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Clark Art Institute Receives Grant from Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities for Teacher Workshop

For Immediate Release

December 08, 2003

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute has been awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant in the amount of $2020 is in support of a workshop planned in January for sixth- to- eighth-grade teachers in Western Massachusetts, eastern New York State, and southern Vermont. The workshop is a collaboration of the Clark and the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge.

"We are grateful that the support of the Massachusetts Foundation of the
Humanities will allow us to offer this training opportunity to educators in our region and to partner with the Berkshire Botanical Garden," said Michael Conforti, director of the Clark Art Institute. "The workshop exemplifies our public educational mission by using the paintings on view here at the Clark as tools of understanding across many disciplines
as well as art history. We believe that teachers will see great benefits from the program that they can bring back to their students in the classroom."

"Sweetness and Light: A Workshop for Teachers" will be offered at the Clark on January 31, 2004, with a second half-day session planned in March. The Clark's winter exhibition Sugaring Off: The Maple Sugar Paintings of Eastman Johnson is the springboard for the workshop. The exhibition will feature scenes of maple sugar making in New England as painted by the important American artist Eastman Johnson. The
workshop will introduce teachers to 19th century American landscape painting, the development of a national conciousness of landscape during the period, the Johnson maple sugar paintings, core historical and social issues, and an agricultural and botanical consideration of maple tree ecology.

For more information on the workshop and its relation to Massachusetts
frameworks, interested teachers may contact the education department at 413-458-2303, extension 363.

The education department of the Clark Art Institute annually serves more than 9000 students from schools throughout Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York State. In addition to free admission and talks, many schools take advantage of the Clark's transportation subsidy program. The Institute will pay bus transportation costs for any school group that can travel to the Clark and back in one day. Educators interested in
participating should contact the Education Department at 413-458-2303, extension 363. Sample video clips of different tours are available online at www.clarkart.edu/education.

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