Art requires a healthy ecosystem.
What's that? Well, in part, space — space to create, space to present, space to produce.
To that end, the Northampton Community Arts Trust has modeled itself after a land trust. A land trust preserves and protects space for, among other things, species health and survival. We aim to do the same for creativity in our community – preserve and maintain space for creative work.
The mission of the Northampton Community Arts Trust is to protect and ensure the long-term vitality of Northampton through the acquisition and preservation of space for creative work — affordable and accessible in the heart of the community.
"Innovative design, efficiency and flexibility will drive the transformation of 33 Hawley Street into a landmark destination for artists and audiences alike."
The acquisition and development of 33 Hawley Street is the first project of the Arts Trust. It will return to the community affordable spaces for artists to make and present work that were lost as the city developed. It will foster creativity and encourage exploration, incubation and the exchange of ideas. It will engage the community in new ways and contribute to the life and vitality of downtown Northampton. It will blend efficiency and creativity to develop space that meets our community's current and future needs.
Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.
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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.