Update: This event was postponed until Friday, July 17.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield has been hosting a First Fridays Artswalk for nearly a decade. But the event designed to bring people downtown to mingle has been put on hold for during the novel coronavirus panedemic.
Instead, a citywide Drive Walk Bike by Art Show is scheduled for this Friday.
Organizer and artist Jesse Tobin McCauley believes the pandemic should not stand in the way of art or people's ability to experience art.
"These have been confining, hard, scary times and art can help you forget and make you smile and just bring happiness to all," she said.
With many of the summer activities canceled because of the pandemic, McCauley was looking for creative ways to bring people together.
She said a friend of hers sent her an article about a drive-by art show taking place on Long Island, N.Y.
"I just knew we needed to do this in Pittsfield," she said. "The First Fridays Artswalk had been put on hold due to COVID-19 but art was still being created in the Pittsfield."
The show was supposed to be held on the first Friday in July but rain delayed it to this week, which isn't looking much better. Should there be rain on Friday evening, the event will be postponed to Friday, July 17.
Forty installations have been placed throughout the city in front yards, on houses, and on billboards. Starting Friday at 4, residents are encouraged to drive, bike, or walk through the city to see what their neighbors have created.
"Art uplifts the spirit. We all need that now," McCauley said. "Disconnect from your devices, get outside, and experience art. You might not even know that your neighbor is an artist."
She created a Facebook page and put out an all-call to Pittsfield artists. Those with yard space made their own installations and those who didn’t were paired with a host.
"Artists in hard times and good are always creating and we've been doing it alone in our homes and need to get it out for all to see," she said. "We need to reconnect with our neighbors."
She said Cultural Pittsfield helped them get the word out.
"It's important to organize events like this to bring people together even from afar to enjoy all of the art that the region has to offer," Pittsfield Cultural Director Jennifer Glockner said. "And again to lift people's spirits."
McCauley said people can expect to see a little bit of everything.
"The range is vast," she said. "Abstract, landscape, graffiti, sculpture, photography. You can see some examples on the Facebook event."
Glockner encouraged all residents to participate.
"We encourage people to participate because it will make you happy and you may learn something new about a particular artist or person that you didn't know about before," she said.
The event wraps up at 8. A map of all the installations can be found here.
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. has announced Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Month, a month-long promotion highlighting Pittsfield local downtown restaurants.
Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Month runs from March 1 to March 31, 2021.
People are encouraged to dine local for the month of March and share their support for local restaurants by posting a photo of a dine-in or takeout order on social media with #dinelocal. Particiapnts are encouraged to share the photo with Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Month's Facebook page by tagging @downtownpittsfieldrestaurantmonth.
As part of Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Month, restaurants will offer specials for the month of March. For more information, visit downtownpittsfield.com, follow @downtownpittsfieldrestaurantmonth on Facebook, or call 413-443-6501.
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