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Americans for the Arts Community Development section
This research-based organization, which looks at how the arts are being used to address issues in communities across the country, includes profiles and articles on social, educational and economic development.

The Creative Economy Initiative
Aiming to strengthen New England's economy by investing in arts and culture, the site features studies and blueprints on the region's creative economy.

Massachusetts Cultural Council
This state-based agency promoting access, education and diversity in the arts has a web presence describing the programs they fund, services provided and an explanation why culture is a good investment for communities.

Partners for Livable Communities
Features info on their projects and services, including the "creative city" program, and links to their "America's most livable communities" program

National Trust for Historic Preservation
The press release for MASS MoCA's National Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust.

DOWNSIDE UP Listening Tour
Sprung from the film, the "Downside Up Listening Tour" reaches out to communities across the U.S. to explore how art and culture have or can contribute to community improvement and historic preservation.

North Adams

The Web site for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art includes a historical overview of the "cultural factory," architectural plans and interesting thumbnail images of the museum site pre-MASS MoCA.

North Adams Historical Society, Inc.
The Historical Society's online counterpart hosts old-time photos, a brief history of North Adams and a list of books, articles and videos about the area's history.

North Adams Homepage
Promotional site features information on local commerce and industry, before and after photos of the town and links to regional information from state agencies.

The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA
Inspired by the opening of MASS MoCA, this inn was transformed from dilapidated Victorian row houses that once housed factory workers into a luxury hotel with a view of the museum.

Joe Manning's Books and Music
Features author and historian Joe Manning's contributions to North Adams lore, including his books on the town's destructive urban renewal project and subsequent revival, interviews with town residents and photographs of the city.
Local news, arts and entertainment, weather information and info on happenings in Berkshire County.

Berkshire Web North Adams section
Links to local attractions, maps, lodging and dining options and more.

Publications - Books

Adams, Don and Arlene Goldbard. Creative Community: the Art of Cultural Development. New York: Rockefeller Foundation Creativity and Culture Division, 2002.

Bluestone, Barry and Bennett Harrison. The Deindustrialization of America: Plant Closings, Community Abandonment, and the Dismantling of Basic Industry. New York: Basic Books, 1982.

Cobb, Edith. The Ecology of the Imagination in Childhood, New York: Columbia University Press, 1977; First Spring Publications, 1993.

Jameson, Fredric. Postmodernism or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. Duke University Press, 1997.

Manning, Joe. Disappearing Into North Adams. Florence, MA: Flatiron Press, 2001.

Manning, Joe. Steeples. Florence, MA: Flatiron Press, 1997.

MASS MoCA: From Mill to Museum, North Adams, MA: MASS MoCA Press, 2001.

Publications - Articles

"Against All Odds, MASS MoCA Thrives,"

"A Unique Home for Cutting-edge Art," Smithsonian magazine

"High Hopes for MASS MoCA," Maine Antique Digest

"Dealing with Neighborhood Change: A Primer on Gentrification and Policy Choices," by Maureen Kennedy and Paul Leonard. Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, April 2001.

"The Role of Arts in Community Development," National Governor's Association for Best Practices.


"Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street," produced and directed by Mark Lipman and Leah Mahan.

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