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In the 2019 “Arts 4 Us” pilot project, CPC Director of Community Engagement, Trudy Manion, acted as an Ambassador and accompanied ten families to the Norman Rockwell Museum and Jacobs Pillow. Interviews and surveys of those families indicated the role of an Ambassador eliminated “researched’ barriers and was key to the success of the project.
CPC’s 2021 project, “Arts 4 Us: Activating Cultural Networks” has furthered the development of that success by the identification and training of year-round Berkshire residents in the role of Ambassador, building trust from within the community.
Our first two Ambassadors-in-training, Julie Haagenson, a Montessori educator and adolescent coach, and Laura Cabera, artist and a founding member of Latinos 413, participated in on-site trainings to learn about the history of venues, as well as information needed to access an event and accompany members from their communities. Forums, conversations, and interviews with both the community and the venues will provide for future growth, as CPC anticipates training additional ambassadors in the 2022 season.
CPC believes engagement in the arts is a vehicle to a peaceful life. We are committed to providing access to the arts and creative expression through our collaboration with arts organizations. Support for this project is provided by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Arts Build Community initiative.
The Story Behind Arts 4 Us
In an effort to promote an appreciation for the arts and engage local families in the creative and cultural benefits of Berkshire County, The Center for Peace Through Culture (CPC) proposed a collaborative project with the Norman Rockwell Museum (NRM) and Jacobs Pillow (JP).
The pilot project, “Arts 4 Us,” was designed to help bridge the gap in opportunities for underserved families to participate in a rich cultural experience with their children, and to address the social exclusion and insider/outsider perceptions that exist for many of the year-round residents. The project was supported by a Grant, awarded by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation's (BTCF) Arts Build Community initiative with funding from the Barr Foundation.
In the model for the “Arts for Us” project, providing an ambassador to help families navigate the cultural experience was paramount. CPC ambassador, Trudy Manion, arranged, coordinated and accompanied each of the families to the NRM and JP venue, complete with transportation, tickets and a meal. Overwhelmingly, the families were delighted with what the venue had to offer and expressed sheer joy at the many meaningful moments they were able to experience as a family during their visit! Plans to develop the “Ambassador Model” with BTCF are in the works for future collaborations.