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PRESS RELEASE- Cultural Mainstay Receives Program Support: Downing & Pignatelli Laud $8,100 Grant to Berkshire Museum's Little Cinema
January 07, 2008

Pittsfield- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) and State Representative William “Smitty” Pignatelli (D-Lenox) announce an $8,100 grant through the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities for the Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema “Film Feast” events.


Senator Downing said, “The Berkshire Museum has long been an anchor to Pittsfield’s cultural community.  They provide creative programming that attracts visitors from near and far and their Film Feast events are fine examples of their collaborative spirit, as they partner with local restaurants to strengthen the tourist economy.  I applaud the Foundation for choosing this worthy project for their support.”


These funds will support the Museum’s Little Cinema extended run into the off-season with four additional Film Feast events, each of which partners the Museum with a local restaurant.  The next Film Feast event will be held Sunday, February 3rd featuring the Stanley Tucci film Big Night and insights from food historian Francine Segan at Berkshire Community College’s Koussevitzky Hall, followed by a gourmet Italian meal at Trattoria Rustica on McKay Street in Pittsfield.  For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Berkshire Museum at (413) 443-7171 or visit them online at


“The Berkshire Museum is again reinventing itself through this new program.  Kudos to the Foundation for recognizing this and granting this to them,” stated Pignatelli.


Stuart A. Chase, executive director of the Berkshire Museum said, “It is gratifying to know that the State of Massachusetts and the Berkshire delegation in particular recognize the importance of the humanities by helping to fund programs like the new Film Feasts at the Berkshire Museum.  Not only will we be able to present these film programs outside of our regular Little Cinema season, but by partnering with several of the wonderful restaurants in Pittsfield and noted food writes and experts, we will enhance the movie experience, making new connections among film, food, and diverse cultures.”


Funding for this program is made possible in part by a partnership between Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  A total of $96,421 has been approved to be dispersed among 14 projects across the Commonwealth during this grant round. 




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