STARS grants given to 13 Northern Berkshire schools

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NORTH ADAMS — Thirteen schools in the 1st Berkshire District have won grants to support creative learning through the arts, humanities and sciences, according to state Rep. John Barrett III.

The grants, known as the STARS residencies, are funded through the Massachusetts Cultural Council and support in-school residencies in the arts, sciences and humanities with a cultural partner. The initiative brings students and teachers together with practicing artists, scientists and scholars to create rich cultural experiences of three days or more.

"Arts and culture have become the lifeblood of the Northern Berkshire region," Barrett said. "In our state's strong focus on education, the STARS grants will bring that spark of arts, culture and creativity into the classrooms."

The STARS program aims to build confidence in youths, discover their hidden talents, explore the natural world, understand their place in history and rise as leaders in their community.

The STARS recipients in Northern Berkshire are:

- Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School, $5,000, for a residency with high school drama students in comedy, movement and stage combat with Christopher Beaulieu in the Musical "Spamalot";

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- Brayton Elementary School, North Adams, $1,000, for a fourth grade residency in visual arts with Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Kidspace artist Genevieve Gaignard;

- Buxton School, Williamstown, $2,800, for a school residency in visual arts with Tomashi Jackson from the Rhode Island School of Design;

- C.T. Plunkett, Adams, $5,000, for a theater residency and performance with Allison Rachele Bayles of Berkshire Theatre Group;

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- Clarksburg Elementary School, $1,200, for a fourth grade residency in visual arts with Mass MoCA Kidspace artist Tim Okamura;

- Colegrove Park Elementary, North Adams, $1,000, for a fourth grade residency in visual arts with Mass MoCA Kidspace artist Okamura;

- Drury High School, North Adams, $600, for a school residency in visual arts with exhibiting artist ERRE with Kidspace, Mass MoCA;

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- Ella L. Miller Memorial Elementary School, Savoy, $600, for a school residency in visual arts with exhibiting Mass MoCA Kidspace artist Gaignard;

- Gabriel Abbott Memorial, Florida, $700, for a fourth grade residency in visual arts with Mass MoCA Kidspace artist Okamura;

- Greylock Elementary School, North Adams, $1,200, for a fourth grade residency in visual arts with Mass MoCA Kidspace artist Okamura;

- Hoosac Valley Middle School, Adams, $5,000, for an in-depth arts educational experience developing, writing and presenting original plays with Bayles, Berkshire Theatre Group's Plays! program;

- Lanesborough Elementary School, $4,800, for a residency in environmental science with Dale Abrams of Mass Audubon;

- Pine Cobble, Williamstown, $5,000, for Sounds of Pine Cobble Kinetic Sound Sculpture, a school residency exploring sound and kinetic sculpture with David Lane of New England Puppet Arts.


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