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Ways to Support the Arts

We welcome our community’s support, which ranges from corporate sponsorships, individual and business memberships, to volunteering and internships.  Arts Mid-Hudson is dedicated to ensuring that all in our region have access to the thriving and diverse arts in the Mid-Hudson Valley, and your support makes a real difference.

For Artists

Individual Artists are the building blocks for a strong and vibrant arts community. Throughout the year, Arts Mid-Hudson provides technical assistance, job referrals, and other professional development services to artists and organizations that serve artists in Dutchess, Ulster, and Orange Counties. Through networking opportunities and providing opportunities to exhibit and sell their work, Arts Mid-Hudson strengthens the cultural ecosystem in our region, ensuring that artists are able to live and work in the Mid-Hudson Community.


We could not do the work that we do without our valued volunteers!  If you’d like to join in, whether for one project or an ongoing schedule, fill out our simple application and email it to [email protected]  . Call our offices if you have any questions : 845-454-3222

AMH Volunteer Application

We look forward to working with you!

Past Interns

Intern Profiles

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.





stelaStela Nikolova

Stela Nikolova worked at Arts Mid-Hudson as a Project Assistant for the Student Resource Directory during 2016. Her work included researching arts and cultural organizations, confirming information from each organization, and coding the organization’s work and location. This was a vital project that Arts Mid-Hudson uses to share information about arts resources for regional high school students. The completed directory will be printed and eventually online.



Alexis-Photo-226x300 (1)Alexis Seijas

Alexis is with Arts Mid-Hudson for the spring of 2016. She is a senior at Marist College with a major in Digital Media and a double minor in Business Administration and Graphic Design. Alexis as always loved art and design, and loves to work in both digital and traditional art media. She has been a graphic design intern at an advertising agency as well as a small health center in northern New Jersey, and plans to continue her graphic design work as she graduates.


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A full time Student at Dutchess Community College that graduating with a science degree of Visual Arts, her goal is to learn as much as she can about the art as she departs to earn her bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design. She is presently an intern at the Arts-Hudson during her Spring 2016 semester. She is very excited to learn more about the arts and how the arts can benefit her in her future as a designer.



Emilia3626c71-150x150Emilia Plater-Zyberk

From January to May of this 2015, Emilia interned at Arts Mid-Hudson and completed a number of projects in the areas of development, public relations, and administration. Over the years, Emilia has interned at multiple Poughkeepsie-based non-profits while working towards her college degree, including Arts Mid-Hudson, Spark Media Project, and Domestic Violence Services. In May, she received her B.A. in Sociology from Vassar College. She now works as Volunteer Coordinator at the D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project, a D.C. non-profit that provides free legal services to survivors of domestic violence.


Lauren-Emorypicture-150x150Lauren Emory

Fall 2014 semester we had the pleasure of working with Lauren Emory, a graphic designer and artist from Wappingers Falls, New York. She graduates in May 2015 from Marist College, double majoring in Digital Media and Studio Art and was honored as 2015 Intern of the Year for the School of Communication and the Arts. Growing up in the Hudson Valley, Lauren is very excited to be involved in an organization that supports the arts in her community.


Previous Years’ Intern Bios

The 2013 fall semester we had the pleasure of working with two amazing interns from Vassar College, Octavia Smith and Lillian Barnes.  Their work in the Arts Mid-Hudson office encompassed incoming grant proposals, helping artists with their application process, and other arts administration work surrounding grants management.

Lillian is from Washington DC and is currently studying French and Drama at Vassar College.  During her time at Arts Mid-Hudson, she primarily worked with Eve Madalengoita, the Director of Programs and Art Services, on the NYSCA Decentralization Grant program.  She commented: “Working with the incredible staff here at Arts Mid-Hudson has been such an educational and inspiring experience.  I’ve learned so much about the behind-the-scenes work that makes arts events and programs possible.”  Lillie intends to pursue theatre administration or theatre education, and everything she has learned at Arts Mid-Hudson will be invaluable to her as she progresses from university into the working arts community.


Octavia Smith

Octavia is from the Bronx, NY, and has been studying Political Science and Africana Studies with a focus on the Middle East. Through her studies at Vassar College, she has been able to captivate her interest in the arts by taking many drama and art classes. “I have enjoyed working at Arts Mid-Hudson because it has allowed me to understand the process of grant applications, what panelist look for to approve grants. That experience will help me in my quest after graduation to travel.”

Graphic design interns, Alanna Coogan and Kristin Vogel from Marist College have worked to develop graphics pieces for marketing Arts Mid-Hudson’s work. Alanna’s designed pieces will soon be featured for the 2014 50 Locations / 50 Weeks anniversary celebration, where she created complex sponsorship packages, with accompanying collateral materials.  Kristin produced the Queen City Saturdays maps and posters during the fall, a special postcard mailer, and will continue with this project and others for the spring semester.

We appreciate the work of all of our interns and wish them all the best success in their futures!  To volunteer or inquire about internship opportunities at the Arts Council: info<at>


This past summer we have had the pleasure of working with three very talented interns:  Jason Alfonso, Taylor DiStasi, and Hillary Miranda.

Jason is a student at Dutchess Community College, focusing on video production. During his internship, he worked on many aspects of running an arts organization, including event planning and supporting arts projects.  Jason commented: “Working with the Dutchess County Arts Council has taught me so much:  opening and setting up a pop-up art gallery, learning how a festival works, and planning events. The staff here made me feel at home and welcomed, and I look forward to continue to volunteer with the Arts Council!”

Hillary is a student at Plattsburgh State University of New York, studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts. During her time this summer, Hillary has assisted with many exhibits, events, and learned how to post events on WordPress.   One of the highlights this summer was seeing some of Hillary’s artworks exhibited in the Pop-Up gallery.

Taylor is a student at SUNY New Platz, studying towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography.  She has been building her portfolio this summer doing event photography for the Arts Council, working with the challenges of indoor and outdoor photography.  Taylor commented on her work this summer, “Art is a universal language, and there are certainly people out there who love what the Arts Council does to open everyone’s eyes to it.”

The Arts Council tailors internship opportunities so the intern can gain marketable skills and experience, while providing much needed help with the operations of an arts business.  We appreciate the contribution that Jason, Hillary and Taylor have made to the arts this summer, and wish them the very best in their future careers.


Alicia Emmons began her internship with the Dutchess County Arts Council in February of 2013, focusing on grant applications/panels, the role of ever changing technology in an organization, various sources of funding, and general practices involved in running a nonprofit arts organization. She is a senior undergraduate student at SUNY Purchase with a major in arts management and a minor in media, society, and the arts, and holds an A.S. degree in performing arts from SUNY Dutchess and a B.A. from SUNY Purchase in drama studies.

Alicia commented that, “This internship program has been the perfect opportunity to see various aspects of the arts management curriculum at Purchase College come to life.  There is no better way to learn how an arts council functions than to see it firsthand. The staff at the Dutchess County Arts Council have guided my career outlook by demonstrating how each staff member’s professional strengths are vital to their position, and how each role plays a vital part in the success of the organization as a whole.”

The Arts Council tailors internship opportunities so the intern can gain marketable skills and experience, while providing much needed help with the operations of an arts business.  We appreciate Alicia’s work this Spring term, and wish her the very best in her future career.



Arts Mid-Hudson offers a Fiscal Sponsorship program for select organizations or groups. This program extends Arts Mid-Hudson’s nonprofit status for projects that are compatible with Arts Mid-Hudson’s Mission, or ongoing work of an individual artist. In this way, an artist or arts organization has the opportunity to apply for grants and funding opportunities that are limited to organizations with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. It also enables individual donors to support a fiscally sponsored artist or organization with tax-exempt charitable donations.

Below is a list of projects who are currently approved for the Fiscal Sponsorship program. You may use the ‘donate’ button to make a tax deductible contribution. Projects  will be notified of your donation and an acknowledgement letter will be sent to the donor by Arts Mid-Hudson for donations ofer $250.

Art East Studio Tours
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Mid-Hudson Guitar Society
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