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.

Monday, September 10, 2018



Proposals for community-oriented arts programs due October 15th.

The Northampton Arts Council has set an October 15th deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

According to Council spokesperson Esther White, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds -- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, scholarships, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.

The Northampton Arts Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the Northampton Arts Council will distribute up to $13,700 in grants. Previously funded projects include: Amy Dryansky for Tesserae: Poetry of Community, Akiko Sasaki for Lyra Music Festival, Nancy Howard for Bilingual Family Sing-Along, Robin Lane for Soldier On Veterans Voices, among many others.

For local guidelines and complete information on the Northampton Arts Council, contact Esther White at, or visit Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

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