DownStreet Art is pleased to announce a call for artists and curators for the 2011 season.
DownStreet Art 2011 will run for from June 23rd till October 11th (Columbus Day Weekend). It will begin with a kick-off celebration on June 23rd and will hold four "DownStreet Art Thursdays" (with all galleries hosting opening receptions and downtown performances); and it will all culminate in North Adams Open Studios weekend on October 11th. Please note that as a public art project, DownStreet Art is dependent on available/empty spaces, sufficient funding and adequate staffing. While we are planning for 2011, the number of available/empty spaces (and thus opportunities) is uncertain at this time.
DownStreet Art is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) a non-profit organization that provides professional development training, resources, and support to the artists, art managers, and creative workers of Berkshire County run by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA, USA. Through it’s multiple programs and presentations, BCRC brings the best of performance and art to the Berkshires and showcases the best of the Berkshires to the world.
DownStreet Art is a public art project designed to revitalize downtown North Adams. A post-industrial city in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, North Adams first began its cultural revitalization with the opening of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in 1999. More than ten years later, the city is in its second wave of economic development through the arts and other creative economy business.
By harnessing existing arts organizations and events and transforming vacant and open spaces into arts destinations, DownStreet Art defines North Adams as a cultural haven, driving tourists and community members’ downtown in a four month celebration of the arts. Since its inception in 2008, over 50,000 visitors came downtown and through the doors of DownStreet Art’s galleries and exhibits. For DownStreet Art 2011 our goal is to build on what we have accomplished to date while deepening the dialogue between our community and the arts. DownStreet Art gives artists and curators competitive opportunities to exhibit their work and to be promoted on a national and international level.
For more information and to download the application please refer to the DownStreet Art website.