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, June 22, 2018

Northampton Arts Council Awards $20,000 in ArtsEZ Grants

The Northampton Arts Council is pleased to announce the awarding of 27 grants totaling $20,000 in support of a variety of projects from funds raised through event-programing within the Northampton community. Our signature events include the Silver Chord Bowl, Summer Concert Series in Downtown Northampton/Paradise City Cultural District, Transperformance, RETROFaire, and First Night Northampton. The funding of these projects would not have been made possible without our community members who continue to show up in support of our benefit events and the sponsors and donors who contribute time and again. Each year we are in awe of the outstanding applications we have the honor of reviewing, and unfortunately we were unable to fund many worthy projects. The Arts Council received 57 requests for almost $71,120 of funding. This year grants were awarded in the following categories: Dance, Film/Video, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.

Roger D Aucoin for Salsa in Pulaski Park, $1,250.00
Molly Stamell of Amherst Ballet Theater Company, Inc for A Midsummer Night's Dream, $500.00

Gabriel Bernini for A Week In Paradise--Gabriel Bernini's Div III Short Film, $750.00

Emily Wojcik of The Massachusetts Review for A Pop-Up Reading (Un)Seen: Women, Art, Objectivity, $750.00
Joy Baglio of Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop for The Writer's Tool Box: Fall Fiction Series + Storytelling Panel, $1,250.00
Tara Jean Bernier of Northampton Poetry for Ongoing funding of poets, $500.00
Gregory D McCarthy of Departure Reading Series for Departure Reading Series, $500.00        

Mixed Media:
Dylan Gaffney of Forbes Library for Bay State Hotel Music History Project, $1,250.00
Rebecca Martin for Meadowbrook Arts Camp Pilot Project, $500.00
Taylor Lopatofsky of Take Care Zine for Take Care Zine Volume 4, $500.00
Sylvia Boston-Johnso for Intergenerational Puppet and Doll Workshop, $1,000.00

Paul Arslanian of Northampton Jazz Workshop for Northampton Jazz Workshop, $800.00
Ruth Griggs of Northampton Jazz Festival for 2018 Northampton Jazz Festival, $1,000.00
Em Withenbury of Iconica Social Club for Parklet Summer Music Series, $1,000.00
Marie Westburg of Northampton Senior Services/Senior Center for Our Community Sing on the Forbes Library Lawn, $500.00
Sharon Arslanian for Performance of Northampton Middle Eastern Music Ensemble with Dance, $185.00
Alan Schneider of Panopera for La Traviata, $1,250.00
Michael Tillyer of Anchor House of Artists for New Music Platform Project, $500.00        

Jodi Lyn Cutler of North Star for CIRCUS SMIRKUS: Big Top Tour Northampton,Massachusetts, $250.00
Scott Braidman of Happier Valley Comedy for Happier Valley Comedy presents Scripted/Unscripted, $500.00
Real Live Theatre for When Last We Flew, $750.00

Visual Arts:
Lisa Thompson of Available Potential Enterprises, Ltd. (A.P.E.) for ARC.18, $1,000.00
Eva Fierst for The ArtSalon Special, $800.00
Terry Jenoure for Great Expectations, $900.00
Jim Gipe of Pivot Media for Wall Mural - Pivot Media Building, $750.00
Penny Burke of Northampton Center for the Arts for Arts Night Out En Plein Air, $500.00
Judith Inglese for Art Exhibit entitled "Lost and Found", $600.00

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