Walkin’ with Lift Ev’ry Voice at The Mount

Lift Ev’ry Voice and The Mount in Lenox are inviting Berkshire County performers to respond to sculptures this summer! SculptureNow is an exhibition of 30 sculptures spread along the trails and pathways of the beautiful grounds at The Mount. We are looking for performers across all disciplines to develop responses and help animate the space.

Walkin’ with Lift Ev’ry Voice
Sunday August 20, 3pm

The Mount
2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA
Admission Free

Responses are intended to be short site specific works between 2-5 minutes maximum in length and repeatable during the afternoon. The public will witness your work while on a guided walk. All sculptures are outside and featured in wonderful settings that also invite response. We encourage musicians, dancers, poets, storytellers and comics to share work with the community!

We encourage you to visit The Mount and explore the exhibition and to that end, The Mount will host a free intro to sculpture session on Sunday July 16 from 1:30-3:30pm. Or if you prefer, the grounds are also open daily after 5pm for free.

The deadline to sign up is August 5.

Sign up online or you may contact Marla Robertson and /or William Yehle at liftevryvoice@gmail.com.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Your work will need to be self contained – ie there will be no sound system, stage, electricity or wi-fi
  • Your work should be weather resistant – this is an all weather event (with the exception of heavy rain or lighting)
  • Your work should be 2-5 minutes in length and able to be repeated multiple times as groups cycle through the walk

Workshop with Carl Hancock Rux

Join us for an exploration of Nick Cave’s massive installation UNTIL followed by a workshop with Carl Hancock Rux. Mr Rux is a poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, actor, director and singer/ songwriter who has collaborated with  Nona Hendryx, Toshi Reagon, Bill T. Jones, Ronald K. Brown, Nick Cave, Anne Bogart, Robert Wilson, Kenny Leon, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jonathan Demme, Stanley Nelson Jr., Carrie Mae Weems, Glenn Ligon and others.

The workshop is FREE and open to anyone 13 and older, however parents are advised that the content and discussions may touch on difficult issues.

Preregistration is required.

Lift Ev’ry Voice 2017


The Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival celebrating African-American heritage and culture in the Berkshires returns for the summer of 2017!

Local cultural and community organizations – including libraries, historical societies, arts organizations, galleries, museums and educational institutions – are invited to contact us about partnering and presenting talks, screenings, performances, exhibits and more!

Founded in 2011, the Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival is a biennial, summer-long celebration of African-American Culture & Heritage in the Berkshires. The festival celebrates the rich traditions of the African-American community, arts and culture, history and heritage, while acknowledging the larger global context in which this community exists. Rather than a site-specific series of events presented by a single organization, Lift Ev’ry Voice is an umbrella under which a wide range of events, exhibitions, forums and celebrations are gathered to create a rich tapestry across Berkshire County. We welcome organizations and institutions, from anywhere in the county, to contribute events and exhibitions that resonate with the spirit of the festival. Past partners who we are looking forward to working with again for 2017 include Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Mass MoCA, the Mount (Edith Wharton) and the Berkshire Chapter of the NAACP.