2020 in Basilica Green

Season 10: Year in Review

Since 2010, sustainability and climate resiliency have been at the core of Basilica Hudson’s mission, starting when co-founders Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone reclaimed Basilica’s raw industrial space on the Hudson River and turned it into a solar-powered cultural destination. 


2020 Year In Review

2020 was Basilica Hudson’s 10th Anniversary Season. After a decade of presenting innovative and genre-pushing programming, our vision for this transformative season was grand: bigger crowds, a diverse range of visiting artists, new marketplace events and an integration of environmental advocacy into every public program. 

The momentum was palpable; then COVID-19 brought us to a sudden halt. Event postponements turned into cancelations, and like so many other arts organizations, nonprofits and independent venues, we had to completely rethink what was possible in 2020. But our commitment and energy did not recede.


Basilica Back Gallery Artist in Residence: Mary Mattingly

In October 2020, Basilica Hudson launched the Basilica Back Gallery Artist in Residence series with visual artist Mary Mattingly in collaboration with Toolshed. Mattingly’s work centered on creating an Ecotopian Library, a long term project that stems from the belief that art and ecotopian thought can be part of cultivating systemic social change, in the City of Hudson.


Thanks to Our 2020 Partners and Supporters

We’re beyond grateful for the many friends, artists and like-minded partners who have been with us through our reimagined 10th Anniversary Season. Thank you to our PROGRAM PARTNERS for helping us bring innovative, independent voices to Hudson and to our SUPPORTERS for making our programs possible.

In what turned out to be such an unpredictable year for all, we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for your ingenuity, and for supporting and nurturing Basilica Hudson’s evolution during this remarkable time of change.

The world is ripe for transformation and we are honored to share that opportunity with all of you. May we build a more just, equitable, joyful future together.

Basilica Institutional Donors

Basilica Program Partners

Basilica Supporters

Thank you also to the Basilica Hudson Board Of Directors, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Annie Bielski, Rebecca Borrer, Sarah Van Buren, Joshua M. Cohen, Susan Danziger, Angelina Dreem, Cassidy Ellis, James Esber, Cora Fisher, Rebecca Foon, Hillary France of Wylde Hudson, Anita Glesta, Haley Josephs, Patton Hindle, IMPATV, Mayor Kamal Johnson, Samia Khan, Dylan Kraus, Jim Krewson, Mary Mattingly, Shanekia McIntosh, Sayler/Morris, Moor Mother, Music on the Rebound, Amanda Palmer, Pauline Oliveros Trust, Alex Petraglia of the Hudson Business Coalition, Elvis Perkins, Kris Perry, Patty Schemel, Brandon Stosuy, Rufus Wainwright, Jorn Weisbrodt and Rebecca Wolff.


Dear friends of Basilica, 

For the last 8 years, Thanksgiving in Hudson has been framed by a bustling Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market

As one of our most far-reaching events of the season, presenting 100+ vendors and hosting up to 10k people over the weekend, Basilica Farm & Flea embodies a core of Basilica’s mission: to support and elevate the Hudson Valley’s creative economy and passionate small businesses. As an antidote to big box Black Friday, Basilica Farm & Flea celebrates gathering around quality goods, empowered individuals and great food all while shopping locally. 



This year, we celebrate our eighth consecutive Basilica Farm & Flea Market and it comes with some changes: we have gone virtual! While we miss gathering in our riverside factory, we are thrilled for this year’s market because we are spreading out the celebration – our promotional campaign goes through mid-December, with links to the vendors remaining on our site indefinitely!



Basilica Hudson is excited to host the Basilica Farm & Flea *Virtual* Holiday Market in partnership with LikeMindedObjects. Due to COVID-19, we’re unable to host our typical large-scale market indoors. We’ll miss seeing our loyal vendors and thoughtful shopper community in person, but are thankful to have a way to stay connected. You can still support vital small businesses through your holiday shopping – locally and ONLINE!



Inspired by our beloved art factory’s expanded mission referred to as BASILICA GREEN, Basilica Hudson has programmed this series to engage and activate people in the urgent issues of climate and social justice. Hosting a series of conversations between local and national leaders in arts, activism, climate and social initiatives, Basilica will present each of the following online through Zoom and Instagram Live.

Tues Oct 13 | 3PM EST | WATCH HERE
Conversation Series: “Resilient Economy: How to build a more local, just and friendly economy” with Elise McMahon (LikeMindedObjects + Basilica Farm & Flea Organizer) and Melissa Auf der Maur (Basilica Hudson) 

Artist, designer and community organizer Elise McMahon will go LIVE on our Instagram with Basilica Co-Founder and Director Melissa Auf der Maur for the first installment of the Basilica Conversation Series. ⁣

⁣Melissa and Elise will discuss how to build a more local, just and friendly economy. Through Likemindedobjects and other art and education projects, Elise experiments fluidly towards the seamless combination of art and industry. She is our steadfast Basilica Farm & Flea partner, and is currently implementing online webinars and in-person photoshoots for local businesses as a part of our Basilica Farm & Flea Virtual Market.

Thurs Oct 15 | 3PM EST | WATCH HERE
Conversation Series: “HEART Hudson – Hudson Emergency Artist Response Team, mutual aid funding for BIPOC artists” with Shanekia McIntosh (Artist, Organizer) and Melissa Auf der Maur (Basilica Hudson)

On Thursday Oct 15 at 3PM EST, artist and organizer Shanekia McIntosh will go LIVE on our Instagram with Basilica Co-Founder and Director Melissa Auf der Maur for the second installment of the Basilica Conversation Series. ⁣⁣

Their conversation explores Shanekia’s background and work, how Hudson became her home and, mostly recently, her founding of HEART, Hudson Emergency Artist Response Team, a mutual aid grant for BIPOC artists, performers and makers negatively affected by COVID-19 in Hudson, NY.

Tues Oct 20 | 6PM EST | WATCH HERE
Conversation Series: “Intersectionality and Art” with Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) and Melissa Auf der Maur (Basilica Hudson)

On Tuesday Oct 20, Camae Ayewa of Moor Mother and Basilica Hudson Co-Founder and Director Melissa Auf der Maur discussed intersectionality + art, Ayewa’s musical journey, Black Quantum Futurism, environmental racism and life during the pandemic.

Camae’s performance at Basilica SoundScape 2017 left a lasting impression on us. Beyond the visceral and shapeshifting sounds and genres she occupies on stage, she is a deeply engaged citizen and community organizer in her home of Philadelphia. Her work helps us find ways for art and action to intersect with sociological systems during this pivotal moment in history.⁣

This conversation was generously supported in part by Red Bull

Thurs Oct 22 | 3PM EST | Watch here
Conversation Series: “The Climate Crisis Affects Us ALL: Activating Local, Global and Virtual Voices” with Joshua M. Cohen (Director of Campaigns, Environmental Advocates NY), Susan Danziger (The Spark of Hudson), Rebecca Foon (Pathway to Paris / 1000 Cities), Samia Khan (Storyteller, Founder Railbed Productions), Shanekia McIntosh (Artist / Organizer) and Rebecca Wolff (City of Hudson Alderperson). Moderated by Melissa Auf der Maur (Basilica Hudson)

Join us for a live panel discussion about the connections between the climate crisis and challenging social and economic issues our communities face, featuring City of Hudson elected officials, climate policy advocates, social and economic justice advocates, youth organizers, storytellers and global climate crisis specialists.

Tues Oct 27 | 6PM EST | WATCH HERE
Conversation Series: A Discussion on Watersheds and Climate with Artists Mary Mattingly and Anita Glesta

Artists Mary Mattingly and Anita Glesta speak about watersheds, cultivating ecological understanding, the role of art in imagining the future and more. Both Mattingly and Glesta have been working at Basilica Hudson during the month of October and there are many intersections between their work. Among other things both have been thinking recently about watersheds and climate—Glesta through her large-scale Watershed video installation that is showing now at the Hudson waterfront and Mattingly through her Year of Public Water project and also through her Ecotopian Library project, which she is working on while an artist-in-residence at Basilica. The conversation will be facilitated by artist Edward Morris of Sayler/Morris, The Canary Project and most recently Toolshed, a key partner with Basilica Green. Toolshed and Basilica are collaborating with Mattingly on a Hudson version of the Ecotopian Library.


Dear Friends of Basilica Hudson (and everyone who misses being at an alternative music, cultural art event in a crowded old factory anywhere on planet earth!),

I am writing to you today because Basilica is launching our first Kickstarter Campaign and because I wanted to talk to you personally about why I hope you’ll support us.



The Basilica Installation Series centers around BASILICA GREEN’s mission to leverage the power of the arts to communicate and educate on the most critical issues of today. Basilica Hudson has three extraordinary artists and projects in-house this month, available to the public on the Basilica campus or online.

The October series features multi-media installation artist Anita Glesta, traveling civic engagement flag project Grand Flag, and current Basilica Artist in Residence Mary Mattingly. During this time of pause in public programming, it brings us so much joy to have these artists bring creative energy back to our factory.