Our Town

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation

North Adams, Massachusetts

$100,000

2011

Opened in 1999, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) is one of the country's most visited museums dedicated to new art. In addition to its collections of visual art, the museum also hosts performing arts events and arts education programs for elementary school students.

The museum will expand North Adams's artistic footprint by planning arts-based living space, workspace, and presentation space in the city's downtown area. The proposed initiative will link will two distinct projects: the creation of live/work space in the River Street neighborhood for visiting artists, and the revitalization of the underutilized Mohawk Theater. MASS MoCA and its partners will conduct a coordinated community planning effort to target areas that suffer from high vacancy rates and dilapidated buildings. Project activities include conducting feasibility studies, administering site surveys, appraising the Mohawk building site and other sites for artist live/work housing, and developing architectural and design plans. This community planning project will hopefully lead to the redevelopment of blighted properties, an increase in the local tax base, improved neighborhood safety, and expanded arts programming, all of which will benefit the 13,700 residents of North Adams.