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, August 21, 2016

Good Night's Sleep August Film Event

Good Night's Sleep August Film Event
Saturday August 27th
80 Williams St.
Northampton, MA
8:00 PM

Good Night’s Sleep is a monthly screening of experimental film and video made by artists connected to Western Mass.

Featuring works by Sam Hadge, Lauren Cook, Tristatic Collective, and many more.

$5-7 suggested donation for the artists.

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Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest trombonist Steve Davis

Trombonist Steve Davis

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest trombonist Steve Davis Tuesday August 30th, 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.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Final 6 x 6 Project: Come have tea tomorrow Friday, August 19 from 5 - 6 pm in the Golden Structure by Sue Huang

Final 6 x 6 Project: Sue Huang: The Golden Structure 
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Final 6 x 6 Project:

Come have tea tomorrow Friday, August 19 from 5 - 6 pm in the 

Golden Structure by Sue Huang 


Local Artist Denise Beaudet will exhibit
'What I Am' from August 26 - August 28, with a celebratory reception on Saturday, August 27 from 5-8pm. '
What I Am' contains more than 150 tiny paintings and photos that are full of narrative rememberings, and woodland critters. 


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Transperformance 26: Labor Party! Music Benefit

Each year on the last Tuesday in August the Northampton Arts Council and the Parent Teacher Organizations of Northampton’s public school system join forces to raise funds for arts enrichment in the schools and the ArtsEZ grant program.

Once again, on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 it’s time to celebrate our community and the arts with Transperformance 26: Labor Party! everyone's favorite benefit music festival at Pines Theater in Look Park. Local musicians will choose an artist that is related to a job, occupation, or type of work (Scroll down for Lineup.) 
Performers are encouraged to impersonate the band or occupation from the bands that they Transperform. Local celebrities will host the event as characters from Office Space or The Office, Steve Jobs, Rosie the Riveter, and other notable work related characters. Come celebrate 26 years of bringing our community members together to support music and the arts!

What: Transperformance 26: Labor Party! Benefit Music Festival
When: Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 4:00-9:30pm

Where: Pines Theater-Look Park, 300 N Main Street Florence, MA 01062

How Much:
Adults 13+ $10
Seniors 65+ & Veterans $8
Kids 12 & under $5

ONLINE @ Brown Paper Tickets
Call 1-800-838-3006
In person@
State Street Fruit Store-Northampton
Cooper's Corner-Florence
AJ Hastings-Amherst

Page Six as THE POLICE
The Lonesome Brothers as DRUNK STUNTMEN
Outer Stylie as TALKING HEADS
Colorway as FOO FIGHTERS
Mister G as DR. JOHN
Mikey Sweet as THE BOSS
Mary Jane Jones Band as THE SMITHS
Wishbone Zöe as THE WAITRESSES
King Radio as MEN AT WORK
Jesse Sterling Harrison as PRIMUS
Soul Magnets as PRINCE
Suitcase Junket as QUEEN
Jason Bourgeois as SAM COOKE The Arcadians as THE REPLACEMENTS Goldwater II as MEAT PUPPETS

Rain Date: Wednesday, August 31st at Pines Theater, Look Park

Rain Predicted Both Days: Tuesday, August 30 at John M Green Hall, Smith College

Food will be available from La Veracruzana, Bart’s Homemade, and other local pizza restaurants. No pets, no coolers and no beverages please, per request of Look Park. Look Park charges a $5 special events vehicle entry fee for all vehicles without season passes. No refunds/exchanges.




Sound - Dan Richardson
Lights - Theatrix
Poster/Graphic Design – Alison Wood

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Seventh Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival Colors Downtown

Seventh Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival Colors Downtown

Northampton, MA—“Arts Night Out” has invited a record number of talented artists to create colorful masterpieces in chalk on the sidewalks of downtown during the seventh annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival on Friday, September 9. The competitive event kicks off a festive weekend that includes the Northampton Arts Council’s RETROFAIRE on Saturday, September 10.

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 by the Mayor 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 2016 feature former prize winners and seasoned competitors Brandon Avery, Linda Babcock, Jennifer Gutterman, Robert Markey, Chrissy Neithercott, Paul Siqueira, and Sloan Tomlinson. They are joined by veteran Team Bodalimadriguez, aka Stephanie Gerolimatos, Mark Bodah and Matt Rodriguez, who return for the 7th time. New to the event are artists Erin Cleary, Jim Dubois, Rob Kimmel, Sankit Sabnis, and the duo of Anne and Simson Musante.

Chalk art sites are situated along the customary Arts Night Out route so that viewers also have an opportunity to stop at participating galleries and other venues. Festival locations include the Smith College Museum of Art on Elm Street in addition to Ode, Memorial Hall, Pinch, the Artisan Gallery, Thornes Marketplace, Cathy Cross/J. Rich, First Churches, Florence Bank, and Don Muller Gallery on Main Street. New sites this year are Sylvester’s, adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce on Pleasant Street, The Tunnel Bar on Strong Avenue, and Click Workspace on Market Street. Maps of the chalk art locations, along with their assigned artists, will be available online in early September, and printed copies will be at a variety of Arts Night Out venues.

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. Details updated at

Monday, August 15, 2016

Northampton Jazz Workshop features saxophonist Grant Stewart

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest saxophonist Grant Stewart Tuesday, August 23rd, 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.

6 x 6 Final Week: August 14-20 Golden Structure by Sue Huang

6 x 6 Project this week:  Sue Huang's Golden Structure 
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6 x 6 Final Week:  August 14-20 

Golden Structure by Sue Huang 


6x6 Final Project
Sue Huang's Golden Structure

Golden Structure explores the creation and evolution of forts within the space of A.P.E.  The artist, Sue Huang will use the textile of gold lamé to build the forts and rooms and invites the community to join her in this exploration as she reconstructs the tented structures of her childhood. The textile used to build the structure has been selected for its sheen and gilded surface, which evoke the precious, dreamlike experience of the reconstruction of memory as well as the artist’s own memories of gold interior decor from her childhood in the Middle East.

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