In March 2013, the Berkshire Museum launched a program to honor people who live in the greater Berkshires and who have made significant contribution to creating, keeping, or promoting artistic, historical, and natural heritage in the Berkshires. The Berkshire Museum believes the Berkshire Award helps foster a community-wide appreciation for how quality of life is shaped by people, which will also inspire people to play a role in shaping quality of life in the future. The first three Berkshire Award events have been tremendous successes with over 225 people attending each event. Past honorees are listed below.
Crane Family, Berkshire County philanthropists and founders of the Berkshire Museum
Thom Smith, former Berkshire Museum natural science curator
Sandra Newman, founder of Community Access to the Arts (CATA)
Nash Family, local philanthropists
George Wislocki, founder of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council
Frances Jones-Sneed, historian and MCLA Professor
Lila Berle, Farmer and Leader in agriculture, conservation and preservation
Churchill Cotton, Community leader, preservationist and Pittsfield City Councilor
Mary Rentz, Community organizer and promoter of public arts and culture
Berkshire Museum has now begun planning for the Fourth Annual Berkshire Award and seeks nominations from the community for awardees. The awards event is scheduled to take place in March 2016.
Who is eligible for the Berkshire Award?
Individuals living (at the time of nomination) in the greater Berkshires region, who create, keep, or promote our artistic, historical, and natural heritage through their personal or professional activities. These include but are not limited to, visual/performing/literary arts, design, architecture, craftsmanship, education, teaching, research, scholarship, publishing, volunteerism, activism, advocacy, patronage, philanthropy, leadership, conservation/ preservation of material culture, buildings and landscapes, and lifeways, among other activities and practices encompassed within our artistic, historic or natural heritage.
Who is not eligible?
Persons nominating themselves
Current employees of the Berkshire Museum
To nominate a candidate for the Berkshire Award two documents are required to be prepared and submitted:
1. Berkshire Award Nomination Form (attached)
2. A narrative description (500-word maximum) of why the candidate is nominated
General information for submitting a nomination:
NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY BERKSHIRE MUSEUM BY 5 P.M. SEPTEMBER 30, 2015.
Nomination forms may be duplicated. Please submit a separate nomination form for each individual being nominated. All nomination materials must be clearly printed or typed. Nomination forms can be e-mailed, mailed, faxed or hand delivered.
Nomination forms must be accompanied by a narrative summarizing why the candidate is nominated to be recognized with a Berkshire Award (500-word maximum). This is a requirement for a nomination to be considered.
Receipt of each nomination will be acknowledged via an email from Berkshire Museum.
All nominations must be complete when submitted. Incomplete nomination packages, self-nominations and nominations by family members will be disqualified. Separate letters, materials and other documents received later under separate cover will not be considered.
Nominators will not be informed whether or not the package is complete.
All entries and supplementary materials become the property of Berkshire Museum and will not be returned.
Please do not call to check on the status of a nomination form. Winners and their nominators will be notified before the Berkshire Award ceremony.
All decisions of the selection committee are final.
Berkshire Museum reserves the right to reproduce information from the nomination form for publication.
Submit hard copy or electronic nominations to:
Director of Development
39 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Click below for Nomination Form: