BITS & BYTES: Pillow Lab artists for fall 2021; GB Preservation Act grants accepted; the poet Javier Zamora; walk to the north school; Wild Oats rounds up for BFAIR



Jacob’s Pillow announces Pillow Lab artist residencies in fall 2021

BECKET – Jacob’s pillow announces this season’s artist residencies offered at Pillow lab, its incubator for new work all year round. The annual season of customizable residencies supports US-based and international dance artists during the crucial development, research and technical stages of choreography-focused projects. Fall 2021 recipients include jumatatu m. poe and Jermone Donte Beacham, Indigenous Enterprise, Taylor Stanley and Shamel Pitts, and Yve Laris Cohen.

Artists and their collaborators enjoy unlimited use of The Pillow’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the 7,000-square-foot Pearl Family Studios. Artists also receive free housing, stipend, professionally filmed video documentation, access to the pillow archives, and the presence of an “outside eye”, editor or playwright to provide commentary. .

This is the fourth year of the Pillow Lab, reinvented as an anchor for Vision ’22, the organization’s five-year strategic plan to be completed by 2022. During his years of service to artists , the Pillow Lab enhanced an existing residency program. in various forms since the creation of the pillow in the early 1930s.

Yves Laris Cohen. Photo courtesy of Jacob’s Pillow

The choreographers selected for a residency through the Pillow Lab are chosen by Pillow director Pamela Tatge and associate curators Ali Rosa-Salas and Melanie George. Most residencies end with an informal in-person presentation of the work in progress as part of the In Process series. Screenings are limited to an intimate guest audience of Jacob’s Pillow members, faculty, and University Partnership Program students, and provide valuable feedback through a structured commentary session.

Season of residency at the Pillow Lab fall 2021

Jumatatu m. poe and Jermone Donte Beacham (August 30-September 10)
Choreographer and performer jumatatu m. poe is known for his work which strives to engage and deepen dialogues with queer black people, creating fascinating and thought-provoking work that recognizes history as a single option for contextualizing the present. In the multi-year series “Let ‘im Move You”, poet and collaborator Jermone Donte Beacham distills ten years of research on the performance of J-Sette, a “high march” popularized by female majorette teams in colleges historically. black people from the United States.

In August, poe, Beacham and collaborating artists presented a site-specific iteration of the series through the works “A Study” and “This is a Success” around the Pillow campus as part of the 2021 festival. -Video series offering an intimate glimpse into the artist development process will premiere October 21 on Pillow’s YouTube channel and social media platforms. No additional registration is required for access.

Indigenous business (October 6-16)
Aboriginal business is a Native American dance troupe made up of champion dancers from what is now called Canada and the United States. Its mission is to share the culture of Indigenous peoples and increase understanding of Indigenous identity through film, fashion and dance. Champion Fancy Dancer Kenneth Shirley founded the group and regularly collaborates with Champion Chicken Dancer Ty Lodgepole, Champion Jingle Dress Dancer Acosia Redelk and Champion Hoop Dancer Jorge Gonzales, among others.

Indigenous Enterprise is the first Indigenous company to perform high capacity performances at the Sydney Opera House, in 2018 and 2019. In 2016, the company collaborated and performed with the Black Eyed Peas for a music video and live concert that featured won an award at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. In 2020, Indigenous Enterprise made history by being selected as the first Indigenous people to perform in Season 4 of NBC’s “World of Dance” with Jennifer Lopez. At the Pillow Lab, the group will develop a new work in partnership with the Joyce Theater in New York.

Taylor Stanley and Shamel Pitts (October 31-November 3)
Already famous principal dancer of the New York City Ballet, Taylor stanley joins a growing number of ballet stars who are pursuing new frontiers of the movement. Stanley came to the Pillow Lab in January 2021 with a team of artists including Lloyd Knight, Jacquelin Harris, Allysen Hooks and Ned Sturgis to develop a new ensemble work commissioned by Pillow by postmodern choreographer Jodi Melnick. Shamel Pitts, recent Pillow Lab artist and Guggenheim 2020 member, will also choreograph a Pillow-commissioned solo for Stanley in the same project.

Yves Laris Cohen (December 1 to 11)
New York based artist Yves Laris Cohen creates installations and performances that cross visual arts and dance. Exploring issues of work and value, Laris Cohen’s work features trauma and care, conflict and support, vulnerability and dependency. In the Pillow Lab, Laris Cohen will develop a new work using the remains of the Doris Duke Theater, which burned down on the Jacob’s Pillow campus in November 2020.


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CPA application process underway; Stage 1 applications expected on November 5

GREATER BARRINGTON – The Town of Great Barrington will accept applications for fiscal year 23 Community Preservation Act (CPA) grant in November, with final applications expected in December. The CPA provides grants for community housing, historic preservation, open spaces and recreation projects within Great Barrington. Applications are open to anyone with an eligible project.

The CPA committee reviews the applications and its recommendations for funding allocations are then included in the next annual municipal meeting, which is usually held in May.

The application is a two-step process: step 1 is an eligibility review and step 2 is a full application. The deadline for the Stage 1 preliminary application is November 5, 2021 at 4 p.m. Eligible projects can then proceed to their final application (step 2), which is due on December 17, 2021 at 4 p.m. The application form, CPA plan and other information are available on the website. Community Preservation Committee page of the city’s website.

A total of $ 5.1 million in CPA funding has been provided to eligible projects since CPA’s inception in Great Barrington. The funds available for this next round may total approximately $ 600,000 or more.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with Christopher Rembold, Deputy Executive Director and Director of Planning and Community Development, before the deadline. To set up a call, send an email to [email protected]


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BART to welcome Salvadoran poet and literary activist Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora
Javier Zamora. Photo: Gerardo Del Valle

ADAMSBART charter public school will welcome poet and activist Javier Zamora as part of its Creative Leaders in Residence (CLRP) program. CLRP brings important and powerful voices to BART to share their work through lectures, performances or readings with our students and the community.

In addition to spending time with BART students in their classrooms for three school days, Zamora will be giving a public performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 30, via Zoom. This performance, “BART presents: Javier Zamora, ”Is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. Please register by clicking here.

Javier Zamora was born in La Herradura, El Salvador, in 1990. His father fled El Salvador when he was one year old and his mother when he was about to turn five. The migrations of both parents were caused by the Salvadoran civil war (1980-1992).

In 1999, Zamora migrated through Guatemala, Mexico and eventually the Sonoran Desert. After a coyote abandoned his group in Oaxaca, Zamora managed to make it to Arizona with the help of other migrants. Her first comprehensive collection, “Unaccompanied” (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), explores the impact of immigration and civil war on her family.

Zamora was a 2018-2019 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and holds scholarships from CantoMundo, Colgate University (Olive B. O’Connor), MacDowell, Macondo, the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation (Ruth Lilly), Stanford University (Stegner) and Yaddo. He is the recipient of a 2017 Lannan Literary Fellowship, the 2017 Narrative Prize and the 2016 Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Prize for his work in the Undocupoets campaign.


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Mount Washington Historical Society hosts visit the North Schoolhouse

Photo courtesy of the Mount Washington Historical Society

MOUNT WASHINGTON – Go back in time with the Mount Washington Historical Society, at the last one-room school in town, on Sunday October 3 at 10:30 am The walk will start at the former home of Fanny and Lillian Schutt, students in the early 1900s. Then walk to the school and experience the sights and sounds the Schutts likely experienced along the way. At the North Schoolhouse, sample lessons, view student texts, and learn about the history of the school and the city of Mount Washington.

This event is for all ages, with free refreshments. The walk is 0.5 mile and the event will last approximately 1.5 hours. COVID precautions will be observed, with mandatory masks and social distancing observed. To register, email: [email protected] or call 413-528-3033

Directions: At the junction of Rt. 23 and right. 41 at South Egremont, drive south on Rt. 41, then immediately turn west / right on Mt. Washington Rd. (Later becomes East St.) and travel approximately 4 miles. After crossing Egremont / Mt. on the Washington line, take the first right onto West St. (a dirt road) and continue to the location indicated.


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BFAIR Raises $ 3,900 With Wild Oats Marketplace Partnership

Left to right: Netse Lytle, Managing Director of Wild Oats, Pete Mirante, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BFAIR, Tara Jacobsen, Head of Fundraising and Grants at BFAIR, and Rich Weisenflue, CEO of BFAIR. Photo courtesy of BFAIR

ADAMS NORTH – Collaborate with the Wild oats Round Up for Change Program, BFAIR raised over $ 3,900 to directly support people with disabilities.

BFAIR has been selected as the charity of choice for the month of August for the program. As of June 2020, this program has generated over $ 40,000 for local nonprofits.

During the month of August, customers at Wild Oats Market in Williamstown rounded their total purchases to the next whole dollar at checkout; 100% of the money collected went directly to BFAIR.



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