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, March 23, 2017

ArtsEZ 2017 Spring Grant Round Opens April 15

The Northampton Arts Council is pleased to announce the opening of our ArtsEZ 2017 SPRING GRANT ROUND on April 15, 2017 with a deadline of May 17, 2017. Individuals as well as schools and arts organizations are encouraged to seek funding for creative projects to be held in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds. The grants are funded by the proceeds from the Arts Council’s signature events: Four Sundays in February and Transperformance.

The Arts Council will award up to $18,000 in grants to local artists and arts groups.
Grants will be awarded in the following categories: Dance, Film/Video, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Schools, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Individual artists and arts organizations will receive equal consideration for grants. Last spring, the Council awarded $15,000 to 23 recipients with grants ranging from $250-$1,500. Please not that this a reimbursement grant, the project must be completed with a public component before funds are released.

The online application Opens on APRIL 15. It is a short application with a couple questions, a place to upload supporting materials and a required project budget. Only one grant application per person or organization will be considered. Please carefully review the ArtsEZ Spring 2017 guidelines for criteria and eligibility requirements. The Deadline is MAY 17 at 11:59PM to receive applications or corrections. No applications or corrections will be considered if they are late or submitted by paper.

Grant Guidelines are available on our website: GUIDELINES

Projects must start no earlier than July 1, 2017, and must be completed by June 30, 2018.

This local round of funding would not have been possible without the support of numerous local businesses, arts organizations, and artists that have helped make our fundraising efforts such a huge success.

Visit our website at

Contact Director Brian Foote with questions: or 413-587-1069

Young@Heart 35th Anniversary Show

Young@Heart 35th Anniversary Show
Friday, May 5th, 2017 @ 7:30PM
Academy of Music Theatre - 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

Come celebrate with us as the Young@Heart Chorus turns 35 years old with lots of new music ranging from Leonard Cohen to the Psychedelic Furs, Los Lobos, Radiohead, Tears for Fears, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and much more.

Tickets Online:

Or call: 413-584-9032 x105


Performances: Friday, March 24 @ 8 PM & Saturday March 25 @ 8PM
$18 Students & Seniors/$20 General/Performances for 14 & up
Location: STUDIO4 / SCDT, 25 Main Street, 4th floor Northampton, MA 01060

We The People: Community Reading & Discussion of the U.S Constitution

We The People: Community Reading & Discussion of the U.S Constitution
with special guests and food & drinks to follow.

Sunday March 26, 2017
5:30-8:00 PM
Haymarket Cafe, 185 Main St, Northampton, MA

$5 Suggested Donation
All are Welcome.

Northampton Jazz Workshop News for 3/28/17

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guitarist John Stowell from Portland, OR on Tuesday March 28th, 7:30PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM at the The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

Here’s Where I Let Go: A Cabaret Benefit for Arts at Northampton High School

Salient Productions Presents:
Here’s Where I Let Go

A Cabaret Performance by Sharon Saline to benefit the Arts at Northampton High School

Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m
Sunday, March 26, 2:00 p.m.

Northampton High School Black Box Theater
$20 for adults/$10 for students

SCDT presents HUT IX

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought presents HUT IX
An evening of contemporary music, movement and poetry

Saturday, April 1, 8 PM
SCDT Studios, 25 Main Street 4th floor, Northampton MA (across from Strong Avenue)
$10 general admission, $5 students/seniors | Reservations 413 570 4491

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