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.

Monday, September 10, 2018

NORTHAMPTON ARTS COUNCIL SEEKS FUNDING PROPOSALS


NORTHAMPTON ARTS COUNCIL SEEKS FUNDING PROPOSALS

Proposals for community-oriented arts programs due October 15th.

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

According to Council spokesperson Esther White, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds -- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, scholarships, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

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 Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the Northampton Arts Council will distribute up to $13,700 in grants. Previously funded projects include: Amy Dryansky for Tesserae: Poetry of Community, Akiko Sasaki for Lyra Music Festival, Nancy Howard for Bilingual Family Sing-Along, Robin Lane for Soldier On Veterans Voices, among many others.

For local guidelines and complete information on the Northampton Arts Council, contact Esther White at estherswhite@gmail.com, or visit http://www.northamptonartscouncil.org/p/grants.html. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at www.mass-culture.org.



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