I wanted to pass along as an interesting bit of news that has been coming to me from a multitude of people who know I'm involved with Middle Main.
In a public interview in NYC last week, Patti Smith, the famed musician, was asked if it was still possible for a young artist to come to New York City and do what young artists did when Smith was starting out. "Today," she said, "New York has closed itself off to the young and the struggling. But there are other cities. Detroit. Poughkeepsie... New York City has been taken away from you... So my advice is: Find a new city."
Can I say that this is something I've felt for quite some time. Poughkeepsie is unique in that it is a raw, real place with a diverse community of people. It has forever been on the cusp of something, though as of yet, that future has not been realized. There is so much potential in the city, it is just a matter of having a vision of what Poughkeepsie can be and taking action to make that happen.
I also see Poughkeepsie as providing immeasurable possibilities in which an artist can grow. The hurdles and restrictions that one constantly comes up against in NYC or many other cities are not present in Poughkeepsie. It is my hope that it never does and I'm working to make sure of that those opportunities persist. In the positives and negatives, an artist can easily find the people, places and activities that can forever influence their work.
These are the primary reason why I work in Poughkeepsie and continue to do so. My hope is that I can give back to the city as much as it gives to me.
For the full interview with Patti Smith go to this link - interview