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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, 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)


  • 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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