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.


Northampton Arts Inc. 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.

Friday, March 27, 2015


The Northampton Arts Council has set a May 1st, 2015 deadline for applications from organizations, schools and individuals for grants that support artistic activities in the local community. According to Arts Council Director Brian Foote, ArtsEZ 2015 Spring Grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds, including exhibits, writings, festivals, performances, workshops and lectures that take place July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

Thursday, March 26, 2015


New artist book released, LIGHT HOUSE No. 2! 

This volume contains signed and numbered prints by five artist friends of mine: Louis Watts, Will Rhodes, Lauren Pakradooni, Rosa McElheny and Max Galyon. It is available for purchase here:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Digital Nature Photography: Personal Vision

Digital Nature Photography: Personal Vision
Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries and Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton
Adult $150.00
Adult $165.00

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Young@Heart Chorus - April Fools Show

It’s April and the Young@Heart Chorus is back with two new and entirely different shows at two great local venues. These concerts support everything Young@Heart does in our community throughout the year, including an exciting new project singing weekly with inmates at local prisons.

Wednesday April 1 at 7PM at the Academy of Music, we present our 2nd Annual April Fools Show with big surprises, extra special guests, new chorus members, and all new material.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Northampton Arts Council announces appointment of Patrick Donnelly, Poet Laureate of Northampton

The Northampton Arts Council is proud to announce the selection of Patrick Donnelly, poet, teacher, editor, translator, and poetry conference director, as Poet Laureate of Northampton for 2015 – 2017, beginning in April 2015.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Draw the Portrait & Figure - 3 Wednesday evenings in April

Draw the Portrait & Figure
3 Wednesday evenings in April

Bangs Community Center
70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst
April 1,8,15 6-9 p.m.

8th Annual DownStreet Art - Open Call

Application Deadline April 5

MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) announces the 8th Annual DownStreet Art Festival! June 25th kicks off North Adams’s summer-long arts festival featuring contemporary art, performances, concerts, and more.  Since its inception in 2008 over 125,000 visitors have experienced DownStreet Art’s galleries and performances. 

Apply online at