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Ben Mancino's 'Blue Rush' is one piece of blue artwork that will be on display throughout the month of April, which is Autism Awareness Month.

Downtown Pittsfield Inc. to Present Blue Art Show in Honor of Autism Awareness Month

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield Inc. will host an exhibit of blue or mostly blue artworks in honor of Autism Awareness Month at the Downtown Pittsfield Inc. offices at 33 Dunham Mall in April.

An opening reception for Blue Art Show will be held on Friday, April 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. during First Fridays Artswalk, and the show will remain on view through April 26.

Twenty-one local artists will be represented in Blue Art Show, including Irene Collias, Tiffany Delmolino, Mary Beth Eldridge, Susan Geller, Katherine Haig, Anadelia Hart, Michelle Iglesias, Caroline Kelley, Christina Kelly, Henry Kleine, Ben Mancino, Dorothy Martell, Julie Morgan, Don Orcutt, Carolina Perrone, Alicia M. Sicotte, Karen Jo Sicotte, Sally Tiska Rice, Julian Rocca, Joan Rooks and Stephanie VanBramer.



The art show is part of "Go Blue" programming being planned for April by The Autism Collaborative of Berkshire County. Other events include a resource fair, conference and rally. For more Autism Awareness Month programming, visit the website. The goal of the Berkshire County campaign is to heighten awareness of services available to individuals and families impacted by autism and to educate, celebrate, and empower those with autism.

The local "Go Blue" campaign is a joint effort of agencies who are part of the Autism Collaborative of Berkshire County. The Autism Collaborative of Berkshire County is a group of local autism service providers and agencies working together to educate, advocate and raise awareness of the services available in our community to families.

 


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