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Read some of the kind words that have been shared with us over our 20 year history.

“Over the past two years I have been fortunate enough to bring my company, Twyla Tharp Dance, to the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s properties for two residencies. The generosity of the CMF makes serious work possible for the artist. Their unique facilities, the Red Barn and Orpheum Theater, provided an environment for us to get away from the distractions of life and focus on the work, while the beauty of the natural surroundings offered a sense of peace and relaxation outside the dance studio. Buoyed by the extraordinary support of the CMF staff, we were able to accomplish many great things, and we are ever grateful.”
—Twyla Tharp

“In late summer 1998 we met an amazing couple with a great vision for bringing the Arts to the Mountaintop. That marked the beginning of a deep friendship and collaboration with Peter and Sarah Finn and the magnificent Catskill Mountain Foundation. It’s been a great pleasure to share in their journey these past 20 years and we are so grateful for their friendship and our ongoing collaborations. Happy 20th Anniversary to the Catskill Mountain Foundation!”
—Robert Manno & Magdalena Golczewski,
Windham Chamber Music Festival

One of the most meaningful things we have done as a company – if not THE most meaningful – is come together, in residency (a inseparable part of the history modern dance in America from Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis at Jacob’s Pillow to Martha Graham at Bennington), and make work. And one of the most inspiring places we’ve ever had the opportunity to do that is Catskill Mountain Foundation, where we’ve had two incredible residences – one in 2009, and one in 2017.  Away from the pressures of our New York City lives, we listen differently, we breathe together, we create work as an ensemble, we connect with the environment and the community around us. We see, we hear, we reinvent. I cannot fully express our gratitude to Catskill Mountain Foundation – and our tremendous desire to return! Catskill Mountain Foundation is a priceless asset to the arts community, and to the area.
—Chase Brock

Dear Peter Finn,
My name is Sarah Yarger; I am eleven years old, and live in Lexington. I participate in Miss Victoria’s community ballet class. My experience has been fantastic! Miss Victoria is a wonderful teacher; she has the perfect amount of strictness that we improve every week while having fun.  Since the fall I have developed a new appreciation for dance. Miss Victoria has been very inspirational. The workshops that the dancers did were amazing! I was so happy afterward that my mom told me I was glowing! I really wanted to do the Nutcracker, but I had a conflict. My brother was able to do it though! He absolutely loved it. I have made many memories here and look forward to the community ballet class every week.
—Sarah Yarger