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DSA TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS AHEAD OF 'CALL FOR ART' DEADLINE

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) announces DownStreet Art drop-in office hours ahead of this year’s call for proposals deadline on April 15.

DownStreet Art Program Manager Michelle Daly will hold open office hours from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 14, at MCLA Gallery 51, 51 Main St., to answer questions, provide feedback or assist with proposals.

Interested individuals also may contact Daly to schedule a time to meet outside of these hours by calling (413) 662-5253 or via e-mail at michelle.daly@mcla.edu.

“This is the perfect opportunity to talk through an idea, get feedback on a proposal or get individual assistance with the application,” Daly said.

This year, there are three opportunities for artists; DownStreet Art Projects, Creative Business Incubator and Call for Exhibitions.

DownStreet Art Thursdays will be held on June 30, July 28, Aug. 25 and Sept. 29.

Artists can apply for one or all three of these DownStreet Art 2016 opportunities. This year, applications will be accepted online through mcla.submittable.com. Full details about each of these programs, including submission details and requirements, can be found at http://www.downstreetart.org/.

DownStreet Art is a program of MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) and provides professional development, training, resources and support to the artists, art managers and creative workers of Berkshire County.

Designed as a creative economic revitalization project to revitalize downtown North Adams in 2008, DownStreet Art exists to build economic and social capital and encourage the dialogue between our community and the arts. DownStreet Art does this by enlivening downtown North Adams using art and cultural activities to increase visitorship and enhance resident participation.

MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) provides opportunities, resources, and support to the Northern Berkshire Community. BCRC brings together the Northern Berkshire, MCLA and greater creative communities through its cultural programming including: MCLA Gallery 51, DownStreet Art, B-HIP, and MCLA Presents! The BCRC promotes, facilitates and encourages a dialogue to foster a sustainable creative community.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

For more information, go to http://www.mcla.edu/.