Clark Art First Sunday Free Program

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's First Sundays Free program continues on Sunday, April 7. Offering free admission from 10 am–5 pm, the day also features a series of paper-themed special activities from 1–4 pm, including a tour of the Clark's "Paper Cities" exhibition at 2 pm.
 
According to a press release:
 
Engage with the limitless possibilities of paper in a variety of paper-play activities. Get three-dimensional with a single sheet of paper by making a pop-up book or take on woven paper activities and make a decorative object to take home. At 2 pm, Allison Marino, curatorial assistant for works on paper and curator of Paper Cities, leads a tour of the exhibition, diving deeper into the details of prints and photographs depicting cities. Throughout the afternoon, multidisciplinary artist Sunny Allis welcomes visitors to co-create an immersive, large-scale paper city installation in the lower level of the Clark Center.
 
On view in the Eugene V. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper, located in the Manton Research Center, "Paper Cities" examines representations of cities in works on paper created from the late fifteenth to the early twentieth century. The exhibition asks the following questions: Which cities or sections of cities are these artists presenting? Are they emphasizing specific architectural or social elements, and if so, what motivates these choices? What roles do the cities play in advancing the narratives of the overall artworks?
 
In addition to "Paper Cities," visitors can view the Clark's fifth public spaces installation, "David-Jeremiah: I Drive Thee, in the Clark Center and Manton Research Center. The installation is free and open to the public and represents an overview of and conclusion to the artist's cycle of large circular reliefs, or tondos.
 
Free admission all day. 

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Williamstown Town Meeting Passes Progress Pride Flag Bylaw Amendment

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

Mount Greylock sophomore Jack Uhas addresses town meeting on Thursday as Select Board member Randal Fippinger looks on.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — By a ratio of nearly 2-to-1, town meeting Thursday passed a bylaw amendment to allow the Progress Pride flag to be flown on town flag poles.
 
The most heavily debated article of the 40 that were addressed by the meeting was decided on a vote of 175-90, amending a flag bylaw passed at last year's town meeting.
 
Mount Greylock Regional School sophomore Jack Uhas of the middle-high school's Gender Sexuality Alliance opened the discussion with a brief statement, telling the 295 voters who checked into the meeting that, "to many, the flag is a symbol that, in our town, they belong."
 
The speakers addressing the article fell roughly in line with the ultimate vote, with eight speaking in favor and four against passage.
 
Justin Adkins talked about his experience as, to his knowledge, the only out trans individual in the town of about 7,700 when he moved to Williamstown in 2007.
 
"Most people, when I moved here, had never met a trans person," Adkins said. "Today, that is not the case. Today, many people in this room are free to say who they are.
 
"LGBTQ-plus youth still face a world where their basic being is questioned and legislated. … Flying a flag is, really, the least we can do."
 
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