Pittsfield Artscape will once again partner with Berkshire Money Management to bring more public art to downtown through the Pittsfield Paintbox Project. The Paintbox Project celebrates local artists, enhances the streetscape, and discourages vandalism of utility boxes throughout downtown.
“Art is always welcome in Pittsfield, so I am thrilled to know that the city’s downtown corridor will be brightened further with new paint boxes. These works of art, with their vibrant colors and creative designs, have added a unique and special flair to North Street. As with most art, it also allows for conversation, so I’m excited about the new designs and the interest that will surround them,” said Mayor Linda M. Tyer.
Berkshire Money Management is the exclusive lead sponsor of the project, through which Artscape will offer artists a $400 stipend. “When you travel, or just get out of your house, you want to see interesting things. The utility box project is another successful effort in keeping Pittsfield interesting,” says Allen P. Harris of Berkshire Money Management. Further support is provided by the Pittsfield Cultural Council, the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development, and Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.
In its inaugural year, Artscape installed eight designs from the Berkshire Museum to Persip Park. This year, designs will complete the downtown corridor, installing eight additional paint boxes down North Street to Berkshire Health Systems.
“The Paintbox Project was one of the most rewarding projects I was a part of last year,” said Artscape Vice President and local artist Sean McCusker “Not only to see fellow artists get a chance to show their artwork, but to also see the warm community response to that work. Public art is not simple decoration; it is the outward expression of the heart of a community and we have only begun to show the passion of this community.’
Pittsfield Artscape is a volunteer-led committee which sponsors, plans, and oversees the annual juried exhibition of public art in Pittsfield. The mission of Artscape is to enhance the overall character of the city’s downtown and attract visitors by installing and promoting works of art in various accessible outdoor locations throughout Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District.
For a map of eligible utility boxes and a link to the Pittsfield Paintbox Program application visit http://cityofpittsfield.org/city_hall/arts_and_culture/artscape/