Once a bustling factory town, North Adams now fosters production and innovation in a new field: the creative economy. Since the launch of MASS MoCA in 1999, North Adams has become a creative melting pot, drawing an eclectic community of artists in search of a dynamic and affordable place to make work.
You may have heard about North Adams from .Mic’s widely-read listicle calling us one of the top US cities for young creatives. Or perhaps with all the excitement of MASS MoCA’s recent expansion, you’ve seen us in the headlines. Or maybe you’re just finding us for the first time. If so, welcome to North Adams. We can’t wait to introduce you to our hometown.
Artists who move here are attracted by MASS MoCA and nearby cultural institutions, the vibrancy of the local creative scene, the affordability of housing and studio space, and our awe-inspiring natural surroundings (and excellent outdoor recreation). We’re a small city with a lot to offer.
Assets for Artists wants to help you find your place in North Adams. We launched the North Adams Project in 2014 to create incentives and opportunities for artists to build their creative practice in North Adams. Click here to meet the latest batch of artists we helped re-locate to North Adams, plus others who already called North Adams home when they were selected for our grant program. If you feel ready to take your creative business to the next level and join our next cohort of North Adams Project artists, check out our application for the 2017 North Adams Project (coming soon).
To learn more about North Adams, the artists who live and work here, and the Assets for Artists program, spend some time visiting the links below:
Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world’s premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. MASS MoCA exhibits work by many of the most important artists of today—both well known and emerging—focusing on large-scale and complex installations that are impossible to realize in conventional museums.
In the next town over is The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, an art museum with a world-class collection and is also a center for research and higher education in art history. Located in a beautiful pastoral setting near downtown Williamstown.
A program by MCLA's Berkshire Culture Resource Center, DownStreet Art runs from June through September, holding festive monthly events that coordinate gallery openings and a variety of performances downtown. A great way to showcase your work and connect with others in the local art scene.
A makerspace for creative collaboration to foster new learning opportunities and build a community around a shared passion for making. Located in downtown North Adams, Makers’ Mill is a creative resource for the local community that allows people to work and learn alongside one another.
FIGMENT North Adams is a free, participatory arts event held at Windsor Lake. For each event, there is an open call to the community for interactive art that challenges artists and our communities to find new ways to create, share, think, and dream.
MCLA runs this contemporary art gallery on Main Street, presenting work from a wide range of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists — local, national, and internationally.
A group gallery space lives within this artist live/work building. In addition, many tenants at the Eclipse Mill have studio-retail spaces with regular public hours.
A short ride from North Adams is the Williams College Museum of Art, an active collecting museum whose galleries, exhibitions, and programs are free and open to the public. (Not to be missed: The eyeball sculptures shoot colorful beams of light at night.)
Artswalk is comprised of over thirty downtown venues, including galleries, shops and restaurants, feature new art and performances each month in downtown Pittsfield. Check out their Facebook!
Events and Entertainment
Solid Sound is a three day music festival featuring Wilco and many more. It also features comedy acts, family fun for all ages, local food, craft beer, camping, naturalist activities, and more. This event is biannual, 2019 date TBD.
Locally grown produce, eggs, fruit, plants and more! Summer market every Saturday, June – October. Winter market, the first Saturday of each month November – May.
A peaceful day-use park in North Adams’ former marble quarry. A tributary of the Hoosac River has created some fascinating geology over the eons, including a natural marble bridge.
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Converted from a historic mill building, the Clark Biscuit rents 43 spacious and affordable 1 and 2 bedroom apartments close to downtown. Not live-work.
The Eclipse Mill Artist Lofts, located in a former textile mill close to downtown North Adams, is a 4-story condominium building with luxurious live/work spaces available to artists for sale and rent.
Flatiron offers micro-condo living spaces upstairs and ground floor gallery and commercial space for rent on Eagle Street in downtown North Adams.
The Beaver Mill is a converted mill with affordable and spacious studio options (and a bit of live-work space). As a bonus, the Beaver Mill also houses Frog Lotus Yoga and is located beside the gorgeous Natural Bridge State Park.
MASS MoCA’s beautiful factory campus of 19th-century mill buildings offer beautiful space that is mainly targeted to office-based businesses, but some arts-based businesses also rent there.
The NORAD Mill is North Adams’ newest redevelopment project, offering attractive, natural light-filled working spaces for artists and other businesses. Conveniently located less than 1 mile from MASS MoCA, with spaces ranging from 200 – 20,000 square feet.
Scarafoni Associates offers rentals on a range of apartments, studios, and retail spaces in the heart of downtown North Adams, easily walkable to MASS MoCA.