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.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Now Accepting First Night 2019 Applications

The Northampton Arts Council is delighted to present our city’s 34th annual New Year's Eve festival of the performing arts on December 31, 2018.

One of the ways to be considered as a performer for First Night 2019, is to fill out our NEW online form. If you are interested please click here.

The deadline to submit an application to be considered is August 31, 2018.

We look forward to receiving your application.

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Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Rob Scheps

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Rob Scheps
WHEN: Tuesday, June 26th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM WHERE: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

This week we are pleased to welcome back for the second time a wonderful and eclectic saxophonist who makes his home in both NYC and Portland, OR. Rob Scheps has performed/recorded with everyone from Henry Threadgill and Julius Hemphill to Gil Evans, Jaki Byard and Dianne Reaves and even PDQ Bach. It should be a lot of fun and pretty amazing to boot I'm sure. Joining Rob, George and I will be his good friend and frequent collaborator, also from NY, drummer Jesse Simpson.

A little bit about our guest drummer who is also a pianist. Jesse hails from Graton, CA and now based in Brooklyn. After growing up performing around the San Francisco Bay Area, studying with legendary drummer Donald Bailey, he moved to New York in 2007 to attend the Manhattan School of Music, graduating in 2010. Since that time, Jesse has performed alongside Louie Bellson, backed comedians Fred Armisen and Janeane Garafalo and played with Marc Copland, Kevin Hays, Joe Lovano, John Abercrombie, Chris Cheek and many more. He regularly performs in New York as well as on tour with many different groups in Europe.

Upcoming Guest Artists:

6/26 - Rob Scheps - saxes with Jesse Simpson on drums
7/3 - Joe Magnarelli - trumpet with Peter Moutis on drums
7/10 - Sheryl Bailey - guitar
7/17 - Erik Lawrence - sax and flute
7/24 - Benny Sharoni- tenor
7/31 - Freddie Bryant - guitar

The concert set starts at 7:30, followed immediately by the jam session until 10:30. $5 per person room charge for the concert set. City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA. 413-584-4830

For photos and videos of past NJW shows and related news, events and buzz, please see (and Like us) on FB at: onJazzWorkshop

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Forbes Staff Member Receives Competitive Award

Dylan Gaffney, Senior Library Assistant at the Forbes Library, has been awarded the 2018 Paralibrarian of the Year award by the Massachusetts Library Association. This competitive annual award is given to one library support staffer who has gone above and beyond. Dylan impressed the nominating committee with his work at both the local and statewide levels, and received a complimentary 1 year membership to the American Library Association.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Northampton Jazz Workshop features vocalist Nicole Pasternak and saxophonist Ralph Lalama

WHAT: Northampton Jazz Workshop featuring vocalist Nicole Pasternak and saxophonist Ralph Lalama 
WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th, 7:30 to 8:30PM followed by an open jazz jam session until 10:30 PM
WHERE: The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

Our favorite jazz couple will be performing with us on the 19th. Vocalist Nicole Pasternak and saxophonist Ralph Lalama make a great musical team when they perform together and we are thrilled to have them back for their 6th appearance at the Workshop. Over Ralph's impressive career starting with Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, and the Mel Lewis Orchestra – now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – he has honed the craft of sonic blending. This also applies to his blending with his wife on the bandstand. Nicole has a beautiful sense of swing and an infectious and uplifting stage presence and together things just take off and fire up. Joining us will be the great drummer Jimmy Madison. We can't wait to play all three of them again. Hope you can make it for really fun show.

Call for Artists: Main Street Reimagined

Request for Public Art and Streetscape Element Design Proposals

Your opinion matters and we want to hear it. The City of Worcester is now accepting proposals from artists and designers for the creation of a series of public art features for the Main Street Reimagined Project.

The intent of Main Street Reimagined is to supplement the new streetscape with custom public art installations - including functional and decorative elements - to add interest to and activate the public space. Public art installations will reflect elements of Worcester's history, culture and community in creative and interesting ways through the themes of creativity, innovation and revolution.

"As we continue to make our downtown a lively and walkable 18-hour destination, public art will be a major component of our strategy," said City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. "This project is a great opportunity for local and regional artists to help make visual and functional enhancements to Main Street."

The project seeks to incorporate both functional and decorative art at locations throughout the mile-long corridor. The City seeks proposals for five different categories of installations:

  • Artistic screening
  • Lighting Installation 
  • Activity Nodes
  • Benches 
  • Bicycle Racks 

Eligibility: Open to all artists, artist teams, and design professionals with experience in public art and monumental features. Professionals residing in or with studio space in the city of Worcester and the New England region are encouraged to apply.

Download the RFP Bid Details.
Artists/designers who want to bid are responsible to check HERE for addenda.
With questions, please contact the City's Purchasing Director Chris Gagliastro.

Deadline: July 13, 2018, 10 a.m.

More details about the RFP may be found at

Friday, June 15, 2018

Mass Development Collaborative Workspace Program: Grant Round Open Now

The goal of the Collaborative Workspace Program is to accelerate the pace of new business formation, job creation, and entrepreneurial activity in communities, by supporting infrastructure that fuels community-based innovation. Eligible collaborative workspace applicants may apply for either Seed Grants for predevelopment and feasibility work, or Fit-out Grants for building improvements and equipment purchases.

We are excited to announce the opening of our third competitive funding round on June 11, 2018. Proposals are due in electronic format via email at no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, July 20, 2018. Funding decisions are expected to be announced at the end of September.



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