The Clark Donates Passes to Berkshire Libraries

For Immediate Release

June 22, 2005

As part of its 50th anniversary community outreach, the Clark is donating special passes to over 30 Berkshire public libraries. The family pass gives free admission to 2 adults and their children throughout the year. Just as with a book or video, the pass is checked out of the library by its patrons and returned after its use. The pass includes entry to both the special exhibition and the permanent collection. The passes were offered for several years for a nominal fee, however, research showed that most area libraries were unable to participate due to lack of funds and the program was underutilized. The donated passes will allow all Berkshire libraries to offer this to their patrons, without any impact to their budgets.

“In the spirit of community as we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we are delighted to offer this pass to the county’s libraries,” said Michael Conforti, director of the Clark. “We hope that many families will take advantage of this program, and discover something new and wonderful while visiting the Clark.”

This initiative is in keeping with other community outreach such as the Clark’s school group transportation reimbursement and teacher workshops, and an array of family and education activities including family days, school vacation activity days, new mothers’ gallery talks, after-school enrichments programs, free band concerts on the lawn, and more.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Admission is free through May 31. From June 1 to October 31, admission is $10 (members, students, and 18 and under free). The galleries are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (daily during the months of July and August). For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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