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.

Founded in 1980, the Northampton Arts Council has an all-volunteer board, and staff, consisting of a director, a part-time events producer, one seasonal assistant producer, and one student intern from Smith College. Each fall, the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency, allocates money to all of Massachusetts' 351 cities and towns through 329 Local Cultural Councils (LCCs), of which the Northampton Arts Council is one, in support of community arts activities. This is the largest decentralized program of its kind in the United States.

In addition to administering the LCC program, The Northampton Arts Council was the first cultural council in the Commonwealth to raise money for a second round of funding every spring, with only a few other LCC's following our lead. The ArtsEZ Spring Grant round is made possible by two major fundraising events produced by the Northampton Arts Council; first, Transperformance, an end-of-summer music festival at Look Park held every August, and second, the Four Sundays in February Series which includes events such as the Silver Chord Bowl, KidsBestFest, and the Really Big Show. In addition to grant programs, the Northampton Arts Council offers arts enrichment programs in the public schools, initiates public art projects and advocates for the arts in the city. We also produce or help produce many other events in Northampton including but not limited to Northampton Summer Concert Series, RETROFAIRE, Cinema Northampton, Bi-ennial Exhibit at Forbes Library, Northampton Film Festival, Northampton Print and Book Fair.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Ashfield Town Spectacle and Culture Fair

The Ashfield Town Spectacle and Culture Fair
June 3 & 4 1pm-9pm Rain or shine
Main Street, Ashfield, MA
Presented by Double Edge Theatre
FREE and open to the public

Performed by Double Edge Theatre and Ashfield community members along with over a hundred individual and group music, dance, and art performances and exhibits including: Spirit of the Hills Community Choir, Tim Eriksen and the Trio de Pumpkintown, a film by Galen Knowles, Ashfield Tae Kwon Do, Ashfield Community Band, artwork by Robert Markey and Sue McFarland, and more!

"The roots of the Ashfield Town Spectacle lay at the intersection of art, culture, and democracy. The life of the town - the past, the present, and the future. A celebration of the boldness, the culture, and the participation that makes a town's life a living culture." - Stacy Klein, Double Edge Artistic Director

For more information: 413.628.0277

Apply Now! Collaborative Workspace Program by MassDevelopment

APPLY NOW! Collaborative Workspace Program

MassDevelopment and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Barr Foundation, and a second round of Collaborative Workspace Program funding to support the creative and innovation economy!

New and established collaborative workspaces for artists, entrepreneurs and innovators can now apply for grants through MassDevelopment's Collaborative Workspace Program. Created by the Commonwealth through the Legislature's support for Governor Baker’s “Opportunities for All” bill, and enhanced by a three-year commitment from the Barr Foundation targeting artists’ coworking spaces, the program will make available matching seed or fit-out grants to organizations that own or operate collaborative workspaces.

The ArtSalon Goes to Amherst

The ArtSalon Goes to Amherst

Thursday, May 25, 2017
6:30pm, presentations begin at 7pm
$5-$10 sliding scale admission fee
At the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst

This month’s ArtSalon will be at The University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst. The evening begins at 6:30pm with mingling and light refreshments, and presentations start at 7pm.

A brief Q&A period with the artists follows the presentations.

This program is supported in part by The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and Fierst, Kane and Bloomberg.

A Good Night’s Sleep: Monthly Experimental Film and Video Series


A Good Night’s Sleep: Monthly Experimental Film and Video Series
May 27th, 8pm at Studio 4, 25 main St 4th floor Northampton.

A Good Night’s Sleep is a monthly screening series featuring film and video by artists connected to Western Massachusetts. Our series connects a wide variety of non commercial forms and perspectives through collaboratively and deliberately curated programs. While most works fall into the broad categories of “experimental” and “documentary,” our priority is in building thought provoking and subversive programs regardless of genre.

The reliability of our monthly events has helped establish a community invested in learning through one another’s films and supporting the creation of new work. Frequent communication between makers and curators has brought about natural collaboration and risk taking; artists will finish a film to show at GNS based on ideas we talk about forming in a program, and our curatorial ideas can be influenced by a film that is still in the process of being made. We often screen works in progress, fostering a space for productive viewing. These types of generative practices are central to the mission of our collective; we see our series as a platform for experiments in collaborative film making and curation. You can learn more about our series and it’s programmers on our website:

Mark Guglielmo "Cuba in Transition: Narrative & Perspective"

Mark Guglielmo "Cuba in Transition: Narrative & Perspective"
A.P.E. Gallery 126 Main St, Northampton, MA
Opening reception: Friday, June 9th (Arts Night Out) 5-9PM
On Display: June 1-25th

Narratives & Perspectives from the Cuban Diaspora, A Bilingual Conversation: Sat. June 17th 2pm
Artist & Curator Talk: Thursday June 22nd 6pm

Cuba in Transition: Narrative & Perspective is a new exhibition of large-scale photo-collages and interviews by Northampton-based artist Mark Guglielmo running from June 1—25, 2017 at A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main St, Northampton, MA with an opening reception on Friday, June 9 from 5-9PM (Arts Night Out). Each collage measures 5 to 15 feet long and is handmade by taping together hundreds, sometimes thousands, of individual 4x6” photographs. Neither a computer nor Photoshop are used. Culled from dozens of audio interviews Guglielmo recorded and conducted in Spanish, diverse Cuban voices and perspectives are presented on portable mp3 players. Curated by Waleska Santiago-Centeno, it is the New York-born artist’s second exhibition with the gallery. It will travel to Cienfuegos and Trinidad, Cuba in January 2018.

Guglielmo visited Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa in July 2015 and Havana and Viñales in February 2016 before President Obama’s landmark trip to Cuba in March 2016, the first by a sitting US President in 88 years. In February 2017, Guglielmo returned to the island, this time to Cienfuegos and Trinidad de Cuba, just two months after the death of Fidel Castro. An homage to Cuba at this historic moment, this project chronicles a most dynamic people and rich culture full of heart and soul, melded in the crucible of isolation: geographically, economically and politically.

For more information please contact Mark Guglielmo,
A.P.E Gallery - 
(413) 586-5553

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

David Kassan’s Drawing the Portrait from Life at Off the Map Tattoo

David Kassan’s Drawing the Portrait from Life
1 and 2 day Workshops
June 11th and  June 12th, 8:30am-4:00pm
Hosted by Off The Map Tattoo - 84 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA

David Kassan is a contemporary American painter best known for his life size representational paintings, which combine his subjects with abstract backgrounds. This instructional class is set up in two parts:

David will begin by leading a drawing demonstration with a live model while explaining his process from start to finish. Workshop attendees then draw a live portrait with David’s input and personalized guidance. Artists have a unique opportunity to learn directly from this master realist who has taught students all over the world. Class is available for beginners and advanced artists.

For prices and times visit:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

EHStone Art: Draw Your Self-Portrait Class

WHEN: Tues. evenings May 23-June 6th 6:30-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: 52 Beacon Street Florence
COST: $150 includes materials

Looking in the mirror will you draw what you see or what you want to see? We will spend three sessions drawing the self-portrait from life. Proportion, values, line quality & gesture help you get a likeness. Charcoal and a limited palette of black, red, and white free you up to focus on drawing and expression. Contemporary portraiture will be our inspiration. This class is appropriate for beginners as well as the more experienced artist. Visit my website:

"I paint self-portraits because I am the person I know best." Frida Kahlo

52 Beacon St, Northampton, MA, United StatesNorthampton, MA 01062


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