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, March 27, 2015


The Northampton Arts Council has set a May 1st, 2015 deadline for applications from organizations, schools and individuals for grants that support artistic activities in the local community. According to Arts Council Director Brian Foote, ArtsEZ 2015 Spring Grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds, including exhibits, writings, festivals, performances, workshops and lectures that take place July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

Thursday, March 26, 2015


New artist book released, LIGHT HOUSE No. 2! 

This volume contains signed and numbered prints by five artist friends of mine: Louis Watts, Will Rhodes, Lauren Pakradooni, Rosa McElheny and Max Galyon. It is available for purchase here:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Digital Nature Photography: Personal Vision

Digital Nature Photography: Personal Vision
Sponsored by Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries and Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center
Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, Easthampton
Adult $150.00
Adult $165.00

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Young@Heart Chorus - April Fools Show

It’s April and the Young@Heart Chorus is back with two new and entirely different shows at two great local venues. These concerts support everything Young@Heart does in our community throughout the year, including an exciting new project singing weekly with inmates at local prisons.

Wednesday April 1 at 7PM at the Academy of Music, we present our 2nd Annual April Fools Show with big surprises, extra special guests, new chorus members, and all new material.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Northampton Arts Council announces appointment of Patrick Donnelly, Poet Laureate of Northampton

The Northampton Arts Council is proud to announce the selection of Patrick Donnelly, poet, teacher, editor, translator, and poetry conference director, as Poet Laureate of Northampton for 2015 – 2017, beginning in April 2015.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Draw the Portrait & Figure - 3 Wednesday evenings in April

Draw the Portrait & Figure
3 Wednesday evenings in April

Bangs Community Center
70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst
April 1,8,15 6-9 p.m.

8th Annual DownStreet Art - Open Call

Application Deadline April 5

MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) announces the 8th Annual DownStreet Art Festival! June 25th kicks off North Adams’s summer-long arts festival featuring contemporary art, performances, concerts, and more.  Since its inception in 2008 over 125,000 visitors have experienced DownStreet Art’s galleries and performances. 

Apply online at 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Richard Michelson Book Publication Celebration

Richard Michelson Book Publication Celebration

SUNDAY, MARCH 22nd, 4-6pm at R. Michelson Galleries

132 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060

Refreshments! Music! Poetry!

Poetry - Refreshments - Friendship - Music

More Money Than God

Friday, March 6, 2015

Contemporary Art at Historic Northampton Call to Artists

Historic Northampton, in collaboration with The Northampton Center for the Arts and A.P.E., is offering an exciting opportunity to contemporary artists. Artists are invited to submit a proposal to show work drawing on or inspired by selected objects from the museum's permanent collection. This successful program is entering its second year, marking Historic Northampton as a destination for art and history lovers alike. The museum is also part of Northampton's monthly Arts Night Out.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Invites LOIs for Building Demand for the Arts Program

Deadline: April 24, 2015 (Letter of Intent)

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for its Building Demand for the Arts program (formerly called Doris Duke Artist Residencies to Build Demand for the Arts grants).
The annual program supports organizations and artists working to develop audience demand for jazz, theatre, and/or contemporary dance. While many programs focus on the supply side of the supply/demand equation, this program is predicated on the belief that artists and organizations can work together in imaginative ways to create and pilot methods of reaching the public and developing interest in and access to the performing arts. Among other things, the grants are intended to promote deeper partnerships, longer relationships, and new kinds of conversation and cooperation between organizations and artists. At the same time, they provide substantial resources to artists and afford organizations the opportunity to embark on new kinds of behavior.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dance Generators Shake It Up At Spring Concert

The Dance Generators present their annual concert of new works on Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27 at 7pm and Saturday, March 28 at 2pm in partnership with the Northampton Center for the Arts. The shows take place at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street in Northampton. This year’s Dance Generators program is the first concert under the direction of Maureen Shea, who rejoined the company as its Artistic Director in August 2014, bringing many new performing members into the group.
Dance Generators is a multi-generational performance company consisting of dancers in their mid-twenties to age 90. Company members come together through a shared love of dancing and commitment to making innovative performance. Their work challenges audiences’ ideas about dance and shakes up stereotypes about aging. This year's concert is a window into the growing artistry of these movers and shakers.
'Legacy' is explored in Shea's most recent dance work. Audiences witness three solos, a taste of a concert of solos to be presented in this fall. And choreographer Fritha Pengelly previews her latest work-in-progress, to be performed in its entirety locally on May 31.
Founded in 1997 by Amie Dowling, and then directed by Kristin Horrigan from 2006 to 2014, the Dance Generators tour widely throughout New England, including regular performances and community classes for all ages at local theaters, schools, senior residences, and community centers.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $10 for children under 12. They are available online at and will be sold at the door (cash or check only) one hour in advance of each performance.
Photo by Peter Raper

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