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.

    Monday, January 23, 2023

    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. 
    Find out more at:

    Design by James Hindle


    Come watch a film classic and listen to the soundtrack performed by a live orchestra!

    If you’ve been following the news you have probably seen the astounding footage of the newly discovered wreck of Ernest Shackleton’s ship, Endurance. The ship has been Lying 10,000 feet deep at the bottom of the Weddell Sea in Antarctica, for more than one hundred years. Amazingly, the video shows the ship looking as fresh as the day it sank. This is the perfect time to revisit the original film shot during the expedition and released in 1919. SOUTH was shot and edited by Frank Hurley, the official photographer for the expedition. His film tells the incredible tale of how the ship got stuck in the ice and sank after the boat was crushed by the expanding ice. The crew spent two years living on the ice and ultimately made their way to the nearest land 800 miles away. Incredibly, every member of the expedition survived the experience and Frank Hurley managed to save many of the stills and motion picture films he shot of the harrowing experience. It is these movies and stills that make up the movie, SOUTH. The film has received a new and exquisite 2K restoration from the British Film Institute. The running time is 81 minutes.

    The Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra was founded in 2014 by Ken Winokur to accompany Ken Brown’s 1960’s super 8 films, compiled under the name Psychedelic Cinema. The group has performed in the US with Brown’s film at prestigious venues such as the AFI Silver, ICA Boston, Cornell Cinema, Hamilton College, and many others. The PCO did two tours of the Balkans (Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Montenegro). In addition, the group has scored Alfred Hitchcock’s THE LODGER and a number of short films (both contemporary and classic silents).

    The Members of the Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra are:
    Ken Winokur on drums and clarinet (Alloy Orchestra, Concussion Ensemble, Lookie Lookie).
    Jonathan LaMaster on electric violin and guitar (Cul de Sac, Saturnalia)
    Russ Gershon on saxes, flute, and bass guitar (Either Orchestra, Lookie Lookie

    Show Date/Time:
    Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 7:00 pm
    Doors at 6:30 pm

    Ticket Prices:
    $20.00 ($25.16 after Fees)

    Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
    Purchase online by clicking here, or you may visit or call our box office at 413-584-9032 ext.105.
    Box Office Hours are 3pm - 6pm, Tuesday - Friday. Service fees always apply with purchases.

    Thursday, January 12, 2023

    Northampton Arts Council Announces FY23 Grant Recipients

    Today, Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra and the Northampton Arts Council announced the award of 32 grants totaling $27,094 in support of art projects and programming in Northampton. Funds were allocated to the city by the Massachusetts Cultural Councils' Local Cultural Council (LCC) program. 

    “I am pleased to continue Northampton’s long tradition of support for the arts community,” shared Mayor Sciarra, “I look forward to enjoying, along with our city residents, the outcome of these exciting projects.”

    The Arts Council received 91 applications for $151,422  in requested funding. Grants were awarded in the following categories: Dance, Literature, Media Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts.

    “I wish we could have funded them all,” said Brian Foote, Director of the Northampton Arts Council.  “The caliber of applications this round was extraordinary, which made the process extremely competitive among many worthy projects.” 

    The LCC FY23 Grant Recipients are:





    Translate Gender, Inc.

    co-ACT Transgender Youth Community Theatre



    Northampton Parents Center, Inc.

    Weekly Drop-In Music Classes for Families with Young Children



    Carlino, Kim A.

    The Tiny Art For All Galleries

    Visual Arts


    Marschoun, Florian

    Finding the Words - Community Premiere

    Visual Arts


    The Performance Project, Inc.

    "Mother Tongue" by First Generation



    Pioneer Valley Ballet Guild, Inc.

    Sensory & Family Safe Performance - The Nutcracker



    Self-Evident Education, Inc.

    The Power of Truths Arts & Education Festival



    Polins, Jennifer

    SCDT's EXCHANGE- The Teen Performance Festival



    Wofford, Wade

    URBAN ED - a film about education

    Media Arts


    Valley Arts Mentors

    Valley Arts Mentors: Mentorship Program and Webinar Series



    Central Hampshire Veterans' Services

    A Stone's Throw



    Powers, Trevor

    Northampton Print & Book Fair

    Visual Arts


    Resilient Community Arts

    Queer Voices: Exhibiting at 33 Hawley Street

    Visual Arts


    Grow Food Northampton, Inc.

    Grow Food Northampton Farmers Market Music



    Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity, Inc.

    Collider Fest 2023



    Swift, Joshua

    Creative Dance Classes



    Devi, Kalpana

    Love for Humanity



    Shicoff, Rochelle

    Action: A History of Florence

    Visual Arts


    Arcadia Players, Inc.

    Johann Theile "St. Matthew Passion"



    Cultural Images Group, Inc.

    The LAB



    Available Potential Enterprises, Ltd.

    Making Ground



    Thompson, Lachlan

    *tentative name* The Dreamweavers: Tales of Queer And Trans Survivors Told Through Tarot



    Jackson, Jamila

    Black Women's Leadership Initiative Solidarity Project



    LOCULUS Collective

    LOCULUS Presents The Second Annual SIDEWAYS DOOR: A Festival of Ecstasies & Escape Routes



    Northampton Community Music Center, Inc.

    Intro to Arabic Music



    MacInnes, Rebecca

    "Crankie" Musical Story-Telling



    Harman, Jeremy

    New Directions Cello Festival



    Manzi, Zulfiqar

    The Matumbilas - Animation Series

    Media Arts


    K and E Theater Group

    K and E Theater Group Presents "The View Upstairs" and "Sunday in the Park with George"

    Opera/Musical Theatre


    Baptiste, Maghan

    Chapbook Publishing + Reading



    Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble

    Home is Here album release concert



    Transhealth, Inc.

    Transhealth & The Bloomery Present: QT Valley Meetup



    For more information, contact:, 413-587-1069

    Arts Council Meeting 1.10.23


    Writing Wrongs: In the Shadow of King: MLK JR. and the Legacy of African American Resistance with Ousmane K. Power-Greene

    WHAT: Writing Wrongs: In the Shadow of King: MLK JR. and the Legacy of African American Resistance with Ousmane K. Power-Greene
    WHEN: Monday, 16th January 2023 12:00 PM- 2:00 PM
    WHERE: Edwards Church 297 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

    Monday, January 16, 2023 from 12-2 pm, Self-Evident Education and the Collaborative for Educational Services will partner to present “Writing Wrongs: In the Shadow of the Dream, A Community Discussion” at Edwards Church in Northampton, MA. The event will center on Ousmane Power-Greene’s debut novel, The Confessions of Matthew Strong, which was reviewed in the New York Times and one of four books featured on NPR’s “Books We Love: Fiction Recommendations from 2022”. The two hour experience will begin with small group discussions for people who have read the book and also those who have not. Ousmane will then speak to the audience addressing the ways in which his novel and the ideas it forces its audiences to grapple with connect to the legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the continuation of his work. We will end with a question and answer session. This will be a great opportunity to meet with others who have read the book, share your thoughts and ideas, and then hear from the author and have an opportunity to speak with the author. Now would be a great time to get a copy of this book!

    Thursday, December 22, 2022

    Community Art Making - Help Design a Mural for the E.J Gare Parking Garage


    WHAT: Community Art Making
    WHERE: Northampton Senior Center 67 Conz St Northampton, MA. 
    WHEN: Saturday January 28th 10am-2pm 

    We will design a community-based mural for Northampton's E.J Gare Parking Garage on the plaza where Tuesday Market happens and WE WANT YOUR INPUT! Drop by to make art and have a chat during your visit to the market. See you there!

    All ages and abilities are welcome, and free to participate!

    Free Community Art Making Session at Saturday Farmer’s Market: Help Inspire the Next Mural in Northampton 

    Saturday, January 28th, from 10 am-2 pm 

    Location: Grow Food Northampton Saturday Farmer’s Market, at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA

    This Saturday’s Grow Food Northampton Farmer’s Market is extra special. Join in free visual artmaking for all ages from 10 am-2 pm. This art workshop is an opportunity for community members to share input for a future mural that will be installed on Northampton's E.J. Gare Garage, on the plaza where the Tuesday Market happens. 

    The future mural will be installed this May and include a community paint party on Saturday, May 13th, where the public will be invited to help paint the mural. The lead designer and muralist on the project is Sharon Leshner. Sharon is a community-based public artist and founder of The Color Collaborative, a mural initiative, and local shared artist studio space. Sharon is teaming up with a local street artist named SELF to create the new mural. 

    As an exercise in place-keeping, this project is meant to revitalize the location of the Northampton Farmer’s Market and create opportunities for current farmers, shoppers, and folks who may not otherwise attend the market to feel a sense of ownership and participation in this space. One of the goals of this project is to spread the word about HIP/SNAP to more community members experiencing food insecurity and to create opportunities for them to feel welcome at the market. This goal will be helped through coordination with Community Action and Grow Food Northampton.

    This project is organized and supported by The Color Collaborative, The City of Northampton Paradise City Cultural District, Grow Food Northampton and Community Action Pioneer Valley. 

    Link to the flyers here

    Sharon Leshner

    Tuesday, December 6, 2022

    The ArtSalon Goes to Florence!

    WHAT: The ArtSalon Goes to Florence!
    WHEN: Thursday, December 8th, 2022. Presentations by the featured artists begin at 6:30pm
    WHERE: Bombyx Center for Arts and Equity- 130 Pine St, Northampton, MA 01062

    Artists from the Western Massachusetts Present Their Work: Lisa Iglesias, Angel Abreu, Jessica Scott, Jo Hesse, Kelly Clare

    Bombyx Center for Arts and Equity
    130 Pine St, Northampton, MA 01062
    Presentations by the featured artists begin at 6:30 !
    $5-$10 Suggested Donation to the Art Salon

    Contact: or visit for more information

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