Upside-Down Trees Take Over Blue-Collar Town

March 2, 2003

ITVS and PBS present DOWNSIDE UP and its companion Web site, What happens when a working-class town in Massachusetts teams up with art world luminaries to build a modern art museum? DOWNSIDE UP tells the story of how a city reinvents itself by opening the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). DOWNSIDE UP by Nancy Kelly airs nationally on INDEPENDENT LENS February 25, 2003 at 10:00 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).

Web site highlights include:

Tour North Adams

Explore the radical transformation of North Adams, Massachusetts through a slide show of before-and-after photos and witness changes sparked by the arrival of MASS MoCA.

The Film

Take a close look at North Adams, past and present, as it evolves from a run-down factory city into a bustling contemporary art mecca, strewn with bizarre sculptures, trees growing upside down and sandboxes in the streets. Hear Nancy Kelly’s thoughts on connecting with her hometown in relation to the filming of DOWNSIDE UP.

Filmmaker Q & A

Native Nancy Kelly recounts North Adams residents’ reactions to DOWNSIDE UP, what she learned from her national listening tour and why she never gave up on filmmaking.

Learn More

Get links to Web sites, books, articles and films on North Adams, arts organizations and community development issues.


Join a discussion of the program and how other communities have been affected by arts and culture.