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Painting Belonging: Community Art in The Berkshires - Exhibition to Open Summer 2024

June 24, 2024
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The Erikson Institute for Education, Research, and Advocacy of the Austen Riggs Center has collaborated with local community groups including Community Access to the Arts (CATA), Soldier On, and the Railroad Street Youth Project (RSYP) to bring a new art exhibition to Stockbridge. 
Title: Painting Belonging: Community Art in the Berkshires 
Dates/Hours: Thursdays-Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (Eastern), June 29-October 14, 2024 
Location: Corner House Community Exhibition Space at 48 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 
This exhibition features five large-scale collaborative art pieces created by community groups in the Berkshires working with Austen Riggs Center Visual Arts Instructor Chalice Mitchell
Each of the groups began with the question “What is an object or image that means something to you or reflects your community?” The groups then worked together to answer the question “What does community mean to you?” 
The paintings reflect the artists’ and groups’ conceptions of community across the Berkshires and throughout different life stages. The exhibition places these collaborative pieces of art in the context of mental health in America in 2024 to examine the way that creativity, art, and mental health change over the course of a person’s life. 
Visitors are invited to stop by during regular exhibition hours, reflect on what community means to them, and participate in the creative process by contributing to a large-scale piece. 
For questions, please contact Alison Lotto at 413.931.5249 / alison.lotto@austenriggs.net