Clark Art Free Summer Hours, Transport, Events

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Summer 2024 at the Clark Art Institute brings new opportunities to discover some of its special exhibitions, opportunities to visit for free, a host of free events and activities, and free bus transportation between Williamstown and North Adams.

Free Evening Hours
The Clark is adding extended evening hours and free admission on select dates this summer. Beginning June 19, the Clark offers free admission from 5 to 9 pm on Wednesdays through Sept. 25, 2024. Visitors can enjoy free evening access to two of its special exhibitions, "Guillaume Lethière" and "Fragile Beauty: Treasures from the Corning Museum of Glass." The Museum Store is stocked with new merchandise and will be open during the evening hours. Food service will also be available on Wednesday evenings.

Free Bus Service
Through a special arrangement, Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) and the Clark have partnered to offer extended bus service on BRTA's popular Route 3 line that runs between Williamstown and North Adams. On Wednesday evenings from June 19 through Sept.  25, bus service departing from the Clark to North Adams will be extended, with the last bus leaving at 9:05 pm. Bus service departing from the Clark at 7:45 or later is free of charge. Connecting bus service in North Adams runs until 10:30 pm.

Support for the free bus fare is provided by Adams Community Bank and Allen & Company.

Free Admission Days
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Tadao Ando-designed Clark Center and the grand reopening of the Clark following its campus expansion program, the Clark offers free admission for all on July 4. The Clark is open from 10 am to 5 pm on Independence Day.

On July 14, the Clark's Community Day program offers another opportunity to enjoy free admission for all. The Clark's galleries are open from 10 am to 5 pm. A full slate of special activities is planned from 11 am to 4 pm. Visitors can learn about glass, printmaking, and collage through art-making activities geared to all ages. Live figure-drawing sessions will happen throughout the day, along with live music performances, and fun surprises for all ages! A wide variety of food service offerings from the Clark's Café 7 and other local vendors will be available throughout the day. This event happens rain or shine.


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SVMC Recognized for Excellence in Emergency Nursing

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Kendall Emergency Department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has been selected as a recipient of the Emergency Nurses Association's 2024 Lantern Award for demonstrating excellence in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research performance.
The Lantern Award showcases emergency department's (ED) accomplishments in incorporating evidence-based practice and innovation into emergency care. As part of the application, EDs are encouraged to share stories that highlight a commitment to patient care, in addition to the well-being of nursing staff. The award serves as a visible symbol of a commitment to quality, safety and a healthy work environment.
"Being on the front lines of patient care in our community comes with unique challenges and triumphs," said Pamela Duchene, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at SVMC. "For our ED team to be recognized among just 94 departments, nationwide, demonstrates the level of excellence and commitment that has been fostered here."
The Kendall Emergency Department at SVMC is also the first ED in Vermont to receive the award.
"This honor highlights the collaborative decision-making and shared governance within our ED," said Jill Maynard, director of emergency nursing at SVMC. "This leadership model is a key attribute of our success, giving our team the tools and support they need to provide skilled and compassionate care to our patients."
In addition to influencing care within the organization, SVMC emergency staff are empowered to be leaders beyond the health system, impacting nurses and other health-care providers throughout the state and country. In the last three years, SVMC's ED nurses have presented at local, regional and national conferences on topics including cultural humility, harm reduction, design considerations for emergency psychiatric care, and orientation strategies for new emergency registered nurses.
SVMC President and CEO Thomas A. Dee congratulated the ED team on receiving the 2024-2027 Lantern Award, and noted that this honor is all the more impressive for being earned during a multiphase renovation of the ED space, part of the VISION 2020: A Decade of Transformation capital campaign.
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