Berkshire cultural institutions fear impact of Trump’s budget axe

“This is a creative community that thrives with the inspiration and energy of hundreds of concerts, performances and exhibits throughout the year, as well as the educational and thought-provoking programs created through the CPB. All would be jeopardized if the nation no longer celebrated or supported the arts as integral to our democracy.”

— Beryl Jolly, executive director of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington

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As MASS MoCA’s director of development from 1988 to 2012, Jennifer Trainer Thompson helped raise some $70 million for operations and programs, including the Permanence Campaign that launched the Museum’s endowment and Sol LeWitt building.

Phyllis Curtin, beloved opera singer and master vocal teacher, dies at age 94

“Phyllis’s extraordinary artistry and deeply effective role as a master teacher at Tanglewood, all informed by her dynamic presence, dignity, and elegance as a human being, gives Curtin, a place of honor in Tanglewood’s pantheon of great major musical figures who have had an undeniable impact on the festival and its school.”

— Mark Volpe, Boston Symphony Orchestra Managing Director