Dear Friends of the Catskill Mountain Foundation,
We hope that you and your loved ones are well during this time of social distancing. We wanted to give you a little update on our efforts while we do our part to flatten the curve. We are closely following the Governor’s plan for reopening and are hard at work ensuring that all recommended protocols will be followed once we are able to open again. We miss you and want to make sure that you feel safe when you enter our spaces.
Catskill Mountain Foundation staff has been working steadily and remotely, adjusting our programming schedule and discovering new ways to reach our audiences and stay engaged with you and your needs during these uncertain times. Artists, musicians, dancers and other performers still do what they love to do, and we want to share that with you!
We’re working behind the scenes to bring you an exciting 2020-2021 season. We have all been encouraged by how the arts are providing comfort to so many people in these challenging times, and we look forward to better days when we can all be together again, enjoying the beauty of our mountains and the artists who are inspired by them.
The Staff of the Catskill Mountain Foundation
The Guide magazine has always been available in digital format and will continue solely in that format for the time being. The June issue can be found online HERE. We are hard at work creating a digital June issue for you, filled with poetry, stories, art and photography to keep you inspired.
The Orpheum Dance Program is continuing to offer limited community ballet lessons to its students by video. Follow the ODP on Facebook HERE
AAlthough many of our Performing Arts programs have been cancelled or postponed, we are providing occasional videos on Facebook highlighting artists who have graced our stages in the past, and we are sharing content created by other artists that we hope will inspire you. We are also hard at work creating some online digital performances for you to enjoy this summer. We are hoping to live stream these performances to both Facebook and YouTube (don’t worry—we’ll make them public so you don’t need accounts on either platform to watch!), and we’ll record them so you can watch them later if you can’t catch the live stream. Follow us on Facebook HERE.
The Kaaterskill Gallery is working on creating online interactive activities for children and adults as well as presenting short interviews with local artists and writers. Follow the gallery on Facebook HERE
It comes with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of our 2020 Summer Program at Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts. It is our belief that here at Sugar Maples our community is our family. In order to ensure the safety of our students, instructors, and staff we believe that it is not in the best interest of our community to proceed with this year’s program. We are working hard on a series of exciting workshops for the summer of 2021, hopefully including some of the courses that were not able to run this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rest assured, we are actively using this time to make Sugar Maples even stronger in the summers to come. Follow Sugar Maples on Facebook HERE and on Instagram HERE
We are also sorry to cancel Art Explorers, our summer camp for children at Sugar Maples, as well as our National Dance Institute Residency for children. We look forward to bringing these programs back in 2021. For 2020, we are working hard with three performing arts companies to bring virtual summer programs to the children in our community…please follow us on Facebook or sign up for our newsletter for updates as soon as they become available.
The Mountain Cinema is using this down time to install new equipment in our theaters to give you a better experience once we can open again. In the meantime, we are sharing movie news and streaming movie recommendations on our Facebook page. Follow the Mountain Cinema on Facebook HERE...we want to hear about your favorite movies as well!
Catskill Mountain Printing Services remains up and running, so please let us know if you have any printing needs...we are here for you! CLICK HERE to contact us!