Vacant Window Art Installation Pilot

For additional information, please contact:
Benjamin Lamb
1Berkshire Director of Economic Development
blamb@1berkshire.com
518-312-6363

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1Berkshire Accepting Applications for New  Vacant Window Art Installation Pilot
January 12th, 2023 - Berkshire County, MA - 1Berkshire, thanks to a one-time grant award, is excited to
announce the launch of applications for a new pilot program to support the installation of printed vinyl
artwork in vacant downtown buildings in Berkshire communities.

This program aims to provide up to three (3) municipalities/organizations with sub-award grants of up to
$5,000 in order to support them in the selection, commissioning, and installation of printed works of art
in vacant downtown storefronts for the summer of 2023. This effort is meant to both contribute to the
aesthetic beauty of our downtown business districts, while also drawing attention to the opportunities
that these vacant spaces offer to potential new small businesses and organizations looking for a physical
location to move into.

Only one grant will be awarded to implement this effort in any given municipality. Applicants may be
municipalities themselves, non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, or non-organization
individuals with a proven track record of similar project execution. Applications are open now and will
close on March 3rd, 2023. Selected applicants must complete all related work by June 30th, 2023.
Benjamin Lamb, 1Berkshire Director of Economic Development notes “We are excited to pilot this
program here in the region as a way to both contribute to the quality of experience in our downtowns,
and to really help create organic connections between emerging small businesses and commercial
landlords with available space.” He adds, “This could be a great case study about leveraging our intrinsic
creative spirit in the Berkshires and how that can also directly drive new economic opportunities across a
spectrum of business types.”

To learn more and apply, please visit: https://forms.gle/PaGryhVE3TM37sP38
About 1Berkshire
1Berkshire is a county-wide organization focused on economic development and promotion of the region
as a preferred place to visit, to live, and to grow a business. It provides programs that connect businesses
with each other and with potential customers and works to develop future leaders and support
entrepreneurs. For more information, visit 1Berkshire.com