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, December 8, 2021

    2022 Senior and Veteran Tax Work-Off Program Applications Available

    2022 Senior and Veteran Tax Work-Off Program Applications Available

    NORTHAMPTON - The Northampton Senior and Veteran Tax Work-Off Program is accepting applications for the next program year. The program allows income-eligible seniors and veterans to earn up to a $1,500 abatement off their property taxes in exchange for volunteering in city departments and entities. Due to COVID-19, the city had to make adjustments to the program. In 2020, the city offered full abatements to all eligible applicants enrolled in the program. In 2021, the program was put on hold. Since the program’s inception in 2014, the city has provided a total of $200,071 in property tax relief to 197 eligible seniors and veterans and benefited from a total of 15,143 hours of volunteer service.

    The Senior Tax Work-Off Program is open to seniors age 60 and older, who own property in and pay real estate taxes to the City of Northampton. Income limits for the 2022 program follow the Massachusetts Median Income levels. The Veteran Tax Work-Off Program is open to veterans, (as defined by MGL Ch. 4 §7 clause 43), regardless of income limits, who own property in and pay real estate taxes to the City of Northampton. Participants in either program must complete 105.26 hours of service in the program year to receive the full $1,500 tax credit. The program is set to run from January 1, 2022, to October 31, 2022.

    Interested seniors and veterans can complete an application online or pick one up in person at the Assessor’s Office, City Hall, 210 Main Street; the Senior Center, 67 Conz Street; or the Veterans Services Office, Memorial Hall, 240 Main Street. Applications for this program year will be accepted on a rolling basis, or until all spaces have been filled. However, applications filed by December 17, 2021, will receive priority.

    More information on the program can be found by visiting or by contacting the Senior Center at (413) 587-1228 or Veterans Services at (413) 587-1299.

    Saturday, December 4, 2021

    Michelle Brooks-Thompson Live in Concert

    Michelle Brooks-Thompson Live in Concert

    Michelle will perform a 90-minute uninterrupted set, featuring the music of the best musical divas, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Etta James, Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Holiday, and Gladys Knight. Performance is subject to change.

    When: Sunday, February 13 – 2:00 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30 PM

    Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060

    How Much: $20 General Admission - All ages; Prices do not include Academy of Music box office, house, or ticket vending fees.

    Tickets: Academy of Music Theatre;

    RSVP: on Facebook

    • Michelle Brooks-Thompson
    • National Award-winning Recording Artist
    • Former NBC’s the Voice Finalist & 2017 Amateur Night at the Apollo Winner
    • Renowned National Anthem singer, Musician, Actress, Motivational Speaker & AuthorFor more info visit

    Friday, November 19, 2021

    Silver Chord Bowl 2022


    Silver Chord Bowl 2022

    The Silver Chord Bowl, in its 38th year, is the oldest and most respected collegiate a cappella showcase in the region. The Academy of Music Theatre in Downtown Northampton will host this year’s event. It begins with a performance by Northampton High School’s very own Northamptones, followed by performances by 6 groups from colleges and universities around the Northeast.

    When: Sunday, February 6 – 2:00PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30 PM

    Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060

    How Much: 
    Advance Prices: Premium Assigned Seating All Ages - $35 General Admission All Ages - $15; 

    Day of at Door Prices: Premium Assigned Seating All Ages - $40 General Admission All Ages - $20. 

    Prices do not include Academy of Music box office, house, or ticket vending fees.

    Ticket Outlet: The Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060;

    RSVP: on Facebook

    Sponsored by Smith College

    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    11th Annual Northampton Ice Art: Call for Artists

    WHAT: 11th Annual Northampton Ice Art Festival: Call for Artists 
    WHERE: Downtown Northampton. Application PDF
    WHEN: Apply by Friday, December 17, 2021. Event on Friday, February 11, 2022 

    The Downtown Northampton Association invites artists to carve ice sculptures or create other ice-related works of art for Northampton’s 11th Annual Ice Art Festival.


    Organized by the Downtown Northampton Association, the 11th Annual Northampton Ice Art Festival takes place on Friday, February 11, 2022. Artists are asked to create an ice sculpture as part of the Festival, which will culminate in the public display of the final sculptures during Arts Night Out from 5-8pm on Friday, February 11. Carving will take place throughout the day on Friday, February 11 and finished sculptures will be on display throughout the weekend and as long as weather permits.

    All participating artists will be paid a $200 stipend for their work, with checks handed out in person on the day of the Festival.


    ● Artists must submit an Ice Art Festival Application, with a design sketch and a short bio to the DNA by Friday, December 17, 2021.

    ● Selections will be made by the Downtown Northampton Association. ● Submissions will be considered under rolling admission.

    ● Artists will be notified if their designs are selected no later than December 31, 2021; additional Festival information (site location, parking information, lunch details) will follow in January.

    Design Guidelines

    ● Artists will be provided with up to 3 blocks of ice. Each block measures approximately 40” x 20” x 10”. Blocks can be set up in two different orientations, selected by the artist. ● Design must be appropriate for public space.

    ● Ice Blocks will sit on an illuminated pedestal base approximately 30” x 40” x 12” tall. Bases will be provided by the Downtown Northampton Association, for use during the festival. There are a limited number of illuminated bases; in the event we have more artists than we have bases, some artists may be asked if they would be willing to carve without an illuminated base. Bases will be provided in the order accepted design applications are received.

    Ice Art Festival Application PDF Download

    Questions? Contact Amy at the Downtown Northampton Association at (413) 387-5145 or 

    Submit all required materials to: 

    Downtown Northampton Association or 
    99 Pleasant Street. Northampton, MA 01060

    Tuesday, November 9, 2021

    First Night Northampton 2022

    Northampton Arts Council Welcomes Back The Artistic Heartbeat of Live Performance To Downtown for 37th First Night Northampton 

    On December 31st, the Northampton Arts Council joins corporate partners, area businesses, performing artists, and downtown venues to celebrate New Year’s Eve. On First Night, thousands of people enjoy family-friendly entertainment from noon until midnight in what has become our city’s longest-running signature event.

    First Night’s 37th year marks the return of large audiences gathering for vibrant community tradition. Like previous years, First Night offers afternoon and evening programming that includes family entertainment and the best of local music and arts. Spectacular fireworks displays from the roof of the city’s parking garage return at 6:15pm. At 30 minutes before midnight, the event culminates with a gathering at the Hotel Northampton to greet the official arrival of a new year with a unique countdown and “ball-raising” accompanied by DJ Bongohead and the Peace & Rhythm Crew.

    This year, NRBQ headlines First Night Northampton at the Academy of Music Theatre. You can look forward to family-friendly acts like Yo-Yo Guy, Tom Knight Puppets, Henry the Juggler, Ed Popielarczyk Comedy Magic, Mad Science of Western New England, The Nields, and Funktionlust throughout the day. First Night’s list of confirmed musicians includes Katherine First & Kitchen Party, Myles Jeh, Lisa Bastoni, Soul Magnets, Mark Nomad, Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry, Fancy Trash, and the Fawns. The full line up is coming soon.

    A First Night pin is a ticket that opens the doors to all the performances at the many venues and local businesses taking part in our festivities. First Night is embedded in our community as a way to come together with friends, neighbors, and visitors at this substance-free celebration!

    The Northampton Arts Council produces First Night 2022. The event is a vital source of revenue that will enable the council to offer more innovative arts programming, larger artist grants, and educational outreach initiatives. The funds raised have special significance as we continue to face the challenges of transitioning into a new phase of arts and community in downtown Northampton.

    First Night would not be possible without its most important partner—the city of Northampton. The offices of the Mayor, Central Services, police, fire, public works, and licensing departments are instrumental to its success. The Northampton Arts Council also depends upon the generosity of performance venues throughout the town and pin vendor locations throughout the Valley. Most importantly, the council relies on an incredible number of volunteers who make complex logistical operations run smoothly.

    This year, The Northampton Arts Council has thoughtfully considered the safety and care of all in attendance. Read about First Night 2022’s Health and Safety Guidelines here:

    For more information about First Night Northampton including how to purchase pins, how to sponsor First Night, and health and safety guidelines please visit

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    Friday, November 5, 2021

    Call to Artists: Winter Makers Market at 33 Hawley

    WHAT: Winter Makers Market / Craft Fair - Call to Artists
    WHEN: Sunday, December 12th 10am-5pm
    WHERE: 33 Hawley St Northampton, MA

    Local Artists peddling pottery, textiles, prints & more. 

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