Rockwell Museum names Berle chief educator

Mary A. Berle, a Harvard-trained educator who is the current principal of Muddy Brook Elementary School in Great Barrington, has been appointed as the new chief educator at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. Berle will officially join the museum on Sept. 1, assuming a newly created senior-level position to lead the museum's education vision at a pivotal time of growth. In this position, she will build on the strengths of the museum's robust education program currently led by Chief Curator Stephanie Plunkett and Digital Learning Director Rich Bradway.

As a member of the museum's strategic leadership team, Berle will oversee all aspects of the museum's educational programs, including distance-learning and digital initiatives to grow regional, national and global engagement. Partnering with Bradway, who has led the creation of numerous digital learning platforms, including the online Curriculum Lab, the Museum's App, gallery interactives, and VR experiences, she will ensure that the museum meets the increasing demand for digital access to content.

BAA seeks entries for fall exhibition

The Berkshire Art Association has issued a call for original, contemporary art exploring themes of community and civic engagement for its 2018 biennial exhibition — "Showing Up: For Our Neighborhoods, Our Communities and Eachother."

Open to artists living and working in New England and New York, the exhibition will be shown Oct. 5 through Nov. 16 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., Pittsfield.

The deadline for submission of up to three works in any visual media is June 15. Complete information is available at

The opening awards reception will be Oct. 5 during Pittsfield's First Friday, 5 to 8 p.m

WAM seeks teens for paid ensemble

WAM Theatre is currently seeking creative world changers, ages 13 to 18 for its paid 2018 summer Girls Ensemble.

Girls Ensemble is a performance group for young people girls aged 13-18. The criteria for participation is enthusiasm and the creative impulse to voice your feelings and ideas through multiple forms of artistic expression. The ensemble creates an original performance using devised theater methods. Devised theater is a collaborative process where an ensemble uses a variety of techniques — writing, improvisation, games, movement, brainstorming and more — to create original performance material. Girls Ensemble performs with full production values for a public audience

Guided by Teaching Artists Talya Kingston and Amy Brentano, the ensemble will devise a cohesive original performance, on the theme of justice, to be shared with a public audience at WAM's July 25 Summer Gala at the Berkshire Equestrian Center in Richmond. Rehearsals will be Monday through Friday, July 9-23, in downtown Lenox.

The ensemble is limited to 12 participants. For more information, contact Talya Kingston, WAM Theatre's associate artistic director, at or 413-274- 2420.


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