The Northampton Arts Council is an 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.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Kate Bodendorf, Selected Works

Kate Bodendorf, Selected Works
January 10th – February 11th at UNITE
Opening Friday January 10th, 6-9pm
202 Main St. Northampton MA

In conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out, on Friday January 10th, UNITE will host a gallery reception for local artist, Kate Bodendorf from 6-9pm.  Refreshments will be served and tunes will be played by Dj Vinyl Child and Dj Rick Jams. Kate’s work will be on display and for sale until February 11th.

Kate Bodendorf is a Western Mass based artist. She studied at Pratt Institute and has been painting for most of her life. Though formerly a figurative painter, this series of abstract work has been ongoing for several years and is mainly focused on light and color layering.

For more information, please visit  Don’t miss this chance to experience Arts Night Out and support local artists!

YouthFilm 2014 Entries Due

The Northampton Arts Council will once again present YouthFilm, a week-long festival of film and video created by local youth and screened at the famous Academy of Music Theatre in downtown Northampton. 

The festival accepts film and video entries from throughout the region by young people from 5–18 years old.

This year YouthFilm 2014 will be presented at the Academy of Music Theatre. The participants are able to see their films on the Academy of Music’s large screen in a theater setting before each of the KidsBestFest feature films from Monday February 17th through Friday February 21st.  The YouthFilm screenings will begin at 1 PM on each of those days with the KidsBestFest feature beginning at 2 PM. 

Help us spread the word to young film and video makers, teachers who work with film and video, and organizations that can let young people know about this opportunity. 

The festival has been very successful over the last five years and is a great opportunity for aspiring young visual artists to present their work on the largest screen in the Valley. 

Entries are due in our office on Friday January 31st by 4:30 PM.

The entry form is here.

Thank you for helping us spread the word.  Please email or call with any questions. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Valley Gives

The Northampton Arts Council encourages you to participate in Valley Gives. On December 12th (12.12.13), residents of Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties will join in 24 hours of special events and online campaigns to support non-profit organizations.  Valley Gives will distribute prizes to the non-profit organization that receives the most donors, and also for the group that raises the most money through this program.   

The Northampton Arts Council asks its supporters to consider making an online donation so that it can keep giving grants to artists, schools, and arts organizations.  The more of you who contribute (and the more we raise), the better our chances will be to win one of the special prizes!  





Tuesday, December 10, 2013

First Night Northampton 2014

You're invited to attend Northampton's most beloved signature event. On Tuesday, December 31st, the Center for the Arts and PeoplesBank welcome you to a city-wide New Year's Eve party. For the 29th time, we host a 12-hour, family-friendly festival of the arts that culminates in a traditional ball-raising from the roof of the Hotel Northampton. We anticipate gathering with friends, neighbors and visitors at 22 downtown venues for an astounding array of entertainment presented by hundreds of talented performers. Our efforts are supported by generous local sponsors and dedicated volunteers. All proceeds benefit community arts.

Link to the event page
Link to iPhone app
Link to Facebook Page

Monday, December 9, 2013

Silver Chord Bowl 2014

Four Sundays in February Event #1

The Silver Chord Bowl

February 2nd  – 2 PM, John M. Greene Hall-Smith College

General Admission $12 Advance/ $15 Door

This legendary event is a tradition. People jam the 2000 seat hall.This year we will showcase some of the best collegiate groups in the country including local sensations the Smiffenpoofs from Smith College who are fresh off a visit with the President and first lady.   Other local favorites the Northamptones from Northampton High School and the Amherst College Zumbyes with their acrobatic choreography, as well as the Umass Dynamics who always bring their A game will be on hand at this great event! Joining the SCB lineup from Rochester Institute of Technology, we welcome Eight Beat Measure. Last year they placed third in the Mid Atlantic Semifinal round in the ICCA also capturing the award for best arrangement. This year they sound even stronger! UPenn Dischord brings an intense energy from Pennsylvania, Northeastern University Pitch Please has been tearing it up, and the Tufts Amalgamates are ready to unite the crowd at John M. Greene in shear harmonic bliss! Mayor David Narkewicz and Smith College President Kathleen McCartney will be on hand as emcees for this classic Northampton event.

Monday, December 2, 2013


December 13th – January 7th at UNITE
202 Main St Northampton MA

In conjunction with Northampton's Art's Night Out, on Friday December 13th , UNITE will host a gallery reception for local artist, Ryan Leary from 6-9 pm. Refreshments will be served, and Ryan's work will be on display and for sale until January 7th.

Graduate of Holyoke Community College and Westfield State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. His focus remained primarily in drawing and painting techniques. He believes that it was his experience with clay and pottery that had the greatest impact on his sense and understanding of form and rhythm. This is the first time that Ryan has found success with a full, concise body of work, and he is beyond excited for the chance to put it on display. Here, he will feature a series of chalk & charcoal portraiture of past and present professional wrestlers.

Ryan was initially exposed to the squared circle by his father, Paul at a very early age. While his interest waned for some years, he was back on board by the Attitude Era.  He again lost track, but for many years now, has been back on board, and finds himself at the height of his fandom. Perhaps it's the larger than life characters, or just a greater understanding and appreciation of what makes the wrestler (as well as the company he works for). Or maybe it was just the right combination of CM Punk's famous Pipe Bomb, Brandon Stroud's relentless analysis, and his best friend Winston for the motivation the attend nearly a day's worth of live events in the last year.

For more information, please visit Don't miss the opportunity to experience Art's Night Out and support local artists!

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