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 (he/him/his) (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 (he/him/his) (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 (he/him/his) (Assistant Producer) 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 and promoter with a focus on the intersection of arts & 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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