For Immediate Release
August 19, 2022


Williamstown, Massachusetts—As a part of Banned Books Week, the Clark Art Institute hosts a special presentation on Saturday, September 17, bringing stories of underrepresented groups and civil rights leaders to light. The talk takes place in the Clark’s auditorium at 2 pm.

Created in response to growing challenges raised against certain books in schools and other institutions, Banned Books Week honors the freedom to read, access information, and express ideas. Spotlighting the lived experiences of marginalized groups and civil rights leaders, the conversation features stories that are rarely taught in schools. Yet, these stories hold an important place in the history of our nation and the world. This event is presented in connection with WAM Theatre’s upcoming production of Cadillac Crew, and complements related local talks held at the Berkshire Athenaeum and the Stockbridge Library Museum and Archives.

Free, but capacity is limited. For more information and to register, visit

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 285,000 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. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday, from September through June, and daily in July and August. Advance tickets are strongly recommended. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, all visitors age 21 and under, and students with a valid student ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; and EBT Card to Culture. For information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303. 

Use of facemasks is optional for all visitors. For details on health and safety protocols, visit

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