Once a bustling factory town, North Adams now fosters production and innovation in a new field: the creative economy. Since the launch of MASS MoCA in 1999, North Adams has become a creative melting pot, drawing an eclectic community of artists in search of a dynamic and affordable place to make work.
Last year, North Adams was named one of the top US cities (#2, in fact!) for young creatives. (We know plenty of mature creatives who are thriving here, too.) And the Boston Globe gave us props for the arts-driven renewal underway.
Big things are happening here, and Assets for Artists wants to get you in on the excitement. We launched the North Adams Project last summer to create incentives and opportunities for artists to relocate their creative practice to North Adams. We have six new artists in town as a result: click here to meet them! And this year, we’re looking to introduce even more new creatives to our fabulous hometown. Check out some details below to see if our North Adams Project is the right fit for you.
What’s this program all about?
Creative entrepreneurs selected to participate in the North Adams Project will be able to benefit from the following opportunities: (1) a “matched savings” program providing seed capital to be invested in the artist’s North Adams-based creative business; (2) free professional development services, including artist-tailored business and financial trainings; (3) funds to assist with the process of relocating to North Adams; (4) matching funds (mini grants) to help jumpstart retirement savings or an emergency fund; and (5) free 1-year membership to MASS MoCA and the Clark Art Museum.
Who Should Apply?
Eligible applicants include creative entrepreneurs in all disciplines — artisans, visual artists, designers, film-makers, photographers, performers, etc. — who are excited by the unique amenities of North Adams and are ready to take their creative business to the next level in an up-and-coming creative community.
How and When Should I Apply?
You can find our application here. The application deadline is May 31, 2015.
Questions about your eligibility, Assets for Artists, or the application? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Assets for Artists program promotes equal opportunity and seeks diversity in its applicants and participants.
Why North Adams?
To learn more about North Adams, the artists who live and work here, and the Assets for Artists program, spend some time visiting the links below: