DownStreet Art exists to build economic and social capital and encourage the dialogue between our community and the arts. DownStreet Art does this by enlivening downtown North Adams using art and cultural activities to increase visitorship and enhance resident participation.
I spent two summers working with DownStreet Art. The first in 2010 as an Associate Gallery Manager running The Artery a site specific installation by Liz Nofziger.
I returned in the summer 2011 as the Associate Program Manager for the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center the organization that oversees DownStreet Art along with Gallery 51, MCLA Presents the Berkshire Hills Internship Program.
The 2011 DownStreet Art Season included the following Pop-Up Gallery spaces.
- Postal Instant Press Gallery: A window installation in the former PIP printing store.
- XMALIA – An installation and performance series by C. Ryder Cooley.
- Maya IV – An installation by artist Jarvis Rockwell.
- PRESS – Letterpress as a public art project. Curated by Melanie Mowinski.
- Grass Gallery – A space for showing anti-war art, multi-media work, theatrical interventions, music, lectures and more.
- Everything Must Go! – An exhibition to explore gift and barter economies by making and giving away electronic art.
The Ensemble in Residence Program was established by UConn’s School of Fine Arts and Department of Music with an Academic Plan Grant from the Office of the Provost. This new program will bring to UConn’s regional campuses, and the communities to which they belong, opportunities to experience the artistry and creativity of outstanding student musicians who engage with a diverse range of musical traditions in fourteen different ensembles offered by the Music Department at Storrs. Ensemble concerts will be complemented by workshops involving local K-12 schools and other related events.
October 16th: Symphony Orchestra, Infinity Hall – Hartford
November 2nd: Collegium & Chamber Singers, Fish Church – Stamford
November 15th: Blue Line Brass Band, Catherine Kolnaski Magnet School – Groton
November 30th: Osiris Quartet, Palace Theatre – Waterbury
February 5th: Symphony Orchestra with Philip Setzer, Wadsworth Atheneum – Hartford
March 27th: Sax Quartet, Palace Theatre – Waterbury
April 16th: Collegium & Chamber Singers, Fish Church – Stamford
April 17th: Piano Project, Hartford Public Library – Hartford
April 20th: Blue Line Brass Band, Branford House – Groton
October 24th: Symphony Orchestra, Palace Theatre – Stamford
November 1st: Collegium & Chamber Singers, UConn Avery Point – Groton
November 14th: Jazz Ensemble, UConn West Hartford Auditorium – West Hartford
March 8th: Symphony Orchestra, Ferguson Library – Stamford
March 22nd: Jazz Ensemble, UConn West Hartford Auditorium – West Hartford
April 5th: Collegium & Chamber Singers, UConn Avery Point – Groton
April 17th: Symphonic Band, Palace Theatre -Waterbury
North Adams Open Studios is a yearly open studios event that invites the public to visit the studios of local artists in the North Adams area.
During both the 2011 and 2013, I acted as the Program Coordinator for North Adams Open Studios. My duties included, running artist registration, updating the website and social media accounts, coordinating with a graphic designer on all printed material and marketing the event through press releases, advertisements (radio, print & digital), and local news articles.
The Solid Sound Music Festival is a biannual music festival curated by the alternative rock band Wilco and is held on the campus of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
I have assisted with Artist Services from the very beginning of this festival. My responsibilities have included – arranging transportation, coordinating band load-in, selling merchandise, and running artist check-in.
Notable acts include:
The Felice Brothers
Yo La Tango
The FreshGrass Music Festival is an annual Blues Grass Festival held on the campus of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
I have assisted with Artist Services from the very beginning of this festival and will be returning in 2019 for their 9th year.
Notable bands include:
Yonder Mountain String Band
Trampled by Turtles
Carolina Chocolate Drops
The Ballroom Thieves
Old Crow Medicine Show