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What is the Northampton Center for the Arts?

We’re here at 33 Hawley Street to help our local Valley community members turn their artistic and creative dreams into reality. The Center’s adaptable rental spaces — The Flex, Eli’s Room (Downstairs Studio), and Carole’s Dance Studio — offer artists, performers, students, educators, and others in our community great places to host events and classes. Here at the Center we also develop our own programming dedicated to arts education, multidisciplinary collaborations, and community connections. As experienced artists and arts administrators, the Center staff is uniquely positioned to support artists and makers in producing their own performances, classes, workshops, and events. For more information please visit our About page.

Want to dance, sing, act, or make art? 

Join our mailing list and visit this website regularly to learn about classes and workshops.

Looking for something to do at night or on the weekends? 

Check out the arts events happening regularly at 33 Hawley. This calendar covers all events happening in the building, including those produced by the Center, A.P.E., and Northampton Open Media.

Dreaming about teaching a class or presenting a performance? 

Make an appointment with our staff by emailing ncfa@nohoarts.org and let us support you with turning your vision into reality. 

Curious about the Northampton Center for the Arts and 33 Hawley? 

Visit us during our open hours: Tuesday-Friday 12-4pm. Walk-ins welcome!

What is 33 Hawley?

33 Hawley is the first project of the Northampton Community Arts Trust. Adapting the model of conservation and community land trusts, the Arts Trust acquired this distinctive, centrally-located, energy-efficient building, removing it from the speculative real estate market, to serve as a common resource, to be protected — in perpetuity — for acts of creativity and imagination. The building is stewarded by three long-standing community arts organizations who hold long-term leases with the Arts Trust: Northampton Center for the Arts, A.P.E., and Northampton Open Media.

What is the history of the Northampton Center for the Arts?

The Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, established in 1983 as the result of a public/private partnership between the City of Northampton and the developers of the former Sullivan School in downtown Northampton. For 30 years, the Center’s ballroom and galleries served as venues for performances, exhibitions, arts-education programming and community gatherings. In July of 2013, the City of Northampton’s non-renewable lease for the Sullivan School space expired. The Center continued its work in the community by producing First Night, sponsoring Arts Night Out, supporting our resident companies, and organizing events throughout the Valley. The Center operated out of a transitional office at 5 Strong Avenue until its September 2017 relocation to 33 Hawley.