Our Mission and history
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.
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.
Managing Director: Joanna Faraby Walker
Associate Director: Melissa Dimetres
Program Director: Kelly Silliman
Operations: Steve Davis
Board of Directors:
Rachel Stevens, Chair
David Boutilier, Clerk
Dorothy Nemetz, Treasurer
The Center for the Arts has two resident performance companies: the Lisa Leizman Dance Company, and the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra.