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.

Board Members

Northampton Arts Inc. Board Members FY19

Public Art and Photography: Stephen Petegorsky (Director) - 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.

Printmaking and Exhibitions: Esther White (Vice President) is an artist and arts organizer based in Northampton, MA. Esther's art practice includes printmaking; textile dyeing and needlework; publishing photocopied artists' books and zines; and organizing community art events and spaces.

Arts and Community: Kathy Service (Clerk) our past co-Chair has long been an avid arts supporter and works not only for the Arts Council but has worked for almost every other arts organization in Northampton. She has been co-Chair of First Night, organizing over 150 volunteers. She retired from the State Department of Mental Retardation and has involved many of her clients in our programs, as actors, volunteers and audience members.

Business Management: Kathy Murri (Treasurer) graduated from Hampshire College, followed by a M.Ed. from Westfield State and an MBA from the Isenberg School at UMass-Amherst. For the past 17 years she has been the Business Manager at the Montessori School of Northampton. Prior to that she ran a boutique booking agency for folk/acoustic/blues/world artists and published a monthly folk/acoustic music events newsletter called Folkfare. In her spare time she creates crochet art and accessories using fiber and up-cycled materials.

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2019 Board Meeting Schedule:

Tuesday 1/8, 2/26, 3/12 (Cancelled), 4/9, 5/14, 6/11(Rescheduled to 6/12), 7/9, 8/13, 9/10, 10/8 (Rescheduled to 10/22), 11/12, 12/10

Board meetings take place in the City Hall Hearing Room at 210 Main Street from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Please contact bfoote@northamptonma.gov for the up-to-date schedule.

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