Fiona Breslin reports from Pittsfield.
Published by Rural Intelligence

The Berkshire Museum, which has advocated for art, history, and education across Berkshire County for more than a century, held the first ever Berkshire Award on Friday, March 15. The award served to recognize those who promote the artistic, natural heritage, and history of our region. With that in mind the evening drew in artists, writers, activists, teachers, friends, and more to support this year’s recipients:

  • Berkshire County philanthropists The Crane Family
  • Community Access to the Arts (CATA) founder Sandra Newman (pictured right with CATA board president John Whalan)
  • Naturalist, teacher, and former Berkshire Museum Natural Science Curator Thom Smith

The evening was a full plate: first a cocktail reception and then a light dinner that followed the award ceremony itself — a presentation in which museum director Van Shields screened three short films by West Tenth Media. The beautifully shot cinematic portraits focused on each of the honorees and their valued contributions to the community.

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