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The leaves are changing and the air is getting crisp, just a week ago we celebrated the last DownStreet Art Thursday of 2016. We’re still catching our breaths from an incredibly full four months of activating downtown North Adams. Thank You to all of our artists, community members, local businesses, interns and volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without you. Also, thank you to the City of North Adams for continuing to be great partners in supporting the work we do – from street closures to the Mayor Alcombright rolling up his sleeves and assembling our podcast booth with us.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be organizing opportunities for feedback. From listening sessions to community meetings to surveys. We want to hear what you like and don’t like about DownStreet Art and we’ll take your feedback to heart as we begin planning for the 10th DownStreet Art in 2017.


While some of our temporary spaces are coming to an end – there’s still lots to see and do in North Adams this fall. Currently on view are great exhibitions at outside gallery, ferrin contemporary, cynthia-reeves and our very own MCLA Gallery 51. Open studios at the eclipse mill October 15-16 and as always there are some exciting activities at Makers Mill in the next few weeks.



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May we recommend:

  • Sign up for the North Adams Happenings email – it’s an easy way to get a preview every week of what’s going on in and around the Northern Berkshires. From hayrides, to hikes, to art openings we focus on art, nature and family friendly activities – many of which are free to attend. Sign up here
  • DownStreet Art is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center – with programming year round. From the Levitt AMP North Adams concert series, to rotating exhibitions at MCLA Gallery 51 to the Margaret Hart Scholarship concert with Tangina Stone – we’ve got a full few months ahead of us.
  • New things are brewing at MASS MoCA this fall as well. From what we hear there is an excellent pumpkin ale at Bright Ideas Brewing, to the long awaited (and much lauded) opening of Nick Cave’s most ambitious exhibition Until.

There’s also a full lineup of concerts and performances happening over the next few weeks including:

  • Two more LevittAMP North Adams Concerts with Peter Mulvey October 9 and the Seratones October 16. 2pm at Colegrove Park.
  • Benjamin Clementine at MASS MoCA, October 15
  • October 12 – 15 – MCLA’s Theater department kicks off their 16-17 season with Julie Kramer’s disarming new stage adaptation of Rona Jaffe’s 1958 “The Best of Everything.”

It bears repeating – thank you, thank you, thank you for another great summer of art and community.