About Jacob’s Pillow

Jacob’s Pillow is lauded worldwide as a “hub and mecca of dancing” (TIME Magazine), “one of America’s most precious cultural assets” (Mikhail Baryshnikov), and “the dance center of the nation” (The New York Times).

“The Pillow” is a treasured 220-acre National Historic Landmark, a recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, and home to America’s longest-running international dance festival.

Each year thousands of people from across the U.S. and around the globe visit the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts to experience the Festival with more than 50 dance companies and 500 free performances, talks, and events; train at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, one of the most prestigious professional dance training centers in the U.S.; explore the Pillow’s rare and extensive dance Archives; and take part in numerous Community Programs designed to educate and engage dance audiences of all ages.


Mission Statement

To support dance creation, presentation, education, and preservation; and to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for dance.

Presentation

World premieres, U.S. debuts, ecstatic and diverse artists, and collaborations with composers, visual artists, and writers comprise over 150 performances presented each Festival season.

Creation

New work and the development of the art form are supported through commissions, the Pillow Lab In Process Series, and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award.

Education

The School at Jacob’s Pillow provides training by eminent faculty that not only produces great dancers, but also great artists. The Intern ProgramPublic School Programs, and Community Classes educate people of all ages about the art of dance.

Preservation

The Pillow is a National Historic Landmark with rare and extensive dance Archives encompassing materials from 1894 through today. The photography collections, films, library, exhibits, and video viewing stations are free and open to the public.

Engagement

The general public, students, scholars and artists are invited to experience dance through more than 200 free performances and talks, rehearsals, class observationtours and interaction with artists, scholars, writers, filmmakers, and composers.


Values

Jacob’s Pillow takes great pride in its role as a presenter, educator, engager, and chronicler of dance. The Board and Staff share a level of passion, enthusiasm, and dedication to our mission, the Pillow’s history, the dance field, and those within it. The following values drive our work:

Inclusion

We encourage a broadly diverse group of individuals to participate in our programs and join our Board and Staff, and insist on being inclusive of all peoples regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socio-economic background, physical or mental ability.

Leadership

We listen carefully, take the time to reflect on our successes and challenges, admit when we do not know something, and are accountable for our actions; recognizing that a crucial part of our role is to mentor the next generation of artists, arts administrators, and production staff.

Integrity

We trust each other to be respectful, honest, and straightforward; we earn each other’s trust every day by acting with the highest of ethical and moral standards and by discussing issues openly and transparently.

Flexibility

We understand that the ability to take risks, creatively problem-solve, re-prioritize, troubleshoot challenging circumstances, and occasionally let go of assumptions is vitally important to the adaptability and resilience of our organization.

Partnership

We believe that our success as individuals and as an institution is made possible by reciprocal relationships with people and organizations in communities that surround us, and by thoughtful and intentional relationships with artists, audiences, members, funders, and colleagues in the field.

Sustainability

We are active stewards of our environment and protect the health and well-being of our historic campus and the people who animate it. We sustain the field of dance by preserving our past, engaging with our present, and investing in our future.

We are committed to providing an inclusive environment that cultivates the celebration of the art of dance and its positive impact on communities. We are dedicated to fostering a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for everyone on our beautiful campus. You, as patrons and visitors of Jacob’s Pillow, are expected to contribute to our mutually respectful and welcoming community, supporting the world of dance and its citizens for generations to come.

A Rich History

How the Pillow became a treasured space for dance.

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