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Northampton Arts Council

The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice (as well as other grants on a rolling basis) 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, Northampton Summer Concert Series, Transperformance and Silver Chord Bowl, and advocating on behalf of the arts community.

Founded in 1980, the Northampton Arts Council has an all-volunteer board, and staff, consisting of a full-time executive director, a full-time arts events producer, one seasonal production consultant, and one student intern from Smith College.

In addition to administering the LCC program, The Northampton Arts Council was the first cultural council in the Commonwealth to raise money for a second round of funding every spring, with only a few other LCC's following our lead. The ArtsEZ Spring Grant round is made possible by three major fundraising events produced by the Northampton Arts Council; first, Transperformance, an end-of-summer music festival at Look Park held every August, First Night Northampton, Northampton's New Year's Eve festival of the performing arts, and the Silver Chord Bowl, the legendary collegiate Acapella invitational.

In addition to grant programs, the Northampton Arts Council helps to program arts enrichment programs in the public schools, initiates public art projects and advocates for the arts in the city. We also produce or help produce many other events and projects in Northampton including but not limited to Four Sundays in February,YouthFilm, KidsBestFest, Ice Art Festival, Retrofaire Open Air Market, Cinema Northampton, Northampton Print and Book Fair, Western Massachusetts Biennial Exhibit at Hosmer Gallery-Forbes Library, Northampton Film Festival, Arts Night Out Northampton, Chalk Art Festival, administer the Paradise City Cultural District, appoint and fund Northampton's Poet Laureate, administer our own BJ Goodwin Memorial Scholarship Fund, and administer our own Northampton Music Instrument Fund.

http://www.northamptonartscouncil.org
email arts@northamptonma.gov
http://www.facebook.com/artscouncilnorthampton
http://twitter.com/nohoartscouncil


Northampton Arts Council Brian Foote, Executive Director Memorial Hall #1 Northampton, MA 01060-3113 413/587-1269

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