This month, 50 area artists are joining their creative forces to make 100 hand-painted ceramic mugs in support of the Berkshire Immigrant Center. The project, Vessels for Change, will culminate in a celebration at Bright Ideas Brewing on the MASS MOCA campus on Wednesday, November 15 from 7-9 pm. These mugs will be filled with beer before going home with their lucky new owners.
For a $100 donation to the Berkshire Immigrant Center you will receive a one-of-a-kind mug, locally brewed beer and a party!
Vessels for Change aims to raise $10,000, equivalent to approximately 5% of the Berkshire Immigrant Center’s annual budget. The Center’s Director Brooke Mead says this donation will be a game changer.
The mission of the Berkshire Immigrant Center is to assist individuals and families in making the economic, psychological, and cultural adjustments to a new land. Each year they provide assistance to over 800 individuals from more than 80 countries. Their work navigating the complex U.S. immigration system, promoting civic engagement, and facilitating cultural integration is invaluable. By helping immigrants meet their basic needs, and supporting them in their efforts to become active participants in our community, the Center builds bridges of understanding and cooperation across cultures. Their work results in strengthened communities, reunited families, refugees protected, higher employment income and economic self-sufficiency for newcomers.
We have been tremendously inspired by the response so far. Everyone we have asked to help out, to make, to paint, to organize, to share their talents or connections has responded with enthusiasm. We started with a small group of potters with a desire to act. Of course, because we make pots, and bowls, and mugs—that was our jumping off point—Vessels for Change was launched. A drinking vessel itself resonates with the theme of community, especially a vessel that has been created by a team of artists and craftspeople.
In September, we will begin throwing or hand-building and firing mugs. These will then be painted by another artist and re-fired. The vessels will eventually reside in the homes of those who fell in love with their shape or color or imagery. We can imagine the circle of maker, artist, donor, dreamer bound together through these vessels.
We hope you will join us. If you want more information or to help, please contact Stephanie Boyd, firstname.lastname@example.org or one of the program organizers.
Sponsors/Supporters: Bright Ideas Brewing, Williamstown Community Chest
Program Organizers: Stephanie Boyd, Gail Sellers, Phil Sellers, Suzy Konecky, Laura Christensen, Orion Howard, Amrita Lash
Artists: William Archer, Tracy Baker-White, Renée Bouchard, Keith Bona, Stephanie Boyd, Cortney Burns, Sharon Carson, Jana Christy, Deb Coombs, Phyllis Criddle, Richard Criddle, Arthur DeBow, Zoe Doucette, Kim Faler, Mike Glier, Brandon Graving, Stephen Hannock, Suzy Helme, Ghetta Hirsch, Jane Hudson, Frank Jackson, Ellen Joffe-Halpern, Joanna Klain, Alison Kolesar, David Lane, Suzy Konecky, David Lane, Amrita Lash, John MacDonald, Sarah McNair, Anna Moriarty-Lev, Donna Loncto, John MacDonald, Sarah McNair, Mark Mulherin, Karl Mullen, Mary Natalizia, Dawn Nelson, Danny O, , Linda O'Brien, Opie O'Brien, Michael Oatman, Derek Parker, Doug Paisley, Derek Parker, Amy Podmore, Maggi Randall, John Recco, Michele Ridgeway, Wilma Rifkin, Bill Riley, Anne Rocklein, Eric Rudd, Greg Scheckler, Ann Scott, Karin Stack, Gail Sellers, Phil Sellers, Karin Stack, Diane Sullivan, Sara Sutro, Sandra Thomas, Betty Vera