Public Arts Commission: Master Plan for Public Art

The Public Arts Commission’s DRAFT Master Plan for Public Art in North Adams will be posted here for public review and comment through July 31, 2021. Please submit comments via email at Comments will be collected and publicly reviewed during the August meeting of the Public Arts Commission.

DRAFT Public Arts Master Plan for Public Comment

Public art in North Adams contributes to the community’s identity as an arts destination and center for creativity; it fosters community pride, ownership and a sense of belonging; and contributes to the quality of the City's built environment. The role public art plays in the life of North Adams builds upon four central ideas:

i) Culture:
North Adams is growing in importance as a place for arts, culture, and creative enterprise. Public art projects can bring innovative and distinctive art experiences to public places that draw upon the City's unique character, add new landmarks to the cultural landscape, and directly support artists in the creation of new art and the exploration of new ideas.

ii) Community:

North Adams is a diverse and growing community. Public art projects can bring people together, build bridges, and stimulate conversation.

iii) Economy:
The thoughtful and strategic use of public art can enhance tourism, make city-wide connections, and highlight local businesses and industry in North Adams.

iv) Design:

Public art can elevate the quality and creativity of the design of public spaces in North Adams, mark important community gateways and thresholds, and help anchor important gathering places.