May 7, 2018

Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute, in conjunction with Pastor Mark Longhurst of the First Congregational Church of Williamstown, presents a free story slam on Friday, June 22 at 7 pm. The event will be held outdoors on the Clark’s Fernández Terrace and is open to the public. No reservations are required.

The story slam is held in celebration of the Clark's summer exhibition, Women Artists in Paris: 1850–1900, on view June 9–September 3, 2018. Works by women artists who came to the nineteenth-century capital of the art world to paint and study, despite restrictive constraints that banned them from entering the École des Beaux-Arts, inspire the theme of the story slam: women’s work. Members of the Williamstown community and beyond are invited to hear and tell stories about inspiring or pioneering women.

On the evening of the event, names of people interested in sharing stories are chosen at random, and those selected are invited to tell a five-minute story. A panel of judges provides feedback, and prizes are awarded. Light refreshments are available for purchase.


The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; Bank of America Museums on Us; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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