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Calling All Artists, North Adams Wants You!

By Eleanor Cook 

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PolicyMic just announced what we’ve known all along: North Adams is one of the top US cities for young creatives. Where else can you find the largest contemporary arts center in America and many nearby cultural attractions, ready access to incredible natural beauty and outdoor recreation, amazingly affordable homes, studios, offices, and light industrial spaces, and a strong community of artists, all in the same package?

There are plenty of reasons for creatives to call North Adams home, and MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program is adding another: financial support and professional development for artists committed to building a creative practice in North Adams.  

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This summer, we are thrilled to announce the Assets for Artists: North Adams Project. Artists selected to participate can receive artist-focused training, match money for investments in their creative enterprises, and seed funding to North Adams artists with special projects offering high impact  and visibility. We’re betting this can help lure and retain great artists in North Adams — and in the process, make North Adams an even more vibrant place to live and work.

We invite artists to apply in two categories: those already living or working in our hometown, and those who have yet to discover North Adams. We’re offering incentives and special programming for artists eager to put down roots in our hip little city.

Interested? Learn more about our North Adams Project here. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2014, so let us know how you envision your creative future in North Adams.

To learn more about MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program and to stay up
to date with the 200+ artists in our network across the Northeast, visit assetsforartists.org, find us on Facebook, and follow us @Assets4Artists on Twitter. You can email us at assetsforartists@massmoca.org.

Posted June 3, 2014 by MASS MoCA
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Goodnight Irene

Director Joe Thompson reports on how we coped with hurricane Irene:

We’ve never, ever closed MASS MoCA for a weather event, but Irene was spooky and we decided to play it safe.  (During one of last winter’s blizzards we proudly announced online that we would be open, and several people took me to task for requiring employees to trudge to work in the snow…which I confess took me aback.  I felt like I lived on a different planet.  It might have been a mistake to have employees make a long drive, but by and large, we actually like getting the museum open, and our tough-weather visitors are some of our best. They really want to be here, and so we’re really happy to host them). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted August 29, 2011 by MASS MoCA
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MASS Transit: MoCA Bike Rental

MASS MoCA is constantly seeking new ways to get our visitors around town while they’re here at MASS MoCA.  Enter MASS Transit, the museum’s newly introduced bike rental program. A helpful and environmentally friendly mode of transportation to reach downtown North Adams and neighboring towns, the program is being met with oodles of enthusiasm from museum visitors, visiting artists, staff and friends of the museum.

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Posted August 11, 2011 by MASS MoCA
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So much to see, so little time

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Our good friend Larry Murray has a great blog about what’s going on in Berkshire performing arts venues. Not surprisingly its called berkshireonstage.com. Larry has a long and distinguished background in the arts — you can trust him to steer you towards great stuff on stage throughout the area all year long. He also writes for Berkshire Fine Arts and runs Arts America– Berkshires Broadway and Beyond . We hope you’ll check out his blogs.

Posted May 27, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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Artists sought

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Our friends at Hoosic River Watershed Association have put out a call for proposals from visual artists for Riverworks, an outdoor art exhibition that’s held in conjunction with their annual Riverfest celebration. This year Riverfest takes place at Cole Field in Williamstown on May 29 from 11 – 4 (which gives you just enough time to freshen up before you head to MASS MoCA for the opening of our new Petah Coyne exhibition from 5-7 followed by Carolina Chocolate Drops in concert at 8.) Read the rest of this entry »

Posted March 29, 2010 by MASS MoCA
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Hitting the road

Take a look at the new MM van wrap we had installed on the Berkshire Brochure delivery vehicle! Keep your eye out for the van and give it a big honk if you see it on the road.

Cheers,

Brittany

Posted June 1, 2009 by Brittany Bishop
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