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.

Monday, July 1, 2013

ArtsEZ ‘13 Grant Award Winners

The Northampton Arts Council Announces

ArtsEZ ‘13 Grant Award Winners

The Northampton Arts Council is pleased to announce the awarding of 19 ArtsEZ 2013 grants totaling $11,783.  The quality of applications was outstanding in this round, and the Arts Council was unable to fund many worthy projects. We received 22 requests for a total of just under $21,000. These grants were awarded from funds raised by the Northampton Arts Council through such programs as Transperformance and Four Sundays in February.  Grants were awarded in the following categories: Dance, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Schools, and Visual Art.

$700 to Aretha Aoki for The Multiple, a dance solo to be performed at the Academy of Music during Amanda Herman’s Pop-Up Live Magazine on November 1, 2013.
$500 to – for –, a 100% locally-made literary journal that will be distributed throughout the area, as well as an upcoming free reading of selected works at Feeding Tube Records in Northampton.
$750 to Christian McEwen for Legal Tender: Women & the Secret Life of Money, a play to be performed in the Spring of 2014 at the Northampton Friends Meeting House.  There will also be a series of talks about women’s relationship with money entitled Money Talks during Fall 2013.
$500 to Valley Art Share for Ratchet, an online and printed zine that features writing about the arts and culture of the Pioneer Valley.

$650 to Pleasure Editions & Fogged Records for “Pleasure II,” a small-run printed Music Journal that combines a leaning toward experimental prose and first-person engagement of American underground music as well as a one-night pop-up gallery where both local and out-of-state artists will present installations in a non-traditional venue.
$800 to Gina Siepel for 1X1X1, a one-mile long three dimensional line drawing, a dense looping line which will transform the interior architecture of the A.P.E. gallery, making viewers re-experience the volume of this familiar site in a startling new way.  Gina will spend ten days installing the piece on-site, during which passers-by will be able to watch the construction through the storefront windows creating a process/performance.  There will be a reception on Friday July 12th.
$300 to Judith Keefer Tingley for Between the Lines-Some Books Re/Viewed, a multi-space exhibition to be held at participating bookstores in Northampton during January 2014, national book month.
$500 to Haley Morgan for Choreo-Spawn-Dance, a mail-art, video and performance collaboration available on
$600 to William Hannum for Life is Long, a multimedia installation at A.P.E. Gallery during August 2013.

$1000 to The 2013 Northampton Jazz Festival for The 2013 Northampton Jazz Festival ad 12 Mile Meal taking place on September 7, 2013.
$750 to the Northampton Council on Aging and Senior Center for Group Sing at the Northampton Senior Center, a collaboration with several local musicians and artists.
$700 to The Collective Music Group for The Northampton Summer Concert Series, a free summer concert series to take place in Pulaski Park during July and August 2013.

$500 to Kim O’Connell for A Celebration of Asian Arts through Art, Music and Physical Education, a project that seeks to unify J.F.K. middle school by taking the first months of the school year to focus on a school-wide theme: Asian culture, art, music, dance and movement, including the historical connection to the Silk Road.

$800 to Scout Cuomo for Beneath the Surface, a three-person exhibit at the A.P.E. gallery that will include new bodies of work from each artist focusing on the commonalities between their topics and the topic “Beneath the Surface.”
$500 to Jeff Hobbs for Every Night Northampton, an interactive, digital exploration of what happens in downtown Northampton by visiting
$900 to Sally Clegg for Rooms, a series of eight to ten editions of original etchings dealing with the theme of building structure out of chaos to be shown at Zea Mays and UNITE during the Spring of 2014.
$350 to Mgl Studio for Still Life Exhibits to be shown at Provisions during October 2013.
$300 to Perry Huntoon for a Window Installation at Ode Boutique during the month of July 2013.
$683 to Ryan for the de-installation, restoration, and re-reinstallation of the historic Northampton Perry Mural by James Waldron, located in the Tully’s restaurant.