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MCLA Annual Senior Art Exhibition Opens Virtually April 22
04:02PM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —MCLA's annual senior art exhibition, #Blindsight2021, will open virtually at MCLA Gallery 51 on April 22 featuring the work of Alex Gaspar '21, Ian Mosher '21, Tala Rousseau '21, Drew Thomas '21, and Ashanti Thomas '21.     "#Blindsight2021" will be open online at https://www.mclaseniorartmajors.com/ and in the Design Lab at Gallery 51 beginning Thursday, April 22, 2021.    Earlier in the day, each senior will present their work via a formal artist talk as part of the annual MCLA Undergraduate Research Conference. Follow the Senior Art Majors online @mclaART on both Instagram and Facebook for links to

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Berkshire Organizations Receive Cultural Council Funding
11:53AM / Friday, April 09, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Humanities awarded over $25,000 to non-profit organizations in the Berkshires from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.   A new round of grants from Mass Humanities will give museums, historical societies and other cultural organizations the opportunity to reach their audiences digitally as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. From laptops to website upgrades, mobile walking tours to virtual exhibits, the Digital Capacity Grants announced provide residents with access to their heritage despite social distancing.   “These grants are part of our ongoing response to the pandemic, but they also provide a preview of the future of public humanities

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Williamstown Theatre Festival Aims for Safe, Outdoor Season
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:55PM / Thursday, April 08, 2021
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mandy Greenfield's innate pessimism paid off for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the theater going public and the town.   On Thursday, the WTF's artistic director met with the town's Board of Health to discuss the summer season that the festival officially unveiled on Wednesday night.   Greenfield, who told the board that she always presumes "we're on the brink of disaster," said she committed to the idea of an outdoor 2021 season way back in August.   "At that time, I got some pushback from people saying, 'By next summer, we'll be ready to be back indoors,' " Greenfield said. "I

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BAAMS Holding Fundraiser
12:07PM / Monday, April 05, 2021
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshires' Academy For Advanced Musical Studies is holding a spring fundraising drive.   Berkshires' Academy For Advanced Musical Studies (BAAMS) is holding an online fundraising drive with a goal of $50,000.   Currently, the academy has raised a little over $3,389.13 to provide free online music programming for Berkshire County youth.    The music academy has been largely pushed online through the pandemic. Instead of offering in-person education, the BAAMS team has created eBAAMS.   The online version of the academy offers live-streamed music lessons for ages 12-18 as well as a library of original play-along tracks and musical

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Berkshire, Barrington Stage Companies Look Forward to Summer Return
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Monday, March 29, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The past year of pandemic was a markedly difficult year for the arts, but local theaters are looking forward to COVID-19-friendly programming in the new year.   "It's been a year of trying to understand what a government's role is in taking care of us, not only in terms of our health but in terms of society, justice, and for all of these things to be happening at once," Berkshire Theatre Group's Artistic Director Kate Maguire said. "The only thing I know is that when we do start leaving our houses, we're going to be faced with different realities, and I think we should all be trying to create something really better for the

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Tanglewood To Hold Summer Season
04:08PM / Friday, March 19, 2021
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LENOX, Mass. — Tanglewood announced Friday that they planned to reopen for in-person audiences this summer after closing for the 2020 season   The Boston Symphony Orchestra, which owns and operates Tanglewood, announced that the festival will welcome in-person audiences back for live performances in the summer of 2021, following the necessary closure of the festival in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.    This announcement takes place following a meeting of the BSO Board of Trustees on Thursday, March 18, where the decision to move forward with a summer season at Tanglewood met with unanimous approval.   Running from July 9 to Aug. 16, the 2021 Tanglewood

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Mahaiwe Adds Virtual Drama and Art to Programming Schedule
09:24AM / Friday, March 19, 2021
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.—The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center announced the addition of six virtual screenings from the entertainment outfit BY Experience to its programming schedule: art documentary "Frida La Vida," March 17 to 23; "War Horse" from London's National Theatre, March 31 to April 6; "Kinky Boots" from London's West End, April 14 to 20; art documentary "Secret Impressionists," April 28 to May 4; "42nd Street from London's West End," May 12 to 18; and art documentary "Hermitage – The Power of Art," May 26 to June 1.   BY Experience produces Mahaiwe's popular in-theater HD screening series

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Jacob's Pillow Plans Festival 2021, Theater Renovations
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:16AM / Wednesday, March 17, 2021
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BECKET, Mass. — After a year of pandemic struggles and a devastating fire, Jacob's Pillow is looking at a bright horizon in 2021.

The year 2020 saw the Pillow's first season cancellation in 88 years and ended in tragedy when the Doris Duke Theatre burned down in November.

"Sometimes I think it was a physical manifestation of everything people in our field were feeling," Executive and Artistic Director Pamela Tatge said in regard to the fire.

"In other words, so many people in the arts ecology, both artists and workers lost their work, lost their livelihoods, we canceled the performances by 15 companies last summer. So, to have the fire, destroy a place that

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Berkshire Museum Temporarily Closes After Positive COVID-19 Test
12:18PM / Monday, March 15, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. The Berkshire Museum has temporarily closed  after becoming aware of a positive COVID-19 case within the building.   Museum staff made the decision to close Sunday after learning someone who had recently been on site had tested positive for the Coronavirus. All visitors with reservations during the closure will be contacted by the museum to reschedule or refund their tickets.   The Museum will reopen Thursday, March 18   Museum staff were notified the afternoon of Sunday, March 14 that an individual who had recently been on site tested positive for COVID-19. Visitors, staff, and contractors who may have interacted with the individual will be contacted

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Hancock Shaker Village New Staff Appointed
03:15PM / Friday, March 12, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hancock Shaker Village announced the appointments of Linda Johnson as Curator and Brenda Lynch as Director of Development, a newly created position.   "We are so pleased to welcome these dynamic professionals, who will help the Village advance its goals of not only preserving the legacy and material culture of the Shakers, but providing deeper connections to the museum's extraordinary content through access to its collections, exhibitions, programs, and landscape," said Jennifer Trainer Thompson, director of Hancock Shaker Village.   Johnson will oversee the 22,000 object collection, which includes the largest single collection (25) of

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