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:
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.
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.
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.
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.