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1 1 OLLI and Your Community, Partnering for Growth October 13, 2009 Barbara Hochberg, Executive Director Howard Arkans, President

2 2 In addition to Berkshire Community College, OLLI at BCC maintains Educational Partnerships with three other colleges within Berkshire County, Massachusetts: Williams College, Bard College at Simon’s Rock and the MA College of Liberal Arts OLLI at BCC also has Cultural Partnerships with twenty eight (28) Berkshire area organizations which include museums, theaters, historical societies, musical societies and several world renown institutions for art, music and dance. Partnership Programs

3 3 OLLI at BCC’s Educational Partners Bard College at Simon’s Rock Williams College Mass College of Liberal Arts Berkshire Community College 3 BCC South County Center

4 4 Williams College Science Quad OLLI Class: Chemistry of Drugs Performing Arts Center Williams Art Museum

5 5 Basics of the Educational Partners Program OLLI does not pay instructors; their participation is voluntary and a contribution of time and talent Partner institutions provide free use of the college classrooms, lecture halls and laboratories Since 1995 (OLLI at BCC was formerly the Berkshire Institute for Lifetime Learning) 172 members of the Williams faculty have taught for us individually or in teams Bard College at Simon’s Rock is an “early” college accepting students after their second year in high school; faculty from Bard enjoy our mature, questioning and experienced students MA College of Liberal Arts, our newest partner, is taking the first steps to integrate OLLI into the faculty perspective 5

6 6 Bard College at Simon’s Rock Lecture Center OLLI Class in progress at the Lecture Center Professor Bergman’s Quantum Mechanics Class

7 77 Developing OLLI Classes and Recruiting Instructors OLLI at BCC Director has a college liaison on each campus Curriculum Committee Chairs develop relationships with corresponding academic departments on each campus Director and Board President make courtesy call to college Presidents College officials write memos to faculty stating college’s support of OLLI and urging cooperation when faculty are approached by OLLI Emeriti faculty are also a great source of instructors New faculty members are often eager to contribute Curriculum committee members sometimes take perspective instructors out to lunch to discuss possible classes

8 8 Video Conferenced Classes

9 9 Extending Partnerships through Video Conferencing We link geographic locations and Partner institutions through our video conferencing program Classes can originate in northern Berkshire County, for instance at MCLA, and be attended in real time in south county at BCC’s South County Center We are pioneering this effort in our area; and as more institutions acquire compatible equipment we will expand In our Fall 2009 Semester we have 37 registered for our course A Look at America’s Birth, 1775 to 1788 in central county and 20 registered for the course in south county 9

10 10 OLLI Contributions to Educational Partners 89% of OLLI at BCC’s 955 members have connection with the OLLI Office If they choose to be on the distribution list, OLLI members receive notification of events on partner campuses OLLI members attend these events in large numbers providing a full audience for distinguished speakers and other events hosted by the colleges We host an annual Faculty Appreciation Dinner for faculty who teach for us We give faculty a free Flex Pass that entitles them to attend six OLLI class sessions of their choosing 10

11 11 OLLI at BCC members receive flyers for open lectures and concerts at our Educational Partners. Flyer from Simon’s Rock Flyer from BCC Flyer from MCLA

12 12 Annual Faculty Appreciation Dinners

13 13 Museums : Bennington Museum Berkshire Museum Hancock Shaker Village MASS MoCA Norman Rockwell Museum Sterling & Francine Clark Art Museum Williams College Museum of Art Chesterwood Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio Theaters : Barrington Stage Company Berkshire Theatre Festival Chester Theatre Company Oldcastle Theatre Company Shakespeare & Company The Colonial Theatre Musical Societies : Aston Magna Festival Close Encounters with Music Pre-concert Lectures for the Tanglewood Season Tanglewood The Berkshire Bach Society Arts Organizations : Bennington Center for the Arts Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Spencertown Academy Arts Center Community Organizations : Berkshire South Regional Com. Center Canyon Ranch Images Cinema Triplex Cinema Cultural Partners

14 14 Cultural Partners Contributions to OLLI Volunteer faculty for Arts, Music, Theatre, Literature courses Donated venues and facilities for classes Discounts to performances for OLLI members (see Discount Card) Projection of OLLI advertising slides before showings of films at member movie theaters Distribution of our semester catalogs at their venues Provision of Lunch and Meet facilities for members between classes 14

15 15 The Clark Art Institute – Venues (auditorium, galleries) Staff as Faculty and Lunch and Meet OLLI members at lunch Main Galleries, Library, Auditorium and Cafe Before class – Clark auditorium Original gallery OLLI members at The Clark Cafe

16 16 Tanglewood -- Boston Symphony Orchestra Home in the Berkshires – Venues and Free Concert Tickets for Members Ozawa Hall James Levine Sunday Afternoon at the Shed

17 17 Hancock Shaker Village - Venues, Staff as Faculty and Lunch and Meet Photo of OLLI class Shaker Round Barn OLLI Class – Shakespeare Shaker Water-Powered Factory

18 18 Norman Rockwell Museum – Venues, Staff as Faculty

19 19 Berkshire Museum Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Colonial Theater – Pittsfield, MA OLLI at BCC Cultural Partners

20 20 Example of CP Theater Slide

21 OLLI Contributions to Cultural Partners notification of Partner’s performances and events Publication of Cultural Partners list on all OLLI at BCC Catalogs Publication of Cultural Partners in the OLLI at BCC Newsletter Postal mailings of special program brochures or season events brochures to members Classes held at Cultural Partner locations bring members into the buildings where they often stay and pay admission to galleries 21

22 22 Examples of Cultural Partner’s Notifications Flyer from Berkshire Museum

23 Cultural Partner Program Added Benefits to OLLI at Berkshire Community College Identity apart from the college, OLLI is recognized as a community with its own structure and leadership Opportunities for our Cultural Partners to reach our members directly Opportunities to provide classes in unique settings including the seldom seen Print Room at The Clark, and backstage and onstage at various theaters Invitations to participate in cultural programming discussions throughout the area Relationships that also benefit our Special Events and Distinguished Speaker Series 23

24 Opportunities for Less Formal Partnerships Local non-profit organizations often receive educational grants to inform the community of their mission Partnering with them can produce unusual and exciting class possibilities OLLI at BCC Curriculum Council and Arts, Literature, Science and Social Science Curriculum Committee members are often also involved with these groups and seek such opportunities These classes help both OLLI and the non-profit fulfill their missions A major partnership for OLLI at BCC is with 3 local community cable access TV stations - we have received valuable volunteer training and the opportunity to air our classes to our members and the general public 24

25 Examples of Non-profit Organization Classrooms 25

26 26 FIN


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