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.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The first annual Northampton Arts Council Artists’ Reception


Flyer by Anya Klepacki


The first annual Northampton Arts Council Artists’ Reception will be held September 8th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm to coincide with September’s Arts Night Out. It will be held at the Center for the Arts’ space in the new Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street, which will have just opened to the public. The Arts Trust board will be giving tours of the building.

This new annual event is meant to celebrate Northampton Arts Council grant recipients, past and present. “Most of Northampton has no idea how many amazing artists and projects we as a community support,” says current board chairman George William Myers. “Even active members of our arts community do not see the breadth of what we do.”

The event will be a chance for the Arts Council board to meet all the current grant recipients, and for these grantees to meet many from past grant rounds, spring and fall. In addition, new grant applicants for this fall will be encouraged to attend, to learn how successful applicants and projects are wrought. “The evening is meant to bring all the disparate parts of our amazing arts community together in one room to celebrate one another and our city,” says Myers.

There will be a poetry reading by Northampton Poet Laureate Amy Dryansky, grantee Ben Hersey, and local poet Emily Hunerwadel. Music performances by Mibble, Vanelectro and Anjali Rose Kumar. Images from art shows, performances, and other arts projects funded by the Arts Council will run on multiple screens while music, food, and drink are served.

Perhaps most significantly, it will be the perfect opportunity for confused citizens to straighten out the differences, hopefully once and for all, between the Art's Council, the Arts Trust, and the Center for the Arts.

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