Berkshire Cultural Resource Center

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.

What We Do

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 Programs and Partnerships


Grant-funded work that impacts MCLA and our community, including the Institute for Arts and Humanities, Arts+@MCLA, and curricular connections.

MCLA Gallery 51

Run by MCLA since 2005, Gallery 51 exhibits work from a wide range of emerging to mid-career contemporary artists to the greater Berkshire community and provides students with hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations of a gallery.

DownStreet Art

A longtime summer program of visual and performing arts that takes places across downtown North Adams. More than 150,000 visitors have experienced DSA events since it began in 2008.

MCLA Presents!

MCLA Presents! brings to North Adams and the MCLA campus some of the world's finest performers in music, dance, theatre, and spoken word.

Questions? Contact Us

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center
375 Church Street,
North Adams, MA 01247