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, July 6, 2020

2020 Northampton Public Arts Festival Wraps Up

Photo by Paul Griffin, Artwork by @BelowKey

The second annual Northampton Public Arts Festival wrapped up on Tuesday June 30th with beautiful artist-painted cement barriers lining Main Street and Strong Avenue which provide space for outdoor dining in the streets of our City. From spray paint, to acrylic paint, these artists have beautified the downtown cityscape with a range of unique patterns, characters, and creative designs.

Held from Tuesday June 23rd through Tuesday June 30th, with invited artists Kim Carlino, BelowKey, Steph Burr, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Lena McCarthy, Sabrina Dorsainvil and Silvia Lopez Chavez,  The second-annual Northampton Public Arts Festival promotes public arts through live mural painting. Due to Covid-19, the format of this year’s festival changed to avoid crowds, and to respect social distancing orders while still bringing together local and nationally recognized artists to create beautiful public art for the city of Northampton and the Pioneer Valley. 

The artists greatly enjoyed the public support from onlookers who made it downtown to say a face-masked wearing, socially distanced hello to the artists, took photos, and honked from cars passing by.

The Northampton Arts Council was invited by the Mayor and the City of Northampton Planning & Sustainability Offices to offer seven regional artists an opportunity to paint the 48 cement barriers, each that provide space for outdoor dining in the streets of the City. The cement barriers, owned by the DPW of Northampton and already primed by Planning & Sustainability and community volunteers, will be in place until November, 2020. 

This project is made possible with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, City of Northampton, Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Hotel Northampton, and the Downtown Northampton Association. A hearty thank you to Haymarket Cafe, India House Restaurant, Fitzwilly's Restaurant and Bar, Amanouz Cafe, and Shelburne Falls Coffee Roaster for feeding the artists.

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