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.

Community Award Recipients



Since the early 1980's the Northampton Arts Council has given awards annually for two categories of excellence in the arts. The award for Dynamic Impact in the Arts is given to an artist or arts organization that demonstrates rare achievement in the arts, either during that year or over period of years. The award in recent years was named after Jane Ahlfeld in appreciation for her many years of service as chair of the Arts Council. The award for Community Service in the Arts is given to an individual or business who have made a tremendous effort on behalf of the arts. This award is named after Keen Hahn who spent many years working at the Northampton Center for the Arts before his untimely death.









1983—Richard Rescia






1984—Carol Gotwalls






1985—Ralph Levy






1986—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: Gordon Thorne





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Donald Clark and Audrey Pepper






1987—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: Bob Cilman





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Michael Mufson






1988—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: Barbara Shaeffer-Bacon and Karen Kreiger





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Steve Calcagnino






1989—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: Bart Gordon





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Steve Stoia and Stephen Petegorsky





1990—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: Kathy Service and Shon Cox Doucette





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Donald Tepper






1991—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: Pip Stromgren and Helen Rescia





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Gail Giere Collins and Jordi Herold






1992—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: Duane Robinson and staff of the Academy of Music





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Norinne Tiley






1993—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: Martin Carrera and Gail & Dan Yacuzzo





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Leslie Ferrin






1994—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Katherine Sanderson and Meg Irwin-Brandon






1995—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: Faith Kaufman and Blaise Bisaillon





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Ed Charla and Mal Thursday






1996—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: John Reily





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Carol Hyde






1997—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: Joseph Rich and Robert Walker





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Howard Polonsky, Dee Degeiso, Geoff & Linda Post






1998—(no awards given out)









1999—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: Bill Feinstein





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Sheryl Stoodley






2000—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: Claudio Guerra





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Jim Arementi






2001—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: Bruce MacMillan





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Amie Dowling and Julie Waggoner






2002—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: Christine Sonnhalter





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Kathy Couch






2003—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: FACES





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Lisa Leizman






2004—(no awards given out)






2005—(no awards given out)






2006—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: Gwen Agna





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Lisa Thompson






2007—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: Lillian Forguites and Miraim Clap





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Duane Robinson and David Jenkins






2008—Keen Hahn Community Service Award: Ann Shannahan





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact Award: Eric Suher









2009—Keen Hahn Community Service: Andrew Crystal





Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact: Joe Blumenthal






2010— Keen Hahn Community Service: C3


Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact: Beau Flahive









2011—Keen Hahn Community Service: Penny Burke


Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact: Michael Tillyer











2012—(no awards given out)


2013—Keen Hahn Community Service: Liz Chalfin and Zea Mays Printmaking

Jane Ahlfeld Dynamic Impact: Ted Lee and Feeding Tube Records


2014—(no awards given out)


2015—Bob Cilman Arts Awards: Jim Olsen and Signature Sounds

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