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BCRC Announces New Program Coordinator

07/19/2013

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has announced that Jennifer Crowell has joined its Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) as the program coordinator.

Crowell brings to MCLA a background in festival and music production.

She served for five years as the executive director of First Night Burlington, the substance-free celebration of New Year's Eve at Burlington, Vt.  Crowell also previously owned a production company in Vermont, and served for three years as the tour manager for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, a pop rock band.

"It's been wonderful to have Jen join us," said BCRC Director Jonathan Secor. "She brings a wealth of experience from the event-producing world, as well as the music world, which is a great addition to what we're doing."

Because BCRC programs rely heavily on MCLA students, Crowell helps with the hands-on learning they receive through the Berkshire Hill Internship Program (B-HIP) in arts management, at MCLA Gallery 51, through DownStreet Art initiatives, the MCLA Presents! performance series, and the Tricks of the Trade workshops.

"I'm so happy to be here. This job is the perfect combination for me," Crowell said.

"I cannot speak more highly about what MCLA is doing for North Adams," she continued. "Coming from Burlington, Vt., where there's a very large arts population, I feel like North Adams is just absolutely beating Burlington in what they're doing for artists. It's really inspiring to be here, in a town that's so vibrant and alive with the arts, and that recognizes that the arts play such a large part in revitalizing downtowns."

Crowell earned a bachelor's degree from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., where she created her own major in history, sociology and music, with a concentration in social protest and social protest music.

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

For a downloadable photo of Crowell, go to www.flickr.com/photos/bcrc/9309633198.