 am

Northampton, MA – Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer), a 2014 Latin GRAMMY nominee, who has been dubbed a “kid-friendly, bilingual rock star” by The Washington Post and “irresistible” by People magazine, will be giving performing his third annual Halloween Fiesta concert on October 26th at the Academy of Music Theatre on 274 Main St. in Northampton.  Showtime is 11:00 am.  Children (and parents) are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.  The previous two Halloween Fiesta concerts have drawn hundreds of families from the Pioneer Valley and beyond to sing and dance along to Mister G hits like “Ghosts and Goblins,” “Chocolalala,” and “Sneaky Chihuahua.” 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Print Fair North @ Zea Mays Printmaking November 8+9, 2014

PRINT FAIR NORTH 2014 – Zea Mays Printmaking’s 10th

Original prints, artists’ books, cards, editioned wearables, live printmaking demonstrations, food truck, and raffle!

This year marks Zea Mays Printmaking’s 10th and open to the public, visitors are invited to view and purchase original fine art prints, artists’ books, cards, editioned wearables, and other print ephemera. The sale provides a great opportunity to get an early start on affordable and creative holiday gift shopping.

Live printmaking demonstrations throughout the weekend will feature some of the printmaking techniques taught at Zea Mays Printmaking:

Saturday, November 8 at 1:30 PM: Larinda Meade will demonstrate intaglio etching

Sunday, November 9 at 1:30 PM: Joyce Silverstone will demonstrate monotype