March 22, 2017 – (Becket, MA) – Jacob’s Pillow Dance announces the receipt of a $100,000 grant from the Barr Foundation to expand and create new programs engaging local Berkshire County residents, organizations, and businesses. The funding will also allow the Pillow to plan and implement dance field convenings in 2017 and 2018, offering new and necessary resources to the larger arts community.

“This generous funding from the Barr Foundation will enable the Pillow to engage with our local community more deeply and serve as a convener for the dance field in New England and beyond,” says Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge.

Funding from the Barr Foundation enables Jacob’s Pillow Dance to expand its free offerings for community members and create opportunities for Berkshire residents to connect with Pillow artists in both onsite and offsite performances, workshops, classes, and other participatory events. In addition, the funding helps to launch new programs at the Pillow including the Dancing Berkshires Fund, which offers discounted Festival performance tickets to students enrolled in schools and dance studios in Berkshire County. Based on its successful Curriculum in Motion program offered in Berkshire County schools, the Pillow will pilot a program in kinesthetic learning for adults working in medical settings in partnership with Berkshire Medical Center, Volunteers in Medicine, and dance educators.

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