Formed in 2002, BeaconArts (Beacon Arts Community Association/BACA) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that has promoted and nurtured the arts in Beacon for over 15 years.
Our members include artists, galleries, specialty shops, restaurants, services, and other arts minded individuals, businesses and organizations who recognize the economic value in supporting local arts and culture.
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 the City, the Beacon Arts and Education Foundation 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. Visit us at BeaconArts.org.
BeaconArts is the artery through which much of the city’s creative efforts flow and manifest.
Our 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.
Current Sponsored Projects + Project Directors:
- Beacon 3D: Eleni Smolen
- Beacon Arts & Education Foundation: Anna Bergin + Lori Merhige
- Beacon Open Studios: Amanda Heckle; Theresa Gooby, Founding Director
- Beacon Independent Film Festival: Terry Nelson, Deana Morenoff, Maureen Neary,
- Bike Beacon: Mark Roland
- Compass Arts’ spring theatrical production “Circle the Sun”: Gina Samardge
- FairyWalk: Erin Buckley
- Keys to Beacon: Ed Benavente,Tim Daley, Pratt Kimmel, Ian Murdoch, Akiko Sasaki, Jesse Stacken and others
- “Little Miss Westie” film project: Dan Hunt
- Two-Row Totems: Kalene Rivers
- Welcome to Beacon 3.0: Kalene Rivers
BeaconArts is also the organizer of the Beacon Bicycle Christmas Tree (with the City of Beacon), The Beacon Bicycle Menorah, (with the Beacon Hebrew Alliance), the Beacon Free Loop and Bus Shelter Project (with the City of Beacon and Dutchess County) and Windows on Main Street. These efforts are largely financed by membership dues and donations from our generous community.
To find out even more about our history and where we are going: BeaconArts 15 Year Retrospective
Membership + Meetings
General membership meetings are held (mostly) monthly on the last Wednesday of every month; information regarding the meetings is distributed via the This Week in Beacon newsblast and beaconarts.org. You can also view past meeting minutes, financial reports and information about upcoming meetings here. To find out more about joining BeaconArts, click here: Join