Arts, Culture, and Humanities

NORTHAMPTON ARTS COUNCIL INC

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aka Northampton Arts Inc.   |   Northampton, MA   |  http://northamptonartscouncil.org

Mission

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 Summer Concert Series, Transperformance, First Night Northampton, and Four Sundays in February, and advocating on behalf of the arts community.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Mr. Brian Foote

Main address

240 Main Street Memorial Hall #1

Northampton, MA 01060 USA

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EIN

05-0523540

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

>Lack of grant support of arts projects >Lack of engaging and accessible arts events >Limitations of art space in town to display work/rehearse/perform. >The absence of a thriving art market for artists to sell work. >The absence of affordable housing for artists.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Silver Chord Bowl Collegiate A capella Showcase

The first Sunday in February is devoted to the Silver Chord Bowl, the oldest and most respected collegiate a cappella show case in the region, hosted in John M. Greene Hall on the Smith College campus.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$10,000

Each year in August the Northampton Arts Council and the Parent Teacher Organizations of Northampton’s public school system join forces to raise funds for arts enrichment in the schools and for the ArtsEZ grant program. The original concept for Transperformance was for local bands to take on a persona of another established nationally recognized act and perform or “Transperform” their bands’ style. The acts that are chosen are done thematically, such as Transperformance 22 “Food Groups” (Heather Maloney as Amy Winehouse) or Transperformance 17 “Color By Numbers” (Primate Fiasco as Pink Floyd) or Transperformance 23 “Beyond Bob” (Rusty Belle as Bob Dylan). Over the years Transperformance has evolved and tribute style performances have become acceptable if not the norm.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$25,000

The event itself is a festival of performing arts that reaches out to a diverse population, offering 12 hours of family-friendly entertainment and arts-related activities on New Year's Eve.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$75,000

Our mission is to showcase the best music from the pioneer valley alongside top notch touring acts while bringing together the local community to enjoy the many benefits of our picturesque downtown. Outdoor concerts on summer nights in downtown Northampton is a tradition that dates back to the 1970’s. Since that time Northampton has been fertile ground for producing unique original music, often renowned on the national level.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$12,500

Individuals as well as schools and arts organizations are encouraged to seek funding for creative projects to be held in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds. The grants are funded by the proceeds from the Arts Council’s signature events: The Silver Chord Bowl, Transperformance, and First Night. Grants will be awarded in the following categories: dance, film/video, literature, mixed media, music, schools, theater, and visual arts. Individual artists and arts organizations will receive equal consideration for grants. Last spring, the Council awarded $20,000 to 27 recipients with grants ranging from $250-$1,250.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$20,000

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Charting impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our purpose is to develop, promote, and present arts activities and programs in the Northampton community, to stimulate public awareness and support for the arts, and to maintain and perpetuate the diversity of the artistic and cultural heritage of Northampton through the encouragement of ethnic, cultural and folk artistic expressions. It is the intention of the organization to carry out these purposes directly by the presentation of arts programs and performances within the community, and additionally to generate funds by such programming to supplement the municipal Arts Council’s financial support of local artists.

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.

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 half-time production assistant, and one student intern from Smith College.

The level of community engagement at our events that we produce, fund, and support. How much direct aid we distribute to individual artists, arts organizations, and schools.

Starting in 1991 the organization was able to fund a second round of grants in the spring by creating and producing successful fund-raising arts events that continue until this day. Since 1989 the Northampton Arts Council has raised and distributed over $500,000 in grant monies to local artists, schools and arts organizations; $150,000 for cultural programs in the city’s schools; $100,000 to improvement of the Academy of Music’s stage. In addition the organization has been successful in raising enough money to provide a salary for a full-time Arts Events Producer and a production assistant.

Financials

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Operations

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

Arts Fundraising, Arts Advocacy