Call for Proposals

December 11, 2019

Arts Mid-Hudson invites artists and curators to propose gallery exhibits for our 2020 Gallery schedule.

Curators are encouraged to submit proposals for exhibits which either have artists already identified or would rely on an open call for submissions. Arts Mid-Hudson is able to facilitate open calls with the assistance of the curator. Arts Mid-Hudson may set location restrictions on eligibility for open calls with a focus on the mid-Hudson region and Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties.


Bookkeeper Needed

Bannerman Castle Trust: It would be an 8 hour a week position, requiring someone experienced in Quickbooks. Please contact Laurie Clark at

Call for Artists & Poets

Deadline: January 29, 2020
Arts Mid-Hudson seeks poetry and visual art submissions for inclusion in the upcoming exhibition, Poets Respond to Art, which will be on view at Arts Mid-Hudson’s gallery March 27 – April 26, 2020. Selected visual art submissions will be compiled and made available to the selected poets; poets will then choose one of the art pieces to respond to through their work. The poems and artwork will be displayed together in the final exhibit. Eligibility: Artists and Poets must primarily reside in Dutchess, Orange, Ulster, Columbia, Greene, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, or Westchester Counties in New York State. Details and Submission form for Visual Artists and Poets.

ArtsLink Back Apartment Residencies in St. Petersburg, Russia for US and International Artists and Curators

The ArtsLink Back Apartment Residency program provides opportunities for international artists and curators to conduct research, create new work, and collaborate with the arts community in St. Petersburg, Russia. Each residency is designed to enable visiting artists and curators to learn about the Russian arts community, develop their own work, and share their practices with local artists and audiences.

New this year! CEC ArtsLink is adding a new component to the Residency program in 2020 to support follow-up projects by Back Apartment Residency Alumni. Past participants are invited to apply for 2-4 week residencies at the Back Apartment in St. Petersburg for projects which build on their previous visit through collaboration, research and/or partnerships with local organizations and artists. 

Deadline: December 16, 2019
About the Residencies
Application and Guidelines

Event Listing

September 11, 2019

Wednesday, January 22 through Wednesday, March 11, 2020
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Beacon writer Donna Minkowitz will teach an 8-week memoir workshop this winter on Wednesday nights starting January 22. The course meets from 7 to 9 PM and focuses on craft – particularly on using the five senses, lyricism, emotion, storytelling, and critical thinking to create profound and relatable works of memoir. Students will get frequent feedback in a supportive atmosphere. Class size is limited to eight. The fee is $275.


Minkowitz has taught memoir writing for 20 years, at venues including the 92nd Street Y, the New York Writers Workshop, The Kitchen, and the Mt. Chocorua Writers Workshop. Her recent memoir Growing Up Golem was a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and for the Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award, and she won a Lambda Literary Award for her first memoir, Ferocious Romance: What My Encounters with the Right Taught Me about Sex, God, and Fury. Minkowitz has also written for the New York Times Book Review, The Nation, and the Village Voice.

Please email for specific location (Beacon, New York 12508)

Wednesday, February 19
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Howland Public Library
313 Main Street, Beacon

Join us for an afternoon documentary screening of Traces of the Trade. Filmmaker, Katrina Browne, discovers her DeWolf ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. This film follows her and nine fellow descendants as they retrace the Triangle Trade: from Rhode Island to Ghana to Cuba. No registration needed for this Free event.

Wednesday, February 19
7:00pm - 9:30pm

Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street, Beacon

Joan Henry and her all-star ensemble SPIRITED will raise the bar of jazz excellence ever higher, from great standards like “Funny Valentine,” to a fusion of Native-world-jazz-r&b originals (Weather Report meets Steps Ahead and goes to a Powwow), and share stories and teachings from her Native American lineage that are medicine for the heart. Evan Pritchard, host of the Tribal Harmony series, opens at 7 pm with traditional Native American drum songs, and original jazz and blues, with a guest appearance from indigenous guitarist Patrick Jones. Read more...

Joan Henry has a sumptuous and searing voice that can draw down the moon or lift up your heart. As a powerhouse vocalist, she has released several CDs, (Uprising, etc), graced many stages (Lincoln Center, New Victory Theatre, etc.) and been seen & heard in TV &films (Pocahontas with Russell Means, etc.) SPIRITED includes local jazz luminaries Dennis Yerry (piano), Ruperto Ifil (percussion) Rich Syracuse (string bass), Tom DePetri (guitar), and Gus Mancini (sax), most of whom head up their own bands when not in SPIRITED.

The Howland Cultural Center, known for its diverse music programs, is located at 477 Main Street, Beacon. All tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and additional donations are welcome. For reservations, call (845)831 – 4988, or email
Tickets: Tribal *$11.34 on-line charges for advance or pay full price at the gate using cash, check, or various types of debit/credit cards, without this fee. For more information: (845)831-4988

Wednesday, February 19
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main Street, Beacon

Every Wednesday Evening, Come out and play! Our Open Mic Night was voted Best of Hudson Valley® 2016 Editors Pick by Hudson Valley Magazine®! Read more...

For over 25 years the Towne Crier’s legendary Open Mic Nights have drawn top talent from throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond, including Sloan Wainwright, the Slambovian Circus Of Dreams and Red Molly. Known as a true “listening room,” it provides artists with a respectful performance space, and live music fans with the best entertainment value around. Don Lowe hosts. For a variety of reasons, after trial and error, email signups have not worked out, so we are discontinuing it. The former email address will NOT be monitored. Signups are exclusively in person (no phone signups either) between 5 and 7pm day of the open mic. Show up early in order to pick a slot (with the host’s consent and at his/her sole discretion!) (more info)

Wednesday, February 19
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street, Beacon

Join us in a celebration of Indigenous Culture with host Evan Pritchard, featuring Joan Henry with guest artist, Patrick Stanfield Jones and ‘Sprited’ with Dennis Yerry (piano), Ruperto Ifil (percussion), Rich Syracuse (bass), Tom DePetri (guitar), and Gus Mancini (sax)

Joan Henry has a sumptuous and searing voice that can draw down the moon or lift up your heart. She and her all-star ensemble, ‘Spirited’ will raise the bar of jazz excellence even great higher, with many great standards and originals, old to avant garde. Joan will also share stories and teachings from her several Native-American lineages.

Tickets in advance: $10 | Tickets at the door: $15

Thursday, February 20
3:30pm - 5:00pm

Howland Public Library
313 Main Street, Beacon

A place for elementary school-age children to work collaboratively or independently to build fantastic Lego creations and tinker with our STEM materials (littleBits, robots, etc.). You can even combine them!

Thursday, February 20
7:00pm - 9:30pm

The Beacon Sloop Club
2 Flynn Dr., Beacon

Manna Jo Greene will discuss environmental and safety issues facing local communities, as the nuclear plants age, the development of the safest possible decommissioning methods of has become a national issue. Indian Point’s two operating nuclear reactors, IP-2 and IP-3, will be closing in April of 2020 and 2021 respectively, making this a critical issue for residents of the Hudson Valley. Read more...

Entergy has applied jointly with Holtec International to transfer the license for Indian Point after closure to Holtec for decommissioning, and if approved Holtec will receive the funds set aside in a Decommissioning Trust Fund. Manna Jo will discuss Holtec’s proposed Post-Shutdown Activities Report (PSDAR) and questions and comments regarding the plan.

Manna Jo Greene, Clearwater’s Environmental Action Director since 2000, was formerly the Recycling Coordinator/Educator for the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency for more than 10 years and a registered Critical Care Nurse for 22 years. She holds an AAS in Nursing, a BA in biology (pre-med) from SUNY/New Paltz, and completed course work toward a Masters in Environmental Sciences at Bard College. A lifelong environmental professional and community activist, Manna avidly supports collaborative land use planning and problem solving. Working to promote sustainable agriculture and green building and landscaping practices, she teaches communities how to integrate environmental preservation, economic prosperity (based on quality of life indicators), and social equity using effective communication. Manna also serves as Ulster County Legislator from District 19, Towns of Rosendale and Marbletown.

This free event will be held at The Beacon Sloop Club, 2 Red Flynn Drive, Beacon. For information: , (845) 463-4660, or (914) 879-1082

Thursday, February 20
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street, Beacon

Thursday, February 20
7:00pm - 9:45pm

Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main Street, Beacon

Get On Down at the Towne Crier Dance Jam. A vibrant mix of R&B, Latin, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Rock, Disco, Blues & more is played by DJs Rhoda and Al in the rear performance room. New songs are added at each dance, always aiming for the music to be moving, exciting and beautiful. Song requests welcome. Read more...

The restaurant specializes in mid-priced, farm-fresh cuisine using local ingredients whenever possible, and desserts are made fresh daily by acclaimed pastry chef Mary Ciganer. Full bar service is available.

The lights are low, the sound is full and the ambiance is warm and intimate. These dances are informal and even if you come alone, you can always find a friendly partner on the dance floor. Attire is whatever suits your mood – from blue jeans to dazzling sparkles. All are welcome: singles, couples, friends, strangers. Bring as many guests as you like. $10 Admission.

• Music Info: (845) 765-0667 or
• Reservations: 845-855-1300.
• Towne Crier Dining: 

Friday, February 21
8:00pm - 11:30pm

Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street, Beacon

Sign up 7:30pm | Mic Opens at 8pm


Call for Artists – Rockland Arts Festival

August 16, 2019

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT! Rockland Arts Festival is accepting free application submissions from ARTISTS, CREATIVES and ART ORGANIZATIONS via through Monday, August, 19, 2019.

Rockland Arts Festival will be held at the Goswick Pavillion and Art Rittenberg Field at the base of the Piermont Pier at 95 Ferry Road in beautiful Piermont, New York. The festival will take place on Sunday, September 22, 2019, from 12pm to 4pm (rain date September 29th).

Each space is 10′ x 10′ and only $25 per artist or organization. Artists must have executed all works on display. This is a juried event and applicants will be notified of acceptance by Monday August 26, 2019.

Please email your questions to:

Call for Artists & Makers

All work offered must be original and made in the Mid-Hudson region.Work should be made by hand or with the use of artists’ tools, whether it is a potter’s wheel or hi-tech printer, and should be made with the artist’s individual vision in mind. Must be a member of Arts Mid-Hudson to participate. Not a member? Not a problem. Click here for membership.

Deadline to apply is August 16, 2019

Opening Reception: November 1, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Closing: December 21, 2019 Location: Arts Mid-Hudson, 696 Dutchess Turnpike, Suite F, Poughkeepsie, NY
*Artists will be notified of acceptance after the deadline

Apply here

Artwork for Beacon bus shelters

August 7, 2019

BeaconArts is selecting four artists to display their work at bus shelters throughout the city. Artists will be asked to submit digital files that will be printed on vinyl and displayed on the shelter panels. The deadline for artwork submissions is Friday, August 16.

Artwork will be installed in September.

Submission guidelines:

  • Artists should submit jpgs of artwork to
  • We are looking for work that has a strong graphic quality and can be viewed from a distance
  • The final artwork will consist of two 50″ w x 60″ h panels
  • The artwork selected should fit within the proportions of the bus shelter panels
  • Vinyl printing and installation are provided by BeaconArts at no charge to the artist
  • Artists should be current BeaconArts Members

Image Credit: Zachary Skinner Bus Shelter on 9D, 2018-19