Art is a huge part of life here in the Berkshires, and the love of art that residents in the City of Pittsfield hold is never more evident than when local artists get to put there work out for everyone to see as they make there way through the city.

One of the art projects that the city has really embraced over the past several years is the Pittsfield Paintbox Project, which is back again this year to embrace artists' inspirations.

Pittsfield Artscape announced this year’s project to through a media release Thursday.

As Pittsfield begins the reopening process, Pittsfield Artscape says it wants to ensure that local artists continue to have a platform for expression in our community with a call for art for the Pittsfield Paintbox Project.  The project celebrates local artists, enlivens the streetscape, and discourages vandalism of utility boxes throughout the downtown and beyond. 

Past years work (corner of North and West Streets)

We are a city that recognizes, celebrates, and creates spaces for artistry to thrive in its many forms. As we continue to transition into reopening, we look forward to the addition of vibrant, innovative, and creative images to our downtown as we engage in more aspects of community life. ~ Mayor Linda Tyer.

 

Artscape is offering artists a $250 stipend as well as $150 towards art supplies per eligible utility box.  Now in its fifth year, the Pittsfield Paintbox Project will bring an additional three Paintbox designs to the Pittsfield landscape. 

Artists are inspired by everything that is going on in the world right now… We want to support and embrace their inspiration and show it off to the community. ~ Director of Cultural Development Jen Glockner.

 

About Pittsfield Artscape:

Pittsfield Artscape is a volunteer-led committee which sponsors, plans, and oversees the annual juried exhibition of public art in the City of 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.