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.

Monday, September 17, 2018

First Night Northampton 2019

The Northampton Arts Council is delighted to present our city’s 34th annual New Year's Eve festival of the performing arts on Monday December 31, 2018. For the First Night 2019 Schedule (coming soon), to purchase buttons, and for more information about sponsorship please visit:

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Center For The Arts Names Managing Director

Christian Herold in Front of the Center's Shared Space at 33 Hawley Street in Downtown Northampton
Northampton, MA—The Center for the Arts introduces Christian Herold as its new Managing Director. As long-time Executive Director Penny Burke is retiring from her position, the Center is transitioning to a new management structure. Herold will work with Program Director Kelly Silliman, who has been with the organization since September 2017.

Christian Herold moves here from Cambridge MA, where he directed People’s Sculpture Racing, a group that stages races of wheeled, artistic sculptures and produces educational family workshops. He served as Executive Director of the Munroe Center for the Arts in Lexington MA, where he spearheaded the town’s first open studios and organized multicultural performances. He created news and art videos as a Citizen Journalist with Cambridge Community TV. At an earlier time in Cambridge, he taught creative drama, ran a theater company, and sang with the MIT Chorus and B.U.‘s Inner Strength Gospel Choir.

Prior to working in Lexington, Christian led the life of an artist, academic, and activist in New York City. As an academic, he taught for many years at New York University’s Undergraduate Theater Program and sat for ten years on the editorial board of Women and Performance, a Journal of Feminist Theory. He published academic papers and lectured internationally on performance and politics. His verse drama was produced in Manhattan, and his sound art has been published by MIT Press. Born and raised in Washington DC, he received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Performance Studies from NYU.

"I look forward to living in Northampton and to contributing to the creative community by developing arts-supporting infrastructure and organizing projects and events, “ says Herold. “I am proud of my success in building projects that serve both the broad community and advanced artistic practice. I am especially excited to play a part in launching the Center in its new role at 33 Hawley Street.”

Christian is no stranger to Western Mass. His brother, Nat Herold, is a lifelong resident of Pioneer Valley and owns Amherst Books.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Breakfast TACO Benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

WHAT: Breakfast TACO Benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
WHEN: Saturday Sept. 29, 8-11am
WHERE: Belly of the Beast, 159 Main St, Northampton MA 

$30 donation includes:
- 3 tacos, including a “Sally Signature” taco
- Breakfast pasteries, specially made by Katy Beyer (Florence Pie Bar)
- Juice provided by Minim Juice | Iconica Social Club
A special mimosa will also be available featuring New City Ginger Beer

To donate email or click here

“We’re so excited to see everyone at the event. $30 donation = 3 tacos, pastries, and juice. Please donate in advance to secure your spot! Checks and cash also accepted at the door. Open to the public, so please bring friends! To Donate: email me at or go to my donation page”
— Sally Ekus

The ArtSalon First Annual RED DOT DASH **Call for Artists**

As a member of The ArtSalon curatorial team, I am beyond thrilled about this event. Anyone from anywhere can apply. Original 10"x10" artwork can be acquired for ONLY $88 EACH. Collectors can add to their collection, artists get 50% of the sale, and The ArtSalon can fund honorariums. It's a win-win! Plus, all artwork by emerging and established artists will be exhibited ANONYMOUSLY. The identity of the artist will not be revealed until after it is purchased. I hope you consider applying 😍. And, please share!

Please access the application via this link:

with my best,

Valley Kids Festival and Craft Fair

WHAT: Valley Kids Festival and Craft Fair
WHEN: Saturday, September 29 at 10 AM – 4 PM
WHERE: Amherst Town Common, Amherst MA

Join the Valley Kids at the 32nd Annual Festival and Craft Fair. Craft Vendors, Food, Music, Children's Games, petting zoo, pony rides, live entertainment...this event has it all! Proceeds benefit the Amherst Family Center. Free Admission!

Municipal Employee Heavy Equipment Operator/Truck Driver/ Laborer Job Fair

WHAT: Municipal Employee Heavy Equipment Operator/Truck Driver/ Laborer Job Fair
WHEN: Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 3:00pm to 5:00pm
WHERE: Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA

Join Franklin Hampshire Career Center to learn about opportunities for DPW heavy equipment operator/truck driver/laborer positions with the Northampton Department of Public Works.

Do you have a valid MA CDL B license with Air Brake endorsement? and/or MA Hoisting Engineer's License2B? If you answered YES to either of these licenses,  please come prepared to apply for employment! If you need one or both of these licenses please come to learn about training opportunities to help you qualify for openings!  Full time employment and opportunities for further
licensing and job advancement.

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble's RETURN FROM THE FRINGE

WHAT: Serious Play Theatre Ensemble's RETURN FROM THE FRINGE
WHEN: October 5 and 6,  at 7pm
WHERE: Flex Space/A.P.E@Hawley, Arts Trust building

JUST BACK from a month of performance at the 2018 FRINGE & much success -
Catch Serious Play Theatre Ensemble's  RETURN FROM THE FRINGE
October 5 and 6,  at 7pm  Flex Space/A.P.E@Hawley, Arts Trust building.

Each evening two shows: THE RED GUITAR with master guitarist John Sheldon,
& DO IT NOW: Manual Override with John,Tony Vacca & Paul Richmond
Both directed by Sheryl Stoodley (one 10 minute intermisson)
Continue your support for the ongoing Serious Play / Edinburgh Fringe Performance Exchange Project.

Tickets: $18 at
              $20 at the door

Thank you to this year's Performance Exchange sponsors: BJ Goodwin Fund / NAC, Tanyss & David Martula, Nancy Wheeler, Alyssa Wright Consulting & several anonymous others

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