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North Adams Arts Commission Reviewing Email Communications

Vice Chairwoman Erica Manville said there had not been much in the way of email during her time as chairman but believed that had picked up since Dixon, who was not present, had taken the leadership. The commission is only a couple years old and is only beginning to advance its mission of coordinating public art installations.

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North Adams Arts Commission Urges Bridge Artists Work Together

The Public Arts Commission is asking both sets of artists whose work is under the Veterans Memorial Bridge to find some kind of compromise. Both pieces predate the establishment of the commission and neither had more than a verbal agreement with city. Nor did the museum approach the commission for permission to paint over the murals, despite applying for two other works on city property.

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North Adams Arts Group See Hope for Bridge Art Restoration

Artist William Oberst told the Public Arts Commission on Thursday that the paintings of mill children and textiles made by the long defunct Arnold Print Works may only be hidden below a coating of new gray paint.

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More Drury Student Art Added to Cascade Building

After five years of large artwork being displayed on the street side of the old Brown Street factory building, two years' worth of slightly smaller but still colorful paintings now hang on the south side of the building along Grimes Street, near Cascade's front entrance.

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Letter: Local History Destroyed

Driving to work on Tuesday, I went a different route than usual. As I approached downtown north Adams I thought I was seeing things, The Arnold Printworks Dolls and Mill Children columns in front of Mass MoCA under the Route 2 overpass were gone.

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North Adams a Canvas for Mass MoCA Art This Summer

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art will light up the city's famed steeples and turn the entire north side of the museum into an outdoor arts canvas. The use of sound, light and text are designed to tie the city into the museum's summer season, part of an ongoing initiative to get visitors to wander beyond the massive arts complex.

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Pittsfield Seeks Artist To Paint Mural On Tyler Street

The city hopes to spruce up Tyler Street and it is starting by asking an artist to paint a mural. The city's Office of Cultural Development put out a call for submissions to paint a mural on a Tyler Street building. The effort is in tandem with the Transformative Development Initiative through MassDevelopment. The mural would be the first for Tyler Street, where there is no public art, and is the first in a process to engage residents in envisioning what the street will look like in the futur

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North Adams Arts Commission Gets First Public Art Proposal

Griffin Labbance, a residence director at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, is hoping to engage college artists in decorating one of the college's entry points and came to the commission seeking guidance. Montana is a one-way street owned by the city that runs between the main campus and the Townhouse dormitories. The back of Bowman Hall and the entrance to the Amsler Campus Center were redone a few years ago to create a more attractive entrance and pathways into the quad and more parkin

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Pittsfield's Paintbox Public Art Program Returns

Last year the seemingly ordinary utility boxes throughout the downtown was transformed into colorful and vibrant pieces of art. Now, it is time to do some more. The Artscape Committee announced the return of the paintbox program, which is an art competition with eight winners decorating the utility boxes on North Street. The project takes the boring, gray utility boxes and turns them into public art.

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Cheshire Receives Cultural Grants for Trail Art, Block Parties

The Cheshire Community Association has joined the Adams Arts Advisory Group's efforts to install public art along the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. John Tremblay of the association said the Massachusetts Cultural Council has granted the group funds to install a piece of art.

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North Adams Arts Commission Endorses BCRC Grant Pursuit

The Public Art Commission has given its blessings to DownStreet Art to apply for a grant to fund the installation of public art for its 10th anniversary. Berkshire Cultural Resource Center Program Manager Michelle Daly told the commissioners Thursday said she plans to apply for some grants and through them request $100,000 to install two new pieces of public art on city-owned property.

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Five New Sculptures Being Installed in Downtown Pittsfield For 2016

City workers installed Thursday the second of five new public art sculptures downtown. "We have three more sculptures to come in this year," Recreation Activities Coordinator Department of Community Development Becky Manship said. "We're hoping to get those in within the next week, week and a half or so." At Persip Park Artist Joe Chirchirillo delivered his "Wildflower" sculpture and city workers installed it. The cement piece will stand in the park throughout the summer and beyond. Last

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Pittsfield Asks Artists To Turn Electrical Boxes Into Art

Art will be "re-energized" this summer throughout the city's downtown as artists will turn electrical boxes into canvasses. The Artscape Committee has picked eight electrical boxes spanning from the Berkshire Museum to Persip Park which it will pay artists to paint. There are no restrictions on who can apply and submissions are due on April 15.

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