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DownStreet Art exists to build economic and social capital and encourage the dialogue between our community and the arts. DownStreet Art does this by enlivening downtown North Adams using art and cultural activities to increase visitorship and enhance resident participation.

What we do
Each summer from late June till the end of September, DSA creates a wide program of visual and performing art events including exhibitions, video screenings and site-specific installations in downtown North Adams. A post-industrial city in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, North Adams began its cultural revitalization with the opening of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in 1999.

Why we do it
Our goal is to help the economic development of North Adams and encourage the dialogue between our community and the arts. Since its inception in 2008, over 150,000 visitors came downtown and through the doors of DownStreet Art’s galleries and exhibits.

Who is involved in the project
DownStreet Art is a program of MCLA Arts and Culture (MAC) a program of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA.

In addition to MCLA, founding partners are the City of North Adams, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and MASS MoCA.


DownStreet Art would never have been possible without the many individuals and organizations who have supported MCLA Arts & Culture (formerly the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center) and DownStreet Art since their inception.