AIRY GROUP CALENDAR
MARCH – JUNE 2020 AIRY SPRING SEASON
– Teen Group (ages 13-17) – Fridays 3:30-5:30 pm
– Young Adult Group (ages 18-26) – Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 pm
-Step Up Group (for returning members) – Mondays 5-7 pm
-Digital Art Group (no referral required) – Tuesdays 5:30-7:30 pm
AIRY Groups are for youth who need a safe place to connect and recover from suicidal thoughts using art, skills and peer support. There are six spaces available in each group. Groups engage in expressive arts including acrylic and watercolor painting, clay, collage, assemblage, mixed media, digital art, film, fiber arts, expressive writing and journaling, poetry and more. Skills are learned such as staying safe, self soothing with mindfulness, managing emotions, problem solving, interpersonal skills and navigating transitions.
There is no cost to families to attend the AIRY program, however all participants must have a completed referral form from their therapist and an individual appointment prior to group start.
The above groups meet at NUarts at 21 Union St, downtown Pittsfield MA and by telehealth. To register, please make an appointment prior to group start.
See our What’s Trending: AIRY Happenings Page for more specific details about these events:
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2020, 2-4 pm “LOVE YOURSELF” at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield
AIRY and Berkshire Theatre Group present a community awareness event and art show for youth suicide prevention. Art, music, dance, poetry, speakers, food and more. Free.
FALL 2019 EVENTS
THURS, NOV 14, 2-3 pm – Arts in Recovery Symposium at Berkshire Community College
FRI, NOV 1, 5-7 pm – Celebrating Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield
SAT, OCT 5, 12-4 pm – Finding Our Light: Commemorative Art Show & Community Mural Making, Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield
FRI SEPT 6, 5-8 pm – War Heroes, an art show by AIRY member Aidan Spaniol at NUarts Studios & Gallery, 311 North St, Pittsfield
MONTH OF SEPTEMBER – Elemental AIRY group art show at Common Folk, 73 Main St, North Adams
SAT, SEPT 14, 1-7 pm – Carpe Diem Outdoor Music & Arts Festival in support of youth suicide prevention – Adams Agricultural Fairgrounds
SPRING/SUMMER 2019 EVENTS
FRI, MAY 10, 2019, 6 pm -VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! All ages welcome. AIRY Volunteer Meeting at NUarts, 21 Union St, downtown Pittsfield
SAT MAY 4, 11-3 pm, AIRY Day Trip, Hudson Valley Sheep and Wool, Red Hook, NY
FRI, MAY 3, 5-8 pm, ARTSWEEK AT NUARTS, during FFAW
SAT, APRIL 13, 2 pm, Anti-Bullying Group Meeting, Pittsfield Library
SUN, APRIL 14, 10 am, AIRY FILM SCREENING at Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield.
APRIL 5, 2019, 5-8 pm
Myth and Nature, solo exhibition of AIRY member, Rachael Bentz at Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield. 5-8 pm during First Fridays Artswalk.
APRIL 5, 2019
Fostering Resilience and Connection. Berkshire County Suicide Prevention Conference, Crowne Plaza, Pittsfield. AIRY presentation co-facilitated by AIRY MCLA Interns Hunter Schrade and Kiara Bresett. For more info, see our For Professionals Page.
FEBRUARY 10, 2019
“Love Yourself” at the Colonial Theatre Sunday Feb 10, from 2-5 pm, featuring AIRY art show and sale to benefit youth suicide prevention, dance, music, poetry and film, speakers and more. Free and open to all. See our Trending page for more details.
DECEMBER 7, 2018
NUarts Holiday Celebration
AIRY and the community created holiday works of art with fabric weaves and cookie painting. For pics, visit NUarts at https://nuartsgallery.com/2018/12/02/nuarts-holiday-show-sale/.
OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER EVENTS IN BERKSHIRE COUNTY
At the Whitney Center for the Arts:
Fri, Oct 5th, “Hope is a Four Letter Word”, 5-8 pm (AIRY countywide art show)
Sat, Oct 6th, Poetry Slam and Open Mic! Hosted by Caz and company, all are welcome.
At Unitarian Universalist Church (Pittsfield):
Fri, Nov 2, “Messages of Hope” opening reception, 5-8 pm (selected works by Marney Schorr and AIRY youth artists).
Sun, Nov 4, Community Artist Talk with Marney Schorr, 10 am during Sunday service (coffee and conversation at 9:30 am). Marney will share stories of hope and healing in the AIRY program and lead a community talk about solving youth suicide through faith and action.
Read below for more info and see our Trending Page in the Menu.
ON VIEW SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER
“Hope is a Four Letter Word”
AIRY countywide art show featuring 22 young artists, paintings, masks, sculpture and written word. Works range from $5 to $250 and proceeds go to youth artists.
For viewing hours, contact:
Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave, Pittsfield MA
MON SEPT 17, 6-8 pm
“Talk Saves Lives” and AIRY Parent Info Session at Bushnell-Sage Library, 48 Main St, Sheffield MA. http://www.bushnellsagelibrary.org
Details: Talk Saves Lives is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide. Attendees will learn the risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it. Find out more at: https://afsp.org/our-work/education/talk-saves-lives-introduction-suicide-prevention/
SUN SEPT 23, 1-7 pm
“Carpe Diem: Commemorating Life through Art & Music” at Adams Agricultural Fairgrounds, Adams MA.
Come out and enjoy a showcase of art, art-making, musicians and bands to raise money and awareness about suicide prevention. Artmaking: Altered Dollheads with AIRY. Music: Hill Haints, Leap The Dips, Pavlov’s Dogs, Immune Friction, Melissa Brinton Performing Musician & Sam Rosen, Forever Autumn, Grace Ida Marks and more. Artists include Katie Haig, the Funky Phoenix, NUarts Gallery & Studios and many more.
$10 Advanced / $15 at the door
$25 AIRY Supporter,$50 AIRY Angel. Get tickets here: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/15844
SAT SEPT 29, 9 am
“Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention” at Monument Mountain High School, Great Barrington MA
For more info, visit: https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=5611