MCLA-IAH to Host Final ‘Unlikely Conversation’ Dec. 14, Featuring Thasia Giles (Jacob’s Pillow), Talya Kingston (Wam Theatre), And Meghan Labbee (MASS MoCA)

NORTH ADAMS, MA—The MCLA Institute for the Arts and Humanities (MCLA-IAH) will host “Unlikely Conversations: From Intern to Industry,” the final part of its three-part Fall 2020 Unlikely Conversations Series, from 5-6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 14. The Zoom event will feature local arts and culture leaders as panelists, including Thasia Giles, Talya Kingston, and Meghan Labbee. 

This virtual event is free and open to the public; to register, visit  

“Unlikely Conversations: From Intern to Industry” panelists will discuss unpaid internships in the arts. The conversation will prompt participants to interrogate the ways they and the surrounding industry have approached internship funding in the past, and how this can be improved in the future. Overall, this event aims to establish a space where everyone will be able to gain valuable insight from the conversation, which they can take into their personal careers and professional circles to make an impact on how internships in the arts are structured.  

The panel is part of the larger “Unlikely Conversations Series,” a three-part virtual program produced by MCLA-IAH Communications and Administrative Assistant Declan McDermott. The series prioritizes holding space for those difficult and “unlikely” conversations— discussions that many people typically avoid. These conversations create opportunities to promote future discussion and affect societal and industry-related change. The first conversation featured a collaboration with Norman Rockwell Museum guest artist and New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly; a recording of this event can be viewed online. The second conversation centered around the themes of good intent and misinformed assumptions around Thanksgiving, a collaboration with WAM Theatre and the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. A recording of the second conversation can be viewed on the MCLA-IAH Facebook page. 

Find out more about the Unlikely Conversations Series and MCLA-IAH

About MCLA Institute for the Arts and Humanities (MCLA-IAH) 

The MCLA Institute for the Arts and Humanities (MCLA-IAH) is a grant-funded initiative, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Institute 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.  

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