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LitNet Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Literacy and Advocacy
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:15AM / Monday, September 13, 2021
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  STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Literacy Network of South Berkshire, known as LitNet, has been empowering adult learners with education and advocacy for 30 years, most of them being immigrants working on English to speakers of other languages (ESOL.)   "On this, our 30th anniversary we are here today to celebrate our learners, and when we say LitNet has been transforming lives for 30 years, it's a full realization that we are and have been in partnership with brave and committed people who choose to participate and transform their lives," President Merle Duskin Kailas said in a pre-recorded speech for the occasion.   "At LitNet, we believe

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Berkshire Community College to Open Art Exhibit in Koussevitzky Art Gallery
11:54AM / Tuesday, September 07, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) welcomes artist Nicole Irene for an exhibit in the Koussevitzky Art Gallery called "Endanger Your Complacency by Tempting the Lumps in the Cosmic Gravy."    The exhibit will be on view Wednesday, Sept. 8 through Friday, October 8. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm.   On Friday, Oct. 1 from 5-7 pm, the artist will host a reception as part of Downtown Pittsfield Inc.'s First Fridays Artswalk. Light refreshments will be served. The artist will be actively creating art during the reception, and limited-run prints will be available for purchase.   According to the artist, the show is a

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MCLA to Feature Sgt. Justin Biasin as Artist of the Month
04:35PM / Friday, September 03, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA Sergeant Justin Biasin will be MCLA-Pittsfield's featured Artist of the Month, with work on display at the College's Pittsfield location at 66 Allen Street.   Biasin's work will be exhibited for the entire month, and an opening artist reception will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3, during the city's First Fridays Artswalk.    Biasin, a photographer, will show new work he has created over the past year.   According to a press release, Biasin's work offers a glimpse of modern-day life contrasted with the expansive serenity of the Berkshire County landscape.    In his free hours, Biasin spends his

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Filmmaker Brings 'Gatsby In Connecticut' To Ventfort Hall
01:40PM / Wednesday, September 01, 2021
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LENOX, Mass. — Filmmaker and director Robert Steven Williams will share elements of his documentary film "Gatsby in Connecticut, the Untold Story" at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in person and via Zoom on Sept. 7 at 4:00 P.M. as part of its Tuesday Talks.   According to Williams, the writer’s inspiration came not from his time spent on Long Island’s Gold Coast, but rather from the  summer of 1920 in Connecticut during Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s honeymoon in Westport.    With historian Richard Webb, Williams dug into the Princeton University Archives; they interviewed many scholars of the book’s author, and met with

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Becket Arts Center Hosts Annual DriveAbout
03:51PM / Monday, August 30, 2021
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BECKET, Mass. — The Becket Arts Center will present its third annual Open Studios DriveAbout on Saturday, Sept. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.    The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Local artists, sculptors, jewelers, photographers, textile artists and a woodcraftsman will display their work, which will be for sale, at their studios or at the Becket Arts Center.   The Arts Center will also host readings by local authors at 2:30 p.m. and music by the Dogwalker band at 4:30. p.m.   More information and maps of the artists’ locations will be available at the Becket Center, 7 Brooker Hill Road in Becket, as well as at

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Lenox Cultural Council Seeks Funding Proposals
08:07AM / Monday, August 30, 2021
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LENOX, Mass. — Applications for funding for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs will open on Sept. 1, 2021 and are due Oct. 15, 2021.      The Lenox Cultural Council, in accordance with Massachusetts Cultural Council guidelines, has set an Oct. 15 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.   According to Council spokesperson Arlene D. Schiff, these grants can help underwrite projects, programs, and events in the arts, humanities and sciences that foster a rich cultural life for Lenox residents. The Lenox Cultural Council is committed to supporting the work of

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The Story behind the Wrightsman 18th Century French Collections at the Met
08:03AM / Thursday, August 26, 2021
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LENOX, Mass. — Historian and author Francis Morrone via Zoom to the Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum to tell "The Story Behind the Wrightsman 18th Century French Collections at the Met."     Morrone will give his visual presentation on Aug. 31 at 4:00 pm as part of the museum's Tuesday Talks.   Charles Wrightsman was an Oklahoma-born oil tycoon and polo player and Jayne Wrightsman was a Michigan-born beauty who for 40 years traveled the world acquiring French antiques and decorative arts for their 18-room apartment in New York, a home in London and a famed mansion in Palm Beach.   They eventually gave hundreds of works to the

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Berkshire County Historical Society Announces Melville Fellows
12:22PM / Wednesday, August 25, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Historical Society has named Shawna Hennessy, Aylen Dominguez, and Hazel Richards Melville Fellows for 2021-22.    The fellowship program, which began in 2018, annually awards  Berkshire County college students the opportunity to work at Herman Melville's Arrowhead to create one or more pieces of original writing inspired by Arrowhead's surroundings and the BCHS collection. The fellowship program does not restrict the type or subject of the works created, giving participants a breadth of creative freedom. Arrowhead's Writer-in-Residence Emeritus Jana Laiz spearheads the program and works in groups and individually

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Smithsonian Host Sites Sought for 2022 Tour
04:09PM / Tuesday, August 24, 2021
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NORTHAMTON, Mass. — Through a partnership with the Smithsonian, Mass Humanities will select six local institutions to host "Crossroads: Changes in Rural America," a traveling exhibit produced by the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street program.   Applications open Aug. 30 for museums, libraries, and other cultural centers interested in welcoming the Smithsonian to their communities. Organizations must be located in a town with a population of 12,000 or less to be eligible to host the exhibit. In October, Mass Humanities will select six sites for the "Crossroads" tour, which arrives in Massachusetts in September 2022.   "We're

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MCLA Professor Receives Irene Buck Award
12:02PM / Tuesday, August 24, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Arts|Learning, a state advocacy agency for arts education, has named MCLA Professor of Arts Management Lisa Donovan its 2021 Irene Buck Service to Arts Education Award recipient.      According to a press release, the Irene Buck Award honors an individual for distinguished and prolonged service as an advocate for arts education. The recipient exemplifies commitment and service to, and support of the arts, and arts-education communities.    It was named to honor Irene Buck, President of the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education for many years, who was the first recipient in 1998.      Donovan has published widely on arts

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