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DownStreet Art 2017

We launch DownStreet Art 2017 with a nod to our past, strengthening our bonds with the North Adams and Berkshire communities through a focus on public, participatory art. Ten new projects, ranging from performances and murals, to pop-up parks and sidewalk paintings, will celebrate our tenth season of community-based programming. This year, we offer three dynamic opportunities for designers and artists to develop and showcase their work in art-friendly downtown North Adams, MA.

Application deadline for all three opportunities is 11:59pm on March 31, 2017.


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Our Jurors:

Arthur DeBow was the Exhibitions Director/Curator and Director of Alumni Affairs at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland Oregon for over 20 years, along with having been the Director of galleries in Portland and New York. He has conducted lectures and workshops around the county on the business side of the arts and the presentation of art. He was a Art and Design major at Norjord University, Denmark and a Art and Theater Arts major at Portland State University and also has a degree in Business and Travel Industry.

He currently serves as a member of the Board of: Makers’ Mill, North Adams MA., The Portland Rose Festival Foundation, Portland, OR. and Little Bird Arts that promotes K-12 arts nationally.

Jessie Sentivan is a curatorial assistant at the Williams College Museum of Art, with particular focus on collection management and acquisitions. She received a B.A. from Hamilton College and continued her education at the Harvard Extension School. She has worked in commercial art galleries and non-profit organizations, and specializes in research and in editing publications. She was a contributing editor for the Hans Hofmann Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings (2014).

Michelle Daly is the program manager for MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. A Vermont native with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Painting from Marylhurst University, Michelle Daly is an artist and arts manager with a passion for contextualizing information, curating meaningful engagements and providing opportunities for students, staff, and community members of the Northern Berkshires

Call for Parklet Design Proposals

Inspired by San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks project, an initiative that transforms vehicular parking spaces into public gathering places, we will host one to two parklets (pop-up parks) in North Adams’ downtown core for the duration of our 2017 season (mid-June through September). Aligning with the goals behind Pavement to Parks and similar initiatives, such as the global Park(ing) Day movement, this project aims to enhance downtown walkability, facilitate social interaction, support local businesses, and encourage continued re-imagination of public space in North Adams.

We invite parklet design proposals that support these project goals and ensure temporary sustainability. A successful design will demonstrate how the proposed park can endure three months of frequent use without requiring substantial maintenance or damaging city property. It will feature a creative design and seating, among other aesthetic and functional attractions that facilitate leisure. As well as being adaptable to varied programming, each park must be easily accessible and therefore elevated to sidewalk level. Chosen designers will collaborate with DownStreet Art and the city of North Adams to implement their concepts. Each designer will be paid a design fee of $1500 and will be reimbursed up to an additional $1000 for fabrication costs and materials.

Additional information:

See full application guidelines here

Apply online at mcla.submittable.com

View examples of similar projects here


Call for Programming Proposals

We invite artists of various disciplines to activate our downtown core and our parklet(s) in particular with creative activities–ranging from performances to installations and beyond–throughout DownStreet Art 2017. A successful proposal will support project goals and engage a broad spectrum of North Adams residents as well as visitors. Chosen artists will collaborate with DownStreet Art to implement their ideas. Each artist will be provided with a fee between $200 and $1000, based on the proposed scope of programming.

Additional information:

See full application guidelines here

Apply online at mcla.submittable.com


Call for Mural Proposals

We invite artists interested in community engagement and social practice to work with the North Adams community and collaboratively realize a new mural that will join existing murals by artists including Spanish collective Muralismo Publico, Egyptian street artist Alaa Awad, Jarvis Rockwell, Corwin Levi and others. Of particular interest are concepts that reflect North Adams’ physical or cultural landscape, contributing to a local sense of place. A successful proposal will present a strong aesthetic and conceptual point of view, addressing community engagement strategies as well as the constraints of realizing a community-engaged project within four to six weeks. Following the selection process, DownStreet Art will match selected artists with interested community groups.

Additional information:

See full application guidelines here

Apply online at mcla.submittable.com

Visit our public art page for images of existing DownStreet Art murals.