DownStreet Art


DownStreet Art exists to build economic and social capital and encourage the dialogue between our community and the arts. DownStreet Art does this by enlivening downtown North Adams using art and cultural activities to increase visitorship and enhance resident participation.

What we do
Each summer from late June till the end of September, DSA creates a wide program of visual and performing art events including exhibitions, video screenings and site-specific installations in downtown North Adams. A post-industrial city in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, North Adams began its cultural revitalization with the opening of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in 1999.

Why we do it
Our goal is to help the economic development of North Adams and encourage the dialogue between our community and the arts. Since its inception in 2008, over 150,000 visitors came downtown and through the doors of DownStreet Art’s galleries and exhibits.

Who is involved in the project
DownStreet Art is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) a program of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA.

In addition to MCLA, founding partners are the City of North Adams, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and MASS MoCA.


DownStreet Art would never have been possible without the many individuals and organizations who have supported MCLA’ Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and DownStreet Art since their inception.

For questions, please contact Erica Wall, Director BCRC, at or 413.662.5253

DownStreet Art 2020 Season:

Thursday, June 25 DSA #1 at 5 pm: 51 Minutes and 14 Seconds of Black Protest Music

In lieu of the Misfit Prom & Parade launch party, previously scheduled for this time, Gallery 51 is proud to host 51 Minutes and 14 Seconds of Black Protest Music. Tracing back to slave spirituals, Black protest music has been an integral part of social protest, reform, and empowerment. Join us in solidarity as we listen and pay tribute to all of those who have been a part of this movement.

DJ Skooch will play examples of the music created and written in protest of racial inequality of African Americans in the US. Use this link register for the zoom session on Thursday June 25 at 5 p.m. EST.

Thursday, July 23: DSA #2: Community Discussion TBD

“Most of the obstacles and detours encountered on our journey of re‐education are those same habitual behaviors birthed in our internalized beliefs.” - Joan Olsson

Wednesday, August 27 DSA #3 from 5 - 7 pm: Genevieve Gaignard's Exhibition A Long Way From Home Opening