Sept. 18, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — DownStreet Art (DSA), a program of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), announces that this year’s final DownStreet Art Thursday will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m.

This month’s theme is “Collaboration.”

“Collaboration highlights and celebrates the many ways in which the community of North Adams comes together artistically and socially, bringing attention to social issues, supporting one another, and collectively creating a bold and vibrant North Adams,” said BCRC Director Michelle Daly.

Collaborative activities will include art making and community tabling on Holden community-painted “Mini Mobile-Mural” hosted by the Ashland Street Project Space at 50 Ashland St., and “Marafanyi Meets the Mural: Scarab,” a multi-media performance project created by community members and led by Marafanyi Drum, Dance and Song in front of Alaa Awad’s “Justice” mural on Center Street.

Additional activities include music under the Mohawk Marquee with Improvisational Jazz from West End Trio, singer-songwriter Lady Jane, and Americana tunes from Pinedrop.

Opening at MCLA Gallery 51, is “SPECTRUM,” a group exhibition of 30 national and international artists who explore masculinity, femininity, and gender identities between and outside of this binary.

Nicole Irene’s paintings and prose will be on view in the window gallery at 49 Main St.

On the MASS MoCA campus, Building 13 will host an open house, 5 to 7 p.m. There will be new exhibitions opening at CYNTHIA-REEVES and Ferrin Contemporary galleries, a closing event at The Artist Book Foundation, and open studios at The Studios at MASS MoCA.

In addition, an inaugural exhibition featuring African wildlife and landscape photographs, “ROAM: A Xtina Parks Gallery” will open in Building 1 at MASS MoCA with a special DownStreet Art reception.

Installation Space, 49 Eagle St., will host an opening reception from 4 to 8 p.m. for “ANTIQUITACKIES: New England’s Newest Antique Flea Boutique,” an installation by Tatiana Klusak and Pat Falco. And, extended hours and happenings continue on Eagle Street with Galen Cheney Projects, Martha Flood Design and Birdsong Gallery.

The “Movies Under the Stars” series at Colegrove Park will begin at dusk with a showing of “Bolt.” In this 2008 animated film, a dog named Bolt who has spent his whole life on a television set and thinks that he has super powers, sets out on a cross-country journey to rescue his human, Penny.

For a complete listing of DSA art installations, exhibitions and performances, and more information about upcoming events, go to, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @downstreetart.

DownStreet Art is a program of MCLA’s 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