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DSA is back

Read the full press release.

The Ninth Annual DownStreet Art will feature four DownStreet Art Thursdays, participatory projects at city events between July and October, and also will debut a new creative business incubator program with the goal of supporting local artists beyond exhibition and performing opportunities.

“We’re excited to bring these opportunities to the artists of North Adams,” said BCRC Program Manager Michelle Daly. “We believe these changes will enliven downtown North Adams in a sustainable way, creating new opportunities for artists, downtown businesses and the community.”

DownStreet Art Thursdays will continue to be a signature element of DownStreet Art. This year, they will take place on June 30, July 28, Aug. 25 and Sept. 23.

The theme for DownStreet Art 2016 is Meet Your Neighbors, and in an effort to highlight the amazing talent of local artists, we are limiting proposals to artists living or working within 20 miles of North Adams, MA.

New initiatives

Building on the success of DSA and in addition to DownStreet Art Thursday events, MCLA’s BCRC announces two new artist-focused opportunities that will be available to the growing creative sector through the DSA program this season.

The first new initiative is DownStreet Art (DSA) Projects. These sponsored, participatory art projects will be part of city and community events held between July and October.

The second new initiative is the launch of the Creative Business Incubator Program, for which MCLA’s BCRC will invite proposals from local artists and creative workers who are interested in activating available spaces in the downtown, using available storefronts as pop-up galleries.

Through the Creative Business Incubator Program, the BCRC staff will work closely with selected artists to encourage their sustained presence in downtown North Adams.

As part of this inaugural initiative, DSA will provide each artist with an intern, who will work with one or two artists to create business and marketing plans. The artists also will enjoy support from a range of local experts who will serve as mentors.


This year, applications for DSA Projects, the Creative Business Incubator Program and the call for exhibitions will be accepted online through

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