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Music festival on Main Street in North Adams

Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC)


MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center(BCRC) delivers cultural experiences that embrace a wide range of aesthetic and conceptual points of view to support a diverse and vibrant North Adams.



We are engaged in the way cultural experiences are presented, positioned and developed in our region. We advocate for, nurture, and facilitate a diverse, vibrant cultural community at MCLA and in the greater region. Our work bridges the campus and greater community and engages creatively and critically with a wide range of visual and performing arts experiences programed by BCRC in collaboration with community partners and students.

BCRC is a project of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.


What's New

MCLA Inaugural Artist’s Laboratory Artist in Residence, Genevieve Gaignard, does a 3-part workshop series


Collaborative Effort Fills North Adams’ Main Street With Art for the New Year.
Click Here for Press release


Enjoy a walking tour, pick up a map at Gallery 51, of all the artwork displayed in windows on Main Street. 


"Spectrum 1 News covers Downtown Art Banner Project" See video here




We believe that our wide array of programming enhances every student and faculty member’s experience on our campus by bringing diverse perspectives and voices that enrich our lives and highlight the power of the arts as a means to speak across discipline and personal boundaries.

MCLA Gallery 51

Since 2005, MCLA Gallery 51 has anchored BCRC operations on Main Street. Exhibiting work from a wide range of emerging to mid-career contemporary artists to the greater Berkshire community. The gallery hosts ten exhibitions each year and countless events and happenings. Staffed by mostly student workers, MCLA Gallery 51 provides students with hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations of a gallery. 

DownStreet Art

Each summer from late June till the end of September, DSA creates a wide program of visual and performing art events including exhibitions, video screenings and site-specific installations in downtown North Adams. 

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 Presents!

MCLA Presents! brings to North Adams and the MCLA campus some of the world's finest contemporary performance. In addition to showcasing world renowned artists, MCLA Presents! is committed to showcasing the talent of its own community as well as the work of MCLA students.