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.


Brian Foote (he/him) (Director of Arts and Culture, City of Northampton/Executive Director, Northampton Arts Inc.) has worked in retail, sales, education, banking, business development, marketing, fundraising, venue management, and event production. He attended Bard College and graduated with a B.A double majoring in Political Studies and Latin America-Iberian Studies. He went on to receive an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Political Science, focusing on Comparative Politics. He is a dedicated community member with a passion to make positive change.

Steve Sanderson (he/him) (Event Producer) is the son of Harold and Judith Sanderson. He is the frontman and one of the founding members of Northampton's own Drunk Stuntmen, a songwriter and an all-around international man of mystery. He also holds the position of Team Manager for the Young@Heart Chorus. "Your time is the most precious thing you have, so therefore how you choose to spend your time is the most important decision you can make. I choose to roll with the Young At Heart Chorus."

Peter McQuillan (he/him) (Assistant Producer) is a 5th generation Northampton native with a BA in the Arts from Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts. He is a musician, radio producer, DJ, and promoter with a focus on the intersection of arts & ecology. Peter is an active part of the western Massachusetts underground DIY music scene which creates alternative spaces, brings people together for independent art events, and in turn, fosters community.

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