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.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

CALL TO ARTISTS: Paint This Box!

Paint This Box! is a downtown project aimed at inviting artists to create unique and imaginative paintings on the utility boxes in downtown Northampton to continue the momentum of turning Northampton into a public art community. Paint This Box! is a public art project funded by local businesses, organizations, and residents. The winning artists will be paid a stipend of $350 each.

“Paint This Box! is a great opportunity to bring more public art into downtown Northampton and for artists and the greater Northampton community to connect,” said Northampton Arts Council Director, Brian Foote. “We want Paint This Box! to showcase the many talented artists in our community and celebrate our city.”

Foote along with Jonathan Goldman, the lead on BenchWalk Project,  are organizing Paint This Box!. Paint This Box! was awarded a Local Cultural Council Grant awarded by the Northampton Arts Council as well as donations from other local organizations. 

Artists can submit proposals for Paint This Box! until the May 21 DEADLINE. The final four selected artists will be determined by Director Brian Foote, Northampton Arts Council Board Member Joseph Pesce, and A. P. E. Associate Director Lisa Thompson. 

Paint This Box! was inspired by local artist Peter Zierlein. In addition, following the success of BenchWalk in 2015 and the recent renovations of Pulaski Park, Goldman and Foote were interested in continuing to grow Northampton as a public art community. “Not only are we thrilled to bring terrific public art to Northampton, but this is also an opportunity to continue building onto the recent initiatives to enhance the downtown experience,” said Goldman. “In addition, this will help move our city towards future art projects, which will continue to beautify our community.”

For artists interested in submitting a proposal and people interested in donating, please visit or email

Designed, prepped, and painted by Peter Zierlein

Paint This Box! is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and City of Northampton.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest vocalist Nicole Pasternak and saxophonist Ralph Lalama

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest vocalist Nicole Pasternak and saxophonist Ralph Lalama Tuesday, April 25th, 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM
The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton - 525 Pleasant St. Northampton, MA.

Monday, April 17, 2017

"Life in the 413" at Academy of Music on April 29

"Life in the 413"
Saturday, April 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Academy of Music Theatre
274 Main Street, Northampton 

This Valley tradition returns for a fifth year on April 29 at 7 PM at the Academy of Music Theatre! Come celebrate our collective hometowns here in Western MA as we laugh about and love our LIFE IN THE (413)!

Saturday, April 29 at 7 PM, New Century Theatre and WHMP are teaming up once again to present LIFE IN THE (413), a rollicking, celebratory night of original radio plays that lampoon life in the Pioneer Valley. Five short radio plays - each featuring a different locale - will feature a range of Valley performers. The event helps to kick off New Century Theatre's 27th summer season at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School in South Hadley and the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton.

CLICK Music presents ukulele virtuoso Stuart Fuchs

CLICK Music presents ukulele virtuoso Stuart Fuchs

Saturday, April 29th 7:00-9:00pm
CLICK Workspace, 9 ½ Market Street, Northampton

CLICK Music’s April concert by ukulele master Stuart Fuchs is the culmination of a day-long collaboration between CLICK Workspace and Downtown Sounds on Saturday, April 29th.

In the afternoon, ukulele students of all ages and skill levels will be led through workshops taught by Fuchs and arranged by Downtown Sounds owner Joe Blumenthal, who runs the local A.E.I.O.Ukes ukulele club. Then at 7:00 p.m., Fuchs will be joined by musician Sarah Carlisle for a performance of ukuleles, guitar, upright bass and mandolin, in which they will premiere new original songs from the upcoming album “After All the Time."

Florence Bank TV Commercial Casting Call

Florence Bank TV Commercial Casting Call!
Fairfield Inn Northampton (lobby) 115 Conz St. Northampton, MA 
April 20th, 2017 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Full Audition Details:

Do You Like To Sing?
We're looking for local talent to participate in our next Florence Bank TV Commercial! This year, no musical or performance experience is needed. However, we are looking for folks who are willing to have FUN on camera and sing a little tune-you don't have to sound like Adele!

Who We Are Looking For:
We're looking for real local people. We want to show off small businesses and people who are involved in the community. So whether you're a restaurant worker, bus driver, volunteer baseball coach, nurse, or a teacher, as long as you want to have fun and sing, we want you to audition.

VIDAM Presents Kaitlin June at Karuna Yoga Center

VIDAM Valley Improvisational Dance And Music presents KAITLIN JUNE
Monday April 17.  7:30 - 10pm 
Karuna Yoga Center 25 Main St. Northampton, 3rd Floor
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Each VIDAM -- hosted on 1st & 3rd Mondays -- features at least one veteran improvisational musician - collaborating in an open space the space for movement, composition and focus. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Colorplay by Mary Witt & Brianna Ashe at Oxbow Gallery

Colorplay, Artwork by Mary Witt & Brianna Ashe
Oxbow Gallery 273 Pleasant Street Northampton, MA
Opening Reception: April 14th 5-8 PM (Arts Night Out)
On Display: April 6-30, 2017

Paintings by Mary Witt
Mixed Media by Brianna Ashe

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