The Hudson Valley is a Cultural Destination.

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Opus 40 is open, in part, and we are so glad to see our friends and neighbors, albeit under masks and 10 feet away. We missed you all so. This has been a long quarantine and we’re not out of it yet, by a long shot…but we do hope that you can visit us soon. Meanwhile, we want to take a momentto give a warm shout-out to some of our amazing local arts organizations, making it work, online or on site, ensuring that our gorgeous Hudson Valley remains a premiere cultural destination. It takes resilience and creativity to adapt to such a radically changed and rapidly changing landscape, and we are so impressed at just how many organizations are adapting with panache and a flash of brilliance.

Today I took part in two meetings — one convened by the good folks at Mt. Tremper Arts and another by Alex Baer, Executive Director of Unison Arts Center. In both situations, I was amazed and delighted at the innovation and resilience shown by our organizations, and the stalwart staff and board members working overtime to ensure that we can serve our audiences despite all, and connect us in our social distance through art-making and enjoying.

Did you know that Unison is offering  Live-Ish online events? Up next is Deni Bonet. Or that Woodstock School of Art has an incredibly interesting roster of online classes and workshops? Mt. Tremper Arts has an archive of performances and artists talks. Barrett Arts Center has virtual exhibitions and a Digital Cultural Quilt Project. We’re here for you in more ways than one might have thought possible, expanding into the cyber universe and ready to welcome you when we can do so safely.

Viva Hudson Valley! We love our sister orgs and look forward to being on the other side together.

Warmly, Caroline Crumpacker, Executive Director

Resource Roundup #8

Shout Out To:

  • Chronogram Magazine is offering free Hudson Valley news coverage through The River Newsroom HERE.
  • Bread Alone coffee and food curbside pick-up HERE.
  • Black-Eyed Suzie’s is now open for Family Style Takeaway HERE.
  • The Art Effect is offering an Online Reel Exposure Teen Film & Photo Festival HERE.
  • Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History and the Kingston Online Multicultural Festival are creating a Cultural Quilt of the Hudson Valley HERE.

Practical Information & Grant Information etc:

  • The New York Women’s Foundation is launching the 2020 Resilience-NYC: COVID-19 Response Fund HERE.
  • The Future of Organizing Fund is offering grants to support direct assistance and grassroots organizing of NYC and Hudson Valley communities in response to the crises created by COVID-19  HERE.
  • Coping with COVID: Financial Implications for Creative Individuals HERE.
  • Coping with COVID: Time Management for Artists During Challenging Times HERE.
  • Dragon 360 is an independent digital agency based in Kingston helping organizations develop their online presence HERE.
  • CARES Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts HERE.

Ideas from Around the InterWebs:

  • Ice-skate around your house HERE.
  • Free online drawing classes with famous illustrators HERE.
  • Smithsonian Journeys, Virtual Tours of places around the world HERE.
  • Guggenheim Museum Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions HERE.
  • Free workout classes from the YMCA HERE.
  • London’s Royal Opera House offers a slate of free programming to stream on-demand
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  • We Are One Public: Public Theater event hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, will feature performances by some of the greatest names in theater, film and music HERE.
  • The City We Became:A Conversation with N.K. Jemisin HERE.
  • Live Jellyfish Camera at Monterey Aquarium HERE.
  • Shakespeare in Lockdown HERE.
  • 100 Days of Code Challenge HERE.
  • ETHEL and Friends Balcony Bar from Home HERE.

Thank you, readers! We hope to see you on site!