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.

    Friday, June 24, 2022

    The Towns of Berkshire County: an exhibition by the Springfield Photographic Society at Hosmer Gallery

    WHAT: The Towns of Berkshire County: an exhibition by the Springfield Photographic Society
    WHEN: July 2-29, 2022
    WHERE: Hosmer Gallery at Forbes Library 20 West Street, Northampton

    The Towns of Berkshire County is a photographic exhibit featuring one picture from each of the 32 towns in Berkshire County. The images have been provided by 27 members of the Springfield Photographic Society, capturing the uniqueness of the communities, and illustrating their history, culture, public spaces, and natural beauty. Each photographer chose one perspective that they felt was important to understanding their town.

    One of the strengths of the exhibit is the large number of contributing photographers - providing a wider range of perspective than what could have been achieved with one or two contributors. In some photos, you will find an icon of that town. In others, there are surprises. Those photographers with a passion for nature found the natural beauty in their assignment. Other photographers wanted to feature historical sites or local businesses.

    Our participants have had fun assembling this exhibit, in many cases going to towns they knew little about and talking to the locals about the town and its photo opportunities. We hope that you have fun as well, as you explore The Towns of Berkshire County.

    Springfield Photographic Society

    Springfield Photographic Society is a photo club made up of people from the photographic novice to the professional, who share one thing in common - a love of photography. The club's activities include monthly exhibitions, field trips, presentations by expert photographers and educational seminars. We love to have a good time and share what we know in order to help each other improve our photography skills.

    SPS is a member club of the New England Camera Club Council (NECCC) and is also affiliated with the Photographic Society of America (PSA), an international organization which has worldwide affiliates. Please consider joining our club and attending our meetings. We'd love to meet you!

    For more information, go to our website at or check us out on Facebook

    Featured Towns and Photographers

    TownPhotographer TownPhotographer
    AdamsJohn Grimaldi New AshfordMegan Weiss
    AlfordNick DeCondio New MarlboroughLarry Sanchez
    BecketGwen McNierney North AdamsKathy Lawrence
    CheshireBill Turney OtisJudy Bolio
    ClarksburgMadeline Duval PeruMarie Meder
    DaltonDarlene Anderson PittsfieldRosemary Polletta
    EgremontKaren Lemoine RichmondMarty Espinola
    FloridaWalt Lawrence SandisfieldJim Gillen
    Great BarringtonTom Stratton SavoyEileen Doherty
    HancockJoyce Doty SheffieldEileen Donelan
    HinsdaleDan Meder StockbridgeKevin Fay
    LanesboroughDee Nacewicz TyringhamRichard Harper
    LeeTim Donelan WashingtonLarry Sanchez
    LenoxKevin Fay West StockbridgeDarlene Anderson
    MontereyKaren Geaghan WilliamstownDenis Duquette
    Mt. WashingtonKevin Fay WindsorJohn Grimaldi


    Thursday, June 23, 2022

    Northampton Summer Park Series presents Salsa in the Park

    Enjoy Salsa music in Pulaski Park this summer! The Northampton Arts Council presents its seventh year of music in the park. We are offering five Salsa events on Tuesday evenings in July and August. Shows start at 6:00 pm and go until 8:30 pm.

    Tuesday, July 12 @ 6:00 pm Salsa in the Park featuring Dj Bongohead of Peace & Rhythm

    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.

    Some important information: Please bring sunblock, drinking water, and a blanket to sit on. No pop-up tents or metal-legged chairs on the grass turf at Pulaski Park. For questions, please contact or call 413-587-1069.

    We couldn't present these shows without our sponsors:

    Headline Gold Sponsor: City of Northampton

    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

    Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    The Ko Festival of Performance: 31st Season “Stepping Up / Stepping Back” July 18–31

    July 18–31 on the Hampshire College Campus in Amherst, MA

    The Ko Festival of Performances’ 31st—and final—season will include two productions curated around the theme of “Stepping Up / Stepping Back,” plus a Story Slam and the return of a favorite Personal Narrative workshop. This season’s events will take place on the Hampshire College campus, with indoor events in the air-conditioned Mainstage Theatre in Emily Dickinson Hall, and an outdoor event that will begin with a guided walk from Emily Dickinson Hall to an outdoor performance site at the Hampshire College Farm Center.

    Ko Festival performances are all original, devised pieces, created by distinguished professional solo and ensemble theatre artists from across the U.S. Each year, the performances at Ko are curated around a theme designed to speak to area audiences. Lively post-performance discussions, often with guest experts, follow each of the performances.

    KoFest Artistic Director Sabrina Hamilton says, “It has been an extraordinary 31-year run. I feel so proud of all we have achieved—the works presented, the hundreds of artists whose creations, careers and development processes we've supported, the training opportunities, the themes we've engaged, and all the meaningful conversations arising out of the work. So many of the Festival’s interns have gone on to extraordinary careers—their ranks include Jamilla Deria, Executive Director of the Fine Arts Center at UMASS, and Cheyenne Cohn-Postell, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Mass Cultural Council.”

    Hamilton continues, “the reasons for ending the Festival are myriad. The murder of George Floyd and the vital conversations it engendered in the national theatre community were a catalyst for the decision to ‘step up by stepping down.’ As our opening production puts it, it's time to ‘make room for someone else.’ During the height of Covid, when the ability to present was so curtailed, I found new joy in turning my focus to training and supporting others as they developed into self-presenting artists. Ko isn't closing. Ever-nimble, we are transforming and seeking new ways to serve both the art form and the community that we hold dear.”

    Tuesday, June 21, 2022

    Hosmer Gallery seeks artist applications for 2023

    Hosmer Gallery seeks artist applications for 2023

    Forbes Library is thrilled to invite exhibit proposals for the Hosmer Gallery for the first time since 2019!
    We’ll be planning exhibits for December 2022 through December 2023.

    Applications open: June 10, 2022
    Applications close: July 16, 2022, 6 PM
    The schedule will be finalized in September.

    The Hosmer Art Gallery, which opened in 2002, is designed to provide opportunities for local artists to show their work to the public. Exhibits include a wide range of media and content reflecting the diversity of the greater Northampton community. The Hosmer Gallery has versatile display panels, cases and pedestals to accommodate a variety of two- and three-dimensional art formats.

    We offer an inclusive space that builds community and belonging. Artists living and working in western Massachusetts (Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin and Berkshire counties) are eligible to apply. First-time exhibitors, individuals and groups are welcome. We value diversity and inclusivity in our gallery exhibitions. This year an Advisory Committee will work with the Head of Arts & Music to review the applications and curate the series. Criteria for review include technical and artistic quality, a coherent theme, and contribution to an interesting and varied program for the year.

    The online Application and information for prospective exhibitors can be found at

    National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Subrecipient of Grant Funds

     The Northampton Arts Council Inc. really appreciates the supplemental economic recovery grant we received from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA.)

    Thursday, June 16, 2022

    Masonic Street Live

    Masonic Street Live!

    This summer, enjoy live performances in the Masonic Street parking lot in downtown Northampton from June 3, 2022, through September 3, 2022.

    The City of Northampton will be presenting local artists on stage in the Masonic Street Parking Lot annex next to Inconica Social Club on Monday, Friday, and Saturday from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

    We invite you to come and enjoy all the amenities of Downtown Northampton and catch a free show!

    On Monday nights, throughout the summer, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, there will be Salsa dancing lessons for beginners featuring Dj Roger Jr. and McCoy Jamison.

    These performances are for the Masonic Street Live outdoor dining initiative to create more outdoor spaces and help downtown small businesses recover from COVID-19.

    Performance Schedule - Starts at 6:00 pm, ends at 8:00 pm

    Friday, June 3 - DJ Nightshade

    Saturday, June 4 - Ray Mason

    Monday, June 6 Salsa with Dj Roger Jr. and McCoy Jamison

    Friday, June 10 - Peter Weitzman

    Saturday, June 11 - Mackie Gene Spear x Donny Darkpop

    Monday, June 13 Salsa with Dj Roger Jr. and McCoy Jamison

    Friday, June 17 - Eleanor Levine

    Saturday, June 18 - Burrie Jenkins

    Monday, June 20 Salsa with Dj Roger Jr. and McCoy Jamison

    Friday, June 24 - Eddie Saturn

    Saturday, June 25 - Adelaide Fay

    Monday, June 27 Salsa with Dj Roger Jr. and McCoy Jamison

    Friday, July 1 - YEW.STAR

    Saturday, July 2 - Lexi Weege

    Monday, July 4 Salsa with Dj Roger Jr. and McCoy Jamison

    Friday, July 8 - Emma Ayres

    Saturday, July 9 - James Bird

    Monday, July 11 Salsa with Dj Roger Jr. and McCoy Jamison

    Friday, July 15 - TBA

    Saturday, July 16 - Helen Hummel

    Monday, July 18 Salsa with Dj Roger Jr. and McCoy Jamison

    Friday, July 22 - CookShort

    Saturday, July 23 - Matthew Thornton

    Monday, July 25 Salsa with Dj Roger Jr. and McCoy Jamison

    Friday, July 29 - Henning Ohlenbusch

    Saturday, July 30 - Susan Dillard and David Bartley

    Monday, August 1 Salsa with Dj Roger Jr. and McCoy Jamison

    Friday, August 5 - A2Z Yo-Yo Team

    Saturday, August 6 - Austin James

    Monday, August 8 Salsa with Dj Roger Jr. and McCoy Jamison

    Friday, August 12 - Deep Seize

    Saturday, August 13 - Tony Bernardo

    Monday, August 15 Salsa with Dj Roger Jr. and McCoy Jamison

    Friday, August 19 - Hoonah

    Saturday, August 20 - Ciarra Fragale

    Monday, August 22 Salsa with Dj Roger Jr. and McCoy Jamison

    Friday, August 26 - Tony Silva

    Monday. August 29 Salsa with Dj Roger Jr. and McCoy Jamison

    Saturday, August 27 - TBA

    Friday, September 2 - DJ Both Hands

    Saturday, September 3 - TBA

    Monday, September 5 Salsa with Dj Roger Jr. and McCoy Jamison

    Wednesday, June 15, 2022

    Request for Qualifications - Thornes Marketplace Mural

    Call Summary

    The Arts and Culture Department of Northampton is assembling a pool of artists interested in creating a large-scale, painted decorative mural important to the growth and culture of Northampton, Massachusetts. The mural is anticipated to be executed in October 2022. For the mural, three artists from the pool will be selected by the mural’s community stakeholder group to create design proposals; one of the proposals will be commissioned.

    This is a non-juried pool: the community stakeholder committee convened for the mural will review everyone whose work is in the pool and will select three artists to be compensated to create design proposals for the mural. Artists may submit information to the pool at any time from June 15, 2022, to July 15, 2022. Submitting your information does not guarantee consideration for a commission.

    Artists who have submitted their information will be contacted if a match is made between the artist’s skill and the particulars of the mural. Artists are encouraged to keep their information updated and will be contacted periodically to provide new images and updated experience information.

    Budget Description

    An artist fee of $20,000 for the mural includes compensation for artists’ design work, mural execution, and liability insurance ($1,000,000/$3,000,000 naming the City of Northampton and Thornes Marketplace,) installation, smog armor paint, other paint supplies, travel, lodging, and meals. A boom lift will be provided courtesy of Thornes Marketplace for 4 weeks.

    Project Location and Description

    The location of the decorative mural will be the east exterior wall of Thornes Marketplace located at 150 Main Street, Northampton, MA. Thornes is the long-standing hub of retail and restaurant activity in Northampton and draws significant foot traffic throughout the year. The areas adjacent to the mural’s location include the EJ Gare Plaza (where various events are held including a weekly Farmer’s Market), Northampton’s largest parking garage, and a flat lot serving additional visitors. The area surrounding the mural is frequented by pedestrians and cyclists.

    The wall to be painted measures approximately 49’ wide by 50’ high and includes 16 windows. An architectural plan for the wall is attached as are recent photos. The mural will begin at the awning’s roofline and continue to the top of the building’s parapet. The two existing signs on the wall will be removed prior to the mural’s installation.

    We require the winning artist to use Smog Armor paint and primer products on 50% of the final work. (Smog Armor is lab tested and proven to reduce air pollution by up to 95.1% in 1 hour. Smog Armor Breathe is a non-toxic, zero-VOC, water-based paint, infused with our enhanced mineral, which attracts and neutralizes harmful air pollutants, including VOCs/airborne chemicals as well as carbon dioxide.)

    We require at least two coats of paint applied for the mural to have the longevity of at least five years.

    Artwork Goals

    To create a decorative, large format design that is visually captivating, and will promote goodwill and tourism.

    All styles of art will be considered.

    The design should not be a Northampton-centric one, meaning it should not represent the history of the city and its surroundings in a literal fashion.


    Professional mural artists over 18 and legally able to work onsite in the United States.

    Application Requirements:

    Work examples: 1 - 10.

    Artwork Sample Information Sheet must include the name of the project, date, materials, commissioning organization, and budget.

    Artists are allowed to apply in teams.

    Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.

    Additional Requirements:

    Artist biography OR CV

    Demographic Profile (optional)

    Social media information

    Technical Experience Statement

    2 Professional References

    Selection Information

    Selection Process

    (1) Applicants will be initially screened by the stakeholder team to ensure they have submitted a complete qualifications package, and if anything is missing, the stakeholder team will contact them to provide additional information.

    (2) Three finalists will be compensated $500 each and given time to create design concepts. The stakeholder team will review submitted design concepts and will identify the concept they wish to commission.

    (3) The selected artist will enter into a commissioning agreement with the City of Northampton Department of Arts and Culture and Thornes Marketplace for the mural execution.

    At all times, the selection process will adhere to the Northampton Arts Council’s established diversity, equity, and inclusion principles.

    Selection Criteria

    Although the artist pool itself is not juried, we anticipate that the following criteria will be used by the stakeholder group when identifying artists from the pool as finalists to create design proposals for specific murals:

    Artistic quality: Does the artist have a signature style? What is the reputation of the artist for designs that include innovation, excitement, and “wow”?

    Technical expertise: Does the artist have experience working at the very large scale that will be required? Has the artist successfully used the equipment that will be necessary to create the mural for the particular site?

    Community engagement experience: Does the artist have experience listening to community-based stakeholders and translating their expressed thoughts into a final design?

    Ease of process: Is the artist pleasant to work with? Is there a reasonable expectation that the project will be completed on time and within budget?


    - Release of Request for Qualifications: Jun 15, 2022

    - Deadline to submit artist information: Jul 15, 2022

    - Design competition: August 1, 2022 - August 15, 2022
    - Mural installation: Sep 1, 2022 - September 15, 2022

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