Member Press Releases

Community Health Programs Welcomes New Dentist

Great Barrington, Mass. — July 13 — Yaman M. Kana, D.D.S, has joined the CHP dental staff.

Yaman M. Kana, DDS

Dr. Kana will see patients at CHP Neighborhood Dental Center in Pittsfield and CHP North Adams Family Medical & Dental.

Kana received his dental education at Ovidius University of Constanta in Romania. He first practiced general dentistry in a private practice in Damascus, Syria and also in the Syrian military.

Kana then settled in Boston, working in both a private practice and at Boston University’s Dental Health Center.

He later worked at the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, then went on to practice dentistry at DotHouse Health Center in Dorchester, HealthFirst Family Care Center in Fall River and, most recently, Community Health Center of Franklin County.

Dr. Kana brings to CHP his fluency in Arabic, Romanian and French.

About CHP

Community Health Programs, Inc., is a healthcare network based in Great Barrington, Mass. serving more than 35,000 Berkshire region residents with whole-person, comprehensive medical and dental services at multiple practice locations. Through its Family Services program, CHP provides a range of support, parent education and resources to families. CHP accepts most forms of private and public health insurance and offers sliding fee scales for qualifying patients. CHP is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Arnoff Moving & Storage Named North American Van Lines Pursuit of Excellence Winner

Malta, N.Y. – North American Van Lines, in conjunction with the NAMA (North American Movers Association) Quality Committee, proudly announces that Arnoff Moving & Storage of Malta, NY has been named a 2019-2020 Bronze Pursuit of Excellence award winner.

The Pursuit of Excellence program was designed to challenge the agents of northAmerican Van Lines to improve performance related to eight moving industry metrics: summer capacity growth, hauling growth, book/haul ratio, safety/CSA (compliance, safety, accountability), customer service ratings, claims frequency, claim severity, and sales growth. An agent achieves a gold, silver or bronze award based on the number of objectives met during the year.

“North American is a proud and historic brand in the moving and services industry,” says Kevin Murphy, Vice President and General Manager of North American Van Lines. “As a Pursuit of Excellence winner, Arnoff Moving & Storage personifies our van line’s strong commitment to provide a consistently exceptional level of service. Our organization is exceedingly proud to have Arnoff Moving & Storage of Malta as part of the northAmerican Van Lines family.”

“For 96 years, Arnoff Moving & Storage has focused on exceeding customer expectations,” says David Feldman, Vice President of Sales. “We are honored to be recognized with this award as an agent of North American Van Lines and look forward to many more years of providing professional and exceptional service to our customers and community.”

About Arnoff Moving & Storage

Since 1924, Arnoff Moving & Storage has been a family-owned and operated fullservice moving and storage company serving New York’s Hudson Valley and Greater Capital Regions, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida – and many other states across the country. Arnoff is the finest full-service organization, offering a wide range of solutions to meet your needs, from fine art shipping and antique furniture restoration to industrial rigging and records management. As an agent of North American Van Lines, we can provide local, long-distance, and international moves with efficiency. Arnoff Moving & Storage can be found online at www.arnoff.com.

About North American Van Lines, Inc.

With over 300 agents throughout the U.S. and Canada, North American Van Lines, Inc., established in 1933, is a leader in providing specialized transit services and high quality, personalized household goods moving services to consumers, corporations, military personnel and governments. North American, based in Fort Wayne, IN, is a wholly owned subsidiary of SIRVA Inc., a leader in providing relocation solutions to a well established and diverse customer base around the world. Information on North American Van Lines (U.S. DOT No. 070851) can be found on the Internet at www.northamerican.com.

Berkshire International Film Festival & Shakespeare and Company Collaborate to Present The Berkshire Drive-In; A Summer Series of “Pop-Up Drive-Ins”

Lenox, Mass. –  The Berkshire International Film Festival and Shakespeare and Company are teaming up this summer to present The Berkshire Drive-In; a “Pop-up Drive-in” summer series on the campus of Shakespeare and Company. The series will present films Thursday through Sunday evenings beginning July 23 and continuing through September 13, 2020. Programming will include a variety of documentaries, narrative features, family and animated films. There will also be a selection of Shakespeare themed films shown on Fridays. 

“We are very excited to be partnering with Shakespeare and Company to bring this safe, fun and engaging entertainment to our community this summer,” said Kelley Vickery, the festival’s founder and artistic director. “Our programming for this drive-in is a unique combination of timely independent documentary and feature films, some oldies but goodies—and Sunday night is family night. There is something for everyone and we hope our audience will not only be entertained, but also be engaged and inspired. At the same time, we are continuing to champion films that would have been at BIFF and films that are relevant for our time.”  Several of the films were selected to screen at the Berkshire International Film Festival this past May which was cancelled because of the coronavirus.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be collaborating with BIFF on this drive-in movie project,” said Allyn Burrows, artistic director at Shakespeare and Company.  “Kelley Vickery has such a great eye for curating fun and fascinating films, and for us it’s a great way to keep our property vibrant during this challenging time”.

The full programming schedule will be announced next week on the BIFF website.  Tickets are $15 per person (kids under 10 are free) and go on sale Thursday, July 16 through the BIFF website www.biffma.org.  

Gates open at 7:30PM with show time at 8:30PM. The start time will change to 8:15 as the days get shorter.  Patrons are required to stay in their cars and cars will be parked 10 feet apart, but an emergency bathroom will be available if necessary.  Picnics are encouraged, and potential collaborations with area restaurants may be available for curb-side pick-up.  Operations of the event will strictly follow all the CDC guidelines.  

The Stagecoach Tavern Table Service Returns with Indoor & Outdoor Seating

Sheffield, Mass. – The Stagecoach Tavern has now re-opened with indoor seating and outdoor table service along our beautiful brook and other scenic areas of Race Brook Lodge from 4 – 8 pm, Thursday – Sunday. We will continue to provide takeout and delivery service from 1 – 8 pm, Thursday – Sunday. For more information visit our website rblodge.com/stagecoachtavern or call 413-229-8585.

The Stagecoach Tavern is discovering what our new normal is and how we can do our part to promote a healthy lifestyle filled with nutritious and delicious food. Since the shutdown, we have worked to revive our farm to provide farm-to-table ingredients at The Stagecoach Tavern in such items as the new macrobiotic platter. 

The economic repercussions of this global crisis have also prompted us to move forward as a team and better meet the needs of our Tavern staff.  Since the reopening, The Stagecoach Tavern has switched to a “hospitality-included model,” which has been championed by New York City restaurateur, Danny Meyer. This means Tavern staff will no longer be dependent on arbitrary tips from customers. 

“We feel that this is a great time to move to a “hospitality-included” service model, to create a more sustainable and equitable environment for our staff and customers alike. We are relieving customers of the burden of paying our staff and liberating the staff from the whims of the customers.” Casey Rothstein-Fitzpatrick, General Manager, Race Brook Lodge.

Race Brook Lodge is a rustic resort destination located in Sheffield MA, at the foot of the Taconic Range in the Southern Berkshires, just off the Appalachian Trail. Normally Race Brook Lodge offers an extensive program of live events, yoga & wellness retreats, as well as banquets and celebrations with meals provided by the historic, on-site restaurant, The Stagecoach Tavern. There is an organic farm that provides fresh and very local ingredients for our culinary offerings, and a bucolic place of refuge for our guests.

Clark Art Institute Opens Lin May Saeed’s First Solo Museum Exhibition

Williamstown, Mass. — July 8, — The Clark Art Institute opens Lin May Saeed: Arrival of the Animals, the artist’s first solo museum show, on July 21. On view through October 25, the exhibition presents a career-spanning selection of more than twenty objects by Saeed in two and three dimensions, encompassing a range of materials, such as Styrofoam, paper, and steel. These include several large-format, site-specific works created for the exhibition, which is being presented in the Clark’s Lunder Center galleries at Stone Hill and on the Moltz Terrace adjoining the galleries.

For the last fifteen years, Lin May Saeed (b. 1973, Germany) has focused on the lives of animals and human-animal relations. With empathy and wit, she tells stories—both ancient and modern—of animal subjugation, liberation, and cohabitation with humans, working toward a new iconography of interspecies solidarity.

For Saeed, animals have arrived in the moral consciousness of many at the very moment of their mass extinction. The animals in her work frequently arrive to reoccupy spaces that were once theirs; in other words, they return. To imagine these worlds, Saeed often combines traditional artistic forms, such as the sculptural relief, with nontraditional materials, like expanded polystyrene foam, better known as Styrofoam. This petroleum-based, non-biodegradable plastic is easy for the artist to find, usually secondhand, and to work, without assistance. For Saeed, Styrofoam is a reminder of humans’ environmental impact and a material ripe for transformation.

“Lin May Saeed’s work is intriguing, challenging, and highly relevant, and we believe it will appeal to viewers on multiple levels,” said Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director of the Clark Art Institute. “Working with unusual materials, Saeed creates objects that are both strange and strong, and produces effects that are at once powerful and poignant.”

The exhibition’s subtitle is borrowed from a short story of the same name by the author Elias Canetti. Saeed, whose roots are German-Jewish and Iraqi, admires Canetti for exposing power structures both within and between species and observing the perils of animalizing humans.

“Lin May Saeed is overdue for a career-spanning solo exhibition,” said Robert Wiesenberger, associate curator of contemporary projects at the Clark. “Her quiet, committed practice is by turns trenchant and darkly funny—and in any case, timely. Amidst overlapping environmental, public health, and human rights crises, her work suggests the ways these relate. At the end of 2019, for example, she began a new sculpture of a pangolin for the Clark exhibition in which the scaly animal appears to have liberated itself from its shipping crate, which it treats it as a plinth. Just a few months later, an op-ed article about COVID-19 appeared in The New York Times under the headline, ‘Revenge of the Pangolins?’ It’s a title Saeed could have written.

“When visitors encounter Saeed’s work at the Clark,” Wiesenberger added, “it will be in a broader art historical context—exploring animals, animality, and otherness—and in the Clark’s woodsy locale, teeming with its own wildlife.”

About the Exhibition

Arrival of the Animals starts and ends in caves—one of the past, the other of the future. The first contains a selection of prints and drawings from the Clark’s collection, selected in collaboration with the artist, and spanning four centuries of art history. These works figure animals as curiosities and nemeses, metaphors and muses, objects and subjects. The exhibition concludes with a cave that houses Seven Sleepers (2020), Saeed’s largest sculpture group to date.

Saeed is inspired by the low relief sculptures of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, a region that includes much of present-day Iraq. The artist’s father emigrated from Iraq to Germany in the 1960s; intent on assimilation, he did not speak Arabic in the house, but Saeed is teaching herself the language today. Arabic has appeared in her artwork for some time—at first as purely formal marks, some of them invented, and later in careful transcription, as in Mureen/Lion School (2016), in which one lion imparts a poetic message to another. Four of Saeed’s large Styrofoam reliefs are represented in the exhibition—each of them carved deeply, embellished with additional elements on its surface, and finished with colorful washes of acrylic paint.

Drawing is important for Saeed, both in planning new work and as a free-standing practice. Her drawings in the exhibition present narratives in which animals figure centrally and reveal the artist’s wry and occasionally dark sense of humor about the folly of human-centered thinking. Noel (2019), for example, retells a familiar tale set in a manger, but with a different focus: the donkey in the foreground munches away at a historic moment, not necessarily oblivious but certainly not captivated either. In Doha (2019), a camel regards the viewer, perhaps with a mischievous look, as the glass towers of the Qatari financial hub burn in the background. Hathor (2019) presents an animal of Saeed’s own imagining, a gentle herbivore whose club-like crest can—in cases of self-defense—do considerable damage.

Since 2007, Saeed has created what she calls “silhouettes,” mural-like works made of transparent paper that are suspended and backlit on the wall. She sees this format as reminiscent of the woodcuts and cut-paper film animation of early twentieth-century Germany. For Arrival of the Animals, Saeed created Hawr al-Hammar/Hammar Marshes (2020), a wall-size silhouette (approximately 8.5 x 17 feet) depicting the Hammar Marshes of Iraq, a site long thought to be a model for the Garden of Eden, in part due to its spectacular biodiversity. In the 1990s, the marshes were drained by Saddam Hussein, allegedly to expose Shia rebels. A civil engineering project helped restore them, but they are now at risk of drying up again due to growing cities bordering Iraq and drought brought on by a warming planet. Still, for Saeed, the idea of a modern-day Eden in a war-torn country represents a small pocket of Utopia in the present.

Saeed also “draws” in steel. Arrival of the Animals includes three of the artist’s “gates,” adult human-sized panels created by bending and welding steel rods into cartoonish contours inside a rectangular frame, to which hinges and a handle are attached. The gate, for her, suggests both enclosure and an opening toward utopian possibility.St. Jerome and the Lion (2016)implies a new twist on the story of the Christian priest and scholar who generously removed a thorn from an ailing lion’s paw, thereby gaining him as a companion for life. Another gate, The Liberation of Animals from their Cages XXIII / Djamil Gate (2020), introduces the theme of animal liberation persistent in Saeed’s work.

Though Saeed has long been dedicated to animal rights, the idea of animal liberation, first popularized by Peter Singer’s 1975 book of the same name, gave her a concrete narrative to depict in her sculpture. In The Liberation of Animals from their Cages series, life-size figures stand atop shipping crates, their cages serving as plinths. From this series, Arrival of the Animals presents Calf (2018) and a new work, Pangolin (2020). Native to Asia and Africa, pangolins are the world’s most trafficked mammal, their scales and meat prized for medicinal and culinary purposes. They have also recently made headlines as possible hosts of COVID-19, a zoonotic disease, or one transmitted via animals, usually in the process of their slaughter, sale, or consumption. Saeed’s sculpture, begun at the end of 2019, thus anticipates yet another dimension of the human-animal relationship.

The exhibition ends with Seven Sleepers (2020), an installation created for Arrival of the Animals. This sculpture group—Saeed’s largest to date—revisits the titular legend, which exists in both medieval Christian tradition and the Islamic Qur’an. In it, a group of young Christians in the third century CE, persecuted by the Roman emperor Decius, retreats to a cave for protection. They pray fervently before falling asleep for what becomes a three-hundred-year slumber. Upon waking, they emerge from the cave into an emancipated world in which their faith has become the state religion. Depending upon the teller of this story, the men are either guarded by a dog at the cave’s mouth or joined by one in its interior. Saeed first learned of the story when visiting family in Amman, Jordan, home to one of a few caves that claims to have hosted the Seven Sleepers. She was struck by the story as both trans-religious and interspecies. Sleep, for Saeed, is a fascinating theme: it refuses the logic of productivity, opens onto the strangeness of dreams, and, eventually, yields to reawakening.

Lin May Saeed: Arrival of the Animals is accompanied by the artist’s first monograph, published by the Clark, and distributed by Yale University Press. In addition to studio and installation photography, it includes interpretive essays by Wiesenberger and by Mel Y. Chen, associate professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. It also includes Saeed’s own fable-like fictional writings and a previously untranslated text by the late German sociologist Birgit Mütherich, on animality and otherness.

Lin May Saeed: Arrival of the Animals is organized by the Clark Art Institute and curated by Robert Wiesenberger, associate curator of contemporary projects. Lin May Saeed’s work is courtesy of the artist; Jacky Strenz, Frankfurt; and Nicolas Krupp, Basel. Major support for the exhibition is provided by Denise Littlefield Sobel. Additional funding ​is generously provided by Katherine and Frank Martucci.

About Lin May Saeed

Lin May Saeed (b. 1973, Würzburg, Germany) is a German-Iraqi artist who lives and works in Berlin. She has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at What Pipeline, Detroit (2019); Studio Voltaire, London (2018); and Lulu, Mexico City (2017). She has recently appeared in group exhibitions at Air de Paris, Romainville, France (2020); Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Slovenia; and Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany (all 2019); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; mumok, museum moderner kunst, Vienna; and Museo Castello di Rivoli, Turin (all 2018); and KölnSkulptur, Cologne (2017). Forthcoming exhibitions will appear at Jacky Strenz, Frankfurt (2021); Museo Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2021); and Fondation Carmignac, Porquerolles, France (2021). Since 2006, Lin May Saeed has been represented by Jacky Strenz, Frankfurt.

About the Clark

The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 275,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; and EBT Card to Culture. For more information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

Bushnell-Sage Library Offers StoryWalk

The Bushnell-Sage Library will offer a StoryWalk®, fabulous family friendly fun, for the community to enjoy from Wednesday July 8- Tuesday 28, 2020.

Laminated pages from the children’s book “The Colors of Us,” written and illustrated by Karen Katz, will be set up in the beautiful backyard of the Bushnell-Sage Library, aka Pine Knoll Park. So easy to follow Gov. Baker’s order requiring face masks in public places, while staying  physically distanced in the open air.

At the end of the StoryWalk® participants will have an opportunity to fill out a raffle ticket and put it in the envelope provided. Drop it into our drop box at the front of the library and you’ll be entered to win prizes! These prizes are also going to be available to our Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program participants. We’ve partnered with The Bookloft and SoCo Creamery to offer fabulous gift certificates!

The library’s StoryWalk® was made possible by the Berkshire Atheneum and their Wee Read! Early Literacy Action Team, along with the Friends of the Bushnell-Sage Library.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt., and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ferguson.

“Imagine Your Story” is sponsored by Bushnell-Sage Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

BCC Hires New Staff in Human Resources and Enrollment Services

Pittsfield, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) has brought on a new staff person in Human Resources and in the Enrollment Services department.

T.J. Karis

T.J. Karis has joined the Enrollment Services team as an Admissions Counselor. T.J. recently graduated with honors from MCLA, majoring in Philosophy and English literature plus a strong minor in Spanish. A very proud community college graduate, he also earned an associate degree in liberal arts and sciences with a concentration in world languages from Middlesex Community College. Most recently, T.J. worked in Access Services at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, VT. A lover of languages and linguistics, he is fluent in Spanish, proficient in Italian and Esperanto, and has basic proficiency in Russian, American Sign Language, and Arabic.

As an Admissions Counselor, T.J. will support prospective students as they take the next steps in their academic journeys while working with faculty and staff to help shape a supportive and diverse college community. 

Sean Grady

Sean Grady has been hired to fill the position of Human Resources Business and Communications Manager. Grady has been a part of the BCC community for over six years, working part-time while he pursued his education. He earned his Associate of Science degree at BCC, his Bachelor of Science degree from UMASS Lowell, and recently completed the Isenberg MBA program at UMASS Amherst.

Grady has filled multiple roles on campus over the years, including in the Facilities Department, the Mailroom and Copy Center, OLLI, and most recently, in Human Resources. As part of his MBA program, Sean also served as an intern and completed his practicum in the Marketing and Communications Department.

In his role as Human Resources Business and Communications Manager, Grady will be primarily responsible for managing the job posting and recruitment process and for tracking and evaluating data relating to HR activities to respond to information requests and to improve department efficacy.

About Berkshire Community College

Berkshire Community College (BCC) is a public, fully accredited, community college offering associate degree and certificate programs, as well as various other educational opportunities, primarily to the residents of Berkshire County and surrounding areas. Visit BCC online at www.berkshirecc.edu.

MCLA Receives Two Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education

North Adams, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is proud to announce it has received two awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), a global nonprofit association dedicated to educational advancement. The College received an Educational Fundraising Award for Overall Performance in the category of Public Liberal Arts Institutions and a Circle of Excellence Award for its 2018-19 President’s Report. This is the first year MCLA has been recognized by this program.

The annual Educational Fundraising Awards recognize exemplary development programs based on a blind review of data submitted to the CASE Voluntary Support of Education survey. Winners are selected based on factors and variables that include, but are not limited to, patterns of growth, overall breadth of fundraising, amount raised per student, and alumni participation.

The Circle of Excellence Awards recognize institutions whose staff members advanced their institutions through innovative, inspiring, and creative ideas. The awards acknowledge superior accomplishments that have lasting impact, demonstrate the highest level of professionalism, and deliver exceptional results.

CASE judges commended the 2018-19 MCLA President’s Report, which was developed by MCLA’s Department of Marketing and Communications staff, on its theme and narrative flow, effective use of vintage and modern photographs and design elements, concise but not spare use of color, and the overall feeling of community it expressed, among other praise.

About MCLA

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. Nearly 93% of our graduates land competitive jobs or are accepted by some of the best grad schools in the country. We engage in the most nationally relevant conversations by hosting some of the most celebrated thinkers and speakers on our campus in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, an area known for its mountain ranges, hiking trails, and panoramic views. Our home town of North Adams is brimming with young, creative energy, and our students contribute to that every day. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate you as an individual, a leader, and a communicator, fully empowered to make your impression on the world.

Railroad Street Will Be Narrowed Beginning This Weekend for Expanded Outdoor Dining in Summer

Great Barrington, Mass. – June 24 – To expand outdoor seating for downtown eateries after a months-long shutdown, the town will narrow the travel lane on Railroad Street from 4:00-10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer, beginning this weekend.

A narrowed Railroad Street will allow restaurants to serve customers outside while the state’s COVID-19 re-opening plan limits indoor seating capacity. Around town many restaurants have expanded seating to sidewalks in recent weeks.

Town officials initially sought to close the street entirely, but will now keep a vehicle lane open to allow access to the upper Railroad Street parking lot.

“This will help our restaurants begin to rebound from months with reduced business, and it will bring a great vibe to downtown as people begin to venture out, with social distancing measures, of course,” said Town Manager Mark Pruhenski. Efforts are also under way to offer outdoor music at the top of Railroad Street on weekend evenings.

For information contact the Town Manager’s office, (413) 528-1619 ext 2.

MCLA Gallery 51 Offers Virtual Discussion of TIME Magazine Cover by Titus Kaphar

North Adams, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Gallery 51 will hold an online conversation about artist Titus Kaphar’s painting “Analogous Colors,” which graced the June 15, 2020, cover of TIME Magazine. The Gallery will explore this piece through the lens of our nation’s recent events, from 5-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, using VTS Visual Thinking Strategies.

During this event, art will be the vehicle to create and sustain non-judgmental dialogue, with an opportunity to learn from one another’s observations.

Gallery 51 is committed to creating safe spaces for discourse and dialogue with, about, and through art. If not now, then never will people be able to engage in honest discussion about race and the experience of Black and Brown people in the United States.

To register for this event, please follow this link. For more information about upcoming programs, go to MCLA Gallery 51.

About MCLA

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. Nearly 93% of our graduates land competitive jobs or are accepted by some of the best grad schools in the country. We engage in the most nationally relevant conversations by hosting some of the most celebrated thinkers and speakers on our campus in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, an area known for its mountain ranges, hiking trails, and panoramic views. Our home town of North Adams is brimming with young, creative energy and the regional economy is booming as a result. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate you as an individual, a leader, and a communicator, fully empowered to make your impression on the world.

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu.