MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest (and largest) centers for making and enjoying today’s most important art, music, dance, theater, film, and video. Hundreds of works of visual and performing art have been created on its 19th-century factory campus during fabrication and rehearsal residencies, making MASS MoCA among the most productive sites in the country for the creation and presentation of new art. More platform than box, MASS MoCA strives to bring to its audiences art experiences that are fresh, engaging, and transformative.
May 30, 1999
MASS MoCA is housed on a 13-acre campus of renovated 19th-century factory buildings in North Adams, Massachusetts. The complex occupies nearly one-third of the downtown business district.
MASS MoCA has 200,000 square feet for commercial tenants, facilitating collaborations between artists and innovative businesses. The museum’s creative and connected campus is home to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ “MCLA at MASS MoCA” program, a lifestyle book publisher, a visual effects studio and other filmmakers, law and accounting firms, a brewery, a coffee shop, and two restaurants, including one that scoops ice cream year-round.
- More than 200,000 square feet of exhibition space, including a single gallery as long as a football field.
- 10,000-square-foot black box theater with a clear-span 30-foot ceiling, which can accommodate up to 850 seats.
- 3,500-square-foot theater lounge.
- Outdoor cinema with a 50-foot-wide movie screen and a 70 mm projector.
- One natural amphitheater, two performance courtyards (one of which spans 22,500 square feet) and an outdoor concert space accommodating crowds of 4,000 to 9,000.
- Workshop and art fabrication facilities.
- 5,000 square feet of rehearsal and production support space.
- 200,000 square feet of office and retail space for commercial tenants in creative industries.
$31.4 million (including $3 million in contributed real estate and $4 million in environmental engineering and feasibility studies)
$22 million construction grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
$9.4 million in private funds for construction support.
$5.6 million in private contributions for programming and start-up. Programming and general operating costs will continue to be supported by admissions revenue and fund-raising initiatives.
Renovation Team – Phase One
Bruner/Cott + Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA
Peabody Construction, Braintree, MA
Approximately 25% of MASS MoCA’s energy is produced on-site through solar panels on several of the roofs. Part of ongoing efforts toward sustainable energy, most of the panels were installed under a “power purchase agreement” (PPA) with a solar developer, Tecta Solar. MASS MoCA’s first grid of solar panels was installed by Berkshire Photovoltaic Services and arranged by artist Michael Oatman.
MASS MoCA seeks to expand the region’s cultural landscape, encourage interactions between its constituencies, and allow cross-disciplinary projects that further the institutions’ individual missions.
Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, MA
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA
Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Bang on a Can, New York, NY
Wilco, Chicago, IL
Manitou Media, San Francisco, CA
Sundance Institute, Park City, UT
Vermont Performance Lab, Guilford, VT
Lucius, Brooklyn, NY
Sol Lewitt Estate, New York, NY
Hall Art Foundation, New York, NY