So many of us have been drawn to Peekskill for its lovely setting along the Hudson River, its diverse population and the growing arts scene. We are blessed with galleries, restaurants, the live/work artists’ lofts, interesting businesses and the Historic Paramount Theater, a large venue for big acts. The Paramount, built as a movie house, lacks many of the components of a traditional theater space.
Peekskill needs a place for local performing and literary artists - professional and emerging - to collaborate, create, teach and perform. An incubator for new works, a homebase for local artists. Help us continue to provide a place for community participation in the arts!
Our BIG VISION space consists of 2-3 theater spaces of differing sizes and configurations, rehearsal studios, set and costume shops & storage, writers’ rooms, practice rooms, event space, and administrative offices. We could also collaborate with entities such as Orange Splot and Peekskill Arts Alliance to create gallery and visual art teaching space.
When we started out almost 7 years ago, we knew it would be a long journey - an exciting path full of challenges and creativity. The vision became something we could not - NOT pursue. We had to EMBARK!
STAFF & BOARD
12 N. Division St
PEEKSKILL, NY 10566
Our NEW Office - Jan 2017
How can one create and/or build an artistic home for others?
By Todd London,
Artistic Director New Dramatists
Ask them what they need and want in the house.
Don’t make the rules for them; make the rules with them.
Sustain the relationships over time.
Figure out ways to allow for quiet and then for community.
Have snacks available, and don’t charge for them. In fact, keep food around everywhere. You’ll know it’s becoming homey when the artists start bring food in on their own, feeding each other, potluck style.
Let artists lead their own art, which means making mistakes and also making magical things that they have every right to celebrate and own.
Don’t take credit for the work of other people in your house.
Identify and strive to defeat your own narcissism as a facilitator
Put hospitality first.
Put making community among artists first, too.
And then put artistic freedom before both of them.
Stop telling other people what to do and how to do it.
Fill the house with intellectual and creative resources.
Keep beautiful things around.
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We need folks with a variety of skills who can make EMBARK one of their top priorities.
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