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, July 21, 2016

American Craft Week Announces 2016 Top Ten Towns for Craft Lovers

American Craft Week Announces 2016 Top Ten Towns for Craft Lovers

And, the winners are…

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—July 21, 2016—American Craft Week, the nation’s largest annual craft event, celebrated this year from October 1-16, has launched its second annual nationwide web competition to determine America’s favorite places to enjoy a vibrant craft scene. For the past six weeks, craft lovers have been logging on to the American Craft Week website to choose their favorite places to enjoy a vibrant craft scene. With more than 47,789 votes tallied, the contest closed Sunday, July 17, 2016. Diane Sulg, founder and co-chair of American Craft Week, today announced the winners:

“Congratulations, to all the wonderful places across the USA that made it into the Top Ten Towns For Craft Lovers. There was much excitement this year as community advocates rallied votes and brought people together to support this contest. The winners are impressive and we are happy to see so much community pride in all the places that received votes.”

The number one winner this year is Berea, KY. Last year Berea made the list at number 9 and this year through the efforts of many community groups coming together “pestering, posting and pleading” they made it to number one.

The complete top ten list includes #10 Louisville, KY (not on the list last year), #9 New Hope, PA (number 10 last year), #8 Northampton, MA (not on the list last year), #7 Asheville, NC number 5 last year), #6 Blue Ridge, GA (not on the list last year) #5 Brattleboro, VT (number 2 last year), #4 Cumberland Valley, PA (number 6 last year), #3 Bedford, VA (not on the list last year), #2 St. Petersburg, FL (number one last year) and #1 Berea, KY.

Now in its seventh year, American Craft Week, the country’s largest celebration of handmade American craft, is slated for October 1-16. With thousands of diverse events at galleries, artist studios, museums, schools and festivals, it is the premiere public celebration of handmade craft in America. It is a volunteer managed program of CRAFT (Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow) a trade association dedicated to the growth and vitality of the craft industry. For more information, visit and

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

6x6 will run from July 10 - August 20

This Week at 6 x 6: Written on the Body: drawing, moving
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6x6 will run from July 10 - August 20
and will feature six innovative projects at A.P.E.  that investigate 
the relationship between the public, the work, and the space in which it is made.

This Week:

WRITTEN ON THE BODY: drawing, moving
Jim Coleman, Terese Freedman and Neal Parks

Click HERE for a complete listing of their events and gallery hours.
 Monday-Thursday from 4-6pm the public is welcome to join in! Participants will have the opportunity to move freely across the gallery wall while visual artist Neal Parks “traces” their movement action on paper. This “tracing” is simultaneously video-projected onto their bodies in real time, as they move across the wall.
Next Up:
July 26 - July 29
The Candidate is Absent: a pop-up campaign office
by The Pinecone Finance Reform Party


CALL FOR ART: The 2016 CHEAP ART SHOW is produced by Creative Community Connections (C3) and will be on Sunday November 6 from 2-5pm at the Polish American Club at 46 South Main St in South Deerfield.

This is a one day show that celebrates financial accessibility to art and is based on the Bread and Puppet Cheap Art Manifesto. Feel free to bring originals, or you could bring small works, seconds, mistakes, color copies, or work that has been hanging around your studio forever and you would like to move out. We always get a great turn out and the art sells fast.

Please email for more details and to reserve your spot. Spread the word...

Friday, July 15, 2016

Register Now for an Online Application Preview Party

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Register Now for an Online Application Preview Party

The Local Cultural Council application is going online! Find out what LCC members should expect and let us answer your questions during one of our preview parties in August. Attendance is limited to the first 50 people who register, so sign up now.
  • Tuesday, August 2, 6 - 8 pm
    •  Northampton City Hall Hearing Room -- Register
  • Wednesday, August 10, 6 - 8 pm
    • Framingham McAuliffe Branch Library -- Register
  • Wednesday, August 176 - 7 pm
Visit MCC’s FAQ Page for LCC Online Applications for more information about the process.
In addition, we have organized separate trainings for applicants. We will be contacting previous applicants on file to invite them to these trainings. Please be in touch with your LCC staff contact if you’d like more information to share with potential applicants. For your information, here is the FAQ Page for Applicants.

Stay tuned for more details as we roll out this exciting service. 

About the MCC

The MCC is a state agency supporting the arts, sciences, and humanities, to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. It pursues its mission through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.

The MCC's LCC Department

Jennifer Atwood, Program Manager
Charlotte Cutter, Program Officer
Miranda Cook, Program Support 

Northampton Jazz Workshop features the music of the late Freddie Hubbard with trumpeter Cicci Santucci and saxophonist Dann Friedman

Northampton Jazz Workshop features the music of the late Freddie Hubbard with trumpeter Cicci Santucci and saxophonist Dann Friedman Tuesday, July 26th, 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM at the The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton (413-584-4830).

Thursday, July 14, 2016

sevenstrong Call to Artists

sevenstrong is inviting all artists to come visit the space at 7 Strong Avenue, in Northampton, on Sunday July 17th, anytime from 2pm to 5pm.

Given our intention to promote local artists by featuring their work in our establishment, we hope you will enjoy the space, and want to collaborate with us.

You are invited to confirm your presence by calling us at 413-303-0808, (or through this event) or via email at

Facebook Event:

For more information on our soon-to-open establishment, please visit:

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Group Sing

Come Sing! ....just for the fun of it.

Wednesday, July 13, at 7pm
at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street.

Free and open to the public. For singers and non-singers alike.
Doors open at 6:45pm.

Air conditioned!

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