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.

    Tuesday, May 17, 2022

    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:

    Monday, May 2, 2022

    Northampton Public Arts Festival

    The fourth annual Northampton Public Arts Festival will be held Sunday, May 8th with invited artists Kim Carlino, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, and Grace Lang from Super-Stories.

    Kim Carlino will be painting cement barriers on Strong Avenue that provides space for outdoor dining and events in the streets of the City. Kim will beautify the cement blocks with unique pattern designs. Kim will also be retouching her Cracker Barrell Alley pavement mural during the festival. Super-Stories, an arts education-focused organization, will be running a community public art workshop in EJ Gare Garage Plaza, right behind Thornes Marketplace. This “Super Messages” workshop will work with the community to paint positive messages in spray paint on some pre-built wooden walls that will become part of the Northampton landscape.

    It is the fourth year for this unique event, which aims to promote public art through live mural painting and collaboration. The festival will bring local and nationally recognized artists together to create beautiful public art for the city of Northampton and the Pioneer Valley.

    This project is made possible with support from the City of Northampton, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Northampton Arts Inc., and the Downtown Northampton Association.

    Power of Truths Arts and Education Festival

    WHAT: Power of Truths, Arts and Education Festival
    WHERE: Bombyx Center for Arts & Equity, 130 Pine Street Florence, MA 01062
    WHEN: June 10-11, 2022
    TICKETS: Link Here

    Self-Evident Education's Michael Lawrence-Riddell and Dr. Ousmane Power-Greene, in conjunction with the Northampton Arts Council, present an arts and education festival in Florence, MA for all members of the "teaching public", defined broadly as anyone who is interested in helping others to learn. The event is the first in an ongoing series of experiential, educational, and artistic conferences to push our public use of education to create a just future. The 1st Annual Power of Truths will feature multiple keynote speakers, sessions throughout the day, music and cultural events, dinner in addition to other curated food experiences, and more.

    The guiding principle for this inaugural festival is examining ways to use art or education to push conversations about multiple truths and how the powers of those truths can help us build a better, more liberated future—a world on the other side of racial inequity. Sessions will be geared toward multiple segments of the teaching and learning public.

    This will be the first in a series of many phenomenal events. Please consider joining our community in this critical work to understand and eradicate systemic racism.

    Participants pre-registered before April 15, 2022 will:
    - be entered in a raffle to win free registration for the conference
    - receive a discounted registration
    - have early access to session registration

    Speakers will include:

    Bayeté Ross Smith
    Michael Lawrence-Riddell
    Jemelleh Coes
    Sophia Sarigianides
    Ibrahim Ali
    Ousmane Power-Greene

    Session topics will include:

    - Visual literacy and storytelling through art & media to engage policymakers, lawyers, judges, and civic leaders.
    - “Poetry for the People” Role of poetry in recent social movements
    - Art and Activism
    - The Role of Sports in the contemporary social movements
    - Black Lives Matter as a Global Movement
    - Youth movements from Black Power to Black Lives Matter
    - How to build a coalition to fight racism: Lessons from the Frontlines
    - Structures or systems? Rethinking how we approach dismantling racial oppression
    - Social Media activism tool kit
    - Accurate and Honest History for All (AHHA): The Power of Stories to Change the World
    - Centering Social Justice in Education, Curriculum, and Instructional Design
    - Interrogating Whiteness Through Literature
    - Black Landownership and Agriculture
    - Teaching of Hard History: From Slavery to Lynching to police violence and racially motivated shootings
    - The History of Abolitionism in Florence
    - How to respond to Contemporary White Supremacist recruitment campaigns
    - The Music is the message: Hip-Hop Education in the Classroom
    - Critical Race Theory and Other Moral Panics

    Thursday, April 28, 2022

    The J Scott Brandon Grant Fund Benefit Concert (The Bow Bow Bash)

    The J Scott Brandon Grant Fund Benefit Concert (The Bow Bow Bash)

    A benefit concert for the Northampton Arts Council's J Scott Brandon Fund featuring a mix of NHS student musicians and ensembles along with local bands and performers. Join us in the Workroom Theater @ 33 Hawley for a night of music, celebration and fundraising for a great cause. NHS acts include Mosquinha, Misconception, DJ Paddy Wentworth, NHS Jazz and Rock Improvisation Workshop & more. Local acts include Pollimoe, Carinae, The Sun Parade and Stunt/Stars, featuring Friends and Bandmates of J. Scott Brandon.

    The J. Scott Brandon Grant Fund was created to provide students at Northampton High School with financial assistance for music lessons and supplies for their instrument throughout their high school career. Weekly lessons are provided by a musician at a local music school (Downtown Sounds or Northampton Community Music School - student’s choice). Ninth and tenth grade Northampton High School students in need of financial support are eligible for scholarship funds to receive music lessons. Students are nominated for the grant by Paul Kinsman, Claire Williams, and one board member of the Northampton Arts Councils’ Schools sub-committee. The Arts Council is pleased to support the opportunity for students, regardless of their financial resources, to be a part of an inclusive community of musicians.

    When: Friday, April 29th – 6:00 PM

    Where: 33 Hawley Workroom Theater, 33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA 01060

    How Much: FREE, Suggested Donation to the J Scott Bandon Fund

    Live Stream: YouTube

    Wednesday, April 27, 2022

    Revelry at 33

    WHAT: Revelry at 33
    WHERE: 33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA. 
    WHEN: Saturday April 30. Doors Open: 7:30PM. Music at 8:00PM. After Party 10:30PM-12:30AM

    TICKETS: $45 In Advance/$50 at the Door, After Party Included 
    After Party Only: $15 In Advance/$20 at the Door

    The Northampton Center for the Arts (NCFA), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides affordable space for artists, performers, and educators, and offers programming dedicated to arts education, multidisciplinary collaborations, and community connections, has been serving Northampton and the Connecticut River Valley almost 40 years! To ensure we can keep that track record going, we are planning a fundraising event for the evening of Saturday, April 30 called Revelry at 33, so named because it’s happening in the beautiful Flex Space at 33 Hawley, the arts center we are proud to call home. Revelry at 33 is going to be a festive affair with live music from Happy Feet Time with Samirah Evans and an afterparty DJ’d by REC 1NE. Join us for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, a silent auction, a chance to meet some of the talented artists who work with the Center, and of course, dancing! Please join us to eat, drink, and be merry in celebration of our local arts scene. We plan to make this an annual event, something for our community to look forward to each spring!

    Revelry at 33 will be in a large indoor space with excellent air filtration. Masks are recommended but not mandatory.

    Sponsored by D.A. Sullivan & Sons, PeoplesBank, West Branch Capital, Valley Home Improvement, Thomas Douglas Architects, Ruthie Oland Real Estate, Downtown Sounds, Finck & Perras Insurance, Ginny Mayer and Mark Gaudet, Northampton Area Pediatrics, Smith College, Susan Weiss CPA, Whalen Insurance, Wohl Family Dentistry and 93.9 The River. Thank you to all of our sponsors!

    Rescheduled - Exchange: Dances from the Heart to Sunday September 18th

    The Northampton Arts Council, SCDT, and APE@33Hawley have rescheduled Exchange: Dances from the Heart to Sunday, September 18th.

    Exchange will feature performances from Lauren Horn, Tyler Rai, Rebecca Pappas, Tori Lawerence/Ellie Goudie- Avrill and Angelica Polk. The artists will share current works in response to the fluctuations and challenges in our present worlds, including dance, theater, and performance art.

    If you purchased a ticket, we will honor the ticket on the rescheduled date.

    Please visit for more information.

    When: Sunday, September 18th, 4:00 PM Showtime, Doors open at 3:30PM

    Where: 33 Hawley Workroom Theater, 33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA 01060

    How Much: $10 does not include fees

    Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

    RSVP: on Facebook

    Wednesday, April 6, 2022

    Silver Chord Bowl 2022


    Designed by James Hindle

    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 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. These a capella groups bring their A-Game to showcase new musical talent at the collegiate level every year.  Northampton High School’s Northamptones open the show followed by Berklee On The Vox, Tufts sQ!, Amherst College Zumbyes, MIT Ohms, UMass Dynamics, and Smith College Notables. This year the Silver Chord Bowl is hosted by Northampton Mayor Gina-Louise Sciarra and Smith College Professor of Music Steve Waksman, Ph.D.

    When: Rescheduled to Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 2:00 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

    Headline Sponsor - Smith College

    Media Sponsors - Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton Open Media, The Republican, and WRSI The River 93.9/WHMP/Hits 94.3 (Northampton Radio Group)

    Organization Sponsors - City of Northampton, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Northampton Arts Inc., Academy of Music Theatre

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