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Parties & Openings

July 7 – Rhinebeck
Wilderstein Summer Party

July 6 – Stockbridge
Multicultural BRIDGE Gala

July 2 – Williamstown
Dance We Must Opening

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Looking Back On A Decade Of Multicultural BRIDGE

Amy Krzanik reports from Stockbridge. In a nation that seems more divided than ever, there are those who don’t just talk about the need for social justice, inclusion and community connections, but walk the walk. Gwendolyn VanSant and the Berkshire County nonprofit organization she co-founded, Multicultural BRIDGE, do the hard work every day, and have been for doing it for a decade. The group celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday, July 6 on the grounds of Naumkeag in Stockbridge, Mass. BRIDGE, which stands for Berkshire Resources for Integration of Diverse Groups through Education, leads cultural competence programming in schools and institutions to promote equity and to educate on systemic racism and cultural barriers. [Above, Gwendolyn VanSant and gala co-chair, John Bissell, president and CEO of Greylock Federal Credit Union.]

Rev. Sheila Sholes-Ross, Kathleen McCallum and musician Rodney Mashia; Former Pittsfield High School Principal Tracey Benson, who spoke at the event, with Devyn Benson.

Aleta Moncecchi, Bryan House and Deb Leonczyk, all from Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC); Bob Voss, Al Blake and Cheryl Rose.

BRIDGE co-founders Gwendolyn VanSant and Marthe Bourdon with staff member Stephanie Wright; Susan Witt, Dan Neilson, Sara Mugridge and Eden-Renee Hayes.

Youth Alive performers pose with Gwendolyn VanSant and Mass. State Representative Smitty Pignatelli.

Tessa Climo, Maya Hampton VanSant, Julien Melendez and Briggin Scharf; Mass. State Senator Adam Hinds, Ty Allan Jackson, John Bissell and Mass. State Representative Smitty Pignatelli

Jean-Remy Monnay and Kristen van Ginhoven; Courtney Kimball, Michael D. Andelman, Eugenie Sills and Liana Toscanini.


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