A monetary gift for a college in the Hudson Valley has gone toward creating a digital media studio.
Annandale-on-Hudson-based Bard College has renovated and equipped a classroom in the Henderson Computer Resources Center, converting it into the new media studio. The studio was made possible by a $40,000 gift from the Cornelia and Michael Bessie Foundation. The studio has already been used for video conferencing meetings, connecting to Bard College Berlin and a Bard program in St. Petersburg. Other courses have conducted interviews with remote subjects, had three-way debates with Berlin and St. Petersburg, set up pop-up workshops with a dozen laptops in a portable cart, and had guest speakers joining classes in Annandale from Lithuania.