Downside UP

If you ever have a chance to see the movie Downside UP: How art can change the spirit of a place, take it. It aired tonight on WGBH Boston. It’s a documentary about the revitalization of North Adams, Mass., centred around the establishment of Mass MoCA — the Museum of Contemporary Art — in the abandoned industrial buildings of the fading mill town.

We visited Mass MoCA last summer, in the midst of our summer sojourn in New England. It’s an amazing set of spaces. The film fills in the context very well.