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Artists in Residence - Does anyone have an extra bedroom?

Posted on May 3, 2011 at 12:36pm 1 Comment

As many of you know, I have been working to perpetuate a conversation about the culture of the Hudson Valley. I'm interested in looking at this from a multitude of perspectives that include arts, food, music, and the environment. Culture is what makes us who we are and gives the Hudson Valley its unique character. As most of you know, I believe very strongly in the role that artists should play in helping to develop culture and community. So, I wanted to throw an idea out that has been long…


Art, Culture and Media in our Communities

Posted on May 1, 2011 at 2:35pm 0 Comments

On April 20th, I hosted a panel talk about the role of media, art and culture in the Hudson Valley.  Speakers Karen Michel, Kiese Laymon, Edward Summers, Children's Media Project, Decora of Readnex Poetry Squad, Leonard Nevarez, and myself spoke about about the role art and media play in the Hudson Valley and how we can foster new possibilities for thinking about these…


Public Goods

Posted on February 14, 2011 at 12:03am 1 Comment

I wanted to pass along a transcript of a talk that Malcolm Gladwell gave in Baltimore not long ago. Mr. Gladwell is the author of several National Bestsellers - The Tipping Point and Outliers. 

In the talk he focused his attention on the importance of public goods. His main example was that of a small town in Pennsylvania with an amazing record of low heart disease.  This Mr. Gladwell said was because of the close proximity people live to each another and the fact that they valued…


Art as Community Development

Posted on October 13, 2010 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

Last weekend I attended the Creative Time Revolutions in Public Practice in New York City. The conference had a multitude of different speakers talking about the ways in which artists are impacting various communities. One of the highlights of the weekend was an award given to Rick Lowe of Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas. Project Row Houses is a community based housing and arts initiative that has made a tremendous change in Houston.

In his talk Rick Lowe talks about…

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At 9:44pm on April 28, 2011, Jenny Coronel said…
Matthew, thanks for organizing the talk "Media on the Community: A Concept of Public Culture"--it was great to have so many players gathered in one space and sharing their views on art & culture. You mentioned that the shows would be broadcast on the Dead Hare Radio Show. Any chance you can post the links on this site? Thanks! :)
At 9:45pm on March 12, 2010, Allie Bernhard said…
I tried to write this all in my friend request message but it wouldn't let me..

Your presentation on Wednesday was great! I wish I could have stayed for the whole thing.. I told Elizabeth earlier that day that I was thinking we should have an exhibit for all of the children's art projects. SInce we're working with what we already have in Poughkeepsie, it seems like a good idea to highlight the art that is being made right now, and I know there are a lot of programs for kids.. Mill St. Loft, Children's Media Project, and I know there are a bunch of art related events going on at the Library.. It seemed that the comments and suggestions at the meeting were going in this direction, since these programs in place were already brought up, so I hope this idea was brought up as well! If not, I still think it's a good one to consider.. Elizabeth said there is usually a Kids' Expo this time of year, but I just looked it up and it has been moved to the Fall, so maybe this can be a smaller type of replacement? :)

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