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It's the Great Community Pumpkin Carve, North Adams!

10/28/2013

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - This Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 31, join Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) DownStreet Art and Kidspace at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) as Holden Street is closed down to clear the way for a "Great Community Pumpkin Carve" as part of the final DownStreet Art event of the season: DownStreet Art Fight Night.

In partnership with MCLA's Arts and Crafts Club, DownStreet Art will offer the "Great Community Pumpkin Carve." This event - which is free and open to the public - will kick off at 5 p.m., with festivities to include performances, gallery opening and much more Halloween-themed fun.

Up and down Holden Street, a sea of tables full of pumpkins will be set up for people to whittle, sculpt and shape into whatever their hearts desire. Afterward, people can light candles and place them inside to make Holden Street glow with the newly created Jack O'Lanterns.

The Great Community Pumpkin Carve will take place from 5-8 p.m., followed by the pumpkin lighting. Pumpkins and tools will be provided.

"Thanks to our partnership with Kidspace and the Arts and Crafts Club at MCLA, we can make something incredible like this happen. People should come down for what will guaranteed be an activity that the whole family can enjoy," said Janette Santos, executive intern for the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC).

In addition to the Great Community Pumpkin Carve, visitors to the downtown this Halloween can expect a plethora of other macabre delights, Santos added.

According to Jennifer Crowell, BCRC program coordinator, "These events are always a great part of DownStreet Art. Not only do we get to celebrate together as a community, but we get to create together, too." 

DownStreet Art is a project of MCLA's Berkshire Culture Resource Center, partnering with the City of North Adams, Develop North Adams, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Orbit Visual Graphic Design.

The program is made possible through lead sponsorship support provided by Excelsior and Greylock Federal Credit Union. Additional support is provided by: Brewhaha!, Sushi House, China Buffet, Berkshire Emporium and Antiques, Mediterra, I Got Goodies, Eagle St. Music, Shear Madness Salon, Bark-N-Cat, Shima, Verizon Wireless Zone, Public eat+drink, The Hub, Freight Yard Restaurant and Pub, MASS MoCA, The Party Place, and Persnickety Toys.

An initiative of MCLA's BCRC, DownStreet Art is a public art project designed to revitalize downtown North Adams. By harnessing existing art organizations and events and transforming vacant and open spaces into art destinations, DownStreet Art defines North Adams as a cultural haven, driving tourists and community members.

For more information about DownStreet Art events and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, go to www.downstreetart.org and www.mcla.edu/bcrc .

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. Founding partners are the City of North Adams, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and MASS MoCA. Leader financial sponsors are Greylock Federal Credit Union and Investment Group.