Those interested in the history of MASS MoCa should check out the documentary Downside UP.

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.

Shame that this isn’t available for viewing free on the web. I can’t imagine that doing so would decrease sales too much . . .

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