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Behind the scenes at the Berkshire Museum Shop

Today’s post is by Kate Rosenblatt, Berkshire Museum Shop Manager.  “How does it look to you, I ask?”  “How does it look to you, she replies?” My colleague in the museum shop and I say these simple phrases to one another countless times every week and we always laugh. (We laugh a lot here which […]

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Cast a Vote for the Arts

Today’s post comes from Laurie M. Werner, Director of Advancement for the Berkshire Museum. Laurie has nearly 20 years’ experience in management and development for nonprofit cultural institutions, and holds a Ph. D. in Economics. This past year, the Berkshire Museum has been participating in the “Arts Matter” and “Create the Vote” initiatives of MASSCreative, the nonpartisan statewide […]

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Spark!Lab will provide a space for young people in our community to think like inventors.

Let’s Think Like Inventors

This post was written by Kate Preissler, Digital Media Marketing Manager at the Berkshire Museum. It was originally published on the Smithsonian Affiliations Blog “The Affiliate.” On October 11th the Berkshire Museum will become the fourth museum in the nation to host Spark!Lab, an exhibition developed at the Smithsonian Institution by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation […]

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Made in Italy: Two Italian Films at the Little Cinema

This week the Little Cinema Curator Nannina writes about the two Italian films that are coming to the Berkshire Museum this weekend. We’re having a double dose of Italian film for you this weekend! Friday and Saturday we have Honey and Sunday and Monday we switch to Me and You, the new film by Bernardo […]

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RFP: Calling all videographers!

The 2015 Berkshire Awards are fast approaching and we’re looking for a creative local videographer to help us honor the new set of recipients. Please see below for the RFP or click here for a printable version.  Berkshire Museum Request for Proposal (RFP) for Digital Video Production Project: Berkshire Museum’s Berkshire Award Presentation PROJECT OVERVIEW This […]

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Why Berkshire Award?

Berkshire Museum Executive Director Van Shields shares his thoughts on why we need the Berkshire Awards. We are accepting nominations for the 2015 Berkshire Award through September 30. Guidelines and instructions can be found here.  I first developed a sense of this place following my job interview for the Berkshire Museum, when I spent the […]

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Spark!Lab is Coming to the Berkshire Museum!

In October 2014, the Berkshire Museum will open Spark!Lab, an educational, interactive work space developed at the Smithsonian Institution by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History (NMAH). Spark!Lab is a hands-on, creative laboratory that engages children and families in the process of innovation. Spark!Lab […]

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From Us to You: Summer Reading Recommendations

You may have noticed that here at the Berkshire Museum we’re big into reading! This summer we’ve been working with Pittsfield Promise Literacy Campaign on Word of the Day and Book of the Week, which we hope have been helping parents work with their kids on vocabulary and reading skills during these crucial summer months. But […]

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What’s Playing this Weekend: Environmentalist Dambusters

Little Cinema Curator Nannina Stearn brings her knowledge, thoughts, and perspectives on film and more to the pages of our blog: Kelly Reichardt has made a career of small films about people on the fringes of society, fueling their stories with a quiet mix of sympathy and dread. In her 2008 film Wendy and Lucy […]

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Numbers, Numbers Everywhere: Preventing Summer Slide (Part 1)

Here at the Museum we are big proponents of unstructured play time – a time when creativity, confidence, and initiative flourish in children of all ages – and we think that summer vacation is the perfect time for children to explore the world around them outside of formal activities. However, we also recognize that summer […]

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