Alchemy Initiative is so excited to finally be collaborating with WAM Theatre!  As part of the 2nd annual 10×10 Upstreet Art Festival, we will present 10x10on10, a multi-media theater and visual art exhibition exploring women’s lives and inspiration throughout life’s decades. Y Bar plays host to our event from February 16 -24, with six performances and opening and closing art receptions.

Playing around with the idea that some of our biggest inspirations continue through the decades, while others change dramatically, we invited girls and women to reflect on the question:

‘What are the 10 things that inspire you most at this decade of your life?’.

From these inspirations, each girl/woman created a piece of artwork. The visual exhibit, curated by Diane Firtell, reads like a timeline of inspiration. Beginning as you enter at one side of the room is the work of young artists under age 10. The artwork and lists of what inspires the artists continue around the room, where it ends with the artwork of women aged 90 to 100. All pieces are sized 10×10 and are for sale.

WAM Theatre will present an original theatre piece that weaves together stories, narratives and reflections by and about women exploring inspiration throughout life’s decades. Director Sara Katzoff, co-founder and Artistic Director of the Berkshire Fringe, reached out to a variety of writers with the same question. Working with a small ensemble of local professional actors, Sara has taken the diverse answers and created an original short performance piece.

Want to join in the fun?
As always, we are encouraging community participation. BE  A  PART  OF  THIS  EVENT!
Post photos of what inspires you at this decade in your life on Instagram or tweet your top ten list of inspirations. Tell us what decade you are in and use the hashtag #10x10on10. We will share our favorite fan-submitted photos and lists!!

We are delighted to have the participation of so many talented women from 4 years old to 100!

Visual artists include: Parker Wright, Lucy Burns, Collette Hartcorn, Paige Wright, Sarah Dunton, Amelia Wood, Jordan Skowron, Rebecca Weinman, Laurie Coyle, Sophia Lee, Gabrielle Senza, Melanie Mowinski, Suzi Banks Baum, Karen Arp-Sandel, Nina Silver, Natalie Levine, Diane Sullivan, Diane Firtell, Roselle Chartock, Carol Stegeman and more.Writers include: Suzi Banks Baum, Mallory Fehrensen, Jenn Smith, Nichole Dupont, Margot Faught, and Mackenzie Sax. And actors include: Erin Ouellette, Barby Cardillo and Kelly Galvin.

Join us:
Where: Y Bar, 391 North Street, Pittsfield
When: All performances at 6pm. Exhibit hours 5:30 to 9 pm.
• Saturday, Feb 16 (with opening art reception from 5 to 6pm)
• Sunday, Feb 17
• Thursday, Feb 21
• Friday, Feb 22
• Saturday, Feb 23
• Sunday, Feb 24 (with closing art reception from 7 to 8pm)
How much: $10. Buy your tickets online NOW or call 1-800-838-3006.