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, March 16, 2022

The Northampton Community Arts Trust Secures $2.5 Million for its 33 Hawley Project

The Northampton Community Arts Trust announced today $2.5 million in federal Community Project funding for its 33 Hawley project. Representative Jim McGovern (MA-02) secured the funding for the project as part of a package of 10 projects he championed for community organizations in his district.

“Our excitement knows no bounds,” said Kathy Couch, president of the Arts Trust. “These funds were shepherded to the project – and to our community – through the efforts and attention of Congressman Jim McGovern, to whom we are deeply grateful. In receiving these funds, the completion of 33 Hawley is now in sight! Northampton will soon be home to a fully operational and vibrant hub of performance and art-making spaces. So many have contributed labor, artistry, attention, and funds to this vision. This award serves as a powerful affirmation of the potency of our mission to preserve affordable and accessible space for creativity and imagination, in perpetuity, for this community.”

The Arts Trust and Congressman McGovern will make a formal announcement of the award this Monday, March 14 at 2:30pm at 33 Hawley Street in Northampton.

“I am celebrating alongside so many essential organizations in our community whose efforts will be recognized with a collective investment of more than $11.3 million in federal funding,” said Congressman McGovern. “As Chair of the House Rules Committee, I fought hard for the inclusion of community projects in this appropriations bill to deliver vital support to worthwhile causes across the Second District and the nation.”

The Northampton Community Arts Trust, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in May, 2010. Its mission is to protect and ensure the long-term vitality of the greater Northampton community through the acquisition and conservation of affordable space for the creation, presentation, and exhibition of the arts. The development of 33 Hawley is our first project. Funding for the project has come from the City of Northampton, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and MassDevelopment, the Beveridge Family Foundation, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Administration and Finance, Smith College, Greenfield/Northampton Cooperative Bank, PeoplesBank, and Hampshire Property Management and hundreds of generous individuals.

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