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PRESS RELEASE- Downing Announces 3 Cultural Grants: North Adams and Pittsfield Programs Chosen to Receive $95,000 in State Funding
March 16, 2007

Pittsfield- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) announces today that three Adams Arts grants through the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) have been awarded to the following Berkshire County cultural organizations:  Berkshire Cultural Resource Center in North Adams, Assets for Artists in North Adams and the Cultural Pittsfield Initiative in Pittsfield. 


“The Berkshires are rich with cultural resources, which are core economic drivers for this region.” said Downing.  “These grants represent an important state investment to the Berkshire’s ever expanding creative economy. 


The John and Abigail Adams Arts grant program through MCC promotes the use of cultural amenities as an economic development tool.  The program connects artists and cultural organizations to state and local economic development initiatives, works to raise awareness of the Commonwealth’s cultural interests, and attracts and retains cultural visitors to Massachusetts.


Berkshire Cultural Resource Center at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA)

The Arts Resource Center will receive $40,000 in grant money to help stabilize existing cultural operations in the Northern Berkshires and to attract new cultural start-up activities through training and technical assistance. The Arts Resource Center is a business training and resource center for artists, art managers, art scholars and other art-related entrepreneurs.


Assets for Artists at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)

Utilizing the $4,320 Massachusetts Cultural Council grant, MASS MoCA will determine the needs of low-income artists, and will explore the potential and feasibility around creating an Individual Development Account modeled program for artists in Berkshire County.


Cultural Pittsfield Initiative, Pittsfield

Cultural Pittsfield will receive a $50,000 grant to help the campaign to brand Pittsfield as a cultural destination.  The city is working to strengthen the earning capacity of Pittsfield’s artist and cultural organizations through marketing and events that attract visitors, and by offering professional development opportunities to artists. 





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