Marney Schorr
Teaching Artist & Art Therapist


May 6, 2016 Family Art Show & Silent Auction

In January 2016, with the support of the Pittsfield Cultural Council, Art Therapist, Marney Schorr and The Christian Center began a free weekly expressive arts program for underserved families in Pittsfield. The Family Art Therapy Project gives families a reprieve from difficult conditions and a safe place to engage in quality art-making, family building skills and cross-participation with the arts scene of the Berkshires.

In the Fall of 2015, Marney Schorr met with Ellen Merritt, Director of the Christian Center to begin a collaboration of private local artists, businesses who participate in Cultural Pittsfield's Arts Walk and their non-profit - the oldest human services organization in the Berkshires. The program makes use of the arts to combat the daily stressors of homelessness and hunger amongst families in our community.

On Friday, May 6, 2016, the participating families pair with local artists to present their FAMILY ART SHOW & SILENT AUCTION at the Whitney Center for the Arts during First Fridays Arts Walk. The reception is from 5-8 pm and is followed by a family-friendly after party with live music. This event is open to the public, is free and family-friendly.

The Family Art Show offers original art for sale made by local families - these include abstract 'feelings' paintings on canvas, a community animal house assemblage, and a mixed media neighborhood triptych mural. The Silent Auction features family-themed paintings by artists Ellen Joffe-Halpern, Claudia Shuster, Sally Tiska Rice and Scott Harrington. Also showing at in the Colt Gallery of The Whitney, is the Berkshire United Way's Youth Expo, raising awareness about Teen Pregnancy.

Proceeds of the Silent Auction benefit the Christian Center, and their ongoing mission to "uplift the community by empowering individuals with dignity, nourishment, and hope."

For more information about contact Marney Schorr, Art Therapist at (631) 697-8291; [email protected];

For information about the Christian Center, contact Director, Ellen Merritt at (413) 443-2828;



MARCH 24 - APRIL 28, 2016


Didn't get a chance to participate yet in the family art therapy project at The Christian Center? That's okay. Come on down.

We are accepting families for Series Two - starting THURSDAY MARCH 24th, 2016.

Bring your family to the wonderful experience of arts enrichment. This is a FREE community program designed to enhance family engagement and increase access to the arts here in the Berkshires.

No experience is necessary. Just call and sign up at The Christian Center at 413- 443-2828 or drop by at 193 Robbins Ave (corner of Linden) in Pittsfield.

For more information or to be a cultural partner of the family therapy project, contact Marney Schorr, Art Therapist at (631) 697-8291. 


JANUARY 7 - MARCH 3, 2016

THURSDAYS FROM 4-6 PM at The Christian Center

During this six week family art therapy series at the Christian Center, Pittsfield families come together to engage in art-making, sharing and discussion, and preparation for their first art show in Downtown Pittsfield. 

Paint blot parts of me, Animal families with air-dry clay, and the Self-portrait switch are just a few of the family centered themes we are exploring this winter. 

Also joining us is renown photographer and arts education specialist, Sahsa Sicurella, from the I AM International Foundation, a non-profit organization that works world-wide to provide opportunities for people of all ages to explore identity through art and self-portrait photography. 

Stay tuned for details of our first-

FAMILY EXPRESSIONS Art show & Reception to be held

Friday, March 4, 2016 from 5-7 pm

at the Kinderhook Group in Crawford Square, at 137 North St, Pittsfield

We hope you will come out and celebrate Pittsfield Families!

Special thanks to Ellen Merritt and all the volunteers at the Christian Center, Pittsfield Cultural Council and Marnie Garzone at Kinderhook.

the family art therapy project

January - May 2016

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