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.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Northampton Community Arts Trust Celebrates at 33 Hawley Street

The Northampton Community Arts Trust will host State President Stan Rosenberg, State Representative Peter Kocot, Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, other elected officials and city department heads and members of the community at an event to celebrate the start of renovations at 33 Hawley Street on Friday, October 2nd at 12 noon. This event marks the Arts Trust’s first step in creating affordable space for the arts in the heart of Northampton. Grants from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and private foundations, gifts from individuals and the support of local government and civic associations have brought the Arts Trust to this transformative phase. Continued support from the State and the community will carry this project to completion and invigorate the creative life of Northampton and beyond.
The Arts Trust will give a hardhat tour of the facility, present the architectural plans and celebrate this critical step forward in keeping arts and culture a central part of life in greater Northampton. Richard Wagner, president of the Arts Trust’s Board of Directors, said “Renovations to the building began in August. We would not have reached this point without the support of the Commonwealth, several foundations and many generous individuals. We want to celebrate this milestone by giving those supporters an early look at the renovation and to give them an idea of the exciting scope of this project. And we want to urge the community to support this project: keeping art in the heart of downtown Northampton.”

The Northampton Community Arts Trust, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in May, 2010. Its mission is to protect and ensure the long-term vitality of the greater Northampton community through the acquisition and conservation of affordable space for the creation, presentation and exhibition of the arts. Funding for this early project phase has come from generous individuals and the Beveridge Family Foundation, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Administration and Finance, and the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

For more information on the 33 Hawley Street Project and on the Arts Trust:

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