The arts and Saratoga Springs have a long history together, but talk today was all about the future. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was in Saratoga Springs to put a spotlight on the city’s push for federal funding to develop a city-wide arts initiative.
WAM (Women’s Action Movement) Theatre was co-founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven and theatre professional Leigh Strimbeck. Inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, WAM Theatre is based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Since launching in 2010, WAM Theatre has donated over $10,500 to six beneficiaries from their maintstage productions and provided paid work to nearly 100 theatre artists.
WAM Theatre will celebrate their first five seasons on August 24th with a panel discussion of extraordinary people effecting positive change through the arts. The members of the panel are author and playwright Jessica Blank, playwright and founding member of the collective 13 Playwrights, Winter Miller, National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer, and filmmaker Cynthia Wade.
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.