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, February 27, 2023

Four Sundays 2023


Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 3-5, 2023 - The Back Porch Festival

Sunday, March 12, 2023 - The Silver Chord Bowl

Saturday, March 18, 2023 - Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra Performs SOUTH

Friday, April 14, 2023 - BowBow Ball - A JSB Fundraiser

Monday, April 17, 2023 - Friday, April 21, 2023 - KidsBestFest

Saturday, April 29, 2023 - Sunday, April 30, 2023 - Power of Truths Festival

WHAT: The Back Porch Festival
WHERE: Downtown Northampton, MA (8 venues including Academy of Music and Parlor Room)
WHEN: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 3-5, 2023
The Back Porch Festival returns March 3 – 4 – 5, 2023 in a new expanded format featuring dozens of bands playing in eight venues in downtown Northampton over three days. For the first time, we are offering a full festival pass with one admission price to all Back Porch events throughout the weekend. It’s going to be a magical weekend of American roots music with performers from across the US converging on Northampton. The Back Porch Festival is co-presented with the Northampton Arts Council as part of their long-running Four Sundays series.
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WHAT: The Silver Chord Bowl
WHERE: Academy of Music 274 Main Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 2:00 PM
On Sunday, March 12th the Northampton Arts Council welcomes you back to The Silver Chord Bowl. The Silver Chord Bowl, in its 39th year, is the oldest and most respected collegiate a cappella showcase in the region. The Silver Chord Bowl has worked to highlight the unique styling of a cappella, and has been a staple of the Four Sundays series for years. The Academy of Music Theatre in Downtown Northampton will host this year’s event for the second year in a row. These a capella groups bring their A-Game to showcase new musical talent at the collegiate level every year. Northampton High School’s Northamptones open the show followed by to be determined collegiate a cappella groups.

Show Date/Time:
Sunday, March 12, 2023, at 2:00 pm; Doors open at 1:30 pm, Box office opens at 1:00 pm.
Ticket Prices:
$15.00 - $35.00 (+ Fees)
Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Purchase online by clicking here, or you may visit or call the Academy of Music Theatre box office, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060, at 413-584-9032 ext.105. Box Office Hours are 3pm - 6pm, Tuesday - Friday. Service fees always apply with purchases.

The Academy will hold all shows at total capacity and require no additional COVID precautions or requirements. Click here to read our health and safety policy. Tickets can be purchased in person or over the phone Tuesday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm. Tickets can also be purchased online anytime for no additional cost/fee. If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact the box office at or (413) 584-9032 X105.

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WHERE: Academy of Music 274 Main Street Northampton, MA.
WHEN: Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 7:00 PM
Come watch a film classic and listen to the soundtrack performed by a live orchestra!
If you’ve been following the news you have probably seen the astounding footage of the newly discovered wreck of Ernest Shackleton’s ship, Endurance. The ship has been Lying 10,000 feet deep at the bottom of the Weddell Sea in Antarctica, for more than one hundred years. Amazingly, the video shows the ship looking as fresh as the day it sank. This is the perfect time to revisit the original film shot during the expedition and released in 1919. SOUTH was shot and edited by Frank Hurley, the official photographer for the expedition. His film tells the incredible tale of how the ship got stuck in the ice and sank after the boat was crushed by the expanding ice. The crew spent two years living on the ice and ultimately made their way to the nearest land 800 miles away. Incredibly, every member of the expedition survived the experience and Frank Hurley managed to save many of the stills and motion picture films he shot of the harrowing experience. It is these movies and stills that make up the movie, SOUTH. The film has received a new and exquisite 2K restoration from the British Film Institute. The running time is 81 minutes.
The Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra was founded in 2014 by Ken Winokur to accompany Ken Brown’s 1960’s super 8 films, compiled under the name Psychedelic Cinema. The group has performed in the US with Brown’s film at prestigious venues such as the AFI Silver, ICA Boston, Cornell Cinema, Hamilton College, and many others. The PCO did two tours of the Balkans (Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Montenegro). In addition, the group has scored Alfred Hitchcock’s THE LODGER and a number of short films (both contemporary and classic silents).
The Members of the Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra are:
Ken Winokur on drums and clarinet (Alloy Orchestra, Concussion Ensemble, Lookie Lookie).
Jonathan LaMaster on electric violin and guitar (Cul de Sac, Saturnalia)
Russ Gershon on saxes, flute, and bass guitar (Either Orchestra, Lookie Lookie

Show Date/Time:
Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 7:00 pm
Doors at 6:30 pm

Ticket Prices:
$20.00 ($25.16 after Fees)

Where/ How Tickets Can be Purchased:
Purchase online by clicking here, or you may visit or call our box office at 413-584-9032 ext.105.
Box Office Hours are 3pm - 6pm, Tuesday - Friday. Service fees always apply with purchases.

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WHAT: The Bow Bow Bash - The J Scott Brandon Grant Fund Benefit Concert
WHEN: Friday, April 14, 2023, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
WHERE: JJ’s Tavern, 99 Main Street, Florence, MA 01062
A benefit concert for the Northampton Arts Council's J Scott Brandon Fund featuring a mix of NHS student musicians and ensembles along with local performers. Join us at JJ's Tavern for a night of music, celebration and fundraising for a great cause.
The J. Scott Brandon Grant Fund was created to provide students at Northampton High School with financial assistance for music lessons and supplies for their instrument throughout their high school career. Weekly lessons are provided by a musician at a local music school (Downtown Sounds or Northampton Community Music School - student’s choice). Ninth and tenth grade Northampton High School students in need of financial support are eligible for scholarship funds to receive music lessons. Students are nominated for the grant by Paul Kinsman, Claire Williams, and one board member of the Northampton Arts Councils’ Schools sub-committee. The Arts Council is pleased to support the opportunity for students, regardless of their financial resources, to be a part of an inclusive community of musicians.

When: Friday, April 14, 2023, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: JJ’s Tavern, 99 Main Street, Florence, MA 01062

How much: FREE with Sliding scale donations at the door and online

WHAT: KidsBestFest
WHEN: Monday, April 17, 2023 - Friday, April 21, 2023, 11:00 AM showtime, doors at 10:30 AM
WHERE: The Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060
KidsBestFest is a movie festival for kids and adults with free admission held during the spring school break at the Academy of Music Theatre. KidsBestFest is a part of the Four Sundays series. We kick off the free movie festival on Monday April 17, 2023 at 11:00 AM, doors open at 10:30 AM.

Monday 4/17 - Frozen Sing-A-Long (2013)
After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa, her sprightly sister Anna teams up with a rough-hewn mountaineer named Kristoff and his trusty reindeer Sven to break the icy spell. Based on "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen. PG, 108 min.

Tuesday 4/18 - Babe the Gallant Pig (1995)
After being separated from his family, a young pig befriends his fellow farm animals and learns to be a useful member of the farm by herding sheep, all in an effort to save himself from ending up on someone's dinner plate. G, 91 min.

Wednesday, 4/19 - E.T. (1982)
A lonely boy befriends a homesick alien stranded on Earth and attempts to help him find a way home. Meanwhile, a group of government scientists attempt to capture the benevolent visitor for research. Won Oscars for sound, visual effects and score. PG, 115 min.

Thursday 4/20 - Back to the Future (1985)
An eccentric scientist builds a time machine, which accidentally transports a high-school student back to the 1950s, where the teen inadvertently interferes with the budding romance between his future parents. The boy must figure out how to set things right, or risk completely altering the future. PG, 116 min.

Friday 4/21 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
The mean, green fighting machines make their pizza loving big-screen debut in this live-action blockbuster family smash. PG, 93 min.

WHEN: Monday, April 17, 2023 - Friday, April 21, 2023, 11:00 AM showtime, doors at 10:30 AM
WHERE: The Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060
TICKETS: Free, First come, first served, general admission, balcony closed

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WHAT: Power of Truths Arts and Education Festival
WHEN: Saturday April 29, 2023 - Sunday, April 30, 2023
WHERE: Bombyx Centre for Arts & Equity 130 Pine Street Florence, MA
Self-Evident Education’s Michael Lawrence-Riddell and Dr. Ousmane Power-Greene, in conjunction with the Northampton Arts Council, present an arts and education festival in Florence, MA for all members of the “teaching public”, defined broadly as anyone who is interested in helping others to learn. The event is the first in an ongoing series of experiential, educational, and artistic conferences to push our public use of education to create a just future. Power of Truths will feature multiple keynote speakers, sessions throughout the day, music and cultural events, curated food experiences, and more.
The guiding principle for this festival is examining ways to use art or education to push conversations about multiple truths and how the powers of those truths can help us build a better, more liberated future—a world on the other side of racial inequity. Sessions will be geared toward multiple segments of the teaching and learning public.
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