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The Contemporary Arts Center, MASS MoCA, Expands Within Its Historic Campus

An aerial view of the Mass MoCA complex nestled in among a colorful Berkshire vista of hills and blue sky.This weekend, MASS MoCA, in North Adams, Massachusetts, will unveil its newest set of galleries in the 16-acre complex of former textile mill buildings that the contemporary arts center has incrementally been expanding into since it first opened in 1999. The $55 million project nearly doubles the institution’s exhibition space to 240,000 square feet and adds new visitor amenities, art fabrication workshops, and support facilities for music festivals and other outdoor events. With the completion of the project, MASS MoCA will have renovated almost all of the 28 historic red brick buildings on its sprawling campus in mostly rural Berkshire County. The aim of this latest phase of construction, like that of the earlier ones, was “the economic and smart transformation of industrial structures into hospitable places for art” says Joseph Thompson, MASS MoCA’s director. Read more about Mass MoCA expansion here >>