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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 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


  • 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

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