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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

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