Yo-Yo Ma Day of Action Unites Pittsfield Community
Pittsfield welcomed Yo-Yo Ma during his Day of Action on August 10, 2019 at the Common. During the day of action, organizations from around Pittsfield and beyond constructed tables. The 36 tables were then donated to these organizations: Berkshire Athenaeum; Berkshire Dream Center; Berkshire Museum; Barrington Stage Company; Berkshire Theatre Group; Berkshire United Way; the Christian Center; Community Health Programs; Construct Berkshires; Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity; Darrow School; Lichtenstein Center for the Arts; MCLA; Milltown Capital; Multicultural BRIDGE; Roots Rising; Soldier On; Tyler Street Lab; West Stockbridge Historical Society and Zion Lutheran Church.
The world-renowned cellist and part-time Berkshire resident hosted the Day of Action on the Common in Pittsfield as part of his ongoing Bach Project tour. Pittsfield was approximately half way through Ma’s world-wide journey. The event gathered local leaders and organizations to build 36 wooden tables and 12 murals while discussing the concept of a resilient community. The tables and murals are all inscribed with messages from the public finishing the prompt, “The Berkshires Make…” Blue Q led the mural making and they were then distributed to Blue Q; Lee Bank in Pittsifeld; General Dynamics and Milltown Capital.