Sixteen Western Mass Non-Profits Receive Grants from Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund

CAPITAL GRANTS Berkshire Pulse, Inc., Housatonic Project: Elevator Repair for Increased Accessibility Grant: $84,000 About the Facility: Berkshire Pulse’s home in downtown Housatonic is part of the historic Monument Mills property, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The third floor of the 1866 mill building has become the ideal space for…

EMPAC Announces First-Ever Summer Season of Performances, Workshops, and Events

TROY, NY — This summer the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will present a special season of programming to coincide with Rensselaer’s inaugural Summer Arch semester. In addition to the production residencies and research projects that are regularly conducted at the center throughout the summer, the season will be punctuated by a number of concerts, film screenings,…

Filmmaker Mariam Ghani to Screen Rare Afghan Films at EMPAC

Troy, NY — On Monday, April 24, at 7PM, artist Mariam Ghani will present a selection of rare films produced between 1978-1991 from the Afghan Film Archive at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. What We Left Unfinished is Ghani’s long-term research and film project. Working in the dual role of artist and historian, Ghani describes the project as…

PS21 in Chatham Announces 2017 Schedule of Events

Highlights: Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express, The Rory Block Gospel & Blues Fest Weekend, Classical Piano Concerts, Play Readings and Films About the American Immigrant Experience, and The Chatham Dance Festival [CHATHAM, NY] – PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is happy to announce its 2017 program of music, dance, and live theater under…

Golden Dragon Acrobats and Enriched HD Broadcasts at the Mahaiwe in April

Great Barrington, Mass.— The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present the Golden Dragon Acrobats this month, along with HD broadcasts by London’s National Theatre, Met Opera, and the Bolshoi Ballet that will be enriched by enlightening pre-screening lectures. “Our April programming brings global opportunities into Great Barrington, ranging from amazing acrobatics from China to an…

Obie Award-winning Theater Artist Andrew Schneider Offers Free Work-in-Progress Preview

Troy, NY — On Thursday, March 30, at 8PM, interactive-electronics artist and writer Andrew Schneider will offer a preview of his new EMPAC commissioned work-in-progress, FIELD, at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Admission is free and open to the public. Due to limited capacity, however, we suggest audience members arrive early to ensure admission. This performance will…