Arts & Culture - Office of Cultural Development

Arts & Culture - Office of Cultural Development

Q:  Where is the Office of Cultural Development located?

A:  The Office is located in the city-owned Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in downtown Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District at 28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201.


Q:  What are the hours of the gallery?

A:  The gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays, 12pm to 5pm.


Q:  What can I find at the gallery?

A:  The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts features a variety of changing art shows.  Annual exhibits include the BAA Fellowship show in April, Art in Our Schools in May, featuring work by middle and high school students from Pittsfield Public Schools, Pittsfield Contemporary, an annual juried show in August, and Ten Spot, an invitational show featuring some of the best artists in the Berkshires in conjunction with February’s 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival.


Q:  Can I rent gallery space at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts?

A:  Arts and civic organizations can rent the gallery space for events.   Contact the Office of Cultural Development at cultural@pittsfieldch.com or 413-499-9348.


Q:  Are there working artist studios at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts?

A:  The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts includes nine working artist studios—joining over 40 other working artist studios in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District.  Resident artists pay rent and also provide monthly volunteer hours.


Q:  How do I rent a working artist studio at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts?

A:  To join the waiting list for available studios, please email cultural@pittsfieldch.com.


Q:  Are classes/workshops offered at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts?

A:  Local teaching artists lead a variety of classes at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.  Please click here for a list of current classes being offered.


Q:  Does the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts feature performances?

A:  The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts features performances and readings by a variety of musicians, dancers, actors and poets, like the Town Players of Pittsfield, Berkshires Jazz and other community institutions.


Q:  Where can I find an event calendar?

A:  Please refer to the Calendar of Events section of the Arts and Culture webpages.


Q:  Does the Office of Cultural Development have a newsletter?

A:  We publish the free Cultural Pittsfield This Week email newsletter, and can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, sharing the latest information on where to go and what to do, see and enjoy in Pittsfield!


Q:  How do I subscribe to the Cultural Pittsfield This Week email newsletter?

A:  At the top right-hand corner of the Cultural Pittsfield This Week webpage, simply type your email address in the box and click on the submit button.


Q:  What is Artscape?

A:  Artscape is a volunteer-led committee which sponsors, plans, and oversees an annual juried exhibition of public art in the City of Pittsfield.  The mission of Artscape is to enhance the overall character of the city’s downtown and attract visitors there by installing and promoting works of art in various accessible outdoor locations throughout the Pittsfield’s newly-minted Upstreet Cultural District.


Q:  How do I submit my proposal to have my work for public display through Artscape?

A:  Artists proposing a work for public display are encouraged to visit the City of Pittsfield before submitting their proposal.  Applicants must take into account that the site is an urban outdoor environment.  Please be aware that sculptures and installations must meet safety requirements and be able to withstand the effects of weather and public use. Insurance coverage for the artwork (protection against damage, theft or vandalism) is not provided.  Liability insurance is provided by the City of Pittsfield. The exhibition of the work typically runs from May through the following May.  Installations typically will be between March – April annually.  Please refer to the Artscape section of the Arts and Culture webpages for more information.  For questions about Artscape, contact Pittsfield's Recreation Activities Coordinator in the Department of Community Development at 413-499-9368.


Q:  What is the Pittsfield Cultural Council?

A:  The Pittsfield Cultural Council is one of 329 local cultural councils affiliated with the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  Its members are community volunteers who have an interest in and support the arts, humanities and/or interpretive sciences.  The Council manages the annual Local Cultural Grant selection process (deadline: mid-October), and initiatives.  For more information and forms for applying for grants, please visit the Pittsfield Cultural Council website.


Q:  Where can I find more information about Arts and Culture in Pittsfield?

A:  Please visit http://discoverpittsfield.com/ for more information about Arts and Culture in Pittsfield.


Q:  Where can I find information on Cultural Organizations and Businesses in Berkshire?

A:  Please refer to the Cultural Organizations & Businesses section of the Arts and Culture webpages for a list.


 

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