DownStreet Art Prepping for 10th Season in North Adams
Several BOOM (Berkshire Organization for Original Music) concerts will take place throughout the summer. On June 29, performers will include Sandy McKnight of Lee, a veteran singer/songwriter, producer and bassist, whose music is heard on television, film and stage. Also performing will be a local favorite, veteran singer/songwriter Sammy Brown; and Chad Tarves of Dalton, a new/upcoming solo singer/songwriter.
Two local artists will present parklets – temporary parks that exist in parking spaces – on opposite ends of Main Street. The LoCal parklet, created by MJ Shannon, 2017, will be a multifunctional space that encourages participants to take a seat and enjoy North Adams' beautiful downtown North Adams. It will feature a solar-powered "Tree of Battery Life" installation for phone charging, built into the form of a tree.
The second parklet, by Makers Mill, will combine North Adams' rich textile history and creative revival by combining new and old materials and concepts. This interactive parklet will be a place to rest, to engage in downtown culture, and to make and create its enclosure with an Earth Loom, as people work together to create a common weave from plant material, fabric and other recycled materials.
A new exhibition of mixed-media works in MCLA Gallery 51, "Cloud Headed Artists," visions of the view beyond our planet, will open with a reception, 5-8 p.m., which is free and open to the public. This show features the work of artists Michelle Aldredge, Mark Mjulherrin, Heidi Pollard, Stephanie Williams, Anna Von Mertens, Jarvis Rockwell and Sam Trioli, as well as artwork from the collection of Jaime Franklin.
Each DSA Thursday event this season will include selections from the Williams College Museum of Art Reading Room: People's Library; "kidstops" with family friendly activities; interactive freestyle rap performances by Seth Brown; community tabling; and interactive art projects. BOOM Music events will also continue throughout the summer.
DSA Thursday events will continue on July 27, Aug. 31 and Sept. 28. These and other DSA-related events will feature the following:
Katie Hargrave and Brett Hunter will present their "Like Riding a Bicycle" residency project and performance July 24-27. They will collect, archive, and share local knowledge using an interactive installation, on-site interviews, a low-power mobile radio station and a community bike ride.
The July 27 DSA Thursday will feature Thread Ensemble, with original music created in the moment through the use of listeners' experiences and improvised music. In MCLA Gallery 51, an opening will be held for "3 Second Stories," the work of flipbook artist Tom Olson. BOOM Music Stage performers will be The Matchstick Architects and Christine Bile.
Aug. 8-14 will feature a community, kid-focused residency with photographer Jamie Diamond. An exhibition of works created during this residency will be on view Aug. 31 through Sept. 30 at 49 Main St. In addition, Diamond will work with student photographers to document and monumentalize the everyday people and places that make North Adams unique.
The DSA Thursday on Aug. 31 will feature the mural unveiling of "Imaginarium" by artist Yu-Baba, which will replace the Maya Hayuk mural on the juvenile courthouse building. On the BOOM Music Stage: Craig Hop and Crew, as well as Izzy Heltai '18.
During the weekend of Sept. 9-10, DSA will present two days of exploration of site-specific performance, dialogue, empathy and community when three artists from throughout the country come to North Adams to perform in various locations throughout the downtown.
The DSA Thursday on Sept. 28 will feature a performance by Magic Lantern Theater. Performing on the BOOM Music Stage will be Eight Foot River, Francesca Shanks, and Chad Tarves. In addition, there will be a "Marafanyi Meets the Mural" performance on Center Street, as Alaa Awad's "Justice" mural becomes the catalyst for community collaboration with Marafanyi Drum, Dance and Song.
Opening on Sept. 28 in MCLA Gallery 51 will be "Yellow Bowl Project" by artist Setsuko Winchester, an exhibition of photography which documents the artists' journey to 10 World War II Japanese internment camps and the installations of traditional yellow tea bowls she created at each site. Winchester said, "My project may throw light on a discomfiting part of American history. I hope not to condemn or blame, but to help gauge where we are in this ever-evolving experiment we call ‘America.'"
MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) provides professional development training, resources and support to the artists, art managers and creative workers of Berkshire County. Through its multiple programs and presentations, BCRC brings the best of performance and art to the Berkshires and showcases the best of the Berkshires to the world.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.
For a full history of DSA art installations and performances, as well as more information about upcoming events, go to downstreetart.org.
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