Together, the arts and humanities form essential elements of a liberal arts education — they form part of the prism through which students can view and understand the world, drawing on the tremendous diversity of thought, insight and expression gathered in the course of their experiential learning process.
The MCLA Institute for the Arts and Humanities (MCLA-IAH) is a grant-funded initiative, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which works to strategically promote equity-centered change on campus and in the community by (1) expanding access to area arts and humanities resources, (2) catalyzing opportunities for interdisciplinary engagements, and (3) advancing experiential teaching and learning practices in higher education.
We create experiential spaces for arts education, dialogue, and action.
The MCLA Institute for the Arts and Humanities is happy to announce the 3rd Annual MCLA-IAH Summer Symposium on the theme of accountability. The four-part zoom series is produced in collaboration with BRIDGE’s Inclusive Leadership Cohort (ILC), Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF), Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), and the Berkshire Cultural Assets Network (BCAN). See below for details on each program.
All programs are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Registration for MCLA-IAH’s 2021 Summer Symposium can be accessed on the main event page here.
Dr. Brea Heidelberg will lead a conversation about creating brave spaces and will engage participants in exploring what constitutes a brave space and discuss common mistakes made in facilitating these spaces.
This IAH panel discussion, moderated by Gwendolyn VanSant (BRIDGE), will feature Dawn Meredith Simmons, Nicole Brewer, representatives from WAM Theatre and Shakespeare & Company, as well as featured guest Dr. Kimberly Richards from the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond. Panelists will discuss what is required in anti-racism work in theatre, arts and with their sponsors and partners.
Gwendolyn VanSant (BRIDGE), Quenna Barrett and Rebecca Martinez (Center for Performance and Civic Practice) will facilitate this dialogue alongside representatives from area cultural organizations to explore the importance of listening and responding to the community as we notice the issues that have emerged within our organizations.
Offered by The Mastheads, poet Sarah Trudgeon and architect Tessa Kelly, this workshop will launch a regional campaign inviting a “call and response” creative prompt about Berkshire County from participants. This experience will culminate in a presentational video and several poetry billboards to be featured around Berkshire County throughout the summer.
Learn about student internship positions; attend community engagement workshops and events; apply to receive funding through our student mini-grant program; and more. Visit us on Canvas to learn more!
Created by MCLA-IAH intern, Destiny Rivera, The Empowered Voices Collective is an
online platform, housed on the SM[ART]COMMONS website, where BIPOC students can submit
and present their creative work and engage with others' creative forms. The platform
will feature poetry, short stories, freewrites, photography, and artwork from BIPOC
and aims to address cultural disparities by engaging the MCLA community in these diverse
art forms and experiences. Altogether, the collective is an outlet for students of
color to be vulnerable about their emotions and express their own experiences through
their personal vehicle of expression.
Contact Destiny Rivera (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
This Fall, MCLA-IAH will be launching a bi-weekly e-newsletter. In the newsletter,
the MCLA-IAH team will provide resources, promote Berkshire arts and culture opportunities
and events, highlight students, faculty, and artists, and more!
If you would like to be added to the mailing list for MCLA-IAH E-newsletter, please fill out the quick form here.
Contact us to discuss community collaborations, opportunities, resources, and more.
Dr. Lisa Donovan