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.

Board Members

Northampton Arts Inc. Board Members FY 17

Members of the Northampton Arts Inc. cover the following areas of expertise:


Arts and Graphic Design: Eric Olsson - Eric Olsson graduated with a BA in Finance and Operations Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has worked as a marketing and graphic design consultant since 1991 with clients throughout the New England area. He began working with Knowledge Matters in 1999 as the Creative Director. Eric has taught classes on graphic design and printing technology at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton, MA. 


Public Art and Photography: Stephen Petegorsky  - Stephen is a professional photographer whose work has been exhibited nationally and is in numerous collections throughout the country. He has an M.F.A. in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has taught at Smith College, Hampshire College and at the University of Connecticut. Stephen served on Board of the Arts Council for six years and is returning after a two-year hiatus. He is currently an Associate Member of the Arts Council.


Arts and Management: George Myers (President) - 
George W. Myers graduate from Umass Amherst with a degree in History and a minor in African American Studies. He co-owns The Quarters a vintage arcade, restaurant and bar in Hadley, MA and is General Manager and Special Event Programmer at Amherst Cinema a 4 screen non-profit Arthouse theater in Amherst, MA. George also spends time as a DJ and writing for his music blog which focuses on soul music.

Arts and Community: Jovan James


Therapy, Writing and the Arts: Jenny SechlerA long time enthusiast of art in all forms, Jenny Miller Sechler obtained her BA with honors in English from Wesleyan University and her Master’s degree at Smith College School for Social Work. She has been a member of numerous writing workshops in the Pioneer Valley and volunteers as writer for local non-profits. Between writing and maintaining a private psychotherapy practice in Northampton, Jenny reads avidly, plays guitar, and spends as much time at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art as her schedule will allow.


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2017 Board Meeting Schedule: Second Tuesday of every month.

1/10, 3/14, 4/11, 5/9, 6/13, 7/11, 9/12, 10/10, 11/14, 12/12

Board meetings take place in the City Hall Hearing Room at 210 Main Street from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.


Please contact arts@northamptonma.gov for the up-to-date schedule.



Interested in becoming a board member?


Download the board application by clicking here. Email a filled out application to the Northampton City Clerk: cclerk@northamptonma.gov.