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.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Second Annual Open House and Art Market at 33 Hawley Street

Public Invited to Second Annual Open House and Art Market at 33 Hawley Street

Northampton, MA—After a rousing success last year, Arts Night Out and the Northampton Community Arts Trust host another festive Open House and Art Market on Friday evening, December 12, 5-8 pm at 33 Hawley Street. The market continues on Saturday, December 13, 10 am-3 pm.

The public is invited to browse and buy work displayed by participating artists while viewing the building, currently in transition from fitness center to affordable creative space for the community. The latest architectural renderings of the project are also on display.

All sales are cash and carry, with 10 percent of the proceeds donated to the Northampton Community Arts Trust. The informal Friday evening event features light refreshments, a wine bar, and music by Mando Paradiso. Archguitar Peter Blanchette joins on both Friday and Saturday.

Photo credit: Stephen Petegorsky

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Valley Gives Day


The Northampton Arts Council encourages you to participate in Valley Gives.

On Wednesday December 10, 2014, residents of Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties will join in 24 hours of special events and online campaigns to support local non-profit organizations.

The Northampton Arts Council asks its' supporters to consider making an online donation by clicking here so that we can continue our awesome annual events like the Silver Chord Bowl and Transperformance and also keep giving grants to local artists, schools, and arts organizations.

The more of individuals who contribute, the better our chances will be to win one of the special Valley Gives matching grant prizes.

Valley Gives video on how to donate:

Valley Gives Day

Monday, December 1, 2014

Next ArtSalon December 5th

Friday, December 5th

Refreshments at 6:30pm and Presentations begin at 7pm
$5 Suggested Donation
At the Northampton Community Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street
Esther S White, printmaker
Stephen Petegorsky, photographer
Thomas Douglas, architect
Elizabeth Meyersohn, painter
Rob Kimmel, designer & illustrator
Dugan Hammock, animation

First Night Northampton 2015 - 30th Anniversary!

Button Up and Countdown for First Night Northampton 2015 - 30th Anniversary!

On Wednesday, December 31st, the public is invited to a 12-hour, family-friendly festival of the arts presented by the Northampton Center for the Arts and PeoplesBank. For the 30th time, the city of Northampton hosts its signature New Year’s Eve event, boasting an astounding array of entertainment at 20 downtown venues.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Northampton Arts Council Announces 2014 Arts Lottery Grant Award Winners

The Northampton Arts Council is pleased to announce the awarding of 24 grants totaling $10,593 in support of a variety of projects. The caliber of applications this round was outstanding, and we were unable to fund many worthy projects. The Arts Council received 61 requests for almost $69,000 of funding. These grants were awarded in the following categories: Dance, Film/Video, Mixed Media, Music, Theater and Visual Arts from funds allotted by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

$500 to Nancy Stark Smith of Contact Quarterly for A Conversation on Contact.
$500 to Kelly Silliman of the tinydance project for The Second Annual tiny tour.
$400 to Maureen Shea of The Dance Generators for A Season, and New Works.
$500 to Jennifer Polins of The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought for RIFF Talks.

$1000 to Emma Weinstein for Guerrilla Filmmaking For Teens.
$250 to Carlin P. Trietsch for the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.

$500 to Katie Martin for Dance and Music Performance with Katie Martin and Jake Meginsky.
$500 to Elena Zachary for Group Landscape Show.
$200 to Davis Bates for Summer Reading Song & Story Celebration @ Forbes Library.
$300 to Benjamin Swift of Pleasure Editions for 3-4 Artist Books.

$250 to Karen Collins of Music In Deerfield for new Concert Season.
$250 to Martha Roman of Novi Cantori of Greater Springfield for Visions of Peace, a Choral Concert.
$600 to Rachel Courtney of Valley Free Radio for Valley Free Radio Community Production Studio.
$400 to Charles Neville for Jazz Improvisation/ African American Music History Workshop and Performance.
$250 to Susanne Dunlap of Pioneer Valley Symphony for CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA; A semi-staged opera.
$750 to Lynne Bertrand of The Parlor Room for The Parlor Sessions.
$200 to Sheila Ayala Heady of Ensemble Musica Humana for Pioneer Valley Early Music Day.
$250 to Ashlee Cancio-Bello of the Northampton Council on Aging for Northampton Group Sing.

$950 to Russell Brooks for eLviS D - Tripping With The King.
$200 to Keith Black of Starlight's Youth Theatre for CATS.

$800 to Elizabeth Pols for “Letters from Away” Contemporary Art at Historic Northampton.
$250 to Katie Richardson for Disease: Reflections of History.
$350 to Jan Ruby-Crystal of Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary for Art and Nature.
$443 to Michelle Mallory for JFK Middle School Community Mural.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NCTV Production Grants Available

Last year was a huge success!

Once again Northampton Community Television is providing grant opportunities for local filmmakers to create short films.

We will be handing out $6000 to local artists to create short pieces as well as providing potentially tens of thousands of dollars in resources for filmmakers to use in the process.

Deadline is January 15, 2015.

Details at

NCTV Production Grants Available

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Silver Chord Bowl MMXV

Silver Chord Bowl MMXV

Four Sundays in February Event #1

February 1st, 2015  – 2:00 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30 PM
How Much: 
Premium Assigned Seating - $30 (Available through BrownPaperTickets Only) 
General Admission - $15
Online Tickets: or call 1-800-838-3006
Local Ticket Outlets for General Admission Tickets Only: 
State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, Cooper’s Corner in Florence, A.J. Hastings in Amherst

This legendary a cappella event is a tradition. People jam the 2000 seat hall. This year we will showcase some of the best collegiate groups in the country: Yale Whiffenpoofs, UMASS DooWop Shop, S# Attitude from UMASS, Harvard Opportunes, Tufts SQ  including local sensations The Groove from Smith College and the Northamptones from Northampton High School. Mayor David Narkewicz and Smith College President Kathleen McCartney will be on hand as emcees for this classic Northampton event.

Sponsored by Whalen Insurance Company

Sponsored by Whalen Insurance Agency

Brown Paper Tickets Ticket Widget Loading...

Click Here to visit the Brown Paper Tickets event page.