The Nyack Center has become a pivotal resource for arts programs in our community. Visual artists, musicians, poets, actors and arts organizations all benefit from space and support that the Nyack Center board and staff provide. Years, before I joined the Nyack Center board, when I organized my first Flash Sketch Mob in 2012, the Nyack Center delivered crucial support. Students from their after-school program helped organize the event, the bell tower signaled the beginning and the end of the public art making session and the parking lot in the rear and the steps in front served as the staging area for the 100 artists that participated.
Here are some of the other cultural programs and annual events that have been nurtured by the Nyack Center:
Operating from a basement office in the Nyack Center, Rivertown Film Society screens features in the auditorium that include discussions with the film makers after the screening.
Nyack Center Figure Drawings
Since 2011, artists gather every Thursday to draw from live models. The sessions are organized by prominent courtroom artists and illustrator, and former Nyack Center board member, Janet Hamlin.
Made by Hand
On November 13, 2015, nearly 50 artists and crafts people will participate in this annual holiday gift fair.
Music And Reading in a Holiday Spirit
For the last 21 years, local performing artists and notables give holiday readings and provide musical gifts. This year’s program will be held on December 13.
For artists, audiences, and students, Nyack Center is a place where creativity and culture intersect with community. In recognition of this role, the Nyack Art Collective will honor the Nyack Center’s 25 anniversary on First Friday, September 4. The theme of their monthly exhibit at Prohibition River will be "Celebrate Nyack" and 50% of the proceeds of any sale will go to the Nyack Center. The opening reception will be at Prohibition River, 82 Main Street from 8-10p.
Bill Batson is an activist, artist, writer and member of Nyack Center's Board of Directors.
Nyack Center is celebrating 25 years of service to our community this year. As part of that celebration, every Tuesday for the remaining weeks of 2015, we will share a testimonial that answers the question "Why We Need Nyack Center." Past and current board members, graduates and participants in our programs, elected officials, non-profit leaders, community members and friends under the guidance of Bill Batson will share their experiences during our 25 years of service.
Our 25 Years blog will be part of many special moments and milestones leading up to our 25th Anniversary Legacy Gala on November 14, 2015. The 25 Anniversary Legacy Gala is an elegant event when we honor community leaders who have made a difference in the life of our organization and community. This years Legacy Honorees are Chris & Bert Hughes and Sally & Roger Seiler. The event to benefit Nyack Center’s programs and our Legacy Fund.
We hope you Save the Date and join us November 14 at 7pm for Nyack Center’s 25 Anniversary Legacy Gala. For ticket and journal information go to www.nyackcenter.org
If you are reminded of a story, or a moment, or an event that you would like to share about Nyack Center, please share it as a comment on the blog.
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Nyack Center staff & community members will be submitting posts following this year's theme, "You're a shining star. No matter who you are." highlighting our community.