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MISSION:  To provide vision and leadership to support thriving and diverse arts in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

VALUES STATEMENT: We value the abundant presence of art in the Mid-Hudson Valley and its ability to uplift, empower and engage. We honor diversity and celebrate creativity. We are committed to playing a central role in supporting and promoting all of the arts in the communities we serve.


Arts Mid-Hudson, the preeminent nonprofit arts service organization serving Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange Counties invites you to join us! Arts Mid-Hudson’s initiatives engage and promote the arts across the Mid-Hudson region, benefiting our artists, arts organizations and communities.

PROGRAMS
Through advocacy, exhibitions, performances, folk arts programs, festivals, awards and more, we bring creative offerings to artists, educators, venues, students and those who enjoy the region’s vast bounty of arts, bridging cultures, inspiring creativity and transforming communities.

GRANTS AND FUNDING
Arts Mid-Hudson administers New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) funding in Dutchess, Ulster and Orange Counties, with annual competitive grants awarded to artists, schools, community groups, and arts organizations. Funding also is available through Dutchess County Partners in the Arts, and Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotion Fund.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
From regional to localized activities, our outreach and joint efforts support a wide range of initiatives, including the annual Dutchess and Ulster County Executives’ Arts Awards, plus Poughkeepsie’s monthly Queen City Arts Initiative, collaborations with businesses and organizations, and many other endeavors, fostering effective communications between artists and communities.

ARTS CONSULTING
Arts Mid-Hudson leads grant preparation workshops and proposal consultation sessions. We also secure bulk media opportunities for arts organizations to reach targeted audiences, and support regional and local marketing initiatives related to the arts. Arts Mid-Hudson connects the community with artworks by regional artists through exhibitions and sales.

Staff

Photos by On Location Studios

LINDA MARSTON-REID. Executive Director

With a life-long interest in the arts, Linda is a native Californian who has lived in a variety of West Coast locations. After relocating from Seattle to Orange, Virginia in 1997, she founded the Arts Center in Orange, a nonprofit community arts center that continues to successfully serve that region today. Beginning in 2002, Linda added a new focus to her work at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Program, an international residency program located in Italy for artists, scholars and nonprofit leaders. Currently she serves as Executive Director of Arts Mid-Hudson in the Hudson Valley region of New York, charged with leading the work of creating community connections through the arts, expanding arts advocacy, grantmaking, technical assistance and workshops for artists and arts organizations. She holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, serves as a board member for Dutchess Tourism, Inc. and is a Pattern for Progress Fellow. To contact Linda, click here.

 

LISA FIORESE. Director, Administration

Lisa Fiorese, joined Arts Mid-Hudson in 1992 as a part-time bookkeeper. Over the next few years she took on additional responsibilities, at first job sharing the Administrative Assistant position and eventually moving into the position full time. In 2000, Lisa stepped into the position of Manager of Development & Administration and in 2007 was promoted to Business Manager. Lisa’s current position includes bookkeeping, office administration, contract administration, memberships and event coordination: in mid-2014 her title was changed to Director, Administration. Lisa resides in Staatsburg with her husband of 24 years. She wishes she had more time to spend with her camera but it waits patiently for her to retire.  To contact Lisa, click here.

 

 

MELISSA DVOZENJA-THOMAS. Marketing & Development Coordinator

Melissa Dvozenja-Thomas joined Arts Mid-Hudson in April 2015. Most recently Melissa was the Human Resources Office Manager at Cardinal Hayes Home For Children in Millbrook. Prior to that, she was the Managing Director at Allenberry Resort Inn & Playhouse in Pennsylvania, where her work incorporated coordinating volunteer programs, auditions, events, social media, and theatre representation. Melissa holds a BA in Acting for Theatre, a BA in Music Performance, a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters Certificate from the International Institute of Event Management. She is also a skilled photographer. To contact Melissa, click here.

 

 

LILIA PÉREZ. Grants & Programs Manager

Lilia Pérez joined Arts Mid-Hudson in May 2016. As Grants & Programs Manager, she facilitates a grant program that distributes arts funding for the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Grant Program, and the Duchess and Ulster County legislatures. Additionally, Pérez manages the Arts Mid-Hudson Gallery and Community Gallery program which provides showing opportunities to artists in our region. She has provided guidance to hundreds of grant applicants, led workshops, and works to strengthen partnerships in our communities through the arts. She graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a B.F.A. in Photography in 2015. Her time spent living, working, and studying in the Hudson Valley established a love for the area and its vibrant arts community. Based in Kingston, NY, she continues her varying photographic work and exhibiting in the area. To contact Lilia, click here.

 

ELINOR LEVY. Folk Arts Program Manager

Elinor Levy, joined Arts-Mid Hudson in September 2016 as the Folk Arts Program manager. A native of Oakland, California, she has bounced around the country from California to Indiana, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and now New York. Previously, she worked in Las Vegas as the folklorist for Clark County Parks and Recreation and as executive director of the Northwest Jersey Folklife Project. Having spent the last decade as a folklorist consultant and an adjunct professor, she is excited to be doing public folklore again especially in the culturally rich Hudson Valley. She has a master’s degree in Anthropology from California State University, Sacramento and a doctorate in folklore from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is a folk artist in her own right as a third generation knitter on her mother’s side. In the past three years she has added spinning her own yarn to her skills and looks forward each year to helping a friend shear a small flock of Jacob sheep. To contact Elinor, click here.

 

BRIGITTE LEYVA. Administrative Associate

Brigitte Leyva, has joined the Arts Mid-Hudson Team in April 2019. As a native Hudson Valley resident and a freelance photographer, she is passionate about sharing the beauty of art to the hearts and minds of the Hudson Valley community. Previously, she worked for an Architecture firm called SWA Architecture, in Manhattan as an Administrative Assistant. Brigitte received her BA from Mount Saint Mary College in History and Political Science in 2017. In 2018 she spent a year in California serving an AmeriCorps VISTA, working for a non-profit called Heart of Los Angeles. In California, she was opened to a new horizon of creativity and design and quickly fell in love with the art of photography. On her free time, Brigitte works as a 2nd shooter for Erin Braden Photography working hard to capture everlasting moments through her lens. She has a unique sense of eye, and any bridal photography, urban spiral, and street art are her kryptonite.  To contact Brigitte, click here.

 

 

Board

JOHN NELSON – Chairperson, Health Quest

Why Arts Mid-Hudson?  

“The arts have played an important role in my life and I’m grateful for the opportunity to give back in any way possible.”

John Nelson is Director, Public and Community Affairs of Health Quest. Previously he worked as the Local Editor at the Poughkeepsie Journal, where he established strong community connections. He holds a MFA in Theatre, Ohio University and a BFA Theatre/English from University of Nebraska.

 

 

DJ BRUMFIELD – Vice Chair, Consultant

Why Arts Mid-Hudson?  

“Because I want to provide our amazing Hudson Valley artistic talents parity with the artists of New York City”

DJ Brumfield has over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit field, primarily as a fundraiser.  He has worked for public interest law, disease research/prevention, science/education, social services and performing arts institutions, all in New York City. Over the past ten years, he has been a national director of institutional giving (The Actors Fund), a corporate philanthropy officer (The Apollo Theater), and director of development at Symphony Space. He has been a contributing professional to annual budgets ranging from $3 million to $30 million, and has worked with capital campaigns up to $100 million. As a volunteer, DJ has served on boards and committees with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Scenic Hudson, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the LGBTQ Center of the Hudson Valley. DJ attended Pace University, New York.  He has been an Adjunct Professor at Marymount College, Manhattan, as an American Sign Language instructor. He and his husband reside in Kingston.

 

ROGER D’AQUINO – Treasurer, Certified Quickbooks Advisor

Why Arts Mid-Hudson?  

“The arts have played an important role in my life and I’m grateful for the opportunity to give back in any way possible.”

Roger D’Aquino has been managing his own accounting & bookkeeping firm, D’Aquino Enterprises, for the past 12 years, including serving as Financial Director for The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater for ten years. Prior employment includes serving as controller for two of the largest engineering firms in the Hudson Valley. Besides the corporate and non-profit work his background also includes teaching instrumental music in the public schools for nine years. Board experience includes serving on the boards of County Players (Treasurer for ten years), Wappingers Falls Business & Professional Association, Cardinal Hayes Home for Children and three years on The Wappingers School board (Vice President one year). Other volunteer board experience includes being an advisor to the boards of Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, Vassar Temple, and The Beacon Sloop Club. When not working he can be found in the pits of the Hudson Valley playing his sax, clarinet and flute or swinging with The Big Band Sound Orchestra.

 

MEGAN MCKANN – Corporate Secretary, Marshall & Sterling Insurance

Megan McKann joined Marshall & Sterling Insurance in 2014, and assists with the communications needs for 23 offices across NY, CA, FL, MI, VA, and the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix. Prior to working at Marshall & Sterling, Megan managed communications at United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, and continues to help as a grant-reviewer each year. An active volunteer with a variety of organizations, Megan received a 40 Under 40 award from the Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce in 2013 for her work as staff liaison for Young Leaders United, and Co-Chair of the Volunteerism committee for the Hudson Valley Young Professionals. She is also a proud graduate of Leadership Orange. Immersed in community theatre, choirs and community orchestras as a child, Megan understands the importance of supporting local artists and programs. She resides in Dutchess county with her husband and their growing collection of art toys and comic art.

 

CHRIS CANTELE – Executive Committee Member at Large, H.V. Federal Credit Union

Why Arts Mid-Hudson?  

“I believe the arts play an integral role in every prospering community.  The work Arts Mid-Hudson does through their programs, grants and funding, community engagement, and arts consulting have allowed the art communities in Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange counties to thrive.  We all get to enjoy that!”

Chris Cantele joined HVFCU Financial Services in 2006. He has over 20 years industry experience, assisting members with their financial service needs, such as Portfolio Review, Retirement Planning, Estate Planning, Asset and Income Protection and Wealth Accumulation. Throughout his career, Chris has been dedicated to taking a consultative approach in helping people define and work towards their financial goals. Chris leads a team of experienced Financial Consultants and LPL Registered Sales Associates who focus on the total member relationship, offering unbiased advice and guidance through important and complex financial decisions. Chris has been a resident of Dutchess County for most of his life, where he currently resides with his wife and two children.

 

 

 

LINDA BARASH – Artist and Educator

Why Arts Mid-Hudson?  

“I am involved with Arts Mid-Hudson so that I can be connected to the Arts Community.”

Linda is a retired art teacher. She taught at Kingston City Schools from 1973-2006. In addition, she actively pursues her love for travel and her interest in learning and experiencing different cultures. When Linda isn’t traveling, she spends time in her studio painting.

 

 

 

 

 

BETSY CARROLL – Culinary Institute of America

Why Arts Mid-Hudson?  

“Arts Mid-Hudson helps me connect to a thriving arts community.  I am proud to serve on the board because AMH is also one of the most effective arts organizations I’ve known.”

Betsy Carroll is the Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at the Culinary Institute of America.  Her job includes survey research, data analysis, reporting, and strategic planning, skills that she was trained for during her graduate work at Binghmaton University’s School of Management. Before graduate school Betsy was an Arts Administrator for Feld Ballets NY, Limon Dance Company, and Brooklyn Academy of Music.  She looks forward to joining the Arts Mid Hudson board to reconnect with the arts community that she has been missing in recent years.  She attends as many performances and events as she can in NYC and the Hudson Valley, especially modern dance and theater. Betsy is an executive board member of the Dutchess County Interfaith Council, a board member of the Assessment Network of New York, and co-chair of her 2019 University of Rochester class reunion.

 

STEVEN STEELE CAWMAN – Photographer

Why Arts Mid-Hudson?  

“The arts play an important role in all communities, bringing people together, enriching lives, showcasing local talent and building local pride.  I am honored to be the part of Arts Mid-Hudson, an organization that fosters and strengthens Dutchess, Ulster and Orange Counties by supporting the arts and artists in our diverse community.”

Steven Steele Cawman lives in Poughquag, New York, and has enjoyed a career in photography, motion pictures and advertising for more than 20 years. Specializing in travel and nature photography, Steven has travelled the world capturing images of the great outdoors, breathtaking scenery and the majesty of nature. Steven’s love of travel and desire to experience new cultures has inspired and driven him to see and capture the world. Visit Steven’s website at www.sscphoto.com

Steven received his Masters Degree in Film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Prior to NYU, he attended Kenyon College where he studied English Literature and Art History. Steven lives in Dutchess County, New York, and is passionate about the arts and the Hudson Valley. His works are held in many corporate and private collections and his clients include the Semester at Sea Program, The Consulate General of Switzerland in New York and numerous local and international publications.

In 2017, Steven received an Individual Artists Commission for Dutchess: Farm to Table, a photographic study featuring the people, places and stories of the farm-to-table movement in Dutchess County. The project was made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

ROBERT P. LANGDON – Emerge Gallery

Robert P. Langdon is the proprietor and curator at Emerge Gallery & Art Space in Saugerties, NY. Emerge Gallery is a welcoming environment that exhibits the best emerging artists from the Hudson Valley, NY Metropolitan region and beyond. Robert includes work of various mediums and styles in each show and strives to provide a pleasing and inviting journey for the viewer. Visit the Emerge Gallery website at www.emergegalleryny.com.

Prior to opening Emerge Gallery, Robert was Director at Gallery U in Red Bank and Westfield, NJ, where he played an instrumental role in furthering the art scene in both communities. Robert’s strength lies in community building and supporting and promoting emerging artists.

Robert has worn various hats over the years including Director of Sales and Marketing at a nonprofit children’s picture book publisher in San Francisco, where he began working one-on-one with fine artists; still-life photographer in Manhattan where he photographed still life for Macy’s and A&S catalogs among others; and teacher in suburban New Jersey. Robert was born and raised in New Jersey, lived in San Francisco for 13 years, and now resides in the beautiful Hudson Valley where he finds inspiration almost daily.

Robert graduated from the Germain School of Photography and holds a BA from Montclair State University. He has been writing poetry and the occasional short fiction since the late 1980s. His collection, “The Candied Road Ahead: Poems & Stories” is available through Amazon.com in print and Kindle formats.

 

SERENA MARRERO – Community Relations and Fund Development Professional

Why Arts Mid-Hudson?  

“Art shapes our world. It tells the stories of our cultures, brings joy, beauty and healing to our lives, and grows economies. I am honored to be involved with Arts Mid-Hudson to assure artists receive the support they need to benefit us all!.”

Serena Marrero’s inherent appreciation of art and culture led to a career as a development and fundraising professional when, as a college intern, she co-founded a local ‘materials for the arts’ organization. Serena has over 25 years of experience working with national and community based cultural, human service and health institutions in the areas of fundraising, community relations, marketing and public relations, organizational and board development. She is a founding board member and past president of the Mid-Hudson Valley Association of Fundraising Professionals and was a member of Arts Mid Hudson’s NYSCA Decentralization and Ulster County Cultural Services and Promotion Fund Grant Proposal Review Teams for several years. She holds an AA degree in Graphic Design and Advertising Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Development from SUNY New Paltz.

 

ELIZABETH THOMAS-CAPPELLO – Educator/Artist/Design

Elizabeth Cappello has lived in New York since 1996 and has been active in the arts community.  She is employed as an instructor in web design and motion design at Newburgh Free Academy and as an adjunct in art history and motion design at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh.  Elizabeth resides in Walden with her husband John, an attorney with Jacobowitz & Gubits LLP. She is thrilled to be joining the Arts Mid-Hudson board as a new member and representative of Orange County.

 

 

 

 

 

Supporters

 

Collaborations

Queen City weekends – in Poughkeepsie – every third weekend.

The latest events scheduled across a number of arts and cultural organizations in Poughkeepsie.

 

ArtWalk Kingston – in Kingston – September 23-24, 2017

www.artwalkkingston.com

 

See the latest around the region on the webpage:

www.artalongthehudson.com

 

Artrider – Hudson Valley Arts Festival at Rhinebeck

www.artrider.com

Advisory Board

Nancy Azara, Sadhna Bhargava, Judith Brush, Roy Budnik, Frank Castella, Jr., Kianga Daverington, Kelly Ellenwood, Maria Elena Ferrer-Harrington, Eugenia Jones, Ev Mann, Tim McQueen, John Meehan, Wilfredo Morel, Sara Pasti, Ruth E. Spencer, William ‘Gully’ Stanford, Ray Watkins

Interns

Zoe Wennerholm (2017 Intern)

Zoe Wennerholm is completing the fall semester of her junior year at Vassar College, where she is studying Chinese and Urban Studies. Zoe comes to the Hudson Valley via her hometown of Boston, Massachusetts. Her love of visual arts goes back to her childhood and she has taken numerous classes covering a variety of media. Zoe is involved in student theater at Vassar, where she designs set, properties, and lighting for a number of different productions.

 

 

Mackenzie Cole (2017 Grants/Admin Intern)
Mackenzie Cole is finishing her final semester at Vassar College, where she is studying Drama and Women’s Studies. Mackenzie has come to the Hudson Valley region from her hometown of Wichita, Kansas. Mackenzie primarily works in theatre as a company manager, stage manager, and production manager, and she comes to Arts Mid-Hudson after previously working at non-profit theatre companies such as Music Theatre Wichita, Adirondack Theatre Festival, and New York City Center. After graduation, Mackenzie intends to pursue a masters degree in Arts Administration.

 

 

 

Kurt Suffern (2017 Arts Admin Intern)Kurt Suffern is currently enrolled at SUNY Purchase where he is completing his final semester.  He will be graduating with a degree in Arts Management and a minor in History. Having grown up in the Hudson Valley Kurt still lives in Orange County.  Kurt’s passion for the Arts started nearly 10 years ago when he first picked up guitar.  He has performed in several venues throughout the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which has furthered his passion in Arts.  Professionally he has been working in the customer service industry for roughly 10 years.