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Community Collaborations

MCLA - A Leading Partner in The Berkshires

Growing from our history in the arts, sciences and professional programs, we participate and are lead partners in many regional endeavors.  Here are a few highlights:

Berkshire Compact for Education

MCLA is the lead partner in the Berkshire Compact for Education, regarded as a model for collaboration across the county. The Compact's initial goal is to significantly increase county residents' aspirations for and access to higher education. Another challenge is to prepare our youth for the increasingly technical jobs that have replaced our once prevalent manufacturing jobs and family-owned businesses.

STEM Pipeline

In partnership with the Berkshire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Pipeline Network, MCLA provides preK-16 teachers and students with training and  curriculum resources to motivate and inspire more Berkshire County students to enter the STEM fields.

Berkshire Cultural Resource Center

North Adams is home to the country's largest museum of contemporary art, MASS MoCA. The Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) is a collaborative project spearheaded by MCLA with a focus to promote economic development through the arts. BCRC provides training and resources to local artists, art managers, and creative workers through programs that include MCLA Gallery 51, B-HIP, Downstreet Art, MCLA Presents! and Berkshire ArtStart.

Berkshire Environmental Resource Center

The Center is an asset to both MCLA students and the community at large. It plays an important role in supplementing the Environmental Studies major, and also serves as a research and policy center to promote environmental awareness and preservation. We strive to increase the effectiveness of our outreach through workshops and a speaker series, and to be a strong model for environmental education nationwide.


Alumni Event - North Adams, Massachusetts
Mingo's Sport Bar and Grill

Day of Remembrance
Academic Quad


MCLA's 'Green Living' Seminars to Conclude With a Discussion With Local Farmers
The spring 2014 "Green Living" seminars at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will conclude on Thursday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218 with a panel discussion on "Successes, Opportunities, and Challenges Farming in the Berkshires."