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.


Brian Foote (Executive Director) has worked in retail, sales, education, banking, business development, marketing, fundraising, venue management, and event production. He attended Bard College and graduated with a B.A double-majoring in Political Studies and Latin America-Iberian Studies. He went on to receive an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Political Science. He is a dedicated community member with a passion to make positive change.

Steve Sanderson (Event Producer) is the son of Harold and Judith Sanderson. He is the front man and one of the founding members of Northampton's own Drunk Stuntmen, a song writer and an all around international man of mystery. He also holds the position of Team Manager for the Young@Heart Chorus. "Your time is the most precious thing you have, so therefore how you choose to spend your time is the most important decision you can make. I choose to roll with the Young At Heart Chorus."

Peter McQuillan (Production Consultant) is a 5th generation Northampton native with a BA in the Arts from Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts. He is a musician, radio producer, DJ, promoter and farmer with an interest in the intersection of art & ecology. Peter is an active part of the western Massachusetts underground DIY music scene which creates alternative spaces, brings people together for independent art events and in turn, fosters community.

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