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BITS & BYTES: MASS MoCA programming; Mass Audubon camps; GB Rotary Club Scholarships; Smithsonian coming to Sheffield

MASS MoCA Announces New Winter/Spring 2022 Programs

North Adams MASS MoCA announces new winter and spring programs, including the exhibition “Choreopolitics: Brendan Fernandes & nibia pastrana Santiago” – on view starting April 9 – which examines the work of these two interdisciplinary artists who use dance for resistance, healing, and connection. Glenn Keanu, whose exhibition “In the Light of a Shadow” explores the links between global protest movements, joins a panel of artists and activists to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland and discuss the relationship between the art industry and social change movements. Artist, musician, and featured panelist Dionne Jones performs on January 29.

Previously announced exhibitions “Lily Cox-Richard: Weep Holes”, “Marc Swanson: A Memorial to Ice at the Dead Deer Disco” and “Amy Hauft: 700,000:1 | Terra + Luna + Sol” are on display starting at 12 March. Additional programs include “kelli rae adams: Forever in Your Debt” and “Siren,” an experimental installation that floods visitors with humpback whale songs and a range of community programs include celebrations for Free Day (January 22), International Day of Slow Art (April 22), and inviting teens (April 29 – May 1), and Berkshire Teacher and Social Worker Appreciation Day (April 30). Ethereal pop band Lucius returns on April 28 to begin their national tour, and innovative Native American dancer and hip-hop artist Supaman delivers a fascinating blend of culture, comedy, and original music on April 30.

Booked events are now on sale to MASS MoCA members. Public sale begins Friday, January 14th, at 10 a.m.

MASS MoCA is open Wednesdays – Mondays, 10am-5pm; Closed on Tuesdays. All visitors over the age of 12 must show proof of complete vaccination for COVID-19 (accompanied by a photo ID for visitors over the age of 18). Timed entry reservations are encouraged.


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Registration open for Mass Audubon Winter and Spring Camps

Photo courtesy Mas Audubon

Linux Registration is now open for Mass Audubon’s Winter and Spring School Vacation Camps for children ages 7-12. Campers will enjoy nature exploration and hands-on learning outside of the classroom. Camps will be held entirely outdoors, with short breaks to warm up. Record per week or per day. The camps will take place at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox.

Winter Holiday Camp
Mon Feb 21 – Fri Feb 25 2022, 9am – 3pm
Weekly price for members: $300; Non-members: $365
Daily rate for members: $63; Non-members: $78
Learn which wildlife remains active in the cold and snow, and the adaptations that enable them to survive. Depending on the conditions, campers will build snow shelters and snowshoes or hike to “discreet” parts of the sanctuary. If conditions on a particular day are unsafe due to extreme temperatures or wind, the program day will be shortened or canceled, and families will receive a refund for lost time.

Spring Explorers Vacation Camp
Monday, April 18 – Friday, April 22, 2022, 9 AM – 3 PM
Weekly price for members: $300; Non-members: $365
Daily rate for members: $63; Non-members: $78
Spring is a wonderful time to experience the natural world as plants and wildlife awaken, revitalize and full of life. Explore forests, ponds, and wetlands for new plant growth, the arrival of early birds, and emerging amphibians and reptiles.


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Applications for the GB Rotary Club 2022 Scholarships are available on February 1

Great Wellington Applications for the 2022 Great Barrington Rotary Club Scholarships will be available on February 1. All applications are due electronically by April 22, 2022.

Applicants must be a graduate of Mount Everett or Monument Mountain High Schools. Students must plan to attend a college, university or technical school in the fall of 2022. Scholarships are for undergraduate programs only. Beneficiaries are selected primarily on the basis of financial need, taking into account grades and school community involvement.

Professional scholarships, called Two For All, are available to students who are pursuing training in trades and support technologies (health care, construction, auto mechanics, and cooking).

The GB Rotary Club supports scholarships primarily through the annual Drive for Scholarships golf tournament at Wyantenuck Country Club in July. The club also holds other events, such as Truck Day, Pumpkinfest, and lotto to support the students.

Donated funds are managed by the GB Rotary Club Student Aid Fund. The fund has benefited from the generosity of individual donors, in particular the Two For All Award. Donations can be sent to the Great Barrington Rotary Club, Box 565, Great Barrington, MA 01230.


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The Smithsonian came to Sheffield in 2023

Northampton The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street, in collaboration with Mass Humanities, is coming to the Bushnell-Sage Library in Sheffield.

In partnership with the world’s largest museum complex, Mass Humanities announces that the Bushnell-Sage Library will join five other organizations in Massachusetts to host “Crossroads: Changes in Rural America,” a traveling exhibit produced by the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street.

These institutions will host the exhibition during the tour:

  • Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, Essex: 10 September – October. 22, 2022
  • Hull Museum of Saving Lives, Hull: October 30 – December. 10, 2022
  • Rutland Free Public Library, Rutland: December 18, 2022-January. 28, 2023
  • Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls: February 5 – March 18, 2023
  • Bushnell Sage Library, Sheffield: March 26 – May 6, 2023
  • Athol Public Library, Athol: 14 May – 24 June 2023

“The City of Sheffield, including the host site of the Bushnell Sage Library and partners including the Sheffield Historical Society, Sheffield Senior Centre, Dewey Memorial Hall, Husatonic Heritage, and many other organizations, are delighted to welcome the Museum on Main Street.

(Monthly) Smithsonian Tour,” said Dina Caswell, Director of the Bushnell Sage Library. “We hope that Berkshire County, western Massachusetts, and the rest of the state will join us as we showcase Sheffield’s rich history and explore the resilience of this rural farm community.”

“Crossroads” explores how rural American communities have changed in the 20th century. The vast majority of the United States’ landscape is still rural, with only 3.5 percent of the land area considered urban. Since 1900, the proportion of Americans living in rural areas has fallen from 60 percent to 17 percent. The exhibition provides small towns with an opportunity to glimpse their own paths to highlight the changes that have affected their fortunes over the past century.

The Bushnell-Sage Library will receive extensive training from Smithsonian staff along with a $10,000 grant from the Collegiate Humanities to develop public events during the fair, which will be on display for six weeks in each community. Organizations located in cities with a population of 12,000 or less were eligible to apply. Mass humanities receive significant support from the Mass Culture Council (MCC), the state agency for the arts and humanities.

Launched in 1994, Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a Smithsonian outreach program that engages small-town audiences and brings renewed attention to underserved rural communities. A private institution based in Northampton, Mass Humanities serves as the state branch of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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