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Everyone’s vote is needed to bring a new concert series to North Adams next summer and fall! Register at https://grant.levittamp.org/voter-registration-page/ to help with this effort.

Votes Needed to Bring Concerts to Downtown

11/04/15

C:\fakepath\Levitt AMP graphic1.JPGWith the help and support of everyone who loves North Adams, one of its oldest parks could be the site of a free, 10-week-long concert series for all to enjoy next year.

If successful through an online voting process going on now, Colegrove Park – set to reopen this spring after renovations are complete – will showcase some family friendly concerts in August, September and October 2016.

But, MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) – along with the City of North Adams’ Office of Tourism and Community Events, North Adams Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (NBCC) and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) – need your help to secure the concert series’ funding, through the Levitt AMP North Adams Grant they hope to secure.

The top 25 vote-getters from across the nation will be eligible for one of 15 Levitt AMP grants. The voting – which began this week – will continue through the end of the month.

Because cities as large as 400,000 may apply and North Adams’ population is closer to 14,000, the competition is tough, so everyone’s help is needed and is being encouraged through a newly launched social media campaign.

Theresa Miller, director of corporate and foundation relations at MCLA, hopes everyone will share information about the voting. She asks that people tag their social media posts with #LevittAMPNA to help raise awareness of the opportunity.

“Spread the word near and far,” she said. “Voters don’t have to be local!”

According to Miller, Colegrove Park provides the perfect setting.

“Levitt Amp’s mission is to transform under-utilized public spaces. Colegrove Park has been under-utilized for the last 60 years, and is ideally situated to launch a new concert series in North Adams,” Miller said.

Designated as a public park in 1904, Colegrove Park is located just behind Eagle Street where the Mohawk Trail meets Main Street in downtown North Adams, at the newly named and renovated Colegrove Park Elementary School and former Conte Middle School. It included a fountain, tiered lawns, grand marble stairways, and – at one time – a bandstand.

It remained a vibrant public park until the mid-1950s.

The Levitt AMP concert series stands to be a great addition to the already vibrate summer and fall that North Adams enjoys. Miller said the free concerts would provide a great way to re-introduce Colegrove Park to the community.

“In North Adams, we are very fortunate that Colegrove Park School and Colegrove Park are being renovated,” Miller added. “It gives us a perfect opportunity to brand that park as a public performance space. This is a city that is poised and ready.”

Voting began on Monday, Nov. 2, and will continue 8 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 30. Voters can sign up to vote online, after registering at https://grant.levittamp.org/voter-registration-page/.