January 27, 2023
Face the winter woes with a workshop from MCLA Arts & Culture through contemporary improv and clowning techniques with instructor David Lane.
This workshop is open to actors, dancers, artists, dreamers, teachers, learners, and anyone with a willing spirit, age 17 and up. The series starts on Saturday, Feb. 4 and will run each Saturday throughout the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the MCLA Art Lab.
It is free and open to the public, however, space is limited and each class builds on the last. Registration can be found at https://bit.ly/3WAoU9T.
The objective is to be playful with physical exploration of classic red-nose clowning and plunge into the humorous side of what makes people human. Key areas of skill development: intellect, empathy, and vulnerability — which will be employed to conjure situations on the fly, and tackle subjects both silly and serious, braving a path through human folly and fallibility.
Warm socks and clothing for expressive movement are encouraged. The class will culminate in an open session for invited guests and the public on Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m.
The MCLA Art Lab is located at 49 Main St. in North Adams.
MCLA Arts & Culture (MAC) is MCLA’s newly expanded arts programming arm. MAC serves as the nexus for internal and external partnerships to create engaging and equity-focused projects that encourage public arts participation, as well as the investigation of arts-based pedagogy that can reshape institutional practices. MAC (formerly known as BCRC, the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center) functions as a hub that supports interdisciplinary approaches to education, social justice, and academic research across MCLA’s campus. MAC supports the expansion of MCLA programming to include: faculty opportunities for interdisciplinary curriculum development; interdisciplinary faculty and student social justice research; arts and culture symposia and workshops; internships for underrepresented student communities; and the development of an open-access archive that includes documented community arts projects and support tools that other college campuses and communities can use and apply to fit their needs.
At MCLA, we’re here for all — and focused on each — of our students. Classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate our students as individuals, leaders, and communicators, fully empowered to make their impressions on the world. In addition to our 128-year commitment to public education, we have fortified our commitment to equitable academic excellence. For 10 of the last 12 years, MCLA has been named a Top Ten College by U.S. News and World Report. MCLA also appears on the organization’s list of top National Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Since the list was created, MCLA has risen to #33 as a Top Performer on Social Mobility and ranks first among all Massachusetts liberal arts schools, which measures how well schools graduate students who receive Federal Pell Grants. Learn more at www.mcla.edu