BUSINESS BULLETIN: Hessel donates to CCS Bard; BCC launches a culinary institute; Berkshire Agricultural Ventures provides grants; news from Greylock, Salisbury Bank

Marieluise Hessel Foundation Donates $ 25 Million to Bard Curatorial Studies Program

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY – The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) recently announced the creation of a $ 50 million endowment fund, including a $ 25 million donation from the Marieluise Hessel Foundation and a matching commitment of 25 million dollars from George Soros as part of the Bard College’s Transformational Endowment Campaign program of $ 1 billion. Founded in 1990, CCS Bard is the first such institution in the United States dedicated exclusively to conservation studies, an interdisciplinary field exploring the historical, intellectual, and social conditions that inform the making and practice of contemporary art exhibitions. This unprecedented donation, initiated by the Hessel Foundation in honor of CCS Bard’s 30th anniversary, allows CCS Bard to continue its work in perpetuity.

Marieluise Hessel. Photo: Kristine Larsen Courtesy of CCS Bard

The Hessel Foundation donation builds on more than three decades of support from CCS Bard co-founder Marieluise Hessel. In the late 1980s, the Foundation entrusted its growing collection of contemporary art to Bard for the exclusive use of its students and faculty, laying the foundation for the founding of CCS Bard in 1990. Since then, the Foundation has been constant support, with transformational donations, including the construction of the Hessel Museum of Art in 2006 and the expansion of the library, special collections and archives in 2015, as well as annual operating contributions that have inspired others to support the institution. Its collection, which forms the cornerstone of CCS Bard’s master’s program and the basis of many of its exhibitions, has grown to encompass around 2,000 works of art and is today considered one of the most important contemporary art collections on a university campus. The Foundation’s support has also enabled CCS Bard to provide financial assistance to 90% of incoming students.

“Over the past 30 years, CCS Bard has had a disproportionate impact in the art world,” said Hessel. “I know this program will continue to lead the way in finding new stories to tell, artists to champion and boundaries to push.”

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, CCS Bard is currently presenting two exhibitions that draw significantly from the Marieluise Hessel collection: Hessel over four decades to explore the artistic intimacy achieved by the medium; and “With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985,” North America’s first large-scale survey of the innovative Pattern and Decoration movement led by women in the 1970s and 1980s, showcasing major works of the art. Collection as well as major loans to trace the scope of the movement in post-war American art.

Additionally, this fall, CCS Bard will release the first full publication on the Marieluise Hessel Collection, examining the impact of the collection on CCS Bard students through original writings by CCS alumni including Cecilia Alemani, Ruba Katrib , Sohrab Mohebbi, Serubiri Moses and Gabi. Ngcobo, among many others.


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Berkshire Community College announces Berkshire Culinary Institute

The Pittsfield campus of Berkshire Community College. Photo courtesy of BCC

PITTSFIELD – Berkshire Community College (BCC) announces a major shift in its hospitality and cooking programs with the introduction of the Berkshire Culinary Institute, established over the past year as programs emerge from a hiatus during the pandemic. The Berkshire Culinary Institute is supported by a recent $ 400,000 grant from the Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant Program, which encourages individuals to develop the skills necessary to meet the different hiring needs of Commonwealth employers.

Two Berkshire County businesses, Mill Town and Currency Coffee, have also pledged to support BCC’s new program. Mill Town will employ four interns from BCC for three years, while Currency Coffee has agreed to provide equipment and consulting services.

The capital grant will finance a host of new equipment, which will replace all the equipment in the old educational kitchen and transform it into a specialized bakery. Construction of the college has also started to transform much of the old cafeteria into a new culinary space. This combined footprint will leave room for catering preparation, kitchen labs and classrooms, which will be available to students and the community for events and workshops. Class sizes will be small, with an average of around 15 students per class.

Image courtesy of BCC

“The Berkshire Culinary Institute will provide post-secondary culinary training to complement the online Fast-Track Hospitality & Culinary program and new degree programs,” said Jay Baver, Director of Workforce Development – Hotel. “It will serve as a state-of-the-art facility that will train chefs, cooks, bakers and other food specialists, an industry that is growing at a faster rate in the Berkshires than the national average. . “

Additional program support is provided by Miraval Berkshires Resort & Spa, Canyon Ranch, Hillcrest Educational Centers, Life House, McNinch Restaurant Group and Main Street Hospitality.

A variety of academic options

BCC’s Culinary Program is part of the combined Hospitality and Tourism Management and Culinary Arts Management programs, which offer associate degrees, as well as certifications in Accommodation Management, Culinary Arts Management, and Culinary Arts Management. food and beverage management.

Culinary courses credited for the fall semester 2021 include Culinary Foundations I, Culinary Foundations II, Fundamentals of Cooking, and Cold Food Operations. Hospitality courses include the perspectives of hospitality and tourism; Hotel HR, Law and Ethics; Wine appreciation; and food and beverage management. The next credit-free Fast-Track Hospitality & Culinary program, scheduled to launch in September, will be offered to Spanish speakers who want to learn English and receive professional training in cooking and hospitality.

Career paths highlighted in BCC hospitality and culinary programs include cooks, chefs, event managers, food and beverage managers, front desk supervisors, innkeepers, and general managers .

Financial assistance is available for applicants for hospitality and cooking programs, including grants, scholarships, loans, and co-op programs. To apply, click here.


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Berkshire Agricultural Ventures Distributes Grants To Help Healthy Soils And Climate Change

Northwest Conservation District Executive Director Cynthia Rabinowitz receives a check from Dan Carr of BAV. Photo courtesy of BAV

GREATER BARRINGTON – Berkshire Agricultural Ventures (BAV) recently announced two new grants of $ 5,000 to farmers in Northwest Connecticut.

The Northwest Conservation District (NWCD), part of the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, received a $ 5,000 grant for its Cover Crop Challenge project and workshop to educate farmers on the management and benefits of cover crops. . The BAV grant provides free cover crop seed to participating farmers in Litchfield County. This support also covered the cost of costly pre-project soil analyzes and soil health assessment allowing farmers to understand the health status of their soils and the soil improvement qualities of cover crops.

Dan Carr of BAV with Fort Hill owners Rebecca Batchie and Paul Bucciaglia. Photo courtesy of BAV

BAV Executive Director Glenn Bergman said: “We are very happy to support the work of NWCD to encourage our farmers to use cover crops, as this not only helps protect our local waterways, but creates also organic matter in the soil which helps sequester carbon from our atmosphere. , and naturally improves the farmer’s yields.

Another grant of $ 5,000 was awarded to Fort Hill Farm in New Milford, Connecticut, for the purchase of no-till equipment. A no-till system will increase soil health and marketable crop yield, reduce soil compaction and erosion, and reduce irrigation, compost and labor costs. BAV Outreach and Technical Assistance Coordinator Dan Carr said, “Supporting leading innovative farmers in our region as they adopt climate change mitigation practices such as no-till is the best way to go. one of the highest priorities of BAV. “


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Greylock Offers Free Financial Literacy For Local Classes

PITTSFIELD – Greylock Federal Credit Union reminds families and teachers that Greylock offers free access to Banzai, an online financial literacy program. This cutting-edge program integrates interactive classroom material with professional presentations to develop personal finance skills.

The award-winning online program and content library allow students to learn by doing. All students, teachers and members of Berkshire County, Westfield, Southwick, Granville, Montgomery and Russell, Massachusetts and Columbia County, New York can create a free online account.

With Banzai online courses and free lesson plans, students can practice managing a budget, saving for a goal, and facing unexpected financial pitfalls. Teachers can easily monitor and score student progress remotely. Other resources include articles, calculators, coaching sessions, and personalized in-class recap Zoom sessions with Greylock experts. These tools cover everything from the basics of tax filing to how health insurance works. Teachers can learn more and access these classroom resources here. Members can access the tools directly through the Greylock Community Empowerment Center.


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Salisbury Bank Announces 2021 Graduates of Leadership Development Program

LAKEVILLE, Connecticut. – Salisbury Bank announces five recent graduates of its leadership development program. The program was launched in 2019 to provide banking staff with the opportunity to develop leadership skills designed to enhance their performance and potential. Areas of focus include initiative, collaboration, accountability, effective communication, and strategy.

Recent Graduates of the Leadership Development Program:

  • Kevin Bennett, Vice President, Head of Commercial Loans
  • Stacey Curtis, Vice President, Branch Administrator and Newburgh Branch Manager
  • Kim Downey, CTFA, Vice President, Senior Trustee
  • Megan Gawel, Vice President, Head of Retail Operations and Head of Reg O
  • Amanda Lidstone, CRCM, CAFP, Vice President, Head of Risk Management and Head of Privacy


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