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.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Renaming Transperformance



The Northampton Arts Council (NAC) has begun the process of renaming the annual live music benefit concert, formerly known as Transperformance. The Northampton Arts Council board and staff members in the City’s Department of Arts and Culture made the decision to rename the concert in order to embrace and support all members of our community. NAC, in turn, invites the community to help generate a new name by providing recommendations and ideas. 

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS FOR THE NEW NAME OF TRANSPERFORMANCE

The Northampton Arts Council started the signature event in 1990 as a way to bring the community together and raise essential funds for arts programming in Northampton Public Schools. The concert has been a hallmark event that’s raised over $500,000 over the past 30 years to support the arts in Northampton. The annual concert invites artists from all over the region to perform as one of their favorite musicians. The concert was named “Transperformance” as a nod to the transformation musicians undergo when they take the stage and perform covers.

Renaming the concert is part of NAC’s ongoing equity and inclusion work. NAC acknowledges and apologizes for any harm or negative impact using this name has caused to members of our community who are trans. “The name does not align with our equity statement. We’re excited to rename this performance so that it’s accessible and welcoming to as many people in our community as possible.” said Danielle Amodeo, Chair of the Council. “This concert is one of the highlights of NAC’s summer program and it raises essential funds to support arts programs in Northampton public schools. We’re excited for a name that accurately reflects the mission of this program,” Amodeo continued.

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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 annual events of interest to the community, and advocating on behalf of the arts community.

The Northampton Arts Council believes that art is for everyone. We strive to produce, support, and sustain arts and cultural initiatives that uphold all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically marginalized based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, neurodiversity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion. We affirm the need to redress historical inequities in the arts and cultural sector and commit to supporting equitable and inclusive practices through all aspects of our work.

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