Business Briefs: Vision ’22 at the Pillow; Korte returns to CHP; BCC hires community engagement dean; grant for Sandisfield book project; Salisbury Bank awards scholarships

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By Tuesday, Jun 27 Trade and Commerce
Eight area students were awarded scholarships by Salisbury Bank via its annual scholarship program (see item below).

Jacob’s Pillow announces Vision ‘22

Becket — Jacob’s Pillow director Pamela Tatge recently unveiled Vision ’22, a strategic approach for the Pillow’s development over the next five years and a blueprint for enabling the Pillow to become a year-round center for dance creation.

Vision ’22 will launch the Pillow’s year-round campus for dance research and development, called the Pillow Lab, which will be a multi-layered program that will provide customized residencies for 10 to 15 diverse choreographers each year. Beginning in 2018, Jacob’s Pillow will add a summer program for emerging choreographers at the School at Jacob’s Pillow and will host year-round convenings, workshops and conferences for professionals in the dance field.

Vision ’22 will also launch the Pillow’s expanded commitment to its Berkshire-area neighbors, including a summer-long series of pop-up performances in Pittsfield and events in conjunction with the city’s monthly Third Thursday celebration. The Pittsfield-Pillow Express is now offering a free Saturday bus service connecting Jacob’s Pillow with three Pittsfield neighborhoods. In addition, Vision ‘22 will expand community engagement residencies and will enable the Pillow to provide discounted tickets to festival performances to students enrolled in Berkshire County dance schools, studios and programs. The Pillow will expand its work with Berkshire area schools, bringing its Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion program to Morningside Community School next year, with a plan to serve all eight Pittsfield elementary schools over the next five years.

Vision ’22 makes expanded year-round programs and initiatives possible through new spaces for training, rehearsal, events and performances as well as improvements to existing facilities and new multi-use housing for artists, staff and interns.

–E.E.

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Korte returns to CHP

Kathy Korte, FNP

Kathy Korte, FNP

Great Barrington — Community Health Programs welcomes Kathy Korte, FNP, back to its health center. Korte worked for many years at CHP Lee Family Practice before accepting a position at East Mountain Medical Associates. Korte has decided to return to CHP and will provide primary care to adults and children at its Stockbridge Road location. Korte also worked previously with HospiceCare in the Berkshires, and has experience as an oncology nurse and staff nurse at Berkshire Medical Center. A resident of West Stockbridge, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Sage Graduate School of Nursing.

–E.E.

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BCC hires dean of community engagement

Jill Sasso Curtis

Jill Sasso Curtis

Pittsfield — Berkshire Community College has announced its hiring of Jill Sasso Curtis as its dean of community engagement, education and workforce development.

In her early career, Sasso Curtis held global marketing management roles at Colgate-Palmolive in New York City, Polaroid Corporation in Cambridge and the First Years Inc. in Avon. She later served as the career services director at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford and as a faculty member in Tufts’ entrepreneurial leadership program at Tufts. Sasso Curtis came to the Berkshires in 2012 to serve on the executive team of Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge and developed a consulting practice focused on education, health and wellness. She partnered with Dr. Susan Lord to reimagine and re-launch the Berkshires-based nonprofit Center for Peace Through Culture.

Sasso Curtis holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Business Administration in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. She lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Stockbridge.

–E.E.

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Jewish history book project awarded grant

Sandisfield — Under the fiscal umbrella of the Sandisfield Arts Center, a group formed to write a comprehensive history of Sandisfield’s Jewish farm colony has received a $500 grant from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Wassermann-Streit Y’DIYAH Memorial Fund.

The 250-page history book, titled “Soil and Shul in the Berkshires: The Untold Story of Sandisfield’s Jewish Farm Colony,” deals with how refugee-immigrant families who escaped the pogroms in eastern Europe in the early 20th century fared as farmers in the remote Berkshire Hills. Chapters on social, economic, cultural and religious life through the years will be followed by family histories and selected genealogies and will include vintage photographs and biographies of interesting personalities in the town.

–E.E.

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Salisbury Bank awards scholarships

Lakeville, Conn. — Salisbury Bank has announced the recipients of its 2017 annual scholarship program. Eight scholarships in the amount of $3,000 were awarded to high-achieving students who possess a variety of interests, have demonstrated leadership experience, displayed consistent community involvement, and strive to make their world a better place. The recipients are Kelsey Netzer of Mount Everett Regional High School in Sheffield, Massachusetts; Devin Walker of Taconic High School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Alexis Ghi of Oliver Wolcott Technical High School in Torrington; Angela Tabor and Connor Reid of Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village; and Faith Mauk, Nicholas Harding and Leá Adams of Dover High School in Dover Plains, New York.

Applicants were evaluated according to a 100-point system that takes into account financial need, academic achievement, community service, volunteerism and leadership. A celebratory event was held on June 15 in Lakeville in honor of the recipients’ accomplishments.

–E.E.


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