About DownStreet Art

DownStreet Art (downstreetart.org) is a program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), a non-profit organization that provides professional development, training, resources and support to the artists, arts managers and creative workers of Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Designed as a creative placemaking project to revitalize the post-industrial city of North Adams, DownStreet Art exists to build economic and social capital as well as facilitate community dialogue. By enlivening downtown North Adams through arts and cultural activities, Downstreet Art increases visitorship to the city and enhances resident engagement.


About the Pop-Up (Parklet) Park Project

Inspired by San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks project, an initiative that transforms vehicular parking spaces into public gathering places, Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) is commissioning one to two pop-up parks in North Adams’ downtown core for the duration of DownStreet Art 2017 (mid-June through September). This project aims to enhance downtown walkability, facilitate social interaction, support local businesses, and encourage continued re-imagination of public space in North Adams. DownStreet Art invites park design proposals that support these project goals and ensure temporary sustainability. A successful design will demonstrate how the proposed park can endure three months of frequent use without requiring substantial maintenance or damaging city property. It will feature landscaping and seating, among other aesthetic and functional attractions that facilitate leisure. As well as being adaptable to varied programming, each park must be easily accessible and therefore elevated to sidewalk level. Chosen designers will collaborate with DownStreet Art and the city of North Adams to implement their concepts. Each designer will be paid a design fee of $1500 and will be reimbursed up to an additional $1000 for fabrication costs and materials. See here for helpful guidelines, derived from the San Francisco Parklet Manual.


About the Design Fee

  • 50% to be paid in advance

  • 50% to be paid upon successful installation of parklet

  • Fabrication and material costs to be reimbursed within 30 days of receiving completed reimbursement form and receipts


Application Requirements

  • Current CV or resume, highlighting qualifications relevant to this project

  • Up to 10 images of past design work

  • Written narrative (one to two pages) that articulates how the proposed park design is sustainable, adaptable, accessible, secure, and supportive of project goals

  • Up to five digital or hand-drawn renderings of concept described in the written narrative, scaled to the size of one parking space (dimensions are 275" x 100" for a parallel space and 275" x 155" for perpendicular)

  • Detailed maintenance plan, ideally including opportunities for community participation in the stewardship process

  • Budget and timeline for park installation and upkeep


Timeline

  • March 31 (11:59 pm) - Proposals due

  • April 17 - Notification of selected designers

  • June 1 to June 20 - Pop-up park construction

  • June 29 - DownStreet Art 2017 kickoff

About DownStreet Art

DownStreet Art (downstreetart.org) is a program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), a non-profit organization that provides professional development, training, resources and support to the artists, arts managers and creative workers of Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Designed as a creative placemaking project to revitalize the post-industrial city of North Adams, DownStreet Art exists to build economic and social capital as well as facilitate community dialogue. By enlivening downtown North Adams through arts and cultural activities, Downstreet Art increases visitorship to the city and enhances resident engagement.


About the Pop-Up (Parklet) Park Project

Inspired by San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks project, an initiative that transforms vehicular parking spaces into public gathering places, Downstreet Art is hosting one to two parklets (pop-up parks) in North Adams’ downtown core for the duration of its 2017 season (mid June through September). Artists of various disciplines are invited to program these with creative activities--ranging from performances to installations and beyond--throughout DownStreet Art 2017. Aligning with the goals behind Pavement to Parks and similar initiatives, such as the global Park(ing) Day movement, this project aims to enhance downtown walkability, facilitate social interaction, support local businesses, and encourage continued re-imagination of public space in North Adams. A successful proposal will support project goals and engage a broad spectrum of North Adams residents as well as visitors. Chosen artists will collaborate with DownStreet Art and the city of North Adams to implement their ideas. Each artist will be provided with a fee between $200 and $1000, based on the proposed scope of programming.


About the Artist Fee

Assuming timely completion of required paperwork, DownStreet Art will pay artists immediately following their programs. If paperwork is not completed on time, DownStreet Art will issue payment within 30 days of the program.


Application Requirements

  • Current CV or resume and artist statement, highlighting qualifications relevant to this project

  • Written narrative (one to two pages) that articulates how the proposed activity is accessible, supportive of project goals, and conducive to public engagement

  • Budget and timeline that includes preferred programming dates (between June 29 and September 28)


Timeline

  • March 31 (11:59 pm) - Proposals due

  • April 17 - Notification of selected artists

  • June 29 to September 28 - Parklets activated with programming (DownStreet Art to coordinate dates and times following notification of artists)
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About DownStreet Art

DownStreet Art (downstreetart.org) is a program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), a non-profit organization that provides professional development, training, resources and support to the artists, arts managers and creative workers of Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Designed as a creative placemaking project to revitalize downtown North Adams, DownStreet Art (DSA) exists to build economic and social capital as well as facilitate community dialogue. By enlivening downtown North Adams through arts and cultural activities, DownStreet Art increases visitorship to the city and enhances resident engagement. To date, DownStreet Art has commissioned eight murals in downtown North Adams.


Downstreet Art 2017 Mural Project

To celebrate the tenth season of DownStreet Art programming, Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) is commissioning two new murals for DownStreet Art 2017. DownStreet Art invites artists interested in community engagement and social practice to work with the North Adams community and collaboratively realize a new mural that will join existing murals by artists including Spanish collective Muralismo Publico, Egyptian street artist Alaa Awad, Jarvis Rockwell, Corwin Levi and others. Of particular interest are concepts that reflect North Adams’ physical or cultural landscape, contributing to a local sense of place. A successful proposal will present a strong aesthetic and conceptual point of view, addressing community engagement strategies as well as the constraints of realizing a community project within a four- to six-week timeline. Following the selection process, DownStreet Art will match selected artists with interested community groups.


Eligibility

This call is open to established and emerging artists, or an artist team, with priority given to artists who have demonstrated experience in managing a project of this magnitude.


Budget

Selected artists or artist teams will be paid a $5000 fee inclusive of design, travel, fabrication and material costs. In addition, DownStreet Art will provide scaffolding, ladders, and a limited number of rollers and paintbrushes. DownStreet Art welcomes proposals from local and non-local artists alike and will provide housing if needed, in the form of a homestay, to selected artists or artist teams.


About the Artist Fee

  • 50% to be paid upon approval of final concept

  • 50% to be paid upon completion of mural and submission of final paperwork, including full materials list and maintenance plan

Application Requirements

  • Current CV or resume and artist statement, highlighting qualifications relevant to social practice as well as mural design/public art

  • At least six images of past work, demonstrating a creative approach that aligns with this project

  • Written narrative (one to two pages) describing a mural concept as well as a plan for community engagement in mural design and creation

  • Illustration(s) of proposed mural concept


Timeline

  • March 31 (11:59 pm) - Proposals due

  • April 17 - Notification of selected artists

  • June to September - Mural completion and unveiling