How Shall We Live – Climate Visions by Berkshire Youth Artists – April 29-May 12, Dalton.

Living the Change Berkshires, and Cooler Communities are presenting a juried exhibition of student art responding to the climate crisis, at the Stationery Factory. 

HOW SHALL WE LIVE?” 

Climate Visions of Berkshire Youth Artists III

will take place April 29 – May 12 at the Stationery Factory in Dalton.

For the third year, Berkshire County high school artists submitted artwork in one of four subject categories: 

“What is happening? (positive or negative)” 

“What is needed?” 

“What would be lost?”

“Vision of the future (positive or negative)” 

A festive opening of the show will be held on Monday April 29 at 5:00 pm at the Stationery Factory, 63 Flansburg Avenue, Dalton, MA 01226

Youth activities, and information on climate solutions will be presented alongside the art. 

The exhibit will be open to the public 10 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday and 11 am -3 pm on Saturdays.

A jury consisting of local artists Phyllis Kornfeld, Karen Andrews, Gabrielle Senza, and Anne Legêne has selected 100 works for the show, which is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union and Cooler Communities, a climate education grant program at the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation. 

A record number of over 200 students from Drury, Wahconah, Lee, Mount Everett, Lenox, Mount Greylock, Pittsfield High Schools, and Berkshire School responded to the call for art.

“As the climate crisis worsens, it is increasingly important to not only give students the scientific and technical knowledge about this issue, but also provide ways in which they can process their emotional experience in individual and creative ways. Art speaks for itself and affects people at a level that information cannot.” says Uli Nagel, Director at Cooler Communities.

“I listen to kids speak about their fear of not being able to inhabit the earth once they are older. That’s a fear of mine as well”, writes one young artist in one of the many artist statements. 

“We say this is “our” planet, but why would we treat something that we call “ours” so badly?”, asks another. 

“I loved/hated researching for this project because it’s a hard subject” and “The only thing that I could think of is how the world still isn’t changing till this day like there was no hope”, write others.

“The overwhelming impact of this show is the realization of how deeply young people are affected by the climate crisis. The vital importance of their collective visions cannot fail but drive home the urgency of the need to act, and inspire a positive response from the community to protect their future. It is a phenomenal show.” adds Anne Legêne, juror and co-founder of Living The Change Berkshires.

The Cooler Communities School Grant Program works with schools across the Commonwealth to boost climate education across all grades and subjects and empower students to become climate leaders in their communities. 

Living the Change Berkshires seeks to address Climate Change and Climate Justice with urgency, creativity, hope, and optimism, primarily on a local level. We welcome new members! 

The first “HOW SHALL WE LIVE? Climate Visions of Berkshire Youth Artists took place in 2020 at Berkshire Museum. Due to the pandemic it ended up being a virtual show which remained on view on the museum website for two years. The second show of the same name took place last year at the Berkshire Art Center.

For more information please contact 

Anne Legêne

alegene@simons-rock.edu

Ph: 413.645.2130

Or 

Uli Nagel

unagel@coolercommunities.org

Ph: 413.329.3514