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Vote for North Adams to Win a National Grant Competition

Vote for North Adams to Win a National Grant Competition

No doubt you’ve already heard the news – North Adams, Massachusetts’s smallest city, is one of five finalists vying for a $500,000 grant award from The Small Business Revolution, a web series produced by Minnesota-based Deluxe Corporation. Chosen as a top five out of more than 14,000 communities nominated, it is the only city in the Northeast to still be in the running.

The Alt covered MASS MoCA’s Phase III project in our Museum issue, but if you haven’t seen it firsthand, the city itself is an example of what can happen when entrepreneurship, the creative economy, local officials, and anchors such as MASS MoCA and MCLA work together.

Here’s the thing – the winner is chosen through online voting. So, help them out. Vote on your various devices before the window closes on February 16.

Vote here. 

Full press release below      

MASS MoCA’s Home City of North Adams Chosen as One of Five Finalists in $500,000 National Grant Competition  
Finalists Selected from 14,000 Communities Nominated Nationwide, Winner Chosen by Popular Vote
North Adams, Mass. is the Only Community Recognized in New England, Northeastern U.S.
NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS — This morning, MASS MoCA’s home city of North AdamsMassachusetts, is one of five national finalists for a $500,000 awardfrom The Small Business Revolution, an online series spotlighting five communities across the country vying by popular vote for the half-million dollar award, in a competition running February 9through February 16.

The award focuses on entrepreneurial activity, creativity, and innovative economic re-development. North Adams is the smallest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is the only finalist in New England and the northeastern U.S. among the five communities vying for the $500,000 award. 

Benjamin LambPresident of the North Adams City Council, is enthused, but not surprised: “We’re incredibly thrilled to be a finalist, and knew that once the Small Business Revolution team visited North Adams, they’d have to choose us. It’s an easy community to fall instantly in love with!” Lamb continues, “Now we need the support of our friends all over the world to push us over the top. There’s only one week to vote: we’re looking for everyone who’s ever lived in, visited, driven through, or has a friend of a second cousin with a vague connection to North Adams — to Massachusetts — or to New England, to vote every day from February 9 to 16. It’s just one week, and we know we can win this thing!” A popular vote is already in place. To vote, the public is asked to visit Individuals can vote once per day, per browser, per device. “So if you own a smartphone, a tablet, a desktop, and a laptop, you can vote four times per day,” said Lamb. “Do it!”

In addition to $500,000 to support small businesses and city initiatives in the downtown business district, the winning city will receive widespread exposure while featured on The Small Business Revolution online web series, produced by Minnesota-based 
Deluxe Corporation. A production team from the firm visited North Adams in early January, talking to small business owners, touring MASS MoCA, and tasting Tunnel City Coffee (roasted in North Adams) and Bright Ideas beers (brewed in North Adams). The Small Business Revolution host Amanda Brinkman jabbed at a heavy bag with Miner Combat fitness instructor Becky Miner and twirled with toddler ballerinas at Freedom Dance during her visit.

If North Adams wins the popular vote, The Small Business Revolution team returns in late spring and early summer to chronicle the influx of $500,000 in cash, goods, and services to the town, from which they produce a web series, to be broadcast later in the year through various distribution channels. 
MASSMoCA Director Joseph Thompson notes the felicitous timing of The Small Business Revolution attention, “MASS MoCA will double in size this summer with the Memorial Day opening of our Building 6 expansion, which will bring considerable attention to our host micro-city, which is enjoying a burst of new energy, business start-ups, and real estate activity. This is just the octane we need, at just the right time. Vote early, vote often.”

A collection of high-resolution images of beautiful North Adams, Massachusetts is available here:

About North Adams
North Adams, Massachusetts, nestled in the mountains of northern Berkshire County, is a 
post-industrialformer mill city whose focus on the arts is engineering its revitalization. North Adams is home to businesses and organizations including MASS MoCA, the largest center for visual and performing contemporary arts in North America; The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, repeatedly recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Top 10 Public Liberal Arts College in the U.S.; Crane StationeryStorey Publishing; perennial Condé Nast favorite, The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA; and Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival. Destination sites in North Adams include Natural Bridge State Park, home to the only natural white marble arch bridge in North America; Mount Greylock, the highest mountain in the state of Massachusetts — which was recently named home to J.K. Rowling’s Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, a prequel site to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School; and the historic Hoosac Tunnel, a 19th-century engineering marvel and the second-longest tunnel in the world upon its completion in 1875, which is still active.

MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest (and largest) centers for making, displaying, and enjoying today’s most important art, music, dance, theater, film, and video. MASS MoCA will nearly double its gallery space in spring 2017, with artist partnerships that include Laurie Anderson, the Louise Bourgeois Trust, Jenny Holzer, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and James Turrell.

Gallery admission is $18 for adults, $16 for veterans and seniors, $12 for students, $8 for children 6 to 16, and free for children 5 and under through May 21, 2017. Members are admitted free year-round. The Hall Art Foundation’s Anselm Kiefer exhibition is open seasonally, spring – fall. For additional information, call 
413.662.2111 x1 or visit

Winter Hours
11am to 5pm, closed Tuesdays

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