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DSA THURSDAY RETURNS JULY 26TH WITH ‘EVERYBODY’


July 23, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — DownStreet Art (DSA), a program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), will continue its free DownStreet Art (DSA) Thursday events on July 26, 5-8 p.m., with a variety of musical performances, new art exhibitions, and hands-on creative projects.

This month’s theme of “everybody” will include multiple examples of figurative art and movement-based works throughout the downtown and in many of the participating galleries.
“We are excited to add even more activities and galleries this month, with an emphasis on the body and an expanded DownStreet Art event area which almost perfectly matches the cultural district footprint,” said Michelle Daly, BCRC director.

The community is invited to help create the newest DownStreet Art mural, “TESSELATION,” to be painted on the sidewalk in front of 33 Main St. An escher-like, interlocking bird pattern was designed by Adams artist Anthony Merino, who will assist volunteers. In addition, local artists, community organizations, and businesses will line the streets of Main Street, and Holden Street will be closed to traffic as our monthly creativity zone offers multiple interactive activities.

Featured events include musical performances by singer-songwriters Melanie Glenn and Jake Klar, and pop-folk band Humble Digs, all of whom will perform in front of Berkshire Bank, 37 Main St. In collaboration with MASS MoCA’s annual Bang on a Can Festival, a special Drury High School band performance will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Design Lab, 49 Main St.
Artist Suran Song’s “Energy Body Portraits” will be on view, 3-8 p.m., at River Street Art Project, 102 River St. Song will sign up participants for the Energy Healing Project.

From 5 to 7 p.m., the Artist Book Foundation, 1327 MASS MoCA Way (Building 13) will host a reception and book signing with hyperrealist sculptor, Carole Feuerman, whose work is celebrated across the globe. Also in Building 13, Ferrin Contemporary will host a reception for “Del balcón,” a solo exhibition of new figurative sculpture works by Cristina Córdova.

New openings also include François-Xavier de Costerd’s “ESCAPE FACTORY” at Installation Space, 49 Eagle St., and  “Charles Giuliano: Heads and Tales,” a retrospective exhibition of photographs from the artist’s four decades as a journalist and arts critic, at MCLA Gallery 51. At 49 Main St., this month’s window exhibition is “Sara Okamura: What Happens in Washington, Happens in North Adams, Recent Additions to the Inflicted Anxiety Project.”
A piano by Keith Bona will join Danny-O’s rainbow-painted piano in front of the Design Lab, 49 Main St. Both pianos are part of the county-wide “Berkshire Painted Piano Project,” organized by the Berkshire Music School to celebrate the Summer of Music and Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday. Common Folk Artist Collective will host an art-focused Tag Sale and busking station at 41 Quincy St.


For the kids and kids at heart, the Ashland Street Project Space, 50 Ashland St., will offer games, books, drawing, and explorations in a large, winding “blanket fort.” And, the Second Annual Movies Under the Stars series begins at dusk with a showing of “Beethoven” at Colegrove Park, and at 8 p.m. the Chalet at MASS MoCA will continue its free weekly music series.

DSA Thursday events will continue on Aug. 30, and Sept. 27. For a complete listing of DSA art installations, exhibitions and performances, as well as more information about upcoming events, go to http://downstreetart.org, or follow us on Facebook, and on Instagram at @downstreetart.

DownStreet art is a program of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center which delivers cultural experiences that embrace a wide range of aesthetic and conceptual points of view to support a diverse and vibrant North Adams.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth’s public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens. For more information, go to www.mcla.edu.