The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

8th Annual DownStreet Art - Open Call

Application Deadline April 5

MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) announces the 8th Annual DownStreet Art Festival! June 25th kicks off North Adams’s summer-long arts festival featuring contemporary art, performances, concerts, and more.  Since its inception in 2008 over 125,000 visitors have experienced DownStreet Art’s galleries and performances. 


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This year, DownStreet Art is especially interested in proposals from artists and curators that will activate DownStreet Art beyond “DownStreet Art Thursday’s”. Examples would include proposals that have an ongoing interactive element, temporary outdoor installations, exhibitions that encourage participation or proposals for works-in-progress that will culminate in a performance or exhibition opening.

We are seeking quality work in all media including but not limited to, drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, performance and multi-discipline work. 

DownStreet Art is an excellent opportunity to have your work/project showcased in an art-friendly community and to be part of a larger discourse about contemporary art.

Please visit our website for more information and apply by April 5th!