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.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

YouthFilm 2017

Presented by the Northampton Arts Council 

Postmark/Hand/Digital Delivery Deadline: January 30th, 2017

The Northampton Arts Council is accepting entries for YouthFilm 2017, part of the annual youth-centric film festival called KidsBestFest which is presented from February 13-17, 2017 at the Academy of Music Theatre.

Filmmakers in the Pioneer Valley area aged 18 and under are invited to submit short films (10 minute limit) for consideration. All subjects and genres welcome; films should be in digital file format. A selection committee will screen submissions and filmmakers will be notified in early February.

Selected films will be screened at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton on Friday, February 17, 2017.

To be considered for the event, please submit your film in digital file format only (mpeg, mov, or avi format), along with this completed entry form. Please submit one still image file from your film: 300 dpi, jpeg files only, and no larger than 5 MB file size. These images may be used for promotional purposes.

Entries can be mailed or dropped at Northampton Arts Council 240 Main Street, Memorial Hall Room 1, Northampton, MA 01060. Applications, images, and video files can be shared on google drive with

For more information, please contact the Northampton Arts Council by: Emailing or calling (413) 587-1269.

with support from City of Northampton

with support from #massfestivals

Friday, October 21, 2016

Northampton Jazz Workshop features trumpeter Josh Bruneau

Northampton Jazz Workshop features trumpeter Josh Bruneau Tuesday, October 25th, 7:30 to 8:30 PM followed by an open jazz jam until 10:30 PM at the The City Sports Grille at Spare Time Northampton, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

WIP- Works in Progress at SCDT WIP #1

Photo of WIP Artists Katie Swords and Jesse Zaritt by Eric Scott 
WIP- Works in Progress at SCDT WIP #1 | October 23, 2016 at 4:30pm WIP #2 | November 20, 2016 at 4:30pm

Independent choreographers Barbara Diewald, Leah Fournier, Madison Pallfy and Jennifer Polins curate a new informal performance series presented in partnership with the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in downtown Northampton. 

Performances will take place at SCDT (The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought) at 25 Main Street in Northampton (Fourth Floor). Tickets are available at the door for $10 (General Admission), $5 (Students and Seniors), and are free for students currently enrolled in SCDT’s Youth Dance Program. Please direct all questions to Barbara Diewald at

Picture This 2015 Traveling Exhibition

Picture This 2015 Traveling Exhibition

Mass Audubon’s Sixth Statewide Photo Contest

November - 2016 at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

127 Combs Rd., Easthampton, MA

Free Event

Monday, October 17, 2016

3rd Annual Western MA Film & Media Exchange

Berkshire Film & Media Collaborative's 3rd Annual Western MA Film & Media Exchange is happening this Wednesday, October 19 from 10am-6pm at the Sheraton in Springfield.

A full day of workshops and speakers to help de-mystify the video production process. Non-profit and small businesses need video to stay competitive in today's marketplace whether it's to tell your story, engage donors or broaden your audience/customer base. Learn the basics of what goes into making a video and then how to use it effectively in your digital marketing, branding and social media.

Come for part or all of the day!

The Comedy of Errors By William Shakespeare

The Comedy of Errors
By William Shakespeare

October at 27 and 29th at 7:30pm
October at 28th at 8pm

The Williston Theatre

18 Payson Ave

Tickets: $7 students/seniors. $10 adults.

Free for Williston Families Friday October 28th.

Young@Heart Mash-Up IV

Young@Heart welcomes the PVPA Pop/R&B and Funkedelic Dance Crew and the Berklee College of Music co-ed a cappella group Pitch Slapped on-stage in a spectacular intergenerational musical mash-up. Pitch Slapped won first place in the 2014 International Championship of Collegiate A Capella (ICCA).

Sunday, November 6th, 2016 @ 3PM
Academy of Music Theatre
274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

or call 413-584-9032 x105

Seating this year is assigned so buy your tickets early. 
There are only forty $35 tickets left. The rest are for $20. 

Click here to see a video of internationally renowned Pitch Slapped. 
Pitch Slapped won first place in the 2014 International Championship of Collegiate A Capella (ICCA).

Young@Heart Chorus, 30 N Maple St, Florence, MA 01062

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