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, August 22, 2017

FY2017 Northampton Arts Council Highlights

FY2017 Arts Council Highlights: Will award $18K of locally raised funds in May. Awarded $11,590 of LCC Funds to 26 artists, schools, and arts groups for activities in Northampton in December of 2016. Awarded the BJ Goodwin Grant three times on a case-by-case basis totaling $2,050. Donated $9K to the Public School PTO’s earmarked for arts enrichment. Co-hosted a statewide Cultural District Convention at Union Station with the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Produced and presented Summer Concert Series, Transperformance, RETROFAIRE, Northampton Print and Book Fair, and Four Sundays in February/KidsBestFest-YouthFilm. Opened the City Hall Art Gallery to the community with a new visual art show every month coordinated with Arts Night Out. Collaborated with Northampton Community Television to present Cinema Northampton and the Northampton Film Festival. The Paradise City Cultural District Online event calendar is ready for Alpha testing. We participated in some capacity with the Black Maria Film Festival, Ice Art Festival, Chalk Art Festival, and First Night. Joined the Events Committee of the D.N.A. Joined the fundraising committee for the Northampton Arts Trust. Joined the board of the Regional Creative Economy Network. Provided grant application support, consulting, and advice to local artists, arts organizations, and community members.

FY2018 Information: The Council plans to keep the legacy of past activities intact while also creating new events, programs, grants, and collaborations within our city. The Arts Council has a full schedule of events planned for FY18: Summer Concert Series in July and August, Downtown Summer Stroll, Transperformance in August, Northampton Print and Book Fair and RETROFAIRE in September, LCC Grant Round in October, A Four County Juried Biennial Arts Exhibition at Hosmer Gallery in October, Downtown Winter Stroll in December, Four Sundays in February series with KidsBestFest-YouthFilm takes place in February of 2018, and ArtsEZ ‘18. We also plan on coordinating First Night in Northampton. We will continue to collaborate with Cinema Northampton, the Northampton Film Festival, M.C.C., MASS Creative, Northampton Community Arts Trust, Forbes Library, NCTV, the Northampton Center for the Arts, Academy of Music Theatre, Economic Development Council of Western Mass, A.P.E. Gallery, and many more. We plan on refurbishing the Arts Kiosk in front of First Churches to display the online Paradise City Cultural District Calendar. We will administer and award LCC Funds in the Fall and locally raised funds in the Spring.

In 2016 the Northampton Arts Council awarded 52 grants totaling $26,590 in support of a variety of projects. The caliber of applications are always outstanding, and we were unable to fund many worthy projects. The Arts Council received 107 requests for almost $124,008 of funding. Grants were awarded in the following categories: Film/Video, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.

Awarded ArtsEZ Grants Spring 2016 (Locally Raised Funds):
$500 to Luke Jaegar for “Black Maria Film Festival Touring Program”
$800 to Sarah Lanzillotta for “Good Night's Sleep, Western Mass Film Screening Series”
$800 to Zach Hart for “A Walk Through Alphabet City”
$1300 to Colleen Barry of Mount Analogue for “FINAL ROSE & Final Rose Book Release Event”
$250 to Debra J’Anthony of Northampton Academy of Music, Inc. for “Dear Committee Members”
$250 to Amanda Herman of Live Art Magazine for “Live Art Magazine Issue Four”
$500 to Bob Cilman of the Northampton Community Arts Trust for “Outside the Box”
$500 to Jennifer Polins of the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought for “HUT-3 artists-3 disciplines-3 short sets”
$1000 to Lisa Thompson of Available Potential Enterprises, Ltd. for “6 X 6”
$1300 to Peter McQuillan of 13 Queen for “Events @ 13 Queen”
$250 to Susanna Apgar of Voices From Inside for “Voices Carry: Hear Me, See Me”
$250 to Paul Arslanian for “Northampton Jazz Workshop”
$250 to Roger Salloom for “33rd Annual Free Summer Concert”
$250 to Susanne Dunlap of Pioneer Valley Symphony for “78th Season Opening Concert: Sorcerers and Prophets”
$1000 to Elizabeth Pangburn & Brianna Sloane of TheatreTruck for “The Mill Project”
$250 to Keith Black of Starlight's Youth Theatre for “Les Miserables”
$1000 to Stephen Eldredge of Northampton High School for “NHS Theater Outreach”
$500 to Toby Vera Bercovici of Real Live Theatre for “The Life and Death of Queen Margaret”
$300 to Brenda Lilly of Jackson Street School for “Large Scale School Mural”
$1000 to Elizabeth Bannish of Zea Mays Printmaking for “Print Fair North 2016”
$250 to Emma Kohlmann of Hungry Ghost Bread for “Community Mural on the Hungry Ghost”
$1000 to Mark Guglielmo for “Cuba in Transition”
$500 to Penny Burke of Northampton Center for the Arts, Inc. for “Arts Night Out En Plein Air”
$1000 to Sam Taylor of Pots on Wheels for “Pots on Wheels Make a Cup Take a Cup”

The Northampton Arts Council awarded 27 grants totaling $11,650 in support of a variety of projects from funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s LCC program. The caliber of applications this round was outstanding, and we were unable to fund many worthy projects. The Arts Council received 55 requests for almost $58,828 of funding. Grants were awarded in the following categories: Dance, Film/Video, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.

Awarded LCC Grants Fall 2016 (Local Cultural Council Funds):

$500 to Iroko Nuevo Afrocuban Dance/Effie Molina for "Noche Cubana" Benefit for Welcome Home Refugees to take place APRIL 2017$300 to Pioneer Valley Ballet for Pioneer Valley Ballet to take place Summer 2017
$250 to Barbara Diewald for WIP- Works in Progress at SCDT to take place on February 19, March 19 and April 16, 2017.
$500 to Katie Martin for Katie Martin Dance @ SCDT to take place May 2017.
$850 to West African Dance Community of Northampton for 2nd Annual Northampton African Dance Festival to take place June 23-25, 2017.
$500 to Amherst Ballet Theatre Company for Amherst Ballet presents "The Magic Flute" ballet to take place June 2017.
$500 to Nolan Boomer for The Cell Tree to take place January 2017.
$250 to The Massachusetts Review for Public Lecture and Reading: The Untold History to take place February 2017.
$250 to Leeds Elementary School  for Rona Leventhal Presents: Travelin' Shoes to take place March 20-22, 2017.
$250 to Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival for Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival to take place March 23-April 2, 2017.
$250 to Sarah Lanzillotta  for "The Great Explorers" an experimental documentary to take place November 2017.
$250 to Jake Meginsky for Multi Channel Sound Installation to take place July 2017.
$250 to Kelly Silliman for Song and Dance for ALL -- Northampton to take place August 2017.
$500 to Alan Schneider for Carmen to take place on January 27th & 29th, 2017.
$500 to Lisa Landau for Lyra Music Festival to take place July 2-22, 2017.
$250 to Heather Cahillane for Group Sing to take place January-December 2017.
$250 to Linda Babcock for Haydn's Nelson Mass with the Choir of Men and Boys to take place on March 18, 2017.
$250 to Maya French  for Anchor House of Artists Workshop to take place December 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
$250 to Brittany Brideau for Haymarket Show Series to take place January-December 2017
$500 to Melissa Mohlenhoff for BachBachBach to take place March 2017.
$800 to Whole Children for Whole Children's Theater Production at Smith College to take place March 17-19, 2017.
$500 to Heidi Haas for READER'S THEATRE PROJECT: Residents in Reflection to take place on Winter/Spring 2017.
$250 to Emily Atkinson for An Act of Contrition: A Semi-Historical Play to take place March 31-April 2, 2017.
$500 to Jodi Colella for Unidentified Woman to take place March 10-April 9, 2017.
$850 to Northampton Arts Council for Transformer Box Paint Program to take place April 2016.
$500 to ANNE LAPRADE SEUTHE for Laws Change. People Die. The Land Remains. to take place Spring 2017.
$850 to Fafnir Adamites for A.P.E. Exhibit to take place on February 2017.

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