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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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue