Our public mural project is located on the pillars under the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Marshall Street. CAMP (Community Art Mural Project) after school program participants have brought this project to life. Interest in the history of North Adams and its creative past guided the selection of images from the cut-and-stitch cloth dolls printed by Arnold Printworks from the late 1890’s through 1910. Arnold Printworks (1862-1945) was located on the present-day site of Mass MoCA and by 1905 was one of the world’s leading producers of printed textiles. Students learned to replicate, enlarge and transfer the doll images to the columns. Painting is done with the help of their art teacher Christina King, local realist painter William Oberst, and MCLA student Stephanie Vanbramer.
Summer 2013 brought us to the west side of Marshall St. decorating the columns with more North Adams history. Local Artist William Oberst, MCLA student Stephanie Vanbramer and NAPS art teacher Christina King have joined brushes again with students from Greylock Elementary School. Continuing the DSA theme of Beyond Industry we are highlighting the textile industry of the 20th century with a closer look through the lens of child labor and the textiles produced here during the early 1900’s. Watch as the figures are brought to life for culminating dedication celebration.