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.

    Thursday, September 29, 2022

    2022 Northampton Jazz Festival

    WHAT: 2022 Northampton Jazz Festival
    WHERE: Downtown Northampton, MA
    WHEN: Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1

    The 2022 Northampton Jazz Festival returns on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1.

    Friday, September 30
    FREE LIVE JAZZ 4:30 to 10:30 PM at breweries, bars and restaurants throughout downtown!

    4:30 – 5:15 pm PVPA Jazz Combo at Pulaski Park
    5:30 – 6:00 pm SciTech Band at Pulaski Park
    6:00 – 8:00 pm Joe La Creta Trio at the Northampton Brewery
    6:30 – 8:30 pm Julian Gerstin Trio Mambo at the Dirty Truth
    7:00 – 9:00 pm Avery Joi Quartet at Spoleto
    7:30 – 9:30 pm Libro Azul at Progression Brewing Co.
    8:00 – 10:00 pm Cory Hutchins Tap Percussionist Quartet at The Deck
    8:30 – 10:30 pm Zack Bartolomei Quartet at Wurst Haus

    ​Saturday, October 1
    Headliner: The Ron Carter Quartet
    with Renee Rosnes on piano, Jimmy Greene on saxophone, and Payton Crossley on drums
    Academy of Music, 7:30 PM

    FREE LIVE JAZZ ALL OVER TOWN 11:15 am 'til 6:30 pm
    Expandable Brass Band kicks off the fest at 11:15 with a march around town and in Pulaski Park. Join them!
    The Royal Bopsters quartet sings with trio at the Unitarian Society at 12 noon
    The UMass Jazz Ensemble plays at Pulaski Park at 1:30
    Freddie Bryant Brazilian Trio at the Parlor Room at 2:30 and again at 4:00
    The Hot Club of New York Matt "Fat Cat" Rivera spins rare 78rpm records starting at 2:30 in Pulaski Park
    Ashley Pezzotti sings with her trio at the Unitarian Society at 3:00
    Eh La Bas featuring Bria Skonberg, The Arntzen Brothers, Jennifer Hodge and Andrew Millar at Pulaski Park at 5:00 to close out the day!

    Thursday, September 22, 2022

    SCDT's Artist Talk: Women in Hip Hop with Shakia The Key in conversation with Tatiana Desardouin/Passion Fruit Dance

    WHAT: SCDT's Artist Talk: Women in Hip Hop with Shakia The Key in conversation with Tatiana Desardouin/Passion Fruit Dance
    WHEN: Saturday September 24 at 7:30 PM
    WHERE: A.P.E.'s Workroom Theater, 33 Hawley Street

    Passion Fruit Dance Company is a Street, Club dance and educational company founded in 2016, composed of Tatiana Desardouin (Haitian & Swiss, founder, artistic director, choreographer), Lauriane Ogay (Swiss) and Mai Lê Hô (French-Vietnamese). Its mission is to promote the authenticity of street dance and clubbing styles, Hip Hop and house cultures and their black heritage, as well as its contribution to society, by exploring different social problems through their dance pieces and artistic practices. They performed the piece “Dance Within Your Dance” in places such as at The Apollo Theater, Summerstage, Harlem Stage, Jacob’s pillow, the New Victory Theater, BAAD!, LOHH, Joe’s Pub, 92Y, Musikfest and abroad (in Canada at the M.A.I (MTL) and in Switzerland at the “Outside” festival (Neuchatel). They performed the piece “Trapped” at the Bridge Street Theater, Lincoln Center, and the Guggenheim. Passion Fruit Dance Company was recently featured in The New Yorker magazine (April 2021). Tatiana Desardouin was selected as one of Dance Magazine’s 2020 “25 to Watch.”, features in Harper’s Bazaar (2021) and is one of the winners of the Vilcek Foundation Prize for Creative Promise in Dance (2022).

    Silver Chord Bowl 2023 Collegiate A capella Showcase

    On Sunday, March 12, the Northampton Arts Council welcomes you back to The Silver Chord Bowl. In its 39th year, the Silver Chord Bowl is the oldest and most respected collegiate a cappella showcase in the region. The Silver Chord Bowl has worked to highlight the unique styling of a cappella and has been a staple of the Four Sundays series for years. The Academy of Music Theatre in Downtown Northampton will host this year’s event for the second year. Northampton High School’s Northamptones open the show followed by to-be-determined collegiate a capella groups. These a capella groups bring their A-Game to showcase new musical talent at the collegiate level every year. 

    Show Date/Time:

    Sunday, March 12, 2023, at 2:00 pm; Doors at 1:30 pm

    Ticket Prices:

    $15.00 - $35.00 (+ Fees)

    Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:

    Purchase online by clicking here, or you may visit or call the Academy of Music Theatre box office, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060, at 413-584-9032 ext.105. Box Office Hours are 3pm - 6pm, Tuesday - Friday. Service fees always apply with purchases.

    The Academy will hold all shows at total capacity and require no additional COVID precautions or requirements.
    Click here to read our health and safety policy. Tickets can be purchased in person or over the phone Tuesday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm. Tickets can also be purchased online anytime for no additional cost/fee. If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact the box office at or (413) 584-9032 X105. 

    This event is participating in the Card to Culture Program! They will offer 10 seats at a discounted price of $10 to patrons with a valid EBT, WIC, or ConnectorCare card. Please visit or call the box office Tuesday through Friday between 3:00pm and 6:00pm to purchase these tickets. Limit 4 tickets per cardholder per show. Tickets are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis. 
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    Design by James Hindle

    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    MICA: Mothers Institute for Collaboration and Art

    MICA: Mothers Institute for Collaboration and Art is a new organization that spotlights and supports the work of artistic mothers. We're hosting an inaugural arts festival from October 28-30, 2022, at Northampton Center for the Arts and currently accepting applications for live performances. Mothers who are comics, dancers, musicians, and performers are invited to showcase their work. We are offering $100 stipends for each solo performer, up to $500 per group.

    We are particularly interested in showcasing the diversity of experiences among artistic mothers. We would love to include more mothers who identify as BIPOC or hold historically excluded identities in our program. If you'd like to apply, please visit our artist event page or email Lyza at with any questions.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    Thursday, September 15, 2022

    Exchange: Sunday September 18th

    A dance event presented by the Northampton Arts Council in collaboration with SCDT and A.P.E. 

    When: Sunday September 18, 7:00 PM Showtime, Doors open at 6:30 PM

    Where: A.P.E.’s Workroom Theater, 33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA 01060

    How Much: $10 

    Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets 

    RSVP: on Facebook

    Live stream it here

    Six artists share movement-based performance works engaging questions of “exchange”: cultural, environmental, physical, and imaginative. Featuring performances from Lauren Horn (Hartford, CT), Rebecca Pappas (Hartford, CT), Tyler Rai (Northampton), Tori Lawrence (Chesterfield), Ellie Goudie-Averil (Chesterfield), and Sakina Ibrahim (Springfield/LA). 

    The Northampton Arts Council highlights dance in collaboration with SCDT and A.P.E. The Arts Council expands their offerings to the public, tapping into the wealth of contemporary dance in our community. EXCHANGE is a special collaboration that highlights the work of six local and regional dance artists who work with spoken word, videography and community engagement. All profits from EXCHANGE will benefit the Northampton Arts Council's spring ArtsEZ Grant round. 

    Wednesday, September 14, 2022

    Arts Council Meeting 9.13.22


    Florence Night Out

    WHAT: Florence Night Out
    WHEN: September 24th from 4:00-7:00pm
    WHERE: Main Street Florence, MA. 

    Florence Night Out (FNO) returns this fall, on September 24th from 4:00-7:00pm, with an after-party at Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity from 7:00 - 9:00pm. Join us for a night of art, live music, dance performances, interactive family-friendly fun, an open-air artisan market, film screenings, and more!

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