Northampton Arts Council

The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

    Tuesday, September 21, 2021

    Northampton Jazz Festival Returns the First Weekend in October

    WHAT: Northampton Jazz Festival 
    WHEN: October 1st & 2nd
    WHERE: Throughout downtown Northampton, MA. 

    The Northampton Jazz Festival will kick off on Friday, Oct. 1 with a Jazz Strut in downtown Northampton, and free performances are scheduled that first weekend of October in the event’s return after a pandemic-year hiatus.

    The headliner for this year’s event is The Art Blakey Centennial Celebration, performing at The Academy of Music on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

    Ruth Griggs, president of the festival’s board of directors, said this year, the event has a focus on woman-led ensembles and will feature more female musicians than ever before.

    “Although we had to cancel the fest in 2020, we worked hard to stay involved with bringing live jazz to the community in a safe way and to support musicians financially,” Griggs added, noting that the festival organization held a half dozen outside concerts last fall and also recorded four local trios and streamed performances over Facebook and YouTube this spring. In partnership with Jim Olsen’s Signature Sounds and Northampton Open Media, it offered a jazz series in April, Jazz Appreciation Month.

    “This fall, all the main Jazz Fest Day musicians who couldn’t play in 2020 are returning,” Griggs said. “This is rare, and we are honored.”

    Festival attendees will be required to wear masks, following pandemic protocols as per the city of Northampton; for more information visit

    In a collaboration between the Northampton Jazz Festival and the Downtown Northampton Association, patrons sporting a new Jazz Fest tote on Saturday, Jazz Fest Day, will receive a discount at participating downtown merchants; totes will be available for purchase at all festival performance venues on Saturday, Oct. 2.

    The October 1 Jazz Strut will run from 5 to 10:30 p.m., starting at Pulaski Park. Local and regional trios and quartets will perform at the following venues: Wursthaus, 6:30 p.m.; The Dirty Truth, 7 p.m.; Spoleto Restaurant, 7:30 p.m.; Progression Brewing Co., 8 p.m.; The Deck Bar & Restaurant, 8:30 p.m. Each band plays for two hours, and the schedule is subject to change without notice.

    The full lineup of festival performances on Oct. 2 is as follows: The Art Blakey Centennial Celebration, the only ticketed event, 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Music, $15 to $50 at; The Alex Hamburger Quartet, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Northampton Center for the Arts; The ZT Amplifiers Artist Showcase, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Northampton Center for the Arts; Sullivan Fortner Solo Piano, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at CLICK Workspace; Lioness, 3 to 5 p.m., First Churches of Northampton; Northampton Expandable Brass Band, 1:30 to 1:55 p.m., marching from Bridge and Market Streets to Pulaski Park; Manduca Sexta, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Pulaski Park; and Cocomama, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Pulaski Park. 

    Thursday, September 16, 2021

    One Roof: A Concert to Benefit the Homeless

    WHAT: One Roof: A Concert to Benefit the Homeless
    WHEN: Saturday September 18, 2021 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
    WHERE: Three County Fair 54 Fair Street Northampton, MA 01060

    A benefit concert for the homeless of western Massachusetts featuring Lit, The Motels, When In Rome and more. More Info:

    One Roof is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness. We produce musical concerts and festivals in order to place families and individuals in permanent homes. Our novel approach enables us to generate funds to meet our mission while simultaneously engaging with the general public and fostering a growing sense of community.

    The One Roof Festival will take place at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA on September 18, 2021. Performers will include Lit, The Motels, When In Rome, Eavesdrop, Atlas Gray, Brian Jarvis, Stephen Peter Rodgers, and many more! There will be local food vendors, beer and wine, craft vendors, additional entertainers, merchandise, and much more!

    Tuesday, September 7, 2021

    Call for Artists: Northampton Artisan Fair

    WHAT: Call for Artists, Northampton Artisan Fair
    WHEN: Applications are due September 7th, 2021. Event on Saturday, November 27th
    WHERE: online application form / Fair will be at 33 Hawley St. Northampton, MA. 

    Calling all local artists and artisans! Join us for the first annual Northampton Artisan Fair! Are you an established artist looking to connect with the Northampton art community? Are you an emerging artist looking for an opportunity to broaden your reach? We are here to help! On Saturday, November 27th (Small Business Saturday), the Northampton Center for the Arts will host a building-wide artisan fair in the beautiful spaces at 33 Hawley St. This fair will be juried for diversity of medium and experience, and applications are due September 7th, 2021.

    How to Apply:
    Fill out this online application form
    Email three hi-resolution jpeg images to; make sure image names identify the artist.
    Please note: all art must be made locally; please email if you have questions about this. Artists from the region are welcome to apply, but priority will be given to artists and artisans from western MA and the CT River Valley.

    What We Provide:
    Three types of spaces at the fair
    a 10x10 space - $120
    a 6’ space with table provided - $60
    a 6’ space without a table - $50
    (Emerging artists may apply for Community Fund support if cost is prohibitive)
    Day-of staff support
    Marketing and publicity
    Bus banner
    Social media (Followers: Instagram 1.5K+, Facebook 4.6K+, weekly reach 5K+)
    Posters and postcards
    Mailchimp/email outreach (1K+)
    Publicity text and images provided to artists for outreach
    Local business partnerships
    Abundant free parking for fair attendees

    Friday, September 3, 2021

    Northampton Chalk Art Festival

    WHAT: Northampton Chalk Art Festival
    WHERE: Downtown Northampton, MA
    WHEN: Friday, September 10th from 9am to 5pm

    Join us for the 11th Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival!! 
    Friday, September 10th from 9am to 4pm. Chalk artists create: 9am to 4pm
    Prizes awarded: 5pm on the steps of City Hall.
    On display all weekend or as long as Mother Nature allows!

    Florence Night Out

    WHAT: Florence Night Out 
    WHERE: Various locations in the center of Florence, MA 
    WHEN: September 25 4:00-10:00 PM

    Florence Night Out (FNO) returns September 25 with a vibrant mix of live music with local bands, an open-air artisan market, interactive family-friendly fun, independent walking tours of site-specific art installations, and film screenings. We’ll even unveil an artist-designed custom crosswalk. The block party takes place from 4-7pm, a film screening will from 7-8pm, and afterparty will close out the night from 8-10pm

    Florence Night Out (FNO) is a FREE event that celebrates community through creativity in downtown Florence, Massachusetts. Started on September 26, 2013 by local artist Donnabelle Casis, FNO has attracted over 1,000 lovers of art, music, dance, film, performance and local businesses to each event. FNO is an unprecedented event in the history of the hamlet. Florence Night Out returns this fall for an in-person festival. Join us September 25 for the vibrant mix of live music, visual art, and family-friendly fun you love about FNO.

    Wednesday, September 1, 2021

    Northampton Arts Council Seeks Funding Proposals

    Proposals for community-oriented arts are due October 15th.

    The Northampton Arts Council has set a deadline of October 15th deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support arts activities in the community. These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds-- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

    “We’re especially looking forward to supporting programs that promote access, equity, and inclusion in the arts,” says Danielle Amodeo, Chair of the Northampton Arts Council. The Northampton Arts Council strongly encourages BIPOC artists and cultural producers, as well as others who hold historically excluded identities to apply. “We’re eager to support projects that redress historical inequities in our city and are excited to work with first-time applicants of all ages and backgrounds,” says Amodeo.

    This year, the Northampton Arts Council will distribute about $19,600 in grants.

    To apply, for local priorities and complete information on Northampton Arts Council grants including information about previously funded projects, visit

    The Northampton Arts Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

    Monday, August 30, 2021

    Reminder to Apply to First Night Northampton 2022

    WHAT: Reminder - Apply to Perform at First Night Northampton 2022 
    WHEN: Application Period closes August 31st, 2021. Event on Friday December 31, 2021
    WHERE: Apply Online. Event takes place in downtown Northampton, MA. Noon-Midnight. 

    This is the final opportunity to complete the performer application for First Night Northampton 2022. Applications close at Midnight on August 31, 2021, so be sure to apply now if you would like to join our New Year’s Eve festivities.

    On Friday December 31, 2021 the Northampton Arts Council will present the 37th annual community New Year’s Eve celebration and festival of performing arts. Since 1985, First Night Northampton has filled our Paradise City with a 12-hour family-friendly festival of the arts, culminating in a traditional ball-raising from the roof of the Hotel Northampton. Proceeds from First Night Northampton will benefit local artists and community arts activities. 

    We have already received many proposals and look forward to creating a diverse, exciting, family-friendly event. Complete and submit the application no later than August 31, 2021. Please submit separate applications for each proposal. Proposals without support materials will not be reviewed. If you have already applied, please disregard this general reminder to all. We will be notifying applicants at the end of September. To apply to perform at First Night Northampton please complete the online application which can be found here:

    Check out our virtual celebration of First Night Northampton 2021:

    Contact: Steve Sanderson, Events Producer, 413-587-1247,
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