Our Space

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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. For almost 30 years, the Center’s ballroom and galleries served as affordable, accessible venues for performances, exhibitions, arts-education programming and community gatherings. The Center 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 creativity.

In July of 2013, the City of Northampton’s non-renewable lease for the space that housed the Center for the Arts expired. You can find us downtown at 5 Strong Avenue (same phone and email contacts) where we are producing the 30th anniversary edition of First Night Northampton and making plans for our upcoming relocation to 33 Hawley Street in collaboration with the Northampton Community Arts Trust. For news about the next great arts adventure ... please click here.

Our People

Executive Director: Penny Burke

Board of Directors

  • Dorothy Nemetz, Chair
  • Tess Poe, Treasurer
  • Madeline Weaver Blanchette, Clerk
  • David Boutilier
  • Steven Daury
  • Claudia Lefko
  • Nancy Goldstein
  • Ginny Mayer

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