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IS183’s Inaugural Berkshire Arts Educator Award

Fiona Breslin reports from Pittsfield.
In an academic world devoted to testing and sitting at desks, the art room is and always has been a haven for students. We are lucky that the RI region values creativity, and to acknowledge all K-12 arts educators in Berkshire County, IS183, art school of the Berkshires, hosted its first ever Arts Educator Award and Art Educator Reception, Thursday, April 25, at The Colonial Threatre. More than 200 teachers were nominated by the community for the award, 20 were selected by a panel of judges, and in the end, it was my own former art teacher, Krista Kennedy, of the memorable room K01 at Monument Mountain Regional High School who received the first annual Berkshire Arts Educator of the Year award. Kennedy (above with fellow Monument teacher and nominee Linnea Mace) started teaching at Monument when she brought her art portfolio to the interview rather than a curriculum. This was exactly what the school wanted, and Kennedy has fostered creativity there ever since. “We live in a time where the school culture is about testing and creativity is not well thought upon,” said Kennedy in her thank you speech. “This is a really important time for us to push problem solving and creativity, that’s our job as art teachers.”



Hoosac Vally’s Alexa Bermudez with Elizabeth Kick; IS183’s Cecilia Hirsch and Amy Butterworth.


IS183 executive director Hope Sullivan and Megan Whilden, panel member and director of cultural development, city of Pittsfield; Judith Pomerantz, Katie Malone Smith, and Clinton Smith.


Award nominee Michael Vincent Bushy with art teacher Mary Beth Eldridge, award nominee Barbara Patton, and award nominee Lisa Ostellino.



Valerie Zantay, Lynda Mulvey, and Tyler Malik; Neel Webber, award nominee and art department supervisor at Monument Mountain, Krista Kennedy, and award nominee Linnea Mace.

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