About Arts Mid-Hudson, the preeminent nonprofit arts organization serving Dutchess, Ulster and Orange Counties invites you to join us!
Arts Mid-Hudson’s initiatives engage and promote the arts across the Mid-Hudson region, benefiting our artists, arts organizations and communities.
Through advocacy, exhibitions, performances, folk arts programs, festivals, awards and more, we bring creative offerings to artists, educators, venues, students and those who enjoy the region’s vast bounty of arts, bridging cultures, inspiring creativity and transforming communities.
GRANTS AND FUNDING
Arts Mid-Hudson administers New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) funding in Dutchess, Ulster and Orange Counties, with annual competitive grants awarded to artists, schools, community groups, and arts organizations. Funding also is available through Dutchess County Partners in the Arts, and Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotion Fund.
From regional to localized activities, our outreach and joint efforts support a wide range of initiatives, including the annual Dutchess and Ulster County Executives’ Arts Awards, plus Poughkeepsie’s monthly Queen City Arts Initiative, collaborations with businesses and organizations, and many other endeavors, fostering effective communications between artists and communities.
Arts Mid-Hudson leads grant preparation workshops and proposal consultation sessions. We also secure bulk media opportunities for arts organizations to reach targeted audiences, and support regional and local marketing initiatives related to the arts. Arts Mid-Hudson connects the community with artworks by regional artists through exhibitions and sales.
MESSAGE FROM OUR BOARD CHAIR
The following remarks are taken from the 2015 Annual Report
2015 was a great year for Arts Mid-Hudson. We began the year with visits across Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange Counties to re-introduce Arts Mid-Hudson’s programs, services, and staff, and to administer a public opinion survey to inform our future programming. We noted one important trend in the 850 surveys collected: the arts are a vital part of communities across our region, but over 41% of arts organizations are producing their programs with volunteer management. Arts Mid-Hudson will continue to assist these all-volunteer-led organizations to ensure programs continue and that high quality arts are available across the region.
With so many excellent programs, events, and accomplishments to share from 2015, a few will be especially remembered: Arts Mid-Hudson was honored to work with Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro to establish the first Dutchess County Poet Laureate. The nominations came from the public and were overseen by a panel with expertise in the Literary Arts. The identity of the Dutchess County Poet Laureate will be announced in early 2016. Dutchess County also made a significant step in supporting live theatre across the county with the special Performing Arts Marketing and Capital Improvements fund.
In Ulster County, Arts Mid-Hudson was involved in launching the Kingston Arts Commission, and continued highlighting extraordinary achievements in the arts with the Third Annual Ulster County Executive’s Arts Awards.
2015 marked the second year that Arts Mid-Hudson administered the New York State Council on the Arts regranting program in Orange County, and artist Judy Thomas was awarded funding for MATRIX RENEWAL, a project that was produced in Newburgh during the summer.
The next two years will be focused on building stronger connections across Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange Counties through services and name recognition. The geography we serve is 2,825 square miles and much of it is rural, creating a challenge for our limited staff to be everywhere. We look forward to building new relationships, however, and nurturing current ones, near and far.
As a new year begins, we reflect on our mission to provide vision and leadership to support thriving and diverse arts in the Mid-Hudson Valley, and look ahead to serving our region long into the future.
(Grace) Angela Henry, Chair, Board of Directors
Linda Marston-Reid, Executive Director
The mission of Arts Mid-Hudson to provide vision and leadership to support thriving and diverse arts in the Mid-Hudson Valley.
We value the abundant presence of art in the Mid-Hudson Valley and its ability to uplift, empower and engage. We honor diversity and celebrate creativity. We are committed to playing a central role in supporting and promoting all of the arts in the communities we serve.
50TH ANNIVERSARY PRESS
View this Youtube video from our 50th Anniversary Launch on March 18, 2014 at Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie New York. Our thanks to Felicia Zammit-McMann!
The latest events scheduled across a number of arts and cultural organizations in Poughkeepsie.
Curating Exhibits at The Falcon
On display through April 2015 – Paintings by Jerry Michalak
The Falcon is located at 1348 Route 9W Marlboro, NY www.liveatthefalcon.com
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Over the past several years, I have expanded my color range without abandoning the use of white paint. These compositions are a mixture of seasonal colors, shapes and textures that can be observed in nearby wooded places. They are a comment on nature’s pushing and pulling and the disarray that is brought about by the ravages of time. These broken, trampled, frozen and distorted images are woven into a myriad of shapes, colors and patterns that dramatize the world around us. The beauty in the physical world is ever present, especially in its complexities and distortions. These are the elements that become the structure for my paintings.”
~ Jerry Michalak
Changing exhibits organized by Arts Mid-Hudson at Mill House Brewing Company
Currently on exhibit: John Breiner
currently on exhibit: paintings by Basha Maryanska – 307 Main Street, Poughkeepsie
Main street Printing
Window exhibits: 272 Main Street, Poughkeepsie
Currently showing the paintings of Karl Volk
Changing exhibits in the office and conference rooms
Currently on display, the artworks of Paola Bari and K.D. Schmitz.
See the latest around the region on the webpage:
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|LINDA MARSTON-REID. Executive Director
With a life-long interest in the arts, Linda is a native Californian who has lived in a variety of West Coast locations. After relocating from Seattle to Orange, Virginia in 1997, she founded the Arts Center in Orange, a nonprofit community arts center that continues to successfully serve that region today. Beginning in 2002, Linda added a new focus to her work at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Program, an international residency program located in Italy for artists, scholars and nonprofit leaders. Currently she serves as Executive Director of Arts Mid-Hudson in the Hudson Valley region of New York, charged with leading the work of creating community connections through the arts, expanding arts advocacy, grantmaking, technical assistance and workshops for artists and arts organizations. She holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, recently completed a term on the Alliance of Artists’ Communities Board of Directors, serves as a board member for Dutchess Tourism, Inc. and is a Pattern for Progress Fellow. To contact Linda, click here.
LISA FIORESE. Director, Administration
Lisa Fiorese, joined Arts Mid-Hudson in 1992 as a part-time bookkeeper. Over the next few years she took on additional responsibilities, at first job sharing the Administrative Assistant position and eventually moving into the position full time. In 2000, Lisa stepped into the position of Manager of Development & Administration and in 2007 was promoted to Business Manager. Lisa’s current position includes bookkeeping, office administration, contract administration, memberships and event coordination: in mid-2014 her title was changed to Director, Administration. Lisa resides in Staatsburg with her husband of 24 years. She wishes she had more time to spend with her camera but it waits patiently for her to retire. To contact Lisa, click here.
|MERRITT MINNEMEYER. Grants & Funding Manager
Merritt Minnemeyer comes to Arts Mid-Hudson with 20 years of experience in the arts, non-profit, social justice, and education fields. She began her career Off-Broadway in NYC in the late 1990’s, and has since journeyed to Seattle, Northern California, and Western York working with thousands of students as a teaching artist and anti-oppression advocate. Most recently, she served as Education Outreach Director for Half Moon Theatre here in the Hudson Valley. Merritt holds a BFA in Acting from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, and a Masters in Humanistic/Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz. She has served on several non-profit boards, and is most proud of her roles of Partner to her husband, Thomas, and Mom to her three boys. A California native, Merritt lives in New Paltz with her family and their two goofy pound pups.
MELISSA DVOZENJA-THOMAS. Marketing & Funding Coordinator
Melissa Dvozenja-Thomas joined Arts Mid-Hudson in April 2015. Most recently Melissa was the Human Resources Office Manager at Cardinal Hayes Home For Children in Millbrook. Prior to that, she was the Managing Director at Allenberry Resort Inn & Playhouse in Pennsylvania, where her work incorporated coordinating volunteer programs, auditions, events, social media, and theatre representation. Melissa holds a BA in Acting for Theatre, a BA in Music Performance, and a Masters Certificate from the International Institute of Event Management. She is also a skilled photographer. To contact Melissa, click here.
LILIA PÉREZ. Grants Associate
Lilia Pérez joined Arts Mid-Hudson in May 2016. Most recently, she graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a B.F.A. in Photography. Previously, Lilia worked as an Arts Administration Intern at the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Her time spent living, working, and studying in the Hudson Valley established a love for the area and its vibrant arts community. Now based in Kingston, NY, she continues her varying photographic work and exhibiting in the area. To contact Lilia, click here.
ELINOR LEVY. Folk Arts Program Manager
Elinor Levy, joined Arts-Mid Hudson in September 2016 as the Folk Arts Program manager. A native of Oakland, California, she has bounced around the country from California to Indiana, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and now New York. Previously, she worked in Las Vegas as the folklorist for Clark County Parks and Recreation and as executive director of the Northwest Jersey Folklife Project. Having spent the last decade as a folklorist consultant and an adjunct professor, she is excited to be doing public folklore again especially in the culturally rich Hudson Valley. She has a master’s degree in Anthropology from California State University, Sacramento and a doctorate in folklore from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is a folk artist in her own right as a third generation knitter on her mother’s side. In the past three years she has added spinning her own yarn to her skills and looks forward each year to helping a friend shear a small flock of Jacob sheep. To contact Elinor, click here.
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