Qualifications

Interested in joining us?

While the primary use of the lofts is for active engagement in artistic endeavors, the City allows accessory residential use, and each loft is livable, with its own amenities. Because North Adams has established a zoning amendment specifically for the Eclipse Mill that allows for accessory residential units for artists’ studios, it is not enough for a loft resident to simply claim the title of “artist.” The artist must engage actively in his or her artistic endeavors in the loft. Further, the artist’s process must be consistent with communal living in terms of noise, safety etc.

Who qualifies?

You qualify if:

    • You create imaginative works of aesthetic value, including but not limited to visual art, literature, poetry, playwriting, film, video, digital media works, costume design, photography, architecture, music composition and conceptual art.
    • You create functional art, including but not limited to jewelry, rugs, quilts, furniture and other decor, pottery, toys, graphic design and illustration, etc.
    • You are a performer, including, but not limited to, singers, musicians, dancers, actors and performance artists.
    • You are engaged in the arts in a supportive role, such as that of an arts educator, critic, scholar, curator, gallerist, editor, publisher, consultant, etc.
    • You have demonstrated a serious, consistent commitment to your creative pursuit.
    • Your creative process does not present a noise, health or safety hazard, or otherwise interfere with the residential or creative use of neighbors’ spaces.

The application process.

STEP 1. Check out our Lofts for Sale and Lofts for Rent. PLEASE CONTACT THE OWNER DIRECTLY TO INQUIRE ABOUT A SPACE.

STEP 2. You will asked to submit, DIRECTLY TO THE CURRENT OWNER :

a) A CV and any other supporting materials as evidence of your artistic commitment(web site, publications, reviews, videos, or any other material you think may be relevant.)

b) An application form available here:  2015_Transfer_and_Rental_Application.

What happens next ?

Once the above materials are submitted to the owner, they are forwarded to the Artist’s Review Committee (ARC), a standing committee of the board. The ARC reviews the submitted material to insure that a) the applicant demonstrates a minimum of three years of commitment to his/her artistic endeavor , b) the applicant’s process does not violate any local health or safety ordinances, and c) the process will not interfere with the artistic endeavors of artists in neighboring units (i.e. disruptive sounds, smells etc.)

It is important to recognize that the ARC makes NO judgements as to the “quality” of the applicant’s work. It merely looks for evidence of sustained original work over a period of time, while insuring that the applicant’s processes will not present a noise, health or safety hazard, or otherwise interfere with the residential or creative use of neighbors’ spaces. It is NOT necessary that the applicant demonstrate an income from their artistic endeavors.

The ARC forwards it’s recommendation to the board, which has the final decision. Decisions are usually made within two weeks of submission, and often  faster.