Letter: Public art is thriving in Pittsfield

Public art is thriving in city of Pittsfield

To the editor:

This letter is in response to the "Include public murals in downtown project" letter to the editor on May 16.

The Downtown Pittsfield Inc (DPI) Strategic Plan does include "Develop a strategy for expanding, promoting and maintaining public art downtown" under one of its objectives. There are currently several collaborations between DPI, Artscape and the city of Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development underway.

Artscape has just finished installing five new sculptures for the 2016 season from artists around the region. Artscape is also spearheading the inaugural Pittsfield Paintbox Project, sponsored by Berkshire Money Management, which will have artists transform eight electrical load boxes into works of art. The committee received 59 submissions to the call for art for this project. The installations will take place in July and be unveiled during the 3rd Thursday Street Festival.

The Office of Cultural Development is currently working with a downtown business owner to redo a mural on the back of the Shipton Building located at 150 North St. There are many other business and cultural partners talking about the installation of murals on their buildings and walkways. We are happy to report that public art is alive and well in Pittsfield!

Kristine Hurley, Alex Reczkowski, Jen Glockner, Pittsfield Kristine Hurley is executive director, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.; Alex Reczkowski chairs Artscape; and Jen Glockner is director, Office of Cultural Development.


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