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.

Friday, September 4, 2015



The Northampton Arts Council has set an October 15th deadline for applications from organizations, schools and individuals for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

According to Council spokesperson Brian Foote, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds, including exhibits, writings, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.  The Northampton Arts Council will hold open office hours at their location at 240 Main Street, Memorial Hall Room #1 Northampton, MA 01060 on Wednesday October 7th from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM for any potential applicants looking for advice on the application process.

The Northampton Arts Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the Northampton Arts Council will distribute up to $11,590 in grants. Previously funded projects include: $1000 to Emma Weinstein for Guerrilla Filmmaking For Teens. $800 to Elizabeth Pols for “Letters from Away” Contemporary Art at Historic Northampton. $750 to Lynne Bertrand for "The Parlor Sessions.”

For specific guidelines and complete information on the Northampton Arts Council please visit or contact Brian Foote at (413) 587-1069/ 

The online application form will be available beginning October 1st:

The application process will be online only. Please do not submit paper applications.

Founded in 1980, the Northampton Arts Council has an all-volunteer board, appointed by the Mayor, and staff, consisting of one director, one part-time arts events producer, and one student intern.  Each fall, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency, allocates money to all of Massachusetts' 351 cities and towns through 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs), one of which is the Northampton Arts Council, in support of community arts activities. This is the largest decentralized program of its kind in the United States.

In addition to administering the LCC program, we were the first cultural council in the Commonwealth to raise money for a second round of funding every spring, with only a few other LCCs recently following our lead.  The ArtsEZ Spring Grant round is made possible by two major fundraising events produced by the Northampton Arts Council: Transperformance, an end-of-summer concert at Look Park held every August, and the Four Sundays in February series which includes events such as the Silver Chord Bowl and the Really Big Show. In addition to grant programs, the Northampton Arts Council offers arts enrichment programs in the public schools, initiates public art projects and advocates for the arts in the city.  For more information please visit our website:



The exhibit opens on Friday, September 11, at J. Rich Men’s Clothing in Northampton, MA

Northampton, MA, September 1, 2015 – Magazine Dream, collage artist Michael Sjostedt’s latest series, will be on display at J. Rich Men’s Clothing (153 Main Street, Northampton) from September 11 to September 27, 2015. Magazine Dream is the first collection Sjostedt created to suit a particular space – a modern men’s clothing store. The opening reception takes place during Northampton’s Arts Night Out on Friday, September 11 from 5pm to 8pm.

“J. Rich’s space has a modern, minimal aesthetic,” said Sjostedt. “Creating work to suit the environment challenged me to work with fewer design elements and embrace precision. This new direction aligns with my main visual inspiration: mid-century modern design and color palette.”

Sjostedt sourced the majority of his imagery and design elements from magazines and sewing pattern books from the 1950s and 1960s. All pieces measure 14 x 17 unframed (16 x 18 framed), and are handmade using the traditional cut and paste collage technique.

Learn more about the event on Facebook: Follow Sjostedt’s work on Instagram: @magazinedreamcollage.

About Michael Sjostedt

Michael is a western Massachusetts-based collage artist and event organizer. In 2014 he curated Recipher: Coding with Collage, a 10-person show that explored how collage can be used to reinterpret and repurpose the messages and representations in mass communication into something more elusive and personal. He’s also the founder of LOOP Upcycled Art Market, which showcases artisans who specialize in handmade art and craft using repurposed materials.

NAVE Gallery Artist Opportunities

Artist Opportunities

Embracing Differences:
Mending the Isms and Schisms    
Deadline: September 8, 2015
October 4-31, 2015
Nave Gallery, Teele Square
Curated by: Claire Roll, Craig Milanesi
Is inequality the defining issue of our time? How does injustice show its face in our community? What impossible heights can we achieve as a society by embracing difference as strength? Racism, sexism and economic inequality are still systemic and deeply personal in America today, both influencing and influenced by global inequities. What does it take to mend the things that divide us? How do we let in the light?

The Caring Forest 
Call for Yarnstorm Contributions   
Deadline: September 15, 2015
September 26, 2015-January 2, 2016
Powderhouse Park (aka Nathan Tufts Park), Somerville
Organized by: Jen Fuchel, Sandy McDonald, Alice Sajdera
To promote the Nave Gallery's Wrap Around Project and the work of the Somerville Homeless Coalition, four trees in Powederhouse Park will be yarnstormed. Each tree will have a social justice theme and an individual color scheme.

Inspired by mosaic, The Caring Forest is based on the construction of the pieces on multiples of 4" (4"x4"; 4"x8"; 8"x16"; etc). Squares and rectangles--plain and elaborate--in acrylic yarn are needed.

Deadline: October 15, 2015
November 22, 2015-January 9, 2016
Nave Annex, Davis Square
Curated by: Kathy Desmond
With recent predictions for a significant El Niño this season, questions and concerns are raised that investigate the tenuous balance between humanity and the natural environment.

The Nave Gallery Annex seeks submissions that address a range of environmental issues including: conservation of "place", sustainability of ecosystems, and topics related to global warming.

2016 Independent Curatorial Opportunities
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Nave Gallery and Nave Annex

The Nave is currently accepting proposals for group exhibitions in 2016.
Experimental work, multimedia work and installations are encouraged but must fit the available space. Artists shown to date have been local and national, emerging and established and represent a variety of media. Projects detailing new

Applications open for Hosmer Gallery 2016 season

Western Massachusetts artists in all media are eligible!

From September 3 through October 10, 2015, artists may apply to exhibit their work in the
Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library next year. Submissions are due by October 10, 2015. Exhibits will take place between April 2016 and March 2017.

The application can be completed online or printed and mailed with a CD of images.  Criteria for review include technical and artistic quality, a coherent theme, and contribution to an interesting and varied program for the year. Artists living and working in the greater Northampton area are eligible to apply. First-time exhibitors, individuals and groups are welcome.

The Hosmer Art Gallery is designed to provide opportunities for local artists to show their work to the public. Exhibits include a wide range of media and content reflecting the diversity of the Pioneer Valley community.  The Hosmer Gallery has versatile display panels, cases and pedestals to accommodate a variety of two- and three-dimensional art formats.

There is no fee for application or for the use of the space. Details and applications can be found at

Northampton Jazz Workshop guest saxophonist Felipe Salles

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest saxophonist Felipe Salles and UMass saxophone students, Tuesday September 8th, 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM, The Loft at the Clarion Hotel.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Black Maria Film Festival Tour Returns To Pioneer Valley

After Long Absence, Black Maria Film Festival Tour Returns To Pioneer Valley

Local filmmaker Luke Jaeger and the Northampton Arts Council will co-present a selection of short independent films from the 2015 Black Maria Film Festival. The film festival will be presented on Friday, September 11 in conjunction with Arts Night Out. Starts at 7:00pm in the main foyer of Memorial Hall at 240 Main Street in downtown Northampton.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Artists Reunite at Sixth Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival

Breaking from its customary juried selection process, “Arts Night Out” has invited eleven veteran artists to create masterpieces in chalk on the sidewalks of downtown during the sixth annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival on Friday, September 11. The competitive event kicks off a festive weekend that includes the Northampton Jazz Festival and the Northampton Arts Council’s RETROFAIRE.

Drawing takes place from 10 am until 4 pm on Friday. The public is encouraged to watch chalk art pieces develop and to view completed work in the evening while enjoying Northampton’s monthly gallery walk 5-8 pm. Cash prizes of $300, $200, and $100 will be awarded by a panel of judges for the top three creations. Presentations are made on the steps of City Hall at 5 pm.

The public is also invited to an informal family free draw 5-7 pm. Participants will be asked to help “decorate” the RETROFAIRE site located in the area between Thornes Marketplace and the city parking garage. Plenty of sidewalk chalk will be on hand for anyone who wants to take part in the activity.

Individual chalk artists for 2015 include former prize winners and seasoned competitors Linda Babcock, Sally Curcio, Stephen St. Francis Decky, Jenn Falcon, Amy Johnquest, Robert Markey, Dean McKeever, Chrissy Neithercott, amd Sloan Tomlinson. They will be joined by two veteran teams: Stephanie Gerolimatos, Mark Bodah and Matt Rodriguez who form Team Bodalimadriquez and “The Living Art Studio” partners Scot Padget and Alisa Inderieden.

Chalk art sites, except for the Smith College Museum of Art on Elm Street, are all located on Main Street: Ode; Memorial Hall; Pinch; the Artisan Gallery; Thornes Marketplace; the Mercantile; Cathy Cross/J. Rich; First Churches; Don Muller Gallery; William Baczek Fine Arts. Along the route, viewers have an opportunity to stop in at venues that participate in Arts Night Out. Maps of the chalk art locations will be available and can be downloaded now at

The Northampton Chalk Art Festival is sponsored by Chartpak, Inc. and the Northampton Radio Group. It is produced in cooperation with the City of Northampton and the Northampton Center for the Arts.