The Dutchess County Arts Council celebrates its 50th anniversary and its new name, Arts Mid-Hudson, with a 50-week tour that includes visits to 50 locations across Dutchess, Ulster and Orange counties. The yearlong celebration was announced on March 18 at the first stop on the tour, the Locust Grove Estate in the Town of Poughkeepsie.
The Dutchess County Arts Council was incorporated by the American Association of University Women and the Junior League of Poughkeepsie on March 18, 1964. In 1985 the council began providing services to artists and cultural organizations in Ulster County through New York State Council on the Arts’ decentralization program funding for grants, and beginning this year will provide service to Orange County.
Some of the locations on the tour include Beacon, Rhinebeck, Millbrook, Pawling, Newburgh, Walden, Kingston, New Paltz, Saugerties and Rosendale.
Executive Director of Arts Mid-Hudson, Linda Marston-Reid and poet Gold Wilkerson join us to tell us more.
There’s been much angst expressed by parents of America’s children and youth, of late, about the rapid erosion of funds and services, to provide education needed to prepare them for appropriate and gainfully competitive adulthood. There’s also been a mounting volume of critical carping and castigation by those in government, responsible for providing the funds necessary to achieve adequate levels of education and warnings of dire consequence, from those invested with the onus to plan and produce educational services at superior levels of educational accomplishment, from the President and throughout his executive departments.
Albany native and Berkshires resident Kim Taylor says it’s been a whirlwind since she received the call from Pennsylvania Avenue. Taylor is a Trustee of the Boston Symphony who’s been with the organization for more than 30 years. She has worked with President Obama on both his campaigns, along with her husband, James, who you may have heard of.
Albany native and Berkshires resident Kim Taylor is the newest member of the committee even though she will miss her first assignment; the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday. She and her husband, singer James Taylor, will be attending an event in Boston marking the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s death. Still, she says she is thrilled about the news.
Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield is offering a fresh look at its diverse collection of fine artworks, historical artifacts and natural science specimens in a new exhibition called Objectify: A Look into the Permanent Collection. The new display includes some of the most significant and fascinating objects from the museum’s holdings. The exhibit draws from the over 50,000 objects in the museum’s possession, including its Asian art collection, twentieth-century abstract paintings, ancient Greek and Roman jewelry and glass, marble sculptures, its Egyptian mummy, and even the suit of furs worn by Matthew Henson on Admiral Richard Peary’s expedition to the North Pole. An opening reception will be held today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and will be free and open to the public. The exhibition is part of the year-long celebration of the museum’s 110th anniversary. Two artists from the community, designer Peter Garlington and artist Leo Nash, are the guest curators; their ideas have resulted in an innovative exhibition that highlights the museum’s extensive collections in unexpected and surprising ways. Visitors who have been to Berkshire Museum many times over the years will enjoy seeing favorite objects and artworks in a fresh setting, from Pahat the mummy to Bouguereau’s luminous painting The Shepherdess. Some fine examples of paintings from the Hudson River School will be included, as will many of the natural science specimens, from a crocodile skull to delicate shells and colorful minerals.