NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) announces the DownStreet Art (DSA) 2017 call for art. To mark the 10th anniversary of the DownStreet Art program, BCRC will embark on an ambitious goal to commission 10 new projects, which will range from performances and murals to pop-up parks and community art projects.

According to BCRC Director Jennifer Crowell, “This year, we are excited to offer three dynamic opportunities for artists to develop and showcase their work in art-friendly downtown North Adams.” 

The three opportunities include a call for mural art, parklet design, and pop-up art programming. Full requests for proposals and submission guidelines can be found at the DSA website, at . The proposal deadline is March 31, at 11:59 p.m.

DSA invites artists interested in community engagement and social practice to work with the North Adams community to collaboratively realize a new mural to join existing murals by artists including Spanish collective Muralismo Publico, Egyptian street artist Alaa Awad, Jarvis Rockwell, Corwin Levi, and others.

BCRC will two parklets – small green spaces – as art projects in downtown North Adams for the duration of Downstreet Art 2017. Artists are invited to program these parklets with creative activities throughout the Downstreet Art season.

According to Crowell, the 10th Annual DownStreet Art will strengthen bonds between North Adams and other Berkshire communities by creating opportunities for collaboration with local community and cultural organizations. This season also will offer opportunities for the community to connect with artists from the first stages of creation, lending their ideas to DownStreet Art 2017.

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

Designed as a public art 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.

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.

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