Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) and Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) will kick off the seventh annual DownStreet Art summer public arts festival on Thursday, June 26, from 6 to 9pm, with the opening of nine new exhibitions, the unveiling of a new, 60-foot-long mural created by Egyptian artist Alaa Awad, as well as pop-up performances throughout downtown North Adams.
“Recently listed as the number-two city for young people to live in on PolicyMic’s ‘15 Cities for Creative 20-Somethings That Aren’t New York or Los Angeles’ list, North Adams is fast becoming the go-to destination for artists, art lovers, and all those that fall in between,” said Jonathan Secor, BCRC director.
This summer’s events, which are free and open to the public, will include multiple gallery openings on the last Thursday of every month through Sept. 26, performances, and other activities, as the BCRC offers another summer of public art and continues to help define downtown North Adams as a cultural destination.
The work of dozens of artists will be featured throughout this season, including Egyptian artist Alaa Awad, Chinese/New York–based artists Sin-Ying Ho and Lianghong Feng, local artists, graduates of the Vermont College of Fine Arts Collective, and members of ArtDORM, an arts collective comprised of artists working at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).
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