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Support from our members and donors is the reason that we can offer opportunities for artists to learn, create, and accomplish their goals. Make a donation to play an even greater part in these life changing experiences.
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Why Your Support Matters
For over 85 years, Jacob’s Pillow has produced a world-class dance Festival and provided essential training for generations of young artists at The School. Our continued success greatly depends on the strength and support of our community. The Pillow is a thriving platform for dance because of people like you, who have been moved by this art. Your support ensures that we can provide a place for artists to grow and transform and invigorates the cultural landscape of the Berkshires.
Your Support Makes an Impact
“Such an amazing experience to be at the Pillow, I really found my passion for life there… I love to dance. I’m just so grateful for the student sponsorship program, making it possible for me to go.”
Student of The School
“For me, the magic of Jacob’s Pillow stems from its history. Built by the founding members of the resident dance company, Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers, the festival has become one of the world’s oldest and most beloved. I’ve spent many weeks at the Pillow reconstructing the dances and training practices created here in the 1930s and it is thrilling to discover how little has changed.”
Student of The School, Research Fellow & 2016 Festival Artist
“It is astonishing how much can be accomplished when you have twelve hours a day to work. It is not just the studio time, it is the brain space to read and think. It is like a rocket ship into deep investigations, really clear focus, and the nervous system is in a different place. There is just not as much juggling at all. You can never recreate that.”
2016 Creative Development Residency Artist
“[The] most important skill for a child or anyone to learn is self-appreciation and communication. Programs like this are essential. This is what our country needs right now.”
“It’s always a privilege to perform, but performing at the Pillow is unique. The community (staff, interns, students) as well as the Pillow audiences make one feel really connected…. The Pillow is the kind of place where one’s dancing is really seen, digested, and provides a point of connection.”
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Artist & alumnus of The School
“The Pillow has been a constant in my life since I was 14. I would travel from my childhood home in Northfield, MA to attend shows whenever I could. Both my children, now grown, spent many summer nights at the I/O stage, watching all sorts of dance. What a fantastic venue to introduce children to the lively arts.”
“In our day and age, creative artists don’t have any time to perfect their work or even to make their work because they’re so busy doing other jobs that they have to do to keep their lives to get here. These residencies are really important - to have a place where you don’t have to worry about distractions. They can just concentrate on their art. That’s why I support the Pillow, always. We need these places more and more now. “
“Participating in Jacob’s Pillow as a young student and now as an audience member and supporter has truly enriched my life. It is my profound desire that the Pillow be able to continue to nurture careers of its dedicated students, inspire its audiences, empower performing artists around the world, and ensure that the magnificent art of dance flourishes for generations.”
1962 and 1963 School participant and longtime member