MCLA Institute for the Arts and Humanities (MCLA-IAH)
Together, the arts and humanities form essential elements of a liberal arts education
— they form part of the prism through which students can view and understand the world,
drawing on the tremendous diversity of thought, insight and expression gathered in
the course of their experiential learning process.
The MCLA Institute for the Arts and Humanities (MCLA-IAH) is a grant-funded initiative,
supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which works to strategically promote equity-centered change on campus and in the
community by (1) expanding access to area arts and humanities resources, (2) catalyzing
opportunities for interdisciplinary engagements, and (3) advancing experiential teaching
and learning practices in higher education.
We create experiential spaces for arts education, dialogue, and action.
Opportunities for Students
Learn about student internship positions; attend community engagement workshops and
events; apply to receive funding through our student mini-grant program; and more. Visit us on Canvas to learn more!
- IAH Student Internships
Summer 2020 -- Applications CLOSED
Fall 2020 -- Applications CLOSED
- IAH Student Mini-Grant Program
Grant funding is available to support student-led projects and interdisciplinary collaborations
that engage the community by activating the area’s unique, cultural resources. Students
interested in this opportunity are encouraged to apply to receive funds for innovative
projects, activities, or program initiatives that strategically address notions of
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA). Those whose projects are selected
will be expected to document and present the outcomes of their project.
- IAH Student Advisory Board (Applications close on Friday, September 18, 2020)
The MCLA-IAH Student Advisory Board is a committee of students with an interest in
promoting Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) on campus through review
and revision of MCLA-IAH programming. Already, the Institute aims to engage students
in its mission by inspiring active participation in events and resources. However,
MCLA-IAH also recognizes that appealing to students’ needs and wants from an institutional
standpoint can fall out of focus without their voices in the mix. In an effort to
engage students more thoroughly in the IAH mission and make steps towards further
curating programming to their needs, we want to include student voices in MCLA-IAH
- IAH Community Workshops & Events
Created by students for students. Visit our page on the Art's Management Sm[ART] Commons Blog to learn more about our
2019-20 community engagements.
Opportunities for Faculty
- IAH Faculty Fellowship Program -- Applications CLOSED, Returning in Fall 2020
Grant funding is available to support faculty's development of interdisciplinary curricula,
high-impact practices, student research, community involvement, etc. We invite faculty
to apply for this fellowship and submit proposals for interdisciplinary projects that
address and investigate issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion by promoting students'
access to area arts and humanities resources.
Opportunities for Community
- IAH Season Preview (Fall 2020) (Fall 2019)
Each year, MCLA-IAH publishes a Season Preview highlighting select arts and humanities
programming from featured community partners throughout the Berkshires. Contact us
to have your organizational resources featured!
- IAH Summer Symposium (Summer 2019)
To learn more about the 2019 Summer Symposium, please explore featured press from Hill Country Observer; Watch: Berkshire News Now; iBerkshires.
- IAH Virtual Speaker Series
Given the current landscape responding to COVID-19, we revisioned our annual IAH Summer
Symposium as the IAH Virtual Speaker Series: Aligning and Activating Change Through Storytelling.
In summer 2020, we invited writer Aruna D'Souza to moderate a conversation between
artists Genevieve Gaignard and Ben Ripley. In this two-art series, we discussed the
intersections of their artistic practice as it related to our process of learning
and unlearning socially conditioned ways of being.
We also worked with Penn Creative Strategies and invited facilitators Molly Penn and
Sofiya Cheyenne to engage in a 2-hour webinar for cultural organizations to learn
more about managing bias within their institution. Following the workshop, we provided
participants with resources on how to continue managing bias.
You can access all these event-related materials on the MCLA-IAH Canvas Site.
Contact us to discuss community collaborations, opportunities, resources, and more.
|Dr. Lisa Donovan
Bowman Hall 322D
(413) 662 - 5581
Bowman Hall 309
(413) 662 - 5406