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About MCLA

MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC)

Street fair on Main Street, North AdamsMCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) provides opportunities, resources, and support to the Northern Berkshire Community. BCRC brings together the Northern Berkshire, MCLA and greater Creative Communities through its cultural programming including: MCLA Gallery 51, Downstreet Art, B-HIP, and MCLA Presents! We will promote, facilitate, and encourage a dialogue in order to foster a sustainable creative community."

BCRC is a collaborative project of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, MASS MoCA, and the City of North Adams.

Our Programs

MCLA Gallery 51

MCLA Gallery 51 logoSince 2005, MCLA Gallery 51 has anchored BCRC operations on Main Street. Exhibiting work from a wide range of emerging to mid-career contemporary artists to the greater Berkshire community. The gallery hosts ten exhibitions each year and countless events and happenings. Staffed by mostly student workers, MCLA Gallery 51 provides students with hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations of a gallery.

DownStreet Art

Sign saying Get Down advertising DownStreet ArtEach summer from late June till the end of September, DSA creates a wide program of visual and performing art events including exhibitions, video screenings and site-specific installations in downtown North Adams.

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.

MCLA Presents!

Band playing on stageMCLA Presents! brings to North Adams and the MCLA campus some of the world's finest performers in music, dance, theatre, and spoken word.

From large musical festivals held in the school gym and on the grounds, to intimate one-person theatrical events and evenings of poetry held in the college's art galleries downtown, MCLA Presents! shares a unique performance series with the Northern Berkshire community.


Students in the B-Hip programThe Berkshire Hills Internship Program (B-HIP) is an intensive, graduate level arts management internship program that combines hands-on work experience with classes taught by arts administration faculty, TalkBacks with the area's leading arts professionals, and the chance to fully participate in cultural events throughout Berkshire County. B-HIP offers educational and career advancement opportunities that are hard to find elsewhere!

The Berkshire Cultural Resource Center is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council through the John and Abigail Adams Arts Program.

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