Downside UP: How art can change the spirit of a place
Photo courtesy Nicholas Whitman
How does a dying working class town end up betting its future on art? With 80% of its downtown buildings closed, North Adams, Massachusetts united blue-collar locals with art world luminaries to transform economic failure into America’s largest center for contemporary art, MASS MoCA. A film by North Adams native Nancy Kelly, DOWNSIDE UP is about the tentative, dangerous notion of hope in a city widely viewed as hopeless.
On Thursday April 16th at 6:30 p.m. we are thrilled to present a screening of
at the Smith Opera House in Geneva, NY
for the film selection at the 2015 New York Statewide Preservation Conference.
Immediately following the film, a panel will answer questions and discuss the role that the arts and large institutions can play in revitalizing communities. Panelists will include:
- Wayne Goodman, Landmark Society Executive Director
- Julian Adams, Director, Community Preservation Services Bureau, NY State Historic Preservation Office
- Joni Monroe, Community Design Center of Rochester Executive Director
- Bleu Cease, Rochester Contemporary Art Center Executive Director
- Erich Lehman, WALL\THERAPY, 1975 Gallery
- Nancy Fitzpatrick, The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA
A ticket for the film is included with your Conference registration, or tickets can be purchased separately. Tickets for the general public will also be available at the door for $10. >>Click here to return to the main Conference page to purchase your tickets!
Film and Panel Discussion Sponsored by Chaintreuil | Jensen | Stark Architects, LLP