Vision '22

A strategic plan for the Pillow's future: strengthening the artistic core, boosting civic leadership & community engagement, and renewing campus facilities.

Jacob’s Pillow is a national treasure—a revered destination for dance artists, dance audiences, and dance lovers of all kinds.

At the milestone of its 85th anniversary, Jacob’s Pillow embarked on a new era of change and evolution. Vision ‘22, a five-year plan, will fortify the Pillow’s existing programs and put new emphasis on three goals, outlined below.

Realizing these goals will transform the Pillow and enhance its ability to showcase the best of dance from around the world, prepare the next generation of dance artists and dance professionals, serve its neighbors and growing global community—and bring people together to experience the power of dance.

In spring 2021 we launched Dance We Must, the final phase of the Vision ’22 campaign, to fortify our future and to serve the imaginations of artists and audiences. This work is anchored by the renovation of the Ted Shawn Theatre. Read more here.

Ephrat Asherie Dance; photo Christopher Duggan

Become a year-round, international center for dance research and development by:

    • Sustaining and evolving our renowned 10-week summer dance Festival
    • Creating and growing the Pillow Lab, a residency program that enhances artist development and nurtures the process of choreography
    • Expanding online access to our unparalleled Archives
    • Teaching creative excellence to the next generation of dancers and choreographers through The School at Jacob’s Pillow
    • Serving as a preeminent leader in the dance field by hosting conferences, workshops, and other events

By 2022, the campaign will enable:

    • Tailor-made research and development residencies for choreographers
    • Unparalleled professional training for emerging choreographers
    • Opportunities for faculty from regional colleges and universities to use Pillow resources in their teaching
    • Convenings for dance professionals to discuss and address issues in the field
    • Program endowments to secure these leadership initiatives

D.R.E.A.M. Ring Class; photo Hayim Heron

Strengthen connections with our neighbors in the Berkshires and surrounding counties by:

  • Expanding our Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion® program to all elementary schools in Pittsfield
  • Collaborating with Pittsfield & Becket schools to enhance the presence of dance in curriculum
  • Providing public programs such as Pillow Pop-Up performances and interactive community dance workshops
  • Forging partnerships with local dance schools to bring students to the Pillow

By 2022, the campaign will enable:

  • Increased community performances and participatory dance events
  • Hundreds of third graders and their teachers to enhance non-arts curricula with professional choreographers
  • More dance students in the Berkshires to connect directly with Pillow programs
  • Program endowments to secure these leadership initiatives

Perles Family Studio; photo Robert Benson Photography

Bring the famed Jacob’s Pillow campus up to date and make facilities more comfortable for artists, audiences & staff by:

  • Upgrading and modernizing the historic Ted Shawn Theatre
  • Completing the Perles Family Studio
  • Improving intern, apprentice, and artist housing

By 2022, the campaign will enable:

  • Expanded and improved rehearsal and performance facilities
  • A modernized Ted Shawn Theatre – without any change to its look and feel
  • Improved housing accommodations for festival staff, and accommodations for year-round residencies