Berkshire Cultural Resource Center

MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) delivers cultural experiences that embrace a wide range of aesthetic and conceptual points of view to support a diverse and vibrant North Adams.

What We Do

We are engaged in the way cultural experiences are presented, positioned, and developed in our region. We advocate for, nurture, and facilitate a diverse, vibrant cultural community at MCLA and in the greater region. Our work bridges the campus and greater community and engages creatively and critically with a wide range of visual and performing arts experiences programed by BCRC in collaboration with community partners and students.

BCRC Programs and Partnerships


Grant-funded work that impacts MCLA and our community, including the Institute for Arts and Humanities, Arts+@MCLA, and curricular connections.

MCLA Gallery 51

Run by MCLA since 2005, Gallery 51 exhibits work from a wide range of emerging to mid-career contemporary artists to the greater Berkshire community and provides students with hands-on experience in the day-to-day operations of a gallery.

DownStreet Art

A longtime summer program of visual and performing arts that takes places across downtown North Adams. More than 150,000 visitors have experienced DSA events since it began in 2008.

MCLA Presents!

MCLA Presents! brings to North Adams and the MCLA campus some of the world's finest performers in music, dance, theatre, and spoken word.


The Jessica Park Project was established in 2004 at MCLA to study and promote the art of Jessica Park, a renowned artist with autism in mid-career who lives and works in Williamstown, MA.  Originally part of the Fine and Performing Arts major where student classes in Arts Management created exhibitions, books, and catalogues to celebrate Jessica's work, the Project, still under the guidance of its founder and now Director, Professor Emeritus Tony Gengarelly, works with the college and community to display Jessica Park's stylistically brilliant and compelling art, as well as that of other artists on the autism spectrum, to many audiences in Berkshire County and Southern Vermont.  In this endeavor we still enjoy the support of Jessica and the Park family as well as a number of partners, on and off campus.  Our current connection to the BCRC through Gallery 51, where a number of Park related exhibitions have been shown over the past several years, places the Project exactly where it needs to be as it continues to advance the IDEA principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access through the study and appreciation of Outsider Art. 

Questions? Contact Us

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center
375 Church Street,
North Adams, MA 01247