arts and culture

Hudson Valley News
6:40 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Report Shows Arts And Culture Impact In The Hudson Valley

Credit CRREO, SUNY New Paltz

A new report from a research center at the State University of New York at New Paltz delves into the impact of arts and culture in the mid-Hudson Valley.

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Arts & Culture
10:50 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Destination: Manchester, Vermont


  Ron Mancini has been a professional candy maker since 1977, who owns and operates Mother Myrick’s Confectionery with wife Jacki Baker in Manchester Center, Vermont.

Mancini has been the past president of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of the Chamber’s Community Affairs Committee.

He is currently the chairman of the Manchester Town Marketing Committee and joins us this morning to tell us what is happening in Manchester over the next few weeks.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed May 21, 2014

The Music (And Theatre And Dance And Film) Of The Night At Proctors


  In February 2006, Proctors hosted a month-long visit of The Phantom of the Opera.

That historic run was made possible by a $42 million construction project that included a massive expansion of the stagehouse at Proctors, allowing the venue to host the very biggest touring shows. In addition, specific adaptations, inventions and rigging points created for the original Phantom are used by many of the other touring shows that reach Proctors each season.

Just before the expansion, Proctors was a single theatre, hosting approximately 60 to 70 performances a year. By 2009, it was offering over 600 events a year in three theatres and drawing over 500,000 people to downtown Schenectady. Now, Proctors is also the only theatre in the country to have its own district energy plant, Marquee Power, which helps to heat and cool much of the surrounding area.

The Phantom of the Opera returns to the Proctors Mainstage May 28 thru June 8 and Philip Morris, the CEO of Proctors, joins us now to tell us more about what helps HIM make the music of the night at Proctors and in Schenectady.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Arts Mid-Hudson


  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.

New England News
12:39 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Pittsfield Cultural Council Awards 45 Grants


Forty-five artists and cultural organizations in Pittsfield, Massachusetts have been awarded funding from the local cultural council.

More than $19,000 will support concerts, art exhibits, theatre and more in the coming year. Kimberly Rawson is a volunteer member of the Pittsfield Cultural Council.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

North Adams Transforming

Credit wikipedia commons

The Berkshires are known as a tourist destination, but until recently North Adams hasn’t fully tapped into the industry.

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New England News
5:22 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

MA Representatives Tour Pittsfield Discussing Development

State Senator Benjamin Downing talks to the rest of the Massachusetts Gateway Cities Legislative Caucus about the William Stanley Business Park in Pittsfield.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts state representatives toured Pittsfield meeting with city officials to discuss area development and challenges.

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New England News
4:34 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Sen. Warren Wraps Up Berkshire Visit

Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks to the Massachusetts State Legislature's Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development and others at the Berkshire Museum.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren wrapped up her trip across Massachusetts in the western part of the state today. The Democratic Senator’s visit included a tour of defense manufacturer General Dynamics’ site in Pittsfield. Senator Warren says the plant is making innovative gains in military manufacturing and research to save the country money while still keeping it safe.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Williamstown To Apply For Cultural Designation

A view of Main Street in Williamstown
Credit Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

The selectboard of Williamstown recently voted to allow the town to pursue a Cultural District Designation from the state of Massachusetts designed to promote economic development through the arts.

On Wednesday evening, the Williamstown selectboard gave the go-ahead for town residents to seek out a Cultural District Designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The designation is not a monetary award but includes signage and serves as a badge of honor in recognition of community efforts to promote the arts and humanities.

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New England News
5:22 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Mass. Arts and Culture Advocates Unhappy with Budget Recommendation

Out of the cuts included in the House Ways and Means proposal, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a public agency that promotes investment in the arts and sciences, is facing a 15 percent reduction in state funding. And arts advocates are moving quickly.

Matt Wilson is head of MASSCreative, an organization that lobbies in support of cultural organizations and arts and sciences education.

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