Tricks of the Trade Announces April Sessions


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - The Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC), in cooperation with the Lichtenstein Center and IS 183 Art School of the Berkshires, has announced that the latest installment of its Tricks of the Trade series will focus on developing artists' and arts managers' skill sets by helping them to optimize their individual practices and translate their skills to benefit the greater community.

"April is the month to discover the answer to all sorts of questions pertaining to the artist," said Janette Santos, assistant to the BCRC director. "I am sure that all attendees of these sessions will benefit from the discussions and find something applicable to their own lives that will allow them to foster growth in their practices."

The April sessions will kick-off on Tuesday, April 1, at MCLA Gallery 51 in North Adams with "Collective Impact: Working Together to Get Further than We Would Alone."

Maren Brown of Maren Brown Associates, and Lisa Donovan, an arts management professor at MCLA and the author of "Integrating the Arts Across the Content Areas" will present an interactive workshop that explores the concept of collective impact and partnership development in the arts towards creating more culturally rich community. Participants will gain strategies for creating projects that engage the entire community and build upon collaborative efforts to strengthen the work.

On Wednesday, April 2, Pittsfield's Lichtenstein Center will offer "You and Your Art: Studio Practice," when artist Rich Remsberg leads the discourse with a well-rounded string of panelists to include Artist Lisa Nillson, PRESS Gallery Manager and Artist Melanie Mowinski, and MCLA Gallery 51 Manager and Artist Julia Morgan-Leamon. A variety of issues concerning studio life, such as misconceptions and the plethora of outside influences that are brought into daily studio work, will be among the topics of discussion.

Mowinski said, "Daily studio life is a matter of responsibilities at times, and it's absolutely integral to the work of the artist to talk about the role of ritual and routine and how that impacts their work."

Capping off the April sessions in South County's IS183 Art School of the Berkshires in Stockbridge will be "You and Your Art: Strategic Planning."

Led by Donovan and Assets for Artists' Blair Benjamin, the director of real estate and community development at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and the associate director of the Williams College Center for Creative Development (C3D) at MASS MoCA, this discussion will center on the future and what it may hold for artists, and how they may best prepare themselves for it.

Joining Donovan and Benjamin will be Assets for Artists recipients Daniel Bellow, Gabrielle Senza, Rebecca Weinman and Lorrie Holden.

All sessions run from 6-7:30 p.m., with time at the end for a reception. Big Elm Brewery of Sheffield, Mass., will be present.

Funded by the Appelbaum-Kahn Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Tricks of the Trade is a program produced by the BCRC, in collaboration with the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts and IS183 Art School of the Berkshires.

In its eighth year of serving the creative community of the Berkshires, Tricks of the Trade is a professional development seminar series for artists and other creative workers that gives them the tools and skills they need to grow and sustain their businesses, be that of an independent artist or musician, non-profit arts institution, or a fast-growing business that depends on creative minds.

For more information about this year's Tricks of the Trade series, go to tricksofthetrade, or call the BCRC, (413) 664 8718.