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.⁣

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.