The Northampton Center for the Arts is non-profit dedicated to programming theater, music, art, and dance that is culturally diverse.
The Northampton Center for the Arts is a private, non-profit organization, established in 1984 as the result of a public/private partnership between the City of Northampton and the developers of the former D.A. Sullivan School complex in downtown Northampton. The Center houses an elegant, turn-of-the-century performance hall, an art gallery, a community arts classroom, an office, and modest backstage spaces with utility, dressing and technical areas.
For almost 30 years, the Center has provided an affordable and accessible venue for performances, exhibitions, arts-education programming and community events. It has been a unique and valuable resource, encouraging participation in a variety of expressive forms and producing quality events that bring people together in celebration of creative community. However, in July of 2013, the City of Northampton’s non-renewable lease for the space that houses the Center for the Arts expires. In anticipation of that deadline, all programming will cease by the end of March.
During the Center’s tenure, Northampton has become a destination for arts, entertainment and retail. Downtown Northampton boasts a vibrant mix of residences, businesses, restaurants, art galleries and entertainment venues housed in buildings of historic and architectural note. This diversity makes Northampton attractive to tourists, enhances the life of its residents and contributes to its economic success.
As an increasingly desirable place to live and work, Northampton itself has come to present serious challenges to the creative community. Artists and arts groups have moved from the city to more affordable studio, rehearsal and performance spaces in surrounding communities such as Easthampton, Holyoke, and Shelburne Falls. The loss of the Center for the Arts presents a timely opportunity to establish a viable and sustainable multi-purpose arts center in downtown Northampton. To learn more, please read about the Northampton Community Arts Trust.