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.
Building on Basilica Hudson’s long standing commitment to the Hudson waterfront and local environmental advocacy, BASILICA GREEN aims to join cultural activism with ecological responsibility to regenerate the planet, people and economy. In 2020, BASILICA GREEN will include new public programs, local green initiatives and strategic partnerships that foster cultural activism, equity, environmental stewardship and sustainable community development.
In 2020, BASILICA GREEN will break ground on the Basilica Net Zero Campus Project, which will transform the institution’s reclaimed industrial building and campus on the Hudson Riverfront into a leading carbon-neutral destination for year-round programming and community engagement.
In addition to creating dedicated space for climate action, the Basilica Net Zero Campus Project will provide educational opportunities, interactive landscape interventions and new public greenspace in the City of Hudson for residents and visitors alike. The Basilica Net Zero Campus Project is made possible through a grant from NYSERDA’s Net Zero Energy for Economic Development Program. Initial planning has begun and will continue through 2023 with opportunities to support green workforce development and actively engage the public for feedback to shape the project and guide the process.
Basilica Hudson has centered sustainability in its programming, from its “no barcode, no plastic wrap” ethos of Basilica Farm and Flea Markets, to screening environmental documentaries, to hosting sustainability marketplace events such as ONE Fair and the Basilica Green Energy Fair. Over the past 10 years, Basilica Hudson has championed climate advocacy in its programming, embraced sustainable energy alternatives and is proud to have partnered with many organizations leading the Hudson Valley Region in environmental action, such as CYCLEffect, Green Mountain Energy, The Good Work Institute, Hudson River Stories, Scenic Hudson, Riverkeeper and the Clearwater. Through BASILICA GREEN, Basilica Hudson will expand existing partnerships and forge new ones with local leaders, climate advocates and organizations to better serve its community, elevate existing efforts and reimagine the approach to climate and social justice.
New partnerships include Toolshed, a platform to gather and share tools to build a more equitable, livable future; Pathway to Paris, a global climate action group; and The Spark of Hudson, a Hudson-based learning and training center dedicated to reinventing education.
Toolshed, created by artist duo Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris (Sayler/Morris), will partner with Basilica Hudson to shape and expand BASILICA GREEN. This partnership includes the creation of a site-specific permaculture teaching garden with environmentalist and educator Joshua Cohen, as well as public talks, workshops, charrettes and gatherings to inform BASILICA GREEN programs, campus renovations and service to the community. Sayler/Morris are also co-founders of The Canary Project, a collective that has produced more than 20 art and media projects that deepen public understanding of ecological issues such as climate change, extinction, food systems and water resources.
Toolshed will also co-present the first artists of the Hudson As Muse Basilica Back Gallery Artist in Residence Series, which will include an installation of artist Mary Mattingly’s Ecotopian Library, and an iteration of artist Kamau Patton’s Tel project. Thanks, in part, to the support of Basilica Hudson’s first NEA Art Works Visual Arts Grant, the Hudson As Muse Basilica Back Gallery Artist in Residence Series will continue to support the creation of site-specific work centered on Hudson’s unique geographic location and community. Artists in residence have been selected by a Curatorial Advisory Panel and will collaborate with program partners, community members and neighboring cultural institutions to design, create, implement and present new works.
Pathway to Paris
Basilica Hudson will also partner with Pathway to Paris, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing together musicians, artists, activists, academics, mayors and innovators to help raise consciousness surrounding the urgency of climate action and offering solutions to turning the Paris Agreement into action. The two organizations will work to actualize Pathway to Paris’ global initiative 1000 CITIES Initiative for Carbon Freedom by advocating for the City of Hudsonto become one of 1,000 cities around the world to develop and implement ambitious climate action plans, and become a leader in the climate and net-zero movements. Basilica Hudson will honor the work of artists/activists and Co-Founders of Pathway to Paris Becky Foon and Jesse Paris Smith as part of their Pioneering People Basilica Fall Benefit in October 2020, in addition to other honorees to be announced.
The Spark of Hudson
Building on The Spark of Hudson’s efforts to explore new ways of living, working and learning, Basilica Hudson and The Spark of Hudson will collaborate on new workforce development initiatives to grow awareness of jobs in the creative and green economies, create hands-on training opportunities with local employers through the Basilica Net Zero Campus Project and and inspire job creation in the City of Hudson and surrounding region. In 2020, The Spark of Hudson has spearheaded Hudson community initiatives such as distributing hot spots to families without a home internet connection, and HudsonUP, a partnership with Andrew Yang’s Humanity Forward to bring a Universal Basic Income (UBI) pilot to Hudson.
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Basilica Hudson’s 2020 Ten-Year Anniversary Season celebrates a decade of innovative and independent multi-disciplinary arts programming. In honor of this important milestone, Basilica Hudson brings local and global green initiatives to the forefront of its creative mission through expanded programs and new strategic partnerships with leaders in the field of sustainability.
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