Jacob’s Pillow Receives $300,000 Grant from The Ford Foundation for New Pittsfield Moves! Program with Lead Artist Paloma McGregor
November 8, 2017 – (Becket, MA) Jacob’s Pillow has been awarded $300,000 from the Ford Foundation as a strand of Challenging Inequality through Creativity and Free Expression to support the recently-imagined Pittsfield Moves! program. Pittsfield Moves! was conceived by Jacob’s Pillow in collaboration with lead partner The Berkshire Bridges – Working Cities Pittsfield Initiative to help local stakeholders within educational, social, and economic justice organizations develop a practice of storytelling and relationship building through movement. The Ford Foundation is one the world’s largest philanthropic foundations focused on global social change.
After key Community Conversations held in Pittsfield, choreographer Paloma McGregor, Director of Angela’s Pulse, has been selected as lead artist for this year-long project. This selection process was implemented in a way that enabled community members to have direct agency in the project from its conception.
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