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 15, 2023

Call for Hosts for The 13th Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival

WHAT: The 13th Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival Call for Artist Hosts
WHEN: September 8, 2023 8am to 5pm 
WHERE: Downtown Northampton, MA. 

This September, we are celebrating the 13th annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival! From 8am to 5pm on Friday, September 8, we’re welcoming a talented collection of artists to downtown Northampton - and we are looking for businesses who would like to host a chalk artist for the day.

What does this involve?
● If there is sufficient room for both artist and sidewalk traffic, we will position a chalk artist to draw on a 5’ x 5’ (or thereabouts) square outside your storefront window. They will draw throughout the day, to be completed by 4pm; completed drawings will be on display for that evening’s Arts Night Out.
 ● If there is not sufficient room, or you don’t have a first-floor space, we will match you with an artist positioned elsewhere, and will place signage at their location indicating that they are sponsored by your business.

What does this cost?
● $200 to sponsor or host an artist. $100 of that goes directly to the artist; $100 goes towards our event costs, including marketing and three cash prizes ($300, $200 and $100), awarded to artists chosen by a panel of judges and awarded by the Mayor at 5pm on the steps of City Hall. The event itself is free for all to attend. What will the DNA provide?
 ● We will provide an artist, and will give you their name and background information by August 11, 2023;
● Maps listing the artists, their locations and their sponsor will be provided to all Arts Night Out locations, as well as all businesses hosting or sponsoring a chalk artist, to be available for the week leading up to - and during - the September Arts Night Out;
● Posters will be available by early August for those who would like them; a jpeg and pdf will also be available to utilize as you would like (in social media, email correspondence, printed posters, etc.).

How do I sign up?
● Send an email or give a call to Amy (contact information listed below). We are sending out a call to artists now, and will be matching accepted artists with locations over the next month.

Interested in hosting? Sponsoring this event? Questions? Ideas? Please reach out to Jillian: or 413.335.2737

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