The Artists of Franklin County is a non-profit arts organization that supports artists and businesses in building the local creative economy. Our main project over the past several years has been the Artist Window Exhibits (AWE) that gives artists an opportunity to display their work in store windows, primarily in the downtown center of Greenfield, Massachusetts. The idea of showing art in store windows is two fold – to help artists get their work out in public, which gives them a sense of pride in their work and experience preparing artwork for display, and also to improve the atmosphere of the downtown area.
Art contributes to the appearance of a town. It makes people feel good about their community. It shows the people and especially the children the value of art, and inspires creativity. In addition to our AWE project, the town has been the beneficiary of many other art exhibitions, including from local schools, work from other towns throughout Franklin County, groups that have a particular theme or project they are promoting, all offering to display their work throughout Greenfield, in storefronts, in local restaurants, and many other places that once had blank walls. The search for empty spaces in town where art can be hung is now a serious effort that continues all year through. This demonstrates the success of our efforts.
This website is now devoted to continuing that work in an expanding effort to find new ways to serve the arts. Look here for information on places to show your work, for artists to approach for exhibits or to hire for projects that need a creative mind, for opportunities that we can all share to continue the work building the creative economy in Franklin County.