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.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

THE NORTHAMPTON ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES FALL GRANTS


THE NORTHAMPTON ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES FALL GRANTS

The Northampton Arts Council has set an October 15th postmark deadline for applications from organizations, schools and individuals for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

According to Council spokesperson Brian Foote, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds, including exhibits, writings, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.  The Northampton Arts Council will hold open office hours at their location at 240 Main Street, Memorial Hall Room #5 Northampton, MA 01060 on Wednesday October 2nd from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM for any potential applicants looking for advice on the application process.


The Northampton Arts Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the Northampton Arts Council will distribute up to $10,000 in grants.  Previously funded projects include: Jennifer Polins for Matter over Mind, which celebrated PVPA’s Catalyst Dance Company’s 15th season; Ko Theater Works, Inc. for Ko Festival Fringe: Story Slam NOHO; Paris Press for Writing and Reading through Illness; Sally Curcio for the project A Prize Every Time. 

Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at http://www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.aspx.  Application forms are also available at http://www.northamptonartscouncil.org/p/grants.html or at the Northampton Arts Council office located in Memorial Hall Room #5, 240 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060.

Founded in 1980, the Northampton Arts Council has an all-volunteer board, appointed by the Mayor, and staff, consisting of one part-time executive director, one part-time arts administrator, and one student intern.  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, we were the first cultural council in the Commonwealth to raise money for a second round of funding every spring, with only a few other LCCs recently following our lead.  The Arts EZ Spring Grant round is made possible by two major fundraising events produced by the Northampton Arts Council: Transperformance, an end-of-summer concert at Look Park held every August, and the Four Sundays in February series which includes events such as the Silver Chord Bowl 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.