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.

Council and Board Members

Current Northampton Arts Inc. Board Members:

Arts and Management: George Myers (President) - George W. Myers graduate from Umass Amherst with a degree in History and a minor in African American Studies. He co-owns The Quarters a vintage arcade, restaurant and bar in Hadley, MA and is General Manager and Special Event Programmer at Amherst Cinema a 4 screen non-profit Arthouse theater in Amherst, MA. George also spends time as a DJ and writing for his music blog which focuses on soul music.

Printmaking and Exhibitions: Esther White (Vice President) is an artist and arts organizer based in Northampton, MA. Esther's art practice includes printmaking; textile dyeing and needlework; publishing photocopied artists' books and zines; and organizing community art events and spaces.

Arts and Community: Kathy Service (Clerk) our past co-Chair has long been an avid arts supporter and works not only for the Arts Council but has worked for almost every other arts organization in Northampton. She has been co-Chair of First Night, organizing over 150 volunteers. She retired from the State Department of Mental Retardation and has involved many of her clients in our programs, as actors, volunteers and audience members.

Arts and Education: Freeman Stein (Treasurer) is a retired educator and restauranteur. He has lived in Northampton/Florence for over thirty years. He has written grants and evaluated programs in education and the arts. He helped to develop an coordinate a visual and performing arts program for a public middle school, has worked with a wide range of artists and arts organizations to develop programs for students and teachers, and was a founding member of a public secondary school. 

Arts and Curation: Danielle Amodeo

Current Northampton Arts Council Members:

Ellen Augarten (ex-officio) has been a portrait photographer for over twenty-five years, specializing in fine black and white images of her favorite subject: people. She’s on the grant review committee and the exhibition committee.

Freeman Stein (Treasurer) is a retired educator and restaurateur. He has lived in Northampton/Florence for over thirty years. He has written grants and evaluated programs in education and the arts. He helped to develop and coordinate a visual and performing arts program for a public middle school, has worked with a wide range of artists and arts organizations to develop programs for students and teachers, and was a founding member of a public secondary school. 

Eamonn Edge

Lori Steiner

Danielle Amodeo (she/hers, Chair) oversees Communications and Public Programming at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. She received her Bachelor's Degree in European Studies from Amherst College and her Master’s Degree in Art History at Williams College. Danielle has worked in communications, education, programming, and outreach at Clark Institute of Art, Creative Time, Dentsu Aegis Network, Frick Collection, Teen Vogue, and New York City Council. She serves on the boards of the Amherst Center Cultural District, the Arts at Amherst Initiative, and the Northampton Arts Council. Danielle believes that art is for everyone and is devoted to working for equity and representation at museums and cultural institutions.

Ashlynn Cradic

Michael Abbatiello (he/his) studied at Ohio State University graduating with a BFA focused in Media in Performance and Choreography. Michael has worked with Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance, BARE Dance Company, The People Movers, Project 44, Bryn Cohn + Artists, Aaron McGloin Dance, and Maya Orchin Dance. Michael currently choreographs under the moniker, lostinflow. He has taught at such institutions as Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center, Amherst College, Bates College, Rider University, Muhlenberg College. Michael has worked in a technical capacity with Marlboro College, The Vanderbilt Republic, CRAWL performance series, Celebrity Dance Competitions, The Kitchen, NYLA, Triskelion Arts, White Box Arts Center, Invisible Dog, Brooklyn Desks Factory, LGBT Center, and the Gowanus Loft. Michael is currently the technical director for the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, Massachusetts. 

Kent Alexander (he/him/they/theirs) is an anti-racism/ workplace culture consultant. His current clients include Gilburg Leadership Inc., the Western Massachusetts Training Consortium, the Wildflower Alliance of Western MA, the Center for Community Resilience after Trauma, and the Hilltown Land Trust, among others. Kent is serving his third year as the diversity, equity, and inclusion advisor for the ValleyCreates initiative of the Community Foundation of Western Mass. More about Kent’s work can be found at www.mainspring change consultants.com. Kent is also a writer/performer whose work explores the multiple somatic responses to systematic oppression.

Jesse Hassinger (he/him/they/them) is the co-owner of the downtown Northampton restaurant Belly of the Beast, which opened in 2017 and has since been a strong community space for arts and social justice. Jesse has an MFA in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts where he focused in experimental film and cinematography. As a life-long lover of the arts in all forms, he is enthusiastic to be able to work with the Arts Council and the greater Northampton community as a whole on furthering access and greater inclusion to the Valley arts scene.

Dana Osterling

Thulani Davis
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2021 Board Meeting Schedule:

Tuesday 1/12, 2/9, 3/9, 4/13, 5/11, 6/8, 7/13, 8/9, 9/14, 10/12, 11/9, 12/14

Board meetings usually take place in the City Hall Hearing Room at 210 Main Street from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Currently meetings take place on Zoom. Please contact bfoote@northamptonma.gov for the up-to-date schedule and details.

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