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, February 16, 2024

    Pre-register for the "Third Annual Power of Truths Arts & Education Festival"

    Join Us for the Third Annual Power of Truths and Apply for the Self-Evident Teacher Fellowship

    Please join us on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, 2024, to explore and celebrate the powers of arts and education as tools for collective power and racial justice. Engage with thought-provoking and inspiring presenters, performances, talks, panels, and workshops.

    This year's keynote speaker will be Tricia Rose; her new book Metaracism: How Systemic Racism Devastates Black Lives—and How We Break Free delves deeply into how systemic racism in America really works, revealing the vast and often hidden network of interconnected policies, practices, and beliefs that combine to devastate Black lives.

    The full schedule will be available soon, but for now...for a sense of what you will experience, here is a listing of last year's sessions/programming, and here is a link to the flyers for last year's event.

    Saturday night will feature "Know the Ledge: Hiphop History Live, Part ii", a multimedia performance using arts and storytelling to bring the audience on powerful journeys through history; a separate ticket is required for this event.



    NOTE: We will also be hosting an educator fellowship in the days leading up to the Power of Truths. On April 3 and 4, we will work with 15 educators to explore the powers of the Self-Evident library and primary source documents in teaching accurate and honest history. Fellows will then attend the two days of the Power of Truths.


    The past two years Self-Evident Education has organized the Power of Truths Arts & Education Festival in Florence. This year will be the third annual. The gathering is dedicated to the powers of the arts and education as tools for racial and social justice and features inspiring speakers, workshops, keynotes, and performances. This year’s conference will be Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, 2024. Prepare to be immersed in thought-provoking presentations, captivating performances, and interactive workshops. Delve into fresh perspectives, experience profound emotions, and cultivate innovative ideas that will undoubtedly leave you inspired. This is not just an event—it's a transformative experience waiting to unfold.


    Friday, April 5, 2024, 9:30 am-3:30 pm, Day 1

    The day will be filled with exciting, energizing, and inspiring workshops, performances, and presentations. The culminating session on Friday will feature a preview of "Know the Ledge: Hiphop History Live!", which will be the marquee event on Saturday night. (Here's a highlight from last year... Dutch ReBelle as Sojourner Truth).

    Saturday, April 6, 2024, 9:30-5:00 (for the conference), Day 2, part i

    The day will be filled with more exciting, energizing, and inspiring workshops, performances, and presentations. Tricia Rose will deliver the keynote address on Saturday; she will speak about the work she has done to help understand and ultimately dismantle systemic racism. (Here is the "media kit" for her new book)

    Saturday, April 6, 2024, 7:30-9:30 pm, Day 2, part ii

    Self-Evident’s theatrical production, "Know the Ledge: Hiphop History Live!", which will use music, storytelling, and dance to tell some of the powerful stories in the Self-Evident library.

    Visit here for more information:

    Some other highlights:

    - Khalif Neville and Bayeté Ross Smith will present on using Virtual Reality to tell important stories of our past, our present, and our futures. This will be accompanied by a Virtual Reality exhibit of some of their work.

    - The premiere of "Freedom's Battle at Christiana" (click for a short preview), one of the films we are producing for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

    - The Northampton High School wind ensemble will perform a set of music from contemporary and historical Black composers.

    Zea Mays Printmaking Offers Free Memberships to BIPOC Artists

    Zea Mays Printmaking Offers Free Memberships to BIPOC Artists

    FLORENCE, MA – Community printmaking studio Zea Mays Printmaking is expanding its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts with a new subsidized membership program for BIPOC artists. Artists that identify as BIPOC will be able to apply for a free year-long membership to the studio, which also includes 100 hours of access to the studio facilities for independent work. Zea Mays Printmaking plans to offer the BIPOC Artist Membership to two artists in 2024, with hopes that donations from members will make it possible to offer more in the future.

    Zea Mays Printmaking has operated in Florence since 2000, when its founder, artist Liz Chalfin, opened the studio with the goal of researching, developing and teaching less toxic and more sustainable methods of fine-art printmaking. Since its inception, Zea Mays Printmaking has grown to over 180 members, a full faculty roster and a year-round workshop schedule. Zea Mays Printmaking members, who normally pay a minimum of $75 a year for membership, are allowed to purchase independent working time in the fully equipped printshop, receive a discount on workshop registration, and are given opportunities to display their work in the Zea Mays Printmaking Flat File and at other community exhibitions. 

    “At Zea Mays Printmaking, we believe environmental justice, social justice, economic justice and racial justice are inextricably intertwined. As part of our mission to help make printmaking safer for artists and the environment, we are committed to finding ways to remove barriers of access to our studio for artists from marginalized racial and ethnic groups.” Kaye Carroll, Zea Mays Printmaking Director of Marketing, goes on to explain, “A lot of forms of printmaking require access to equipment and training that many beginning artists, or artists facing institutional or economic challenges, do not have. Over the past couple of years, we have been seeking to address this issue through several changes, such as simplifying our membership application process, offering more beginner-friendly courses, providing scholarships for artists with financial need, and most recently this BIPOC Artist Membership program. Each of these initiatives is in service of the same goal: to let artists of all backgrounds, whatever their means and whichever stage of their artistic journey they are on, know that they are welcome and wanted in this community.”

    Applications for the Zea Mays Printmaking BIPOC Artist Membership will be accepted until May 14th, 2024, and awardees will be selected by lottery on May 31st. Artists interested in applying should visit

    Wednesday, February 14, 2024

    Brew & Forge Poetry Night: A celebration of BIPOC poetry in the Valley

    Brew & Forge Poetry Night: A celebration of BIPOC poetry in the Valley

    Please join us for the first event organized by Franny Choi, the new Poet Laureate of Northampton, and Brew & Forge, an organization that builds connections between writers, artists, and social justice movements. Along with a reading by Franny, this event will showcase poets of color from across the Pioneer Valley and introduce attendees to powerful grassroots organizing happening locally. Readers include Jai Dulani, Abigail Chabitnoy, Lyrical Faith, Omkari Williams, and Cameron Awkward-Rich. Celebrate the richness of BIPOC poetry in our region, learn about local initiatives, and support writers and activists working for racial justice!

    Doors open at 5:45. Admission is free. Donations are welcome and will go toward Brew & Forge’s work supporting poets and community organizers of color in Western Mass and across the Northeast.

    The reading will be followed by a book signing and tabling by the Western Mass Bailout Project and the Trans Asylum Seekers Support Network.

    Friday, March 1, 2024

    Northampton Center for the Arts Flex Space at 33 Hawley

    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


    Partylonga NOHO Tango Fiesta

    WHAT: Partylonga NOHO Tango Fiesta
    WHEN: March 1st 7:30 pm
    WHERE: First Churches of Northampton

     Join the Tango Fiesta: A Night of Passion, Rhythm, and Fun in Western Massachusetts!

    Get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of tango as Partylonga NOHO arrives in Western Massachusetts for a night of celebration at the Tango Fiesta!

    This thrilling event promises an unforgettable experience filled with passion, rhythm, and fun, where every step tells a story and every beat ignites the dance floor.

    Event Highlights:
    Amazing Guest Teacher from Argentina, with international background who will guide you through the intricacies of tango with expertise and flair.
    Tango Performance: Witness mesmerizing tango performances that will leave you spellbound.
    Tango Class: Whether you're a seasoned dancer or a newcomer, join our tango classes tailored for both. Experienced dancers will have a class with Aldo and Laura, and beginners with Brian!
    Social Dancing: Dance the night away with fellow enthusiasts to the best tango music, creating magical moments that will linger in your memory.

    Get ready for a night like no other – full of laughter, connection, and the irresistible embrace of tango. Save the date, invite your friends, and let's make this Tango Fiesta a celebration to remember!

    Event Details:

    Date: March 1st
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Location: First Churches of Northampton
    Hosted by: Laura Grandi & Western MA Tango

    Official Hashtags: #TangoFiesta #DanceAllNight #TangoPassion #Milonga #TangoArgentino #NOHOPartylonga #Westermatango #Tangograndi

    Facebook event:


    For media inquiries, please contact:
    Laura Grandi
    Host - Tango teacher

    Thursday, February 8, 2024

    2024 Chinese New Year Culture Festival

    WHAT: 2024 Chinese New Year Culture Festival
    WHEN: Sat Feb 17th, 2024 2:00pm-8:00pm 
    WHERE: Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Building A, 80 Locust St, Northampton, MA

    Culture Tours and Vendor Show
    Live Performances
    Dinner, Awards and Raffles 

    Chinese Association of Western Massachusetts (CAWM)
    1399D Westfield St
    West Springfield, MA 01089

    Thursday, February 1, 2024

    Silver Chord Bowl 40th Anniversary

    Silver Chord Bowl 40th Anniversary

    As we celebrate the 40th year of the esteemed Silver Chord Bowl, the most revered collegiate a cappella showcase in the region, we invite you to witness unmatched talent at the iconic John M. Greene Hall on Smith College's campus. This year's event will be inaugurated with a soulful performance by Northampton High School's Northamptones, paving the way for six acclaimed groups from top colleges and universities around the Northeast. Prepare to be awed by Tufts sQ!, Eight Beat Measure – RIT's Original TTBB A Cappella Group, The Chorallaries of MIT, UCONN Extreme Measures "ExM," The Amherst College Zumbyes, Smith College Blackappella & POCappella. Join Steve Sanderson of the Northampton Arts Council/WRSI 93.9 the River, Smith College President Sarah Willie-LeBreton, and the Mayor of Northampton, Gina-Louise Sciarra, as they host the Silver Chord Bowl. This unique opportunity to experience the heart of a cappella is not to be missed.

    Sunday, February 11 – 2:00 PM Showtime, Doors Open at 1:30 PM

    John M. Greene Hall is located on the Smith College campus, 60 Elm Street, Northampton, MA 01060

    How Much?
    In Advance: 
    Price Premium Assigned Seating All Ages - $35
    General Assigned Seating All Ages - $15 (Available online);

    Day of at Door Price:
    Premium Assigned Seating All Ages - $40
    General Assigned Seating All Ages - $20

    Online Advanced Ticket Outlet: FreshTix

    There are 2 ways to buy tickets on FreshTix:

    Over the phone. You can call 678-701-6114
    Tickets are sent via email moments after the transaction is completed

    Click here for more information about our opening hours and holiday information.

    In-person Advance Ticket Outlets: State Street Fruit Store in Northampton and Cooper’s Corner in Florence

    A limited number of General Assigned Seating Tickets All Ages for $15 will be available at State Street Fruit Store and Cooper’s Corner in Florence. The tickets are assigned seating, so please pay attention to the section, row, and section you buy. Only orchestra sections A and D, rows 18-25, are available at State Street and Cooper’s.

    Headline Sponsor: 

    Northampton Youth Cinema Festival Call for Submissions


    Northampton Youth Cinema Festival Call for Submissions

    The Northampton Youth Cinema Festival is a relaunch of the YouthFilm Festival, last run in 2017. The festival ran for 17 years before it was shelved. The festival is being relaunched by two Northampton High School filmmakers collaborating with the Northampton Arts Council and Northampton Open Media.

    The festival screenings will take place on April 19th, 2024, at the tail end of the week-long Northampton Kidsbestfest.

    Call for Submissions

    We encourage high-school and college-age filmmakers to submit their films. We are accepting film submissions that are under 30 minutes, excluding documentaries. The submission deadline is March 1st, 2024.

    A selection committee will view submissions, and filmmakers will be notified in late March.

    Selected films will be screened at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton on Friday, April 19th, 2024.

    Rules and Regulations






    Please keep all films under 20 minutes. Films between 20 and 30 minutes will be considered. Films over 30 minutes will not be considered.

    By submitting, you agree for your film to be shown in person at the NYCF and virtually listed on Vimeo/Youtube.


    Northampton Youth Cinema Festival Screenings


    Friday, April 19th – 11:00 AM Showtime, Doors Open at 10:30 AM.


    Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060

    How Much? 

    FREE, please donate to keep it free!

    Headline Sponsors:  A2Z Science and Learning Store, Gage-Wiley Investments

    Media Sponsors:  Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Republican, WRSI the River 99.3, WHMP

    Organization Sponsors:

    City of Northampton, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Academy of Music Theatre

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