You have been waiting and waiting and here it is: the DownStreet Art application for our 2012 season!

Open call for artists/curators/performers : : :  Application Guidelines

Deadline April 1, 2012

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DownStreet Art is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) a non-profit organization that provides professional development training, resources, and support to the artists, art managers, and creative workers of Berkshire County run by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA. Through its multiple programs and presentations, BCRC brings the best of performance and art to the Berkshires and showcases the best of the Berkshires to the world.

DownStreet Art is a public art project designed to revitalize downtown North Adams.  A post-industrial city in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, North Adams first began its cultural revitalization with the opening of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in 1999.  More than ten years later, the city is in its second wave of economic development through the arts and other creative economy businesses.

By harnessing existing arts organizations and events and transforming vacant and open spaces into arts destinations, DownStreet Art defines North Adams as a cultural haven, driving tourists and community members’ downtown in a four month celebration of the arts.  Since its inception in 2008, over 65,000 visitors came downtown and through the doors of DownStreet Art’s galleries and exhibits. For DownStreet Art 2012 our goal is to build on what we have accomplished to date while deepening the   dialogue between our community and the arts.  DownStreet Art gives artists and curators competitive opportunities to exhibit their work and to be promoted on a national and international level.

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DownStreet Art 2012

 DownStreet Art is pleased to announce a call for artists and curators for the 2012 season. This is a great opportunity to have your work/project showcased in an art-friendly community, to be in touch with artists, curators, and professionals in the art world, and to be part of a larger discourse about contemporary art. Please read details carefully and fill the application accordingly to your needs. DownStreet Art welcomes any form of art and any art work team. If you are a duo/trio or a group of artists willing to show together please apply!

DownStreet Art 2012 will run from June 28th till October 25th. It will begin with a kick-off celebration on June 28th and will hold five “DownStreet Art Thursdays” on June 28th, July 26th, August 30th,September 27th  and October 25th (with all galleries hosting opening receptions and downtown performances).

Please note that as a public art project, DownStreet Art is dependent on available/empty spaces, sufficient funding and adequate staffing.  While we are planning for 2012, the number of available/empty spaces (and thus opportunities) is uncertain at this time.  What we do know is that, due to the success of DownStreet art in attracting permanent tenants for empty storefronts, for 2012 we will be working with fewer stores downtown.

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DownStreet Art invites one and all to submit proposals for art projects.   As well as more traditional gallery type exhibitions, we also welcome happenings, events and art-related performances to be held between June 28th and October 25th. If you have an idea, a project or a proposal that does not fill our requirements, please contact us. We would love to discuss this opportunity with you.

DownStreet Art welcomes international applicants!

Artist Opportunities:

  • Exhibition in a gallery like setting (most likely an empty storefront)

Curator Opportunities:

  • Curate an exhibition in a gallery like setting (most likely an empty storefront)


  • A Guest Curator or Artist/Curator is required to submit a proposal for an exhibition to take place in Summer/Fall 2012 in North Adams, including participant artist(s) and educational activities.
  • The Guest Curator can be an artist and can be part of the show he/she curates.
  • The exhibition can run from June 28th till October 25th. The proposal may specify a different time frame.
  • The exhibition can run for one, two, three or fourth months between June 28th till October 25th
  • Opening Receptions have to take place on the last Thursday of the month (June 28th, July 26th, August 30th, September 27th, October 25th) in conjunction with DownStreet Art Thursday events.

In case of exhibition, DownStreetArt will provide a location and will

  • Locate and arrange exhibition space, including where applicable negotiating highly favorable terms with local landlords (average of $200 a month with all utilities included).
  • Aggressively market all exhibitions, as well as branding DownStreet Art and North Adams. Marketing materials will include, but not be limited to street signage, printed art maps, events calendar, weekly e-blasts, vibrant web presence (including links to all major cultural institutions, city governments and Berkshire Visitor’s Bureau, ads in programs for all major area museums, press releases etc…). DownStreet Art can process all sales of art if desired. 

Artist/Curator will

  • Curate, install and de-install the exhibit(s).
  • Provide for shipping of the work.
  • Market the gallery, artist(s) and exhibit(s).
  • Provide staffing***
  • Participate in DownStreet Art activities such as DownStreet Art Thursday (last Thursday of each month between June 28th till October 25th) according with the time frame specified in the proposal (for instance, if your project will take place between July 26th and October 25th you will be required to join DownStreet Art Celebration on Thursday, August 30th, Thursday, September 27th, and October 25th).
  • Participating in education activities and workshops in relation with your exhibition when possible.

***Please note that DownStreet Art can help staffing your gallery. We run an Associate Gallery Manager program which trains college student to run gallery while taking specific class and gaining a real hands-on experience. The Associate Gallery Manager get a weekly stipend of $200 provided by you.



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