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March 'Tricks of the Trade' to Focus on Political Art, IS-183 in Stockbridge to Host "Occupy" Movement Discussion

02/28/2012

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) announces its "Tricks of the Trade" series for the month of March will focus on political art, especially as it encourages social activism and political awareness in a community.

The next installment of this series will take place March 6-8, with three seminars to be held throughout Berkshire County. The events are free and open to the public. All seminars begin at 6:30 p.m.

On March 8, at IS-183 in Stockbridge, the BCRC will present "Occupy," a roundtable conversation on the current state of the Occupy movement locally, nationally and internationally, with an emphasis on the role of art and activism in the movement.

Panelists will include Joshua Field, Bill Shein, Trish Gorman, Emily Breunig and Reverend Billy, who will be at Ferrin Gallery in Pittsfield on March 7, preaching with his Church, the Church of Earthalujah, about his activist tour, "Fear of Banking."

The Occupy movement is an international protest movement which is primarily directed against economic and social inequality. The first Occupy protest to receive wide coverage was Occupy Wall Street in New York City's Zuccotti Park, which began on Sept. 17, 2011. By Oct. 9, Occupy protests had taken place or were ongoing in more than 95 cities across 82 countries, and in more than 600 communities in the United States.
A discussion will be led by Field, a North Adams-based artist/art teacher. Field was active in the Occupy Wall Street Movement, designing and printing "I Am the 99%" T-shirts and posters. 

Joining Field in guiding the conversation will be Shein, a local activist who was one of the organizers behind the Occupy the Berkshires movement in Great Barrington, and is currently running for state office.

Gorman is a North Adams-based activist and organizer of the Occupy Northern Berkshires movement. Breunig is a young artist and activist who has been heavily involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Reverend Billy has traveled the world for the last year, staging actions as part of the Occupy movement. Others from the Occupy movement, local and beyond the Berkshires, are strongly encouraged to join the conversation, as are those interested in what is happening.

To see a full schedule of the monthly "Tricks of the Trade" workshops or to download a free brochure, go to www.mcla.edu/BCRC. For more information call: (413) 664-8718. To register, contact Valeria Federici, BCRC program coordinator, (413) 663-5253 or valeria.federici@mcla.edu.

Tricks of the Trade is presented by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and co-presented by Ferrin Gallery and IS183 Art School. This program is made possible with support by Appelbaum-Kahn Foundation, Excelsior and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.