Folks of all ages enjoyed making their own instruments from recycled materials at our activity table during I Am Beacon's "Back to School Bash" in August.
As we close the chapter on 2021, we want to take a minute to share with you, our community, some memories, photos, and a whole lot of gratitude.
Saturday Series Teaching Artists:
(top row): Ed Murr, Poet Gold, Romina Robinson, Gwen Laster, Damon Banks
(bottom row): Chelsea Acree, Gina Samardge, Jessie Shaffer, Patti DeBonis, Sabrina Williamson
With vaccines not yet available and COVID cases rising last January, online classes and workshops felt like the only safe option. We offered some of our regular classes, ran online weekend family clay and felting workshops, and we put together the Saturday Series, a series of free/sliding scale online workshops made possible with funding from Arts Mid Hudson and the Clara Lou Gould Fund. Each Saturday afternoon, from mid January through March, students had the opportunity to join wonderful teaching artists like Poet Gold, Ed Murr, Gwen Laster and Damon Banks, Sabrina Williamson, Chelsea Acree, Romina Robinson, Patti DeBonis, and Jessie Shaffer in a variety of workshops on poetry, drawing and cartooning, street art, dance, synesthesia, music, and storytelling.
We also created a new pilot program that continues to grow and evolve. Team Creative Directions, named by the students, began as an online creative exploration course for middle schoolers needing to connect. Twice a week, students met online for an hour to play fun and interesting creativity games that explored a variety of arts mediums. Students then conceived creative projects and worked either collaboratively or independently each week in online breakout rooms. Some of the wonderful creations included writing skits, stop motion animation, choreography, and animated music videos.
Photos (left) Families enjoyed creating clay and felting projects together in our online winter class. (right) Over 120 free poetry collage kits were distributed to folks in Newburgh, Beacon, Cold Spring, and Garrison through the local public libraries.
Inspired by the words of Amanda Gorman at the presidential inauguration, teaching artist Romina Robinson and board member Autumn Williams-Wussow, conceived "take and make" poetry collage kits; these free kits included the poem "The Hill We Climb," as well as a variety of papers and images for folks to create their own pieces of art. Many thanks to Romina and Autumn, as well as Howland Public Library, Desmond-Fish Public Library, Julia Butterfield Public Library, and Newburgh Free Library for helping us get these kits into the hands of our community.
Winter ended at Compass Arts with the premier of Beacon Rising's video of the song "One Voice" by the Wailin' Jennys as a gift to the community. Big thanks to Steph Dlugon, Dave Tedeschi, and Andy Rinehart for their musical accompaniment, and to Andy for the wonderful video and sound editing.
Beacon Rising's version of "One Voice" by the Wailin' Jennys
Soloists: Danielle Andretta, Lisa Andretta, and Jennifer Meister
Steph Dlugon on violin, Andy Rinehart on keys, Dave Tedeschi on drums/percussion
Images from the spring at our temporary home on Hanna Lane.
(top left) TCD art class constructed miniatures of Beacon businesses;
(top right) Sensory bins from Elements Outside; (bottom left) Improv and Theater Games. (bottom right) Cartooning and Illustration class;
Big thanks to Jason and Carley Hughes!
Photos: (top left) Students at the TCD Hang sharing a song parody they wrote together. (top right) students in Improv and Theater Games enjoying a performance by fellow students. (middle left) TCD students planned and hosted a Halloween Party for their peers with cupcake decorating, costume prizes, and the limbo (middle right) Exploring wool in Paper, Wood, Wool, Clay class. (bottom) Beacon Rising choir performing at the Beacon Farmers Market in December.
The Wall of Gratitude
And of course, so much Gratitude to our 2021 Donors!