February 15, 2019
Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Clark Art Institute’s “First Sundays Free” program, which offers free admission on the first Sunday of the month from October–­May, continues on March 3 with a special program dedicated to hearth and home. Admission to the galleries is free all day, and all activities are free.
From 11 am–3 pm in the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper, a special pop-up display features fifteen prints and drawings, each paired with an audio clip—instrumental music, sound effects, ambient sounds, or poetry. By exploring the relationship between audio and visual components, visitors can consider how sound might deepen the experience of looking. Participants should use their own smartphones to stream audio. Headphones are available to borrow.
From 1–4 pm, spend the afternoon celebrating all things cozy in the spirit of the Danish concept of hygge and other heartwarming traditions from around the world. Settle in by the digital hearth in the Michael Conforti Pavilion to write warm notes to friends and family, make your own cocoa blend to enjoy on a frosty day, and create a weaving project that’s soft to the touch. At a special station in the lower level of the Clark Center, watch local fiber artists at work at their looms and enjoy live music that's good for the soul.
First Sundays Free is supported by funding from the officers and employees of Allen & Company, Inc.


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 275,000 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; open daily in July and August. 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; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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