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 2019 North Adams Project.
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.
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.
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