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Spring 2017 – The Williams Club Celebrates the Arts!
Tuesday, May 2: Williamstown-North Adams, The Massachusetts Cultural Corridor, & the Extreme Beautification Of North Adams
- 1 Governor of Massachusetts: William Weld
- 1 Mayor of North Adams: Richard Alcombright
- 1 Economist: Stephen Sheppard, Class of 2012 Professor of Economics at Williams College
- 1 Health Care Specialist: Dr. Gray Ellrodt, Chief of Medicine, Berkshire Health Systems, and
- 1 Museum Director: Thomas Krens, Director Emeritus of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and founder of MASS MoCA
Building on the foundation of the major cultural institutions already in place in Northern Berkshire County– the Clark Art Institute, the Williamstown Theater Festival, MASS MoCA and the Williams College Museum of Art– Mr. Krens will outline current plans for the creation of five new, world-class museums in North Adams; the revitalization of downtown with a luxury hotel, spa and wellness center; the creation of a Central Park or Commons on Main Street; the renovation of the Mohawk Theater; the revitalization of the Hoosic River; and plans and projections for the immediate and radical economic transformation of the city. The architectural triumvirate designing the 12 components of the current initiative is comprised of Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, and Richard Gluckman.
Following the summary presentation by Mr. Krens, Governor Weld, Mayor Alcombright, Dr. Ellrodt, Professor Sheppard, and Mr. Krens will discuss the factors that have contributed to the current state of planning; the respective roles of the public and private sectors in the process of creating new institutions; and the likelihood and timing of the economic, social and cultural benefits that could result.
Wednesday, May 3: A Marvelous Order: Robert Moses/Jane Jacobs-inspired opera
A MARVELOUS ORDER is a multimedia opera about the battle between Robert Moses. the Master Builder, and Jane Jacobs, the revolutionary critic turned activist, over the fate of New York City. Join members of the creative team for a discussion about the work: why opera? how did the collaboration come together? and why this story now? They will share video and discuss excerpts of the work-in-progress production that took place this past March at the ’62 Center for Theater and Dance at Williams.
Dubbed “highly anticipated” by Alex Ross, lead music critic at The New Yorker, the creative team is composed of Williams & Princeton grads.
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