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, August 6, 2020

The Northampton Arts Council - Summer Concert Series 2020 Recap

The Northampton Arts Council’s first ever virtual Summer Concert Series wrapped up at the end of July after a trio of amazing local acts provided gorgeous tunes, meaningful messages and sweeping anthems for audiences at home. The past three Fridays have seen Mtali Shaka Banda kick off our 2020 series with important messages from his Jazz/Hip Hop trio, Kimaya Diggs weave songs through her unique mix of folk & soul, and local rockers Carinae blast us into orbit with their own psychedelic swirl of upbeat tunes.

Check out all of our past live-streamed performances on Facebook

This was the fifth year that the Northampton Arts Council has presented summer concerts in Northampton, continuing a long-held tradition that dates back to the 1970's. Since that time, this area has been fertile ground for producing unique original music, often renowned on the national level. Our mission is to showcase the best music from the Pioneer Valley as well as top notch touring acts that bring together the community to enjoy our picturesque downtown. Due to Covid-19, the format of this year’s series changed to a live streaming format to avoid crowds, and to respect social distancing orders while still bringing together local and nationally recognized artists to create beautiful sounds for the people of Northampton.

Help Support the Northampton Arts Council while raising funds for arts enrichment programs in our schools:

Thanks again to our generous sponsors:
Headline Sponsors: The City of Northampton, Massachusetts Cultural Council,UMassFive College Credit Union, Czelusniak Funeral Home, The Daily Hampshire Gazette, National Grid, David Narkewicz 

Media Sponsors: The Republican/MassLIVE, The Daily Hampshire Gazette 

Support Sponsor: Senator Jo Comerford

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