Press Release Contact:
Lisa M. Marchi, Director of Development & Communications
Berkshire South Regional Community Center

Massachusetts Cultural Council awards Berkshire South Regional Community Center with grant for community singing

Great Barrington, MA – Berkshire South Regional Community Center is honored to receive a total of $525 from the local Cultural Councils of Great Barrington, New Marlborough, Sheffield and Alford-Egremont via the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The award is for the Community Center’s choral group, Berkshire Sings! For nearly two years now, Berkshire Sings! has been spreading the joy of music in southern Berkshire County. Because of funding like this, Berkshire Sings! is offered free and open to the public. With instruction by local musician Rob Kelly, participants of all ages and abilities learn folk songs, jazz standards and show tunes. Berkshire Sings! has performed at community events such as the GB Fairgrounds Cleanup Day, Kimball Farms, the Mason Library, the Community Thanks Supper, and the Berkshire South Gala.

In June 2014, Berkshire Sings! joined with Berkshire Ukulele Band for the first-ever Cultural Concert fundraiser at Berkshire South. The event was a sold out performance. The funds raised provide the Community Center the ability for adult and youth cultural enrichment programs to remain available to all.

The goal of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. In coordination with Local Cultural Councils in communities across the state, MCC supports programs promoting excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences.

As a group, Berkshire Sings! meets every Wednesday evening from 6:45-8:15 p.m. at Berkshire South Regional Community Center. There are no auditions and no prior musical training is required – only the desire to sing. Come out and sing with us!

The mission of Berkshire South Regional Community Center is to build a sense of community and common purpose throughout the region, and to enhance the recreational, educational, cultural, health and social well-being of the residents of the Southern Berkshires. Berkshire South is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization open to all, regardless of ability to pay. For more information, please call (413) 528-2810 or go to