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.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

2021 Northampton Public Arts Festival Wraps Up

The third annual Northampton Public Arts Festival wrapped up on Thursday May 20th with brand new beautiful artist-painted murals on traffic light utility boxes, cement barriers and building walls across downtown Northampton. The Northampton Public Arts Festival is a unique event aimed at promoting public art through mural painting. For the third year in a row the festival brought local and nationally recognized artists to convene and create beautiful public art for the city of Northampton. Due to Covid-19, the format of the festival has been adjusted in 2020/2021 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 region.

Talented painters, muralists and street artists from across the region joined us to adorn the city with fresh looks for building walls on Kirkland Avenue and Short Street, utility boxes adjacent to downtown traffic light intersections, as well as cement barriers lining State Street and Pleasant Street which provide space for outdoor dining in the streets of our City. From spray paint to acrylic paint, abstracts to landscapes, these artists have beautified our downtown cityscape with a range of unique patterns, characters, and creative designs. 

Special thanks to all the invited artists for their amazing work, visit the new public art downtown:

Althea Keaton / @alrkeaton
Box outside Spoleto (Hawley & Main Street)

Caitlin Hurd / @hot_dustpan_action
Box outside Florence Bank (Main Street/Pleasant Street)

Sabrina Dorsainvil / @oh_sabeedee
Mural on LimeRedTea Wall (Kirkland Avenue)

John Paul O'Grodnick (JPO) / @jpoart
Blocks in front of Sylvester's Restaurant (111 Pleasant Street)

BelowKey / @belowkey
Blocks in front of Sylvester's Restaurant (111 Pleasant Street)

Designed by Michael Crigler; Painted by Ramiro Davaro-Comas / @ramirostudios
Mural on American Farmland Trust wall (Short Street)

Cobragoose / @cobragoose
Box outside Hempest (Old South Street/Conz Street)

Monica Aguilar / @chasingtrailsart
Box at Old South Street/New South Street Intersection

Jill Strait / @jilldaisybanjo
Box outside Northampton Community Music Center (New South Street)

Blur / @blurstreetart
Box outside Old School Commons (Main Street/New South Street)

Marcus Austin / @marc_austin_is_crazy
Box outside Old School Commons (Main Street/West Street)

Kiayani Douglas / @_iamkaydouglas
Box outside Smith College Art Museum (Elm Street)

Barrett Capistran / @BarrettCapistran
Blocks in front of India House (State Street)

For photos of the new murals, visit this link

The artists greatly appreciated all the support from pedestrians, honking cars, and folks who stopped to take photos and chat. We hope to be able to expand our public art offerings with more community collaborations in the future. 

This project is made possible with support from Massachusetts Cultural Council Cultural District Grant, Mass Festivals Grant, Jordi Herold and Jill Fortier of Icarus Wheaten and Finch, American Farmland Trust, Downtown Northampton Association (DNA), and the City of Northampton.

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