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, March 27, 2015


The Northampton Arts Council has set a May 1st, 2015 deadline for applications from organizations, schools and individuals for grants that support artistic activities in the local community. According to Arts Council Director Brian Foote, ArtsEZ 2015 Spring Grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds, including exhibits, writings, festivals, performances, workshops and lectures that take place July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

This year, the Northampton Arts Council will distribute up to $15,000 in grant monies. Previously funded projects include: $750 to the Northampton Jazz Festival. $650 to Northampton High School for “The Skin of Our Teeth.” $500 to Wire Monkey Dance for "Embryolo.” $500 to Ray Hannah for “The Making of Florence Village, Storied by Village Residents.”

Applications must be completed online at Please do not submit paper applications.

For potential applicants looking for advice on the application process The Northampton Arts Council will hold a question and answer session at the City Hall Hearing Room on the second floor of City Hall 210 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060 on Tuesday April 14th from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Founded in 1980, the Northampton Arts Council has an all-volunteer board, appointed by the Mayor, and staff, consisting of one director, one part-time events producer, and one student intern. The Northampton Arts Council was the first cultural council in the Commonwealth to raise money for a second round of funding every spring. The ArtsEZ Spring Grant round is made possible by two major fundraising events produced by the Northampton Arts Council: Transperformance, an end-of-summer concert at Look Park held every third week in August, and the Four Sundays in February series which includes events such as the Silver Chord Bowl and the Really Big Gong Show. The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton by funding, promoting and presenting high-quality, community-based arts programming for the benefit of artists, residents and visitors, initiating public art projects, and by seeking to improve public awareness of the arts.

For specific ArtsEZ 2015 guidelines and complete information on the Northampton Arts Council please visit or contact Brian Foote at (413) 587-1269/ 

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