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.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

33 Hawley Street Open House - Northampton Community Arts Trust

Northampton Community Arts Trust Open House
33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA
Sunday April 30th, 1:30 to 3:30pm

Come see what we've been up to at 33 Hawley Street! From the outside not much has changed. But on the inside we're initiating the next phase of renovations at Hawley, work that will lead to partial occupancy of the building this Fall.

Drop by this Sunday between 1:30 and 3:30pm for a look around and catch up on our latest plans for the future nexus of arts, artists and audiences in the Valley.

BFMC 4th Annual Western MA Film & Media Exchange

Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative
4th Annual Western MA Film & Media Exchange

Friday May 12th, 11:30am - 6:30pm
Sheraton Monarch Place, Springfield, MA

BFMC presents Vitec Videocom's Roadshow - a day of hands-on workshops and seminars to make your production workflow more efficient. Visit our Demo room with the latest camera and lighting equipment. (straight from NAB)! The Exchange is for professionals in the broadcast, film and media, marketing and communications fields. Students welcome.

For more information, go to or call 413.528.4223
Click HERE for tickets.

Pollinate at SCDT

May 5, 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM
25 Main Street, 4th Floor (above Karuna Yoga)

An Eclectic mix of World-Tech-Deep-Bass sounds!
w/ Special Guest: Incus

Don't miss this amazing combination of talent. Get in on the Fire of Incus then get Pollinate-Ecstatic to cutting edge beats from the hottest producers around the globe!!!

Incus - 9-10pm
DJ Hip Sockit - 10-11:30pm
Incus - 11:30-12am

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest saxophonist Benny Sharoni

Northampton Jazz Workshop features guest tenor saxophonist Benny Sharoni
Tuesday, May 2nd, 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.

“Benny Sharoni, an Israeli-born, Boston-based tenor saxophonist, can energize even the largest, most lackluster venue with his big-toned sound and ebullient phrasing, packed with intense emotion and spirituality, a vibrant hybrid of the hip and the holy.” - The Hartford Current

A straight ahead player who fuses together the classic bop influences of Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Steve Grossman (among many others), Sharoni flavors his music with Latin rhythms and an energetic drive that delights audiences worldwide.


The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought presents HUT X
An evening of contemporary music, movement and poetry

Saturday, May 6, 8 PM
SCDT Studios, 25 Main Street 4th floor, Northampton MA (across from Strong Avenue)
$10 general admission, $5 students/seniors
Reservations 413 570 4491

SCDT’s director Jennifer Polins collaborates with local sound artist Jake Meginsky and local poet Laura Warman, to curate an ongoing dynamic performance series that combines local and international artists of different genres in a performance event. An evening of contemporary music, movement and poetry, 3 artists, 3 genres, 3 short sets. This month HUT X features Caliph Ali- poetry, Luke Stewart- music, Cori Olinghouse- clown therapy and dance.

The Brush Shop Film Screening at Historic Northampton

The Brush Shop, A Film by Stan Sherer
Sunday May 7th, 2:00PM
Historic Northampton 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA.
Free & Open to the public
64 minutes, color and b/w

The sprawling brick complex in Northampton, Massachusetts called “Brushworks Arts and Industry” hosts the studios of a hundred artists and craftspeople. But the brush in “Brushworks” isn't a paintbrush, it's a toothbrush.

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.

The four utility boxes that will be painted as part of Paint This Box! are located at the intersections of Bridge Street/Hawley Street/Market Street (59x44x27.25 inches), Main Street/Pleasant Street/King Street (55x38x27.25 inches), Main Street/State Street/New South Street (50x30x18.25 inches), and Main Street/Elm Street/West Street (50x30x18.25 inches). Artists will be using an oil-based, weather resistant, outdoor paint for the utility boxes.

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.

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