Our Mission and history

 

Mission

The Northampton Center for the Arts (NCFA) provides affordable space for artists, performers, and educators while developing programming dedicated to arts education, multidisciplinary collaborations, and community connections. NCFA actively fosters artistic expression by:

  • Providing accessible, affordable performance and gathering space

  • Supporting local arts educators by offering classes and workshops

  • Encouraging participation in diverse forms of expression by diverse populations

  • Producing quality events that bring people together in celebration of art and community

  • At the Northampton Center for the Arts, programming is always evolving, and you will find music, dance, theatre and visual art classes, rehearsals, art exhibitions, and performances of all kinds that strengthen the arts ecology of the greater Northampton area.

History

The Northampton Center for the Arts is a private, 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 space that housed the Center expired. NCFA continued its work in the community by producing First Night, sponsoring Arts Night Out, supporting its 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 the Northampton Community Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street.

 

our people

Executive Director: Penny Burke

Program Director: Kelly Silliman

Board of Directors:

  • Rachel Stevens, Chair
  • David Boutilier, Clerk
  • Carla Cosenzi
  • Steve Daury
  • Emily Laine, Treasurer
  • Ginny Mayer
  • Michelle Meredith
  • Dorothy Nemetz
  • Pete Olsen
  • Traci Lynne Olsen

The Center for the Arts has three resident performance companies: the Lisa Leizman Dance Company, the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra, and SHOW Circus Studio.

Contact Us

Northampton Center for the Arts
PO Box 366
Northampton, MA 01061

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