BeaconArts: Community Building Through Support of the Arts
Promoting the cultural vibrancy that has become Beacon, New York’s trademark is our mission at BeaconArts, a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 to organize, promote and nurture the city’s multi-faceted arts community.
“Over the past decade, the town has gone from sleepy working-class community to popular weekend getaway… farm-to-table restaurants, world-class art… all within a leisurely afternoon’s walking distance.” – Condé Nast Traveler
“And through the influx of galleries, craft beer breweries, organic food shops and more, the town has harmoniously kept its industrial character while also preserving the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley… Beacon has it all!” – Design*Sponge
BeaconArts is the artery through which much of the city’s creative efforts flow and manifest, with expenses offset mostly by business owners and arts minded individuals who recognize the economic value in supporting local arts and culture. BeaconArts’ mission is to foster and encourage the advancement of the City of Beacon as a center for arts and culture. We work to enable resident artists of all disciplines to live and thrive in Beacon by widely promoting their projects and events, as well as to develop and facilitate inspiring creative experiences and programs that promote a vibrant community and enrich the lives of our local citizens.
In addition to catalyzing our community around large scale public events like Second Saturday, the Bicycle Christmas Tree and Bicycle Menorah, Windows on Main Street, and the Bus Shelter Project, BeaconArts is fiscal sponsor for independent grassroots projects including Beacon Open Studios, the Beacon Independent Film Festival, Beacon 3D, Keys to Beacon, and Compass Arts, with more continuously coming under its umbrella. BeaconArts updates and publishes a printed guide to Beacon four times a year for galleries and business members, plus an online calendar and weekly e-newsletter of cultural events. We are also one of the organizers of the Beacon Free Loop.
BeaconArts established the Clara Lou Gould Fund for the Arts and continues to be a stakeholder in the fund which is managed by the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.
We have approximately 200 Individual Artist Members and 95 Business Members. BeaconArts Meet Ups are held on the last Wednesday of every other month beginning in January, and are open to anyone interested in learning more about the organization.
2020 BeaconArts Board of Directors
Vice President: Karlyn Benson
Treasurer: Aaron Verdile
Secretary: Christina Jensen
Ex-Officio: Ed Benavente, Kelly Ellenwood
Past BeaconArts Presidents: Theresa Goodman, Rick Rogers, Kelly Ellenwood, Dan Rigney, Linda T. Hubbard, Sara Pasti, Ricardo Diaz
Additional BeaconArts Team Members:
- Bookkeeper: Patricia Vitacco
- Membership Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- “This Week in Beacon” Editor/Social Media Manager: email@example.com
- Website Development: Randy Caruso
- Communications Partner: North Road Communications (Marist College)
PO Box 727, Beacon, NY 12508
380 Main Street, Suite 1A, Beacon, NY 12508
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Thanks to our Media Sponsor:
BeaconArts is a member of:
Arts MidHudson (formerly Dutchess County Arts Council)
Our programs and projects are made possible in part through funding from Dutchess Tourism, Inc. and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.