This summer, the Berkshire Museum has several different events and exhibitions you can attend in the comfort of your own home. There are currently 7 programs: “Visual Voice: Portfolios from Pittsfield High School”, “W.E.B. Du Bois”, “Snap, Scute, and Swim: The Life and Times of the Common Snapping Turtle”, “Pride Trivia”, “Camp@Home”, “Art of the Hills: Narrative”, and “Are you a writer?”
Visual Voice: Portfolios from Pittsfield High School
From Pittsfield High School comes the digital AP portfolios of 10 different artists. Artists worked throughout the school year on their portfolios. Jeff Rodgers, Executive Director of the Berkshire Museum, had this to say about the students’ work: “We are continually looking for new, creative ways we can serve our community, especially now, when live interactions are impossible. These talented young artists worked hard all year and their work deserved a platform. Virtual exhibitions have their limitations, but they also have their advantages; I encourage you to share this student work far and wide, so that everyone knows that the arts are alive in the Berkshires.” Click here to be redirected to Visual Voice.
W.E.B. Du Bois
W.E.B. Du Bois was a civil rights activist, sociologist, and scholar who was born and raised in Great Barrington. Du Bois fought against misogyny, poverty, and racism and was extremely influential during his time. His activism and contributions to the fight against injustice still ring today. As written by Du Bois in An Appeal to the World, “No nation is so great that the world can afford to let it continue to be deliberately unjust, cruel and unfair toward its own citizens.” Click here to read more about W.E.B. Du Bois.
Snap, Scute, and Swim: The Life and Times of the Common Snapping Turtle
Snapping turtles, or chelydra serpentine, are animals that range from eastern North America to the Rocky Mountains. In this fact sheet, find the answers to 13 questions about this fascinating reptile, including: “Where do snapping turtles live?” “What do they do all day?” and “How can you identify one?” Click here to be redirected to the snapping turtle fact sheet.
Thursday, June 25 at 6:00 PM, Peter Liffers will be hosting trivia to celebrate Pride Month. This event is free and open to the community. Test your knowledge and learn something new during this fun evening of virtual trivia based on LGBTQ+ history and culture. Click here to register for the event.
With the cancellation of children’s summer camps, a new challenge has arisen: how do we keep kids entertained during the summer months? Camp@Home is providing kits to gauge the interest of all kids, from those interested in robotics, to world culture, to animation, to chemistry, and all things in between. Click here to browse Camp@Home’s various programs, kits, and other activities.
Art of the Hills: Narrative
From your own computer, partake in a virtual exhibition or guided exhibition video tour on the works of local artists Amy Myers and Seung Lee. They have selected a variety of 2D and 3D works that encompass diverse stories and experiences. Click here to view the virtual exhibition or to partake in a guided exhibition tour.
Are you a writer?
For the remainder of 2020, the Berkshire Historical Society will be accepting applicants for their Writer-In-Residence program at Arrowhead. Click here for further details and/or to apply.