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Raymour & Flanigan set to open in former Pittsfield Bed Bath & Beyond storefront

The furniture company has also purchased the entire shopping center, The Shops at Unkamet Brook.

BRIDGE develops ‘New Pathways’ of leadership, organizing in answer to COVID-19

Lee -- Since 2007, the Multicultural BRIDGE mission has been “Promoting mutual understanding and respect among diverse groups serving as a resource to both...

BUINESS BRIEFS: Play reading fundraiser; ‘Reopening the Berkshire Economy’; Greylock promotions; new Hancock Shaker Village trustees

The panel will share perceptions and observations on reopening the Berkshire economy, including points of caution, notes of optimism, and hard facts as they look at what an information-driven reopening timeline could and should be for the region.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Wheeler & Taylor donates PPE; bias in business workshop; Curriculum in Motion Institute; recognition for Noble Horizons

The workshop is the first in a three-part training series to help businesses cultivate and steward inclusive retail, restaurant and workplace environments for customers and employees in order to create a culture of belonging.

W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Festival: Collaboration with Jacob’s Pillow

On Saturday, Feb. 22, as part of the town of Great Barrington’s W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Festival, Haigood’s Zaccho Dance Theatre comes to Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington to present the performance installation “Between me and the other world,” which explores race, identity and Du Bois' seminal work “The Souls of Black Folk.”

BRIDGE of western Massachusetts is named finalist for prestigious Everyday Democracy Award

Everyday Democracy helps people create spaces where they can build skills to bring difficult topics to light and address them effectively over the long term, helping communities move conversation into action, and action into lasting positive change.

Business Briefs: WAM Theatre donations; MCLA lauded for gender equality; Business Model Canvas workshop; holiday house tour volunteers; designation for Russo

A report from the Eos Foundation examining gender equality in Massachusetts colleges and universities has identified Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts as the top four-year public institution among only 40% of schools to achieve gender equality.

Bits & Bytes: Community dialogue on racism; Lenox Land Trust conversation; ‘Love Travels Fast’; Berkshire Theatre Awards

During the presentation, Gwendolyn VanSant will address personal identity and bias and their relationship to systemic racism and cultural barriers.

Dedication of the Du Bois homesite: A 50-year anniversary celebration

The original 1969 homesite dedication was deemed so controversial, in part because of Du Bois' embrace of communism late in his life, that no town officials attended the event.

Great Barrington responds to powerful plea, recognizes ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’

Randy Weinstein and Gwendolyn VanSant of the W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Committee appeared before the board on Monday to ask town officials to consider recognizing the second Monday of October, the day on which Columbus Day is traditionally observed, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Celebrating 10 years with BRIDGE’s Happiness Toolbox summer program

The 2019 Summer Program will build on ongoing Happiness Toolbox themes of Mindfulness, Character Strengths, Diversity Leadership, Growth Mindset, and the rich History and Heritage of Berkshire County.

VanSant named Berkshire Business and Professional Women’s 2019 Woman of Achievement

VanSant works at the intersection of diversity leadership, equity and inclusion, and strategic planning. She has founded several initiatives based in the principles of equity and justice, the inherent dignity and worth of individuals, and our interconnected web of humanity.

Bits & Bytes: W. E. B. Du Bois tribute; ‘The Vagina Monologues’ at the Whit; ‘Elegant Entertaining in the Gilded Age’

The program will also honor Du Bois biographer David Levering Lewis, who will receive the town’s first W. E. B. Du Bois Legacy Award honoring recipients for “embodying and preserving W. E. B. Du Bois’ legacy as a scholar and activist for freedom.”

Museum exhibit highlights the African-American experience in the Berkshires

Visitors are invited to explore the history of African-Americans in the Berkshires through compelling, contemporary stories from today as recorded by leaders from the local African-American community and the NAACP Berkshire chapter.

Petition to rename regional middle school after scholar, civil rights advocate W.E.B. Du Bois to be on town meeting warrant

In an incident that garnered much publicity, the Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee in 2004 declined to name after Du Bois one of the two new regional schools it had just built.

Bits & Bytes: New exhibits at Berkshire Museum; ‘Reinventing Rockwell’ at Spencertown Academy; Great Barrington Kennel Club Dog Show; CoA luncheon

In 2015, Pops Peterson debuted his “Reinventing Rockwell” photography series, which received an award from the Northeast Regional Conference on Fair Housing and Civil Rights and led to him being named the first artist in residence of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
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