On Five-Year Anniversary, Mass MoCA's Director Takes Stock

Since its opening five years ago in North Adams, Massachusetts, Mass MoCA has drawn tens of thousands of visitors, spurred commercial investment, and contributed to the creation of hundreds of new service jobs. But in an interview with the Berkshire Eagle's Jeffrey Borak, Mass MoCA director Joseph C. Thompson points out that, despite signs of a resurgent downtown, “you don't have to dig deep to find pockets of poverty in North Adams and areas that need redevelopment.” And at Mass MoCA itself, “the picture is more robust from outside than from inside. . . . It takes sweat, equity, and cleverness to do what we do every year.”