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A schematic for the proposed lighting installation at Park Square.
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The lighting at City Hall would be enhanced and Dunham Mall, next picture, will be brightened up with the idea of creating safe, welcoming spaces where events could be held.
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Berkshire Lightscapes Kicking Off Fundraising to Light Up Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Lightscapes is kicking off a fundraising campaign on Monday to match a state grant to bring a lighting installation to the city's downtown. 
 
The nonprofit committee organized by the Downtown Pittsfield Cultural Association was approved last month for a $50,000 Commonwealth Places/MassDevelopment matching grant. It hopes to raise the $50,000 in matching funds by May 18.
 
The goal is to create a modern LED lighting scheme for Park Square, City Hall and Dunham Mall. The cost is estimated at $100,000 and installation would occurr by August. 
 
The Steering Committee is made up of local residents, artists and folks just passionate about the future of Pittsfield and the revitalization of the downtown. According to a press release from the committee, its earliest meetings involved discussions about the "energy-giving" power of light and how state-of-the-art light emitting diodes lighting could aid in the ongoing transformation of the city.
 
In December, the group with the help of Philips Lighting and consultants Apex Lighting Solutions demonstrated the possibilities by lighting up elements of North Street, including the historic bank building at 100 North.
 
The BL Steering Committee has developed a plan to create permanent, artistic areas of light
(lightscapes) on downtown buildings, in public spaces and connecting alleyways at a scale and cost appropriate to our city. In doing this, the committee says it will Illuminate the beautiful structures and public spaces to create a safe, colorful and vibrant downtown.
 
When events and performances are scheduled in lightscape spaces, the city will cordon off these areas to traffic. Examples of lightscape events include dances, musical performances, yoga, craft shows, public school events, food tastings, etc. Anticipated lightscape hours are dusk to 10.
 
The committee has worked closely with the mayor's office and Pittsfield's Community Development Department on all phases of this project. A member of the Community Development Department is on the Steering Committee, which will continue to collaborate with the city on lighting equipment selection and installation.
 
Dunham Mall
Dunham Mall is a pedestrian thoroughfare connecting North Street's commercial district with City Hall. In the daytime, many people use Dunham Mall as a pedestrian connecting corridor. It's rarely used at night, but enhanced lighting would provide a "corridor of artistic light" to illuminate the event/entertainment venue in front of City Hall.
 
City Hall
City Hall does have muted white light on its front façade. BL would enhance the current lighting by adding tasteful lighting (the lightscape) to the front of the building and the front railings. This will bring out the architectural beauty of this historical structure and provide safety with the lit stair rails. Entertainment and events would be located in front of City Hall, and onto contiguous areas.
 
Estimated Cost: $34,000 for lighting on Dunham Mall and City Hall
 
Park Square
Park Square is a small "park" right in the center of the downtown. It is framed by some of the most historically significant buildings in Pittsfield. BL believes it's an excellent location for artistic lighting, both within the square, but also future uplighting and highlighting of some of the significant surrounding architecture.
 
The preliminary plan proposes two memorial style spotlights to highlight the historic Civil War monument facing North Street; and 21 uplights on the existing Acorn Lights. The Park Square lighting plan and costs were developed by Craig Okerstrom-Lang, landscape architects in Great Barrington.
 
Estimated Cost: $61,000 for lighting on Park Square

Tags: fundraising,   lighting,   MassWorks grant,   North Street,   

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 20-26

TONIGHT, Sept. 19 is 3rd Thursday: Walk a Mile!

The final 3rd Thursday of 2019 is 3rd Thursday: Walk a Mile, a fun annual fundraiser which raises money for the Elizabeth Freeman Center. Plus enjoy a live performance from Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Barkha Dance Company in the Jacob's Pillow Dance Zone, food, vendors and other entertainment for the entire family. 5-8 p.m.
 
MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE
A Night in New Orleans features Rev Tor & Friends celebrating the life, music and spirit of three New Orleans legends: Dr. John, Charles Neville and Art Neville. The concert will feature two sets of Big Easy-flavored jams. Berkshire County's own piano legend Benny "Fingers" Kohn will be at the grand piano for a set of Dr. John classics; and Rev Tor will lead a set full of The Meters and Neville Brothers NOLA Funk, featuring Max Creek's Mark Mercier and a special appearance by Khalif Neville. There will be an appearance by the Berkshire Theatre Group Youth Choir, and a few other surprises, too! Pre-show entertainment by Tom Corrigan at 6:30 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. $25 and up.
Plus... 
FRI Burger Friday for Autism Connections at Otto's | FRI Mark Kelso at Bread & Roses Coffee House | FRI Smoothini Las Vegas Comedy Magic at The A | FRI Abandoned Building Brewery Beer Dinner at Hotel on North | FRI Melissa Brinton at Rusty Anchor | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | FRI JB's Acoustic Gravel at Proprietor's Lodge | FRI Tom Savoy at Hotel on North | FRI-SAT Wine, Cheese and Trees at Bousquet | FRI-SUN Orion at The Whitney | FRI-THU Hold These Truths at Barrington Stage | SAT Ballroom Dancing at Zion Lutheran Church | SAT Mary Ann Palermo & First Take at Mission | SAT F-Bomb at The A | SAT Patient Zero Fest at American Legion | SAT Sawyer Country at Rusty Anchor | SUN The Young@Heart Chorus at The Colonial | SUN Duets for Piano at Zion Lutheran Church | MON Milton's Gang: "Funny Moments" at Berkshire Athenaeum | MON Jazz Night at Mission | TUE Berkshire Humane Society Pasta Dinner at Zucco's | WED Riverside Brothers at Methuselah | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Pete Boyd at Proprietor's Lodge | THU Kung Fu & Shokazoba at The Colonial | THU The Picky B's at Mission
 
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Explore local educational opportunities at Miss Hall's School during the Berkshire County School Fair from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Meet with representatives from PreK-12 schools, learn about their programs, and collect some giveaways. View a list of participating schools on the website. No reservations necessary.
Plus...
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