Artists group to move from Massachusetts to Troy

A contemporary artists’ group that heralds from the hometown of MassMoCA is transforming a vacant st
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A contemporary artists’ group that heralds from the hometown of MassMoCA is transforming a vacant stone church near the Burden Environmental Park into an arts center.

The Contemporary Artists Center, which last year miffed North Adams, Mass., officials when the group scrapped plans to relocate within the city, is moving into the former Woodside Presbyterian Church and Chapel at the corner of Erie and Mill streets.

CAC Executive Director Heather “Hezzie” Phillips said Thursday the 18-year-old nonprofit organization will make an announcement about the Troy center in March.

The CAC plans to establish artist studios and residencies at Woodside, which was built in 1869 and has been vacant since 2003. The center will also feature workshop, exhibition, lecture and performance space, according to the groups Web site. Phillips declined to comment on the center until March’s announcement.

The CAC occupied a 130,000-square-foot stone mill called the Beaver Mill in North Adams.

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