City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts (aka City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development)
The NEA grant will support In Motion: Pittsfield, an installation of mobile pop-up writers' studios and the inauguration of a new writer's residency program in the city. The project will pair writer/residents with mobile studios designed to make a connection with the studios of 19th-century authors who worked in Pittsfield (Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Oliver Wendell Holmes), while also facilitating the creation of new work that comments on the city as it is today. In Motion: Pittsfield is a partnership among the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development, Berkshire Historical Society, the WordXWord Festival, and local architect Tessa Kelly. The initiative will engage writers in the program while fostering access to the literary arts and exploring the influence of Pittsfield's physical environment on the work of historic literary figures. Pittsfield is Berkshire County's largest community with approximately 44,000 people.