Event Listing

September 11, 2019

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Funding Available for Arts and Cultural Activities

July 30, 2018

Arts Mid­Hudson announces the availability of over $100,000 in funds to support arts-­related activities taking place in 2019. Activities may include workshops, exhibits, performances, concerts, festivals, screenings, readings, cultural programming, artist-­initiated projects, and hands on arts workshops both in and out of school in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2018. Information sessions begin September 11 . (more…)

BeaconArts Member Meet Up Minutes 6/28/17

July 26, 2017

BeaconArts Member Meet Up Minutes

Wed June 28, 2017 7:00 pm
Telephone Building, 291 Main St


Introduction- Aaron Verdile, Kelly Ellenwood

Review of current membership numbers

Budget Approval

Fiscal year April 1, 2017- March 31, 2018

State and government grants
Membership income
Fundraising events
Fiscal sponsor management fees
Contributions to Windows on Main
Corporations and individuals

Consultants/ Professional fees
Office supplies
Representation expenses
fundraising expenses
seed project support
Bank fees
rent- office/mailbox
Project Expenses (WOMS)
2nd Sat Live

Motion to approve budget- Approved

Possible event to celebrate BeaconArts’ 15th year- tbd


Keys to the City
8 pianos so far- looking for artists to paint pianos
Fall 2017- installing pianos in public spaces for people, esp children, to play and interact with
Promoting access to the arts and music education for all citizens

Beacon Independent Film Fest– Terry
Finalized film lineup for Sept event- lots of Beacon representation
location of all screenings is University Settlement Camp
’32 Pills’ panel about documentaries, will show clips from film (which will be shown at Woodstock Film Fest)
Made films with kids- to be shown on Sunday- community day
Tickets going on sale in next few weeks
volunteers needed- email terry@beaconindiefilmfest.org

Beacon 3D
All public sculptures have been installed, including city acquisition of Lori Merhige’s sculpture down by City Hall
Opening party to be announced

BAEF- Calico Ball
raised $16,000- funds go to Beacon school district

Beacon Open Studios
April 28-29 are dates for 2018
additional events in works; see calendar on BOS site for info

Windows on Main St– Pam Dailey
BeaconArts is taking over the longtime project this year
proposals due Jul 8
preregistration by June 30
artists propose installation and work with WOMS to select storefronts
businesses can register to express interest in hosting artists- questionnaire for preferences/rules

Beacon & Beyond
BeaconArts at Rhinebeck Bank– opportunity for artists to display work- info distributed

Poughkeepsie Farm Project
Art on the Farm

Towne Crier event- Susan

Lending Library project- Alan

Center for Creative Education Flash Mob event July 2- Donna Mikkelsen

The Two Row Wampum Flotilla is landing in Beacon! Sat August 3; BeaconArts sponsors Two Row Art Totems

April 10, 2017

Artist rendering of art totems

The Beacon Two Row Festival is an historic event not to be missed!

Saturday August 3rd 2013  /  Riverfront Park, Beacon NY  /  11am – dusk

Suggested Donation: $5, no one turned away.

Bring your family and spend the day experiencing the energy and wisdom of the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign. Enjoy Native American music, authentic craft, storytelling, food and history as we welcome Two Row canoe flotilla to Beacon. The flotilla will consist of passionate Native Americans and other Americans rowing side by side as they make their way from Albany to the United Nations in New York City.

Thousands of people will gather at the rivers edge to celebrate the very simple yet vital message of the Two Row Wampum Treaty. We will come together to embrace a commitment of friendship, ecological stewardship, peace between peoples and living in parallel forever.

Art Totems

brought to you by Tulnoy Lumber, RiverWinds, Key Food

Local artists are showing their support of the Two Row Wampum Treaty by creating beautiful Totems which will be on display at the festival. These 8′ tall totems will tower above festival attendees to create a colorful and interactive experience. After the event these totems will find a permanent home around the City of Beacon as a reminder to our commitment of friendship, ecological stewardship, peace between peoples and living in parallel forever.

BeaconArts Member Meet Up Minutes – 1/25/2017

February 15, 2017

NEW beaconarts_logoBeaconArts Member Meet Up Minutes- Annual Meeting
Wed January 25, 2017, 7pm

Beacon Music Factory

BeaconArts Annual Meeting
Wed January 25, 2017, 7pm
Beacon Music Factory
Kelly Ellenwood – Welcome and introductions (more…)

International Call To Artists! Art for Aleppo

January 30, 2017


Fundraiser & Reception April 22nd from
5-9 p.m. at Catalyst Gallery in Beacon, NY


Postcard Art Show in support of the Children of Aleppo

In response to the overwhelming sentiments toward the horrific news and video surfacing around the atrocities in Aleppo, particularly in regard to the children affected, we would like to initialize an open call for artists from around the world to respond.

The intention of this call is to allow visual artists an outlet to express themselves around the Syrian crisis and to raise awareness and funds to aid in the effort to provide Syrian children emergency care, food and water.

As an artists ourselves and considering the reactions by other artists to this tragedy, we felt that this call to action might be a way to give voice to the community in order to raise awareness and hopefully have the potential to heal in some way. Additionally, any sales or donations will go toward the Save the Children Syrian Children’s Relief Fund.

For details or questions please visit: artforaleppo.org   info@artforaleppo.org

The Mission

We want to help and so can you! The Art For Aleppo project gives visual artists an outlet to express themselves around the Syrian crisis and help raise awareness and funds to aid in the effort to provide Syrian children emergency care, food and water. The Art For Aleppo project also gives non artists a chance to help in three ways, through the purchase of art, through the purchase of the catalog book of participating artists or through a direct monetary donation in any amount.


  • Create a piece of art on A6 (international size 148 x 105 mm or 5.8 x 4.1 inches) post card. It does not need to be on paper. Use your imagination in materials. If it’s the size of an A6 postcard and postage will stick to it and you can put an address on it, then we will accept it. (wood, metal, plexiglas etc. are acceptable)
  • Write a short statement on the back (optional). It can be about Aleppo or war or freedom or whatever moves you. Feel free to write a poem or a word etc. We leave it to your imagination.
  • Sign the back of the card and include your website and/or state or country


  • Email a copy of your postcard to submissions@artforaleppo.org with the following information your name, Town, State, Country and your website (don’t worry about quality of photo. This will not be published and is strictly for our records.)
  • Address the post card to:
    Art For Aleppo
    P. O. Box 158
    Cold Spring, NY 10516 USA
  • Place a stamp on the upper right corner on the back of the postcard
  • Do not place postcard in an envelope. We want the art itself to be mailed as a postcard with the postage stamp on it. That’s part of the fun of the show.
  • Try to use a stamp that reflects your country or is interesting.

Call for Nominations for the 2017 Dutchess County Poet Laureate

October 30, 2016

submit-headerNominations may come from individuals or organizations within or outside Dutchess County. Poets may self nominate.





Nominees for the Dutchess County Poet Laureate must:

1. Reside in Dutchess County for at least two years.
2. Be a published author with a body of high quality work.
3. Be comfortable in the performance of poetry in public.
4. Be interested in presenting a sense of the community through poetry.
5. Be willing to advocate and educate people about poetry.

Nominations for 2017 Dutchess County’s Poet Laureate must be submitted by November 30, 2016 to the Arts Mid-Hudson office.

Click here for more details and to fill out the online application.

Please contact Arts Mid-Hudson with any questions,
845-454-3222 or info@artsmidhudson.org

Howland Chamber Music Circle 2016-17 Season

August 12, 2016

unnamedThe award-winning Howland Chamber Music Circle begins our 24th season in September. Once again we bring the finest chamber music ensembles and soloists to the Hudson Valley in a setting ideally suited for chamber music–the Howland Cultural Center in historic Beacon, NY.  Be sure to subscribe now to secure your seats this season.


We’re excited to present the Juilliard String Quartet in one of their first concerts with their new cellist, Astrid Schween. The Alexander String Quartet—perennial favorites of ours—will return to the hall for the 11th time. Also returning are the critically acclaimed Escher String Quartet, Boston-based Walden Chamber Players and theJasper String Quartet. The Jasper is especially beloved by students in the area who have worked with them through our educational outreach program.
New to our series this season will be the dynamic Israeli Chamber Project. Also performing for the first time for us will be the Imani Winds,  the premier woodwind quintet, with their new clarinetist Mark Dover. In our tradition of presenting young, new musicians, we will be presenting violinist In Mo Yang who is still an undergraduate student but already winning major competitions and dazzling the critics with his hugely successful Carnegie Hall debut.
Our Piano Festival is always extremely popular and no doubt this season will be the same. Jeremy Denk, who first performed for us some 14 years ago, will be returning, as will the Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen whom we last heard in 2013. And for the first time at the Howland, young pianist Fei-Fei Dong, who made an estounding Carnegie Hall debut this past year, will be performing. This year the festival includes an exciting program of 4-hand piano works performed by Peter Serkin and Julia Hsu.
The intimacy of the Howland Cultural Center enhances our concerts, but it also means that many of our concerts sell out each season, so be sure to secure your seats with a subscription. When deciding if a subscription is right for you, remember our generous exchange policy; if you are unable to attend a concert you may inform us prior to the concert and exchange your tickets for a future concert, assuming that concert is not already sold out.

For those that have already subscribed, tickets will be mailed in mid-August. Sales of tickets to individual concerts will also begin in mid-August.

Visit our website for more information and to subscribe, HowlandMusic.org, or call us at 845-765-3012.