The Berkshires

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The Berkshires

In 2024, the Dalton Stationery Factory, Living the Change Berkshires, and Cooler Communities presented a third juried exhibition of student art responding to the climate crisis. 

HOW SHALL WE LIVE?  launched on April 29th and stayed open all through the month of May.

Students submitted artwork in one of four subject categories: 

  • “What is happening? (positive or negative)” 
  • “What is needed?” 
  • “What would be lost?”
  • “Your vision of the future (positive or negative)” 

Over 170 submissions from 200 students at 8 Berkshire High schools were viewed by a jury of local artists, who decided that all art should be shown.

The show was sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union and the Feigenbaum Foundation.

An ill Mother – by Evelyn Vollmer. One of the many outstanding pieces shown at the Dalton Stationary Factory

 

 

In collaboration with Living the Change Berkshires, Cooler Communities has sponsored at least one climate event for Berkshire youth every year since 2019.

The first juried art show “How Shall We Live? – Climate Visions of Berkshire Youth Artists” was hosted on the website of Berkshire Museum from 2020-2023 (see more below), and another at Berkshire Art Center on North Street in Pittsfield in 2023,

The virtual show at Berkshire Museum in the fall of 2020  became our pilot program for other virtual events during the pandemic.

Showcased initially for a 14 day period in early November – yes, right during election time and COVID-winter really setting in – the program included a youth artists’ exhibition on climate change, student projects, workshops and webinars on ways to save energy, a community conversation about environmental justice, a movie and discussion with the filmmaker, and more.

Organized by a small group of volunteers called Living the Change Berkshires the event attracted over 650 visitors who viewed over 2500 webpages.

As a result, Berkshire Museum kept the event online until the spring of 2023. 

In August 2023, Living the Change Berkshires collaborated with the Berkshire Art Center and Cooler Communities on another youth art show.

Climate Visions of Berkshire Youth Artists is a juried show featuring the extraordinary and powerful expressions of young people as they contemplate the future.

To see more of the memorable images, please visit this page on Living the Change Berkshires’ website.