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Jeff Rodgers Steps Down as Berkshire Museum Executive Director
12:00PM / Monday, September 13, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jeff Rodgers stepped down as Executive Director of the Berkshire Museum on Sept. 10, 2021, after two and a half years in the position.   "Thanks to the hard work of many, the museum has made tremendous progress. We are financially secure, deferred maintenance issues have been addressed, and we have just celebrated the re-opening of our second-floor galleries and learning spaces after extensive renovations," Rogers said. "The strength of the museum's current position makes my decision easier."   Rodgers was appointed in 2019. Prior to the appointment, Rodgers was the provost and chief operating officer of the South Florida

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Lenox Library to Host Author Hannah Wohl
10:01AM / Monday, September 13, 2021
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LENOX, Mass. — The Lenox Library welcome Lenox native Hannah Wohl on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss her new book, "Bound by Creativity: How Contemporary Art Is Created and Judged."   Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of The Bookstore.   According to a press release:       Hannah Wohl is assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her PhD in sociology at Northwestern University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University. Her research examines judgment and decision-making in creative industries, such as art, literature, technology, and academia. Her

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PCTV To Debut High School Football 'Game of the Week'
12:08PM / Wednesday, September 08, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television announced the creation of the "Berkshire County High School Football Game of the Week" for the 2021 season.   Each week during the upcoming fall sports season, PCTV Sports will select one high school football game on the schedule in Berkshire County for broadcast live on Pittsfield ETV Channel 1302 in Pittsfield, the PCTV Select App, available on Roku and Apple TV, and Pittsfield Community Television's Facebook page.   "We had great success and tremendous feedback from the viewing public during last year's productions held at Berkshire Community College," said Bob Heck, Coordinator of Advancement

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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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At Final ARPA Hearing, Cultural Organizations Ask for Monetary, Tech Assistance
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:15AM / Thursday, August 26, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Workers and supporters of cultural organizations hope that the sector crippled by COVID-19 can find some refuge with the use of Pittsfield's nearly $33 million allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds.

At the last of the four American Rescue Plan Act hearings — this time at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts — cultural industry attendees voted the provision of monetary and technical assistance as the most urgent use of the funds.   When asked over a phone survey how the pandemic impacted their organization or workplace, a majority of people said they were "shutdown."   "Financially devastating" and

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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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Downtown Pittsfield StoryWalk And Treasure Hunt
08:03AM / Tuesday, August 24, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. and the Berkshire Athenaeum will continue the Downtown Pittsfield StoryWalk of Ty Allan Jackson's book "When I Close My Eyes" through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021.    They have partnered with CozQuest for a free, family-friendly Treasure Hunt along the StoryWalk route from Saturday, Aug. 28 through Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. Kids will be able to solve "Spot Cozmo" picture puzzles to find hidden QR codes that will unlock treasure at local businesses. If they find all of the QR codes, they'll be entered to win one of five limited edition "When I Close My Eyes" posters signed by the author, and one

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