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.

    Wednesday, August 10, 2022

    Naninirahan: Sojourner Time Travelers

    WHAT: Naninirahan: Sojourner Time Travelers
    WHEN: Sat, August 13, 2022 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
    WHERE: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art 600 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103

    Travel in time and discover the journeys of our ancestors and how we can shape our future.

    Under the direction of Olivia Ilano-Davis, Spectrum in Motion Dance Theater Ensemble's Instruments of Culture Program celebrates their 20th annual original children's ballet.

    A special thank you to the Wadsworth Atheneum's Second Saturday Program as our host.

    Call to Artists: Iris Residency presented by The Studios at MASS MoCA in collaboration with the Berkshire Immigrant Center

    The Studios at MASS MoCA in collaboration with the Berkshire Immigrant Center started a new program called Iris Residency for artists (18+) from all disciplines living in Western Massachusetts who are foreign-born or identify as first or second generation Americans. Two artists will be selected for a four-week residency in February 2023 at MASS MoCA Studios. The program is completely free of charge and artists will have access 24/7 to studio space, private room in a shared apartment, and financial support for transportation costs, materials, and food, among other benefits.

    All information about the Iris Residency is in English, Spanish, and Portuguese and can be found here. Applications can be sent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese as well, and if assistance with another language is required, applicants can contact

    Deadline for applications is September 15, 2022

    Monday, August 8, 2022

    To Begin Anew Photography Show in Pulaski Park

    Northampton, MA - On August 13th and 14th, an outdoor photography show will be up in Pulaski Park in Northampton, MA.

    The show, “To Begin Anew”, will feature photographs and stories from five former refugees who have resettled in Western Massachusetts and become American citizens. The New Americans featured are originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and Syria.

    The photography installation is in collaboration with Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts, an organization that provides services for immigrants, refugees, elders, and more, as well as the Amherst Arts Council and the Northampton Arts and Culture Department, both of which provided Seva with the grant funding to carry out and exhibit the project.

    Mei Seva interviewed and photographed the former refugees over the past few months.

    Seva, herself a Hampshire College graduate, moved to the United States when she was six years old from Albania, a Balkan country in Southeast Europe. She explains the purpose of the project as shedding light on the realities of life in developing countries where people’s lives and livelihood are at constant risk from war, famine, government persecution, and lack of financial opportunities.

    “Anti-immigrant rhetoric remains a dominant theme in U.S. politics following Trump’s presidency. That’s why it’s more important than ever to build empathy, community, and awareness of the lives of refugees.

    In Western Massachusetts, Jewish Family Service has been working hard to relocate Afghan refugees. And while Western Mass is known for its more liberal attitudes, it is still a predominantly white part of the country where people lack exposure to diverse cultures and people. I hope this project will help Northampton residents understand the hardships many refugees and immigrants face in their home countries and welcome these communities with open arms.”

    For more info, contact:

    Mei Seva


    Lori Friedman

    Thursday, July 28, 2022

    Performance 32 Nevermind the 90s: A Live Tribute Music Fundraiser

    Performance 32 Nevermind the 90s: A Live Tribute Music Fundraiser

    Celebrate 32 years of bringing our community together to support music and the arts with Performance 32: Nevermind the 90s at Pines Theater, Look Park Florence, MA on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, from 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM. We will celebrate this iconic decade of sound which brought us both the explosion of grunge and the golden era of hip hop.

    Soul Magnets as Ms. Lauryn Hill

    Problems With Dragons as Nirvana

    Bunnies as They Might Be Giants

    Kimaya Diggs as Whitney Houston

    Thee Arcadians as Oasis

    Lisa Bastoni and Cloudbelly as Indigo Girls

    Bombtrack as Rage Against The Machine

    Sun Parade as Elliot Smith

    Free Range Cats as Radiohead

    Spanish For Hitchhiking as Pearl Jam

    Bigger Stars as Jane's Addiction

    The Musical Chairs as Raffi

    The Bombastics as The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

    gundy + MCB as Weezer

    Carinae as Flaming Lips

    Lo Fine as Cracker

    Hidden Skyline as Screaming Trees

    Winterpills as The Sundays

    The Donut Kings as the Lemonheads

    Get your tickets here:

    Tickets are also available in person at State Street Fruit Store in Northampton and Cooper’s Corner in Florence (no fees). Ticket Prices at State Street, Cooper's Corner, AJ Hastings: Adults 13 years and older: $11; Seniors 65 years and older: $9; Children 12 years and younger: $6

    Tickets will also be available at the Pines Theater box office on the day of the show starting at 3:00 PM; Ticket Prices at the Pines Theater Box Office: Adults 13 years and older: $13; Seniors 65 years and older: $11; Children 12 years and younger: $8

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Food will be available from Bueno y Sano, Barts Homemade Ice Cream, Ginger Love Cafe, and other local pizza restaurants including Joe's Cafe, Pizza Factory, Starr Pizza, and Domino’s. Per request of Look Park: No pets, no coolers, and no beverages, please. Look Park charges a $10 special events vehicle entry fee for all vehicles without season passes.

    We couldn't present these shows without our sponsors:

    Headline Gold Sponsor: City of Northampton

    Silver Stage Sponsor: Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

    Bronze Stage Sponsors: Greenfield Savings Bank, Marisa Labozzetta, and Martin Wohl

    Media Sponsors: 93.9 & 101.5 FM The River, Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Republican/MassLive, New England Public Media, Northampton Open Media

    Organizational Sponsors: Massachusetts Cultural Council, Northampton Arts Inc., City of Northampton

    What is Performance Live Tribute Music Fundraiser?
    Each year in August the Northampton Arts Council and the Parent Teacher Organizations of Northampton’s public school system join forces to raise funds for arts enrichment in the schools and our community. THE end-of-the-summer live tribute music fundraiser is held at Pines Theater in Look Park. Local musicians are asked to play cover songs from specific bands that fall under an annual theme determined by the Northampton Arts Council. This is our 32nd year; The first ever iteration was Woodstock: The Performance Peace, where local musicians covered bands and songs that were performed at Woodstock in 1969.

    If you would like to add your support, please visit this page to donate by credit card, PayPal, or check:

    Thursday, July 21, 2022

    Call to Artists: 12th Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival

    WHAT: 12th Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival
    WHEN: Friday, September 9, 2022 from 9am-4pm
    WHERE: Downtown Northampton, MA

    Rules and information:
    In the application form found HERE, please provide a description and a
    sketch or image of your proposed chalk art piece. In addition, please
    supply some examples of relevant work (in any medium).
    There is no fee to participate in the Festival; all accepted artists
    will receive a stipend of $100 per completed chalk drawing.
    Only non-oil based soft chalk/pastels in a solid form may be used.
    Your canvas will be an approximately 5’x5’ section of cement located
    in downtown Northampton, primarily on Main Street. If all of the
    available 5’x5’ sections are assigned, you may be offered a site with
    a different configuration. Specific sites will be assigned at random.
    You may work on your drawing from 8am - 4pm on the day of the
    Festival. Entries will then be reviewed by a panel of judges, and
    three special prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded on the
    steps of City Hall at approximately 5pm.

    Submission deadline: Friday, August 26

    Applications can be emailed to the Downtown Northampton Association at Please reference “Chalk Art” in the subject
    line. You may also submit this application via snail mail to the
    Downtown Northampton Association, 99 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA
    01060. You will be contacted by Monday, August 29 to confirm entry
    into the festival.

    Wednesday, July 20, 2022

    Save the Date: Cultural Sector Recovery Grant Applications Open in August


    Save the Date: Cultural Sector Recovery Grant Applications Open in August

    More information here:

    On December 13, 2021 Governor Baker signed Chapter 102 of the Acts of 2021, An Act Relative to Immediate COVID-19 Recovery Needs into law. This multi-billion-dollar pandemic recovery spending plan invests both federal ARPA and state surplus revenue dollars into key economic sectors to spur activity and growth.

    The Act directs Mass Cultural Council to develop and implement new, one-time grant programs to assist Massachusetts artists and cultural organizations with their pandemic recovery, and funds this initiative with $60.1 million.

    Early in 2022 Mass Cultural Council solicited public comment from cultural sector stakeholders on what sort of pandemic recovery program would have the most impact – and the message received was very clear. Hundreds of individual cultural sector workers, artists, and cultural organization leaders overwhelmingly requested and sought access to unrestricted funds to bolster their economic recovery efforts.

    Between February and May, Mass Cultural Council’s program staff worked collaboratively to develop two new programs which will launch early in Fiscal Year 2023:

    Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Individuals

    Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Organizations

    Draft program guidelines were presented and approved by the Agency’s governing Council on May 23 and are now available for public review.

    Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Individuals are unrestricted $5,000 grants to creatives and gig workers to support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and set a path for growth. Key dates for this program include:

    Application opens: August 15, 2022

    Information sessions: August 23 and October 6, 2022

    Application deadline: November 1, 2022

    Awards finalized; email notifications sent: Late January 2023

    Contracts sent: February 2023

    Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Organizations offers unrestricted grants ranging from $5,000-$75,000 to Massachusetts cultural organizations, collectives, and businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Key dates for this program include:

    Application opens: August 8, 2022

    Information sessions: August 10 or August 11, 2022

    Office hours: Various days

    Application deadline: September 28, 2022

    Awards finalized; email notifications sent: Late January 2023

    Contracts sent: February 2023

    In accordance with the goals articulated in Mass Cultural Council’s Racial Equity Plan to invest resources equitably across the cultural sector, and to ensure these one-time pandemic recovery funds are distributed widely to as many eligible recipients as possible, Agency staff will focus on recruiting potential applicants, answering questions, and providing support during the summer and fall months.

    Mass Cultural Council notes with deep appreciation that $60.1 million is roughly three times larger than the Agency’s annual spending plan. This is a historic amount of state resources that we have been charged with investing into the cultural sector, and we are ready to work with you to spur growth and recovery, together.

    More information here:

    Tuesday, July 12, 2022

    Salsa in the Park #1 is Cancelled

    Salsa in the Park #1 is Cancelled

    Regretfully today’s Salsa in the Park event featuring Dj Bongohead of Peace & Rhythm in Pulaski Park, Northampton, Massachusetts is CANCELLED due to the weather. We look forward to spending this Saturday night with you for Salsa De La Mata Release Party featuring: Jesus Pagan Y Su Orquesta with Peace & Rhythm DJ Crew! 

    Please join us for some upcoming and ongoing events:

    Saturday, July 16 @ 6:00 pm Salsa De La Mata Release Party featuring: Jesus Pagan Y Su Orquesta with Peace & Rhythm DJ Crew

    Tuesday, July 19 @ 6:00 pm Salsa in the Park featuring Dj Bongohead of Peace & Rhythm

    Tuesday, July 26 @ 6:00 pm Salsa in the Park featuring Dj Roger Jr.

    Tuesday, August 2 @ 6:00 pm Salsa in the Park featuring Dj Roger Jr.

    May 3 - October 10 - Summer on Strong

    Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays June 3 - September 3 - Masonic Street Live

    Wednesday, June 29, Wednesday, July 27, Wednesday, August, 24 - Cinema Northampton Strikes Back

    Tuesday, August 23 - Performance 32: Nevermind the '90s

    Sunday, September 18 - EXCHANGE: A Distributed Curation Performance Event


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