Michelle Daly is currently the Director of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center at MCLA. She works locally and regionally to advance creative opportunities for artists and creative workers of all types, and leads creative redevelopment activities in North Adams, MA. Michelle was recognized as a 2018 Berkshire 25 recipient for her redesigns of DownStreet Art, Gallery 51, and MCLA Presents! which provide local artists and art-lovers opportunities to experience unique musicians, performances, contemporary works of art and beautiful public murals all in one place.
Michelle earnied her MA in Performance Curation from the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University and a BFA with a concentration in Painting from Marylhurst University. Prior to her work at MCLA, Michelle spent 13 years in Portland, OR, working in both the private and cultural non-profit sectors. Her professional experience ranges from 10 years working backstage for Classical Ballet Academy dance productions, to gallery installation and public art management. In the private sector, she held project management and customer service roles primarily in the health care and manufacturing sectors.
Michelle is also a practicing visual artist with a 20-year exhibition history, a curator of performance and visual art, a board member for New England Presenters, and a member of MASS Creative's advisory board. Locally, she has lent her talents to events and community organizations including FIGMENT, Unsilent Night, Common Folk Artist Collective, and the North Adams Cultural District.