New York Times: “Where Veteran Rockers Go to Reinvent Themselves”

Basilica Hudson co-founders Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone were featured on the cover of the New York Times’ Metropolitan section on Sunday, December 4, 2022 for Sal Cataldi’s piece, “Where Veteran Rockers Go to Reinvent Themselves

From the article: “Melissa and Tony’s efforts have been a blessing for our community, one that really demonstrates the connection between climate action and social justice,” said Kamal Johnson the mayor of Hudson. “Basilica has been a great asset,” he continued. “It has brought world-class artists and audiences to our door and served as the stage for many events that bind together our community.”

Photo by Lauren Lancaster for The New York Times.

Sold-Out Stereolab Show

On October 5, 2022 Basilica Hudson and Chosen Family Presents hosted a sold-out Stereolab show. It was a moment in Basilica Hudson history. We are so grateful to everyone who came to experience this visionary night. 

Photos by Cozy Oaks Productions

Thank you, BASILICA GREEN Benefit Concert!

Thank you to all who performed and came out to support the future of BASILICA GREEN at our BASILICA GREEN Benefit Concert, presented with Pathway to Paris.  It was an uplifting night of connection, inspiration and adventurous talent. 

Thanks to your generosity, we raised funds to sustain and expand our BASILICA GREEN initiative. Advocating for a healthy planet, BASILICA GREEN offers four paths to meaningful action: 

  • FREE art and public programming that raises awareness and creates public engagement with the environmental issues we face
  • The Net Zero Campus Renovation Project, which has begun and is transforming Basilica’s reclaimed industrial building and surrounding campus into a leading carbon-neutral destination, and we hope instructive model, where “our building becomes the teacher,” and allows us to program year-round
  • Community-focused learning and engagement opportunities around the net zero campus and more
  • Localized green initiatives and strategic partnerships to foster equity, environmental stewardship and sustainable community development in the City of Hudson and the region

BASILICA GREEN has powerful potential. Through our active green-themed film screenings always followed by conversation, our climate solutions forums and more, we are bringing people together to learn, connect, explore solutions and take action.

As our net zero transformation allows us to program year-round, we want to go deeper and do more, including developing hands on green programs. We see learning, engaging and doing on our campus, our building as teacher and beacon of what future infrastructure can look like. All of this – free public programs and more – requires resources and we sincerely thank you for your generous partnership and support. Let’s continue to join forces to expand what we can bring to our community, region and planet. Imagine what we can do together with our space!

Photos by Jessica Chappe

Jon Bowermaster, Leila Conners & Matthew F. Schmid, Bill Covell & Sonia Skindrud, Cathryn Dwyre & Chris Perry, Ben Fain, Benedikta Karaisl von Karais & Matthew Stinchcomb, Sotirios Kotoulas & Karline Moeller, Christopher Lindstrom, Stacy Morrison & Ryan Myers, Jennifer Venditti

Melissa Auf der Maur, CAConrad, Devesh and Veena Chandra, Rebecca Foon, Jim Krewson, Rudy Shepherd, Jesse Paris Smith, TROUBLE, Patrick Watson

Benedikta Karaisl von Karais & Matthew Stinchcomb
Christopher Lindstrom
Ben Fain


Sample of Basilica Hudson’s Past Music Programs

Temple of Sound – April 2022

Basilica Hudson kicked off its 2022 season with Temple of Sound, a sonic awakening and homage to the building itself and its beloved 24-HOUR DRONE festival. As part of the nonprofit’s larger Earth Day Opening Weekend season kick-off, the program invited attendees to immerse themselves in the meditative power of sound through Basilica Hudson’s cavernous raw industrial space. Featuring: Deep Listening® workshop with Sarah Van Buren, sound installations by Arone Dyer & Kamau Amu Patton, and performances by Samer Ghadry, Madeline Darby, Kamau Amu Patton & Hellish Cashstrap.

Basilica SoundBath – October 2021

Presented in collaboration with The Creative Independent, Basilica SoundBath offered an immersive, intimate evening with sound artists Circuit des Yeux (solo), Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, and Samer Ghadry, plus an interlude by Elvis Perkins and friends. Embracing the organization’s commitment to experiential exchanges over the past ten years, Basilica SoundBath drew curatorial inspiration from Basilica Hudson’s two anchor music festivals, 24-HOUR DRONE and Basilica SoundScape, featuring alumni from both events. These artists push the boundaries of endurance listening, experimentation and genre, each taking the audience on a journey through sound that is both meditative and visceral. 

Basilica SoundScape: A Weekend of Music + Art – September 2014

Presented in Collaboration with The Creative Independent, and launched in 2011, Basilica SoundScape is Basilica Hudson’s most established and longest standing music program. Carefully curated weekend featuring a wide range of music, visual art and literature which highlights specific connections and overlaps instead of the usual festival-style overload, the weekend draws parallels between artists and voices not widely heard in relation with one another.

“At this scale, nobody feels crowded, there’s not so much to take in that your circuits burn, and, if you’re bored, the Hudson Valley under the moon is better than any venue lobby I’ve been in.” – Music Festival, Done Correctly – The New Yorker

Featuring: SWANS, Deafheaven, Michael Chapman, Arcade Fire bassist Richard Reed Parry, Emily Reo, and  Gamelan Dharma Swara ensemble. Visual artist Sterling Ruby created large-scale flags and banners to adorn Basilica’s main stage.


Basilica Hudson’s most beloved annual programs, 24-HOUR DRONE: EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND AND MUSIC, Co-presented with the Dutch music festival Le Guess Who? and in collaboration with Second Ward Foundation and Wave Farm / WGXC. 

An immersive event and all-encompassing experience, 24-HOUR DRONE is a roving, international series presented by Basilica Hudson and Le Guess Who?, featuring musicians and sound artists experimenting within the spectrum of drone to create 24 hours of unbroken, uninterrupted sound. An event that embodies Basilica Hudson at its most experimental and experiential, pushing the boundaries of what a communal, conceptual experience can be.

Featuring: SUUNS / Harmonic Frost, Patrick Higgins w ith Arone Dye, essica Moss, Prurient, Greg Fox, Ultraam and more.

Melodius Thunk – October 2021

A jazz performance as culminating event for Hudson artist Reginald Madison‘s participation in Basilica’s Hudson As Muse artist in residence program.  MELODIUS THUNK is a partnership between Reggie Madison and Tshidi Matale to present avant-garde jazz and other forms of artistic expression whether it’s dance, theater or otherwise. With works of art on display. Featuring: The Tani Tabaal Trio – Tani Tabaal on drums, Joe McPhee on sax and Mike Dibizio on bass.

Opening Weekend Recap

Our art factory reawakened this past weekend with our two kick-off events: Temple of Sound (4/23) and our Earth Day Celebration (4/24). At the conjunction of music and climate action, of sound and art, of individuality and connection, our opening weekend welcomed hundreds of visitors back to our campus. 

Temple of Sound

The day began with 24-HOUR DRONE co-curator and collaborator in sound Sarah Van Buren’s Deep Listening workshop, which brought a palpable energy of intent and care to Basilica’s halls. 

Sound installations by Kamau Patton and Arone Dyer then commenced, echoing waves of voice and electronic drones throughout our North and Main Hall. The installations were free, allowing for curious passersby to enter Basilica and wander through the sonic experience. 

At sunset, Samer Ghadry led the audience through a meditative gong bath, then passing the sound to Madeline Darby who ushered in a new, commanding resonance under a wash of fog. Each performer joined seamlessly, including Kamau Patton who stepped in to meld his sound installation into his performance using mini solar panels on a shirt to generate the input signal for his set. 

Hellish Cashtrap gave the first ever performance to take place in our newly expanded Gallery Building, using reversed samples of opera vocals to create a haunting landscape. 

Thank you to all who spent their day with us, exploring Basilica Hudson as a temple of sound, a place to connect diverse musical communities and traditions. The installation and performances offered a localized snapshot of experimentation within the larger context of universal sound.

Performing at the Temple of Sound at Basilica Hudson was beyond enchanting. My project started a little over 3 years ago. Since day one, it has been an absolute dream of mine to perform in the beautiful space that is Basilica Hudson. The project Madeline Darby has allowed me to continue to hold space for playful exploration of sound, listening and composing. It was a delight and thrill to bring this project to that space.” – Madeline Darby, Temple of Sound artist

Temple of Sound photos by Cozy Oaks Productions

Earth Day Celebration

From workshops on divesting from fossil fuels and electrifying your home, to anti-pesticide sign painting and live music from Brasskill, we were thrilled to have so many passionate individuals of all ages celebrating our Earth and creative climate solutions. 

Thank you to Local 111 for providing incredible food all weekend, and thank you to Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson, Michael Richardson of Rivers & Mountains GreenFaith Circle, NEA Artist in Residence Ellie Irons, Toolshed, Betta Broad of New Yorkers for Clean Power, SunCommon, Citizens Climate Lobby, Neighborhood Sun, Inclusive Ecologies, Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone and Environmental Justice students from Vassar College, Brasskill and Super Stories for making our Earth Day Celebration so special. 

Earth Day: GREEN Resources

A page of resources connected to our Earth Day Celebration event on Sunday, April 24

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Align Your Money with Your Values – individual divestment from fossil fuels workshop with Michael Richardson (Rivers & Mountains GreenFaith Circle)

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Plant pigment painting workshop / knotweed experiment with Basilica’s Hudson As Muse Artist in Residence Ellie Irons 

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Food by Local 111, brunch to-go

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM | Remarks from City of Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Green the Grid and Electrify Everything Teach-In with Betta Broad (New Yorkers for Clean Power)

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | No Spray (and anything else you want to make) sign making workshop with Ramiro Davaro-Comas and Grace Lang of Super Stories

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Between Two Paw-paws with Inclusive Ecologies, in conversation at the Basilica Paw paw patch.  Companion native plants will be on-hand for any wanderers looking to participate in the live-planting and consecration of the paw-paw patch.  Topics of discussion are open and will include pollination, Mastodons and the Pleistocene in Hudson, N.Y., seed sovereignty, botanical sexism, and rising tides. 

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Explore Outside Your Door youth science activity with Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone and Environmental Justice students from Vassar College

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Live music from Brasskill

Divestment Workshop:

Align your money with your values” is an interactive workshop on how individuals can move their personal finances away from funding fossil fuel extraction, production and distribution… and instead see their deposits, premiums and investments used to fund local businesses and farms, affordable housing, and the development of regenerative clean energy.


The EPA has a straight forward, simple post on compost & it’s importance:

ILSR composting page, but defer to Cassie for best links for this purpose:

Community Composting 101 Online Certificate Course

New Yorkers for Clean Power:

New Yorkers for Clean Power (NYCP) is a statewide collaborative campaign to rapidly shift to a clean energy economy. Through education, advocacy and organizing, the campaign engages the public, local governments and businesses to advance a range of renewable energy, energy efficiency, heat pumps and clean transportation solutions. NYCP is focused on advancing solar, wind, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, renewable heating and cooling, as well as creating jobs in these industries for all communities in New York.

Teach-In Archive

Explore Outside Your Door:

The Reverend Doctor Leonisa Ardizzone is a multi-disciplinary and integrative thinker; a Unitarian Universalist eco-minister, a musician and songwriter, a writer, a devoted activist, and a peace and science educator.

Workshop with Ellie Irons:

Feral and Invasive Pigments Walk & Demo / Knotweed Experiments

Meet some of the spontaneous and weedy plant-life of the Basilica Campus through this hands-on walking tour and demo, as we collect pigment-producing plants and use them to make handmade watercolor paints. Then stick around to see how one year of solarization with black plastic has impacted a robust patch of knotweed (Fallopia japonica) thriving on Basilica’s grounds, and help Ellie put a few sculptural remediation experiments in place for the next growing season.

Inclusive Ecologies Fruiting Bodies

Fruiting Bodies is ongoing project of Inclusive Ecologies of Pratt Institute, and Basilica Hudson is the generous host of one of three living pawpaw classrooms built over the past year.  The pawpaw, a tree which is native to the eastern us,  is the only “truly extratropical” plant within a family of tropical trees with oddly shaped, fragrant and edible fruit with large seed. It was a valued food source for indigenous peoples living along eastern rivers and creeks and enslaved Africans in the American south. Its range is only increasing in the northeast, with the increasing temperatures brought about by climate change.  Inclusive Ecologies asks the question: How have pragmatic reasons for not planting fruiting trees in the public realm reflected larger cultural anxieties about the body, about control, about decay and mortality?   We are also addressing the topic of botanical sexism, where male trees are planted in cities to avoid fruit, with the unintended consequence of exacerbating seasonal allergies. This misunderstanding causes us, rather unhelpfully, to anthropomorphize the sex lives of trees.  Fruiting Bodies imagines participatory rituals of cultivation and care, to relish the messiness of fruit, and fruiting bodies, including our own, to examine how stories about, and perhaps communication with, plants can illuminate previously marginalized and new unexpected narratives. 

Letter Writing Campaign:

Despite the climate crisis, our biggest banks are huge funders of coal and gas and oil companies. In the years since the Paris climate accords, they have given more than three trillion dollars in loans to these companies, even as scientists have told us we must stop the expansion of this industry.

During a Pathway to Paris event at COP26, Bill McKibben led the audience in handwriting a letter to Jamie Dimon, CEO of Chase Bank, the largest lender to the fossil fuel industry in the world.  These letters were collected and sent directly to Mr. Dimon. 

In partnership with Pathway to Paris, we are inviting you today to take a moment and write a letter to Mr. Dimon to support this effort.  We have a very short sample letter that you can copy, but please feel free to include anything else you wish, about why this is important to you, lending funds instead to 100% renewable energy, etc.  We will collect these letters and send them to Mr. Dimon for you.

As Bill said onstage, these exercises work!  This couldn’t be more true and we have seen the changes that arise from writing letters and taking similar actions (e.g. New York pension fund divestment).  As Bill said, “write [your letter] with a good heart, write it confident that we will be able to build the groundswell we need in short order to bring these people where we need them to be.”  As he reminded us, governments and banks are not the only powers of the world.  People also have the power!

Please encourage your friends and family to write these letters and take action. Please go to Third Act to get involved with their Bug the Banks initiative.



Jamie Dimon

CEO JP Morgan Chase

383 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10179

Dear Mr. Dimon,

I am writing to ask you to please stop lending any money to the fossil fuel industry, including to coal, oil and gas.  


[Your Name]

Everything You Need to Know for Temple of Sound on April 23

Saturday, April 23
FREE sound installations during the day, ticketed performances in the evening. We invite attendees to explore Basilica Hudson’s campus and experience sound in different locations as the installations & performances shift from room to room.

Yoga matts welcome. Food by Local 111 at ~6PM, with local brews and drinks in our Gallery Building. Please park in our far parking lot past the Toolshed Green Trailer. Signage and staff will be present to guide way-finding.


Deep Listening® workshop with Sarah Van Buren
11 AM – 1:30 PM

Registration is closed, but you can email Sarah to get on a waiting list.

Sound installations by Arone Dyer & Kamau Amu Patton
1:30 PM – 7 PM | FREE

The two installations run simultaneously in two rooms: Patton’s in our North Hall, and Dyer’s in our Main Hall. There is an optional interactive component to Dyer’s that requires headphones, so bring a pair if you want to partake. No registration required, come whenever you’d like. If you DON’T have a ticket for the evening performances, we suggest coming earlier in the day.

Performances by Samer Ghadry, Madeline Darby, Kamau Amu Patton & Hellish Cashstrap

This portion is ticketed. Our staff will start checking tickets at 6PM. Local 111’s kitchen will also open at 6PM, so come early to grab a bite to eat. Our bar will be open, too. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door (cash preferred).

–> At sunset (~7PM), Samer Ghadry will create a prolonged oceanic gong sound experience in our Main Hall. There will be chairs scattered in the room, but feel free to lie or sit down on the ground.
–> Multidisciplinary artists Madeline Darby and Kamau Amu Patton will then perform their sets from the North Hall. There will be seating.
–> Local improvisational electronic artist Hellish Cashstrap will close out the night with an ambient electronic set in Basilica Hudson’s newly reactivated Gallery Building.

The audience will flow with the artists, experiencing how the sonic energy changes with each location.  

We want folks to come and enjoy the evening at our Gallery Building. If you arrive after 9:30 PM, you can come in for free! We plan on wrapping up by 11 PM. Then, head over to the Avalon Lounge in Catskill for the official after party hosted by Community Rave Network.

PRESS RELEASE: Basilica Hudson 2022 Season Announcement

Press Contact: Leslie Hermelin

Basilica Hudson Announces 2022 Season  Sets Sights on Ambitious Climate and Community Initiatives 

In its first decade Basilica Hudson looked to the last century to build an understanding of the spirit of this place. Now it looks towards the future. 

April 7, 2022 – Hudson, NY: Multidisciplinary arts center Basilica Hudson has stood as an architectural and engineering glory for more than a century. Today it announces details of its twelfth season with a genre-spanning array of film, music, art, environmental programs, community programs and more. 

In 2022 this spectacular reclaimed, solar-powered 1880s factory on Hudson’s waterfront will fully establish itself as an incubator for future-forward climate leadership through its BASILICA GREEN and Net Zero Campus Renovation Project initiatives. The non-profit organization is committed to achieving carbon neutral, net zero energy performance as part of the upgrade and carefully restoring the historic industrial factory. Once complete, both buildings will be fully winterized allowing for year-round use. BASILICA GREEN will continue to present and develop new public programs, green jobs training opportunities, localized green initiatives and strategic partnerships in 2022 to foster equity, environmental stewardship and sustainable community development in the City of Hudson and surrounding region.

“When we started Basilica, providing a platform for independent voices and artists was our goal. In the past decade, Hudson and the world has changed significantly, and our mission must evolve with the needs around us. With BASILICA GREEN, we are creating new public greenspace, developing green workforce development opportunities, shaping the Hudson waterfront as an ecotourism destination, and advocating for the City of Hudson to become a carbon neutral leader in the region through strategic partnerships in the region,” says Basilica Hudson Co-Founder and Director Melissa Auf der Maur. “We are going to go further in our support of our planet and our local community, and to push ourselves to what is possible for an organization working at the intersection of art, climate justice and meaningful social change.” 

Watch the Basilica Green Mini Documentary Short, shot by National Geographic filmmaker Jon Bowermaster, HERE

Basilica Hudson will kick off its season Earth Day weekend with Temple of Sound, a 12-hour sonic awakening and homage to the building itself and its beloved 24-HOUR DRONE festival on April 23. As part of the nonprofit’s larger Earth Day Opening Weekend season launch, the program invites attendees to immerse themselves in the meditative power of sound through Basilica Hudson’s cavernous raw industrial space. Full details and tickets can be found here.

On April 24th, BASILICA GREEN programming will activate multiple spaces on campus inviting the community to celebrate Earth Day Weekend. Developed in collaboration with partners Toolshed, Pathway to Paris, New Yorkers for Clean Power, Rivers and Mountains GreenFaith Circle, artists-in-residence Ellie Irons and Fruiting Bodies / Inclusive Ecologies, and others, these free activities will include a teach-in on greening the grid and electrifying everything, an individual fossil fuel divestment workshop, the activation of welcoming and developing public green space on Basilica’s campus, environmentally-focused art and youth activities, advocacy letter writing campaign opportunities, live music and more. 

City of Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson will be in attendance to give remarks. Food will also be available on site. Full details and schedule can be found here.

This spring also marks the launch of the newly expanded Basilica Gallery Building, allowing for year-round programming for the first time ever. 

Basilica Gallery will open on May 5 with the first iteration of Jupiter Nights, a new weekly series on Thursdays celebrating regional musicians and creatives through concerts, poetry readings, conversational gatherings, art exhibits, DJ nights and more. Jupiter Nights will serve as a counterbalance to the organization’s large-scale events, with a focus on the local creative community. The series is presented in collaboration with musician, artist and curator Sam Hillmer. Admission for events will be on a sliding scale basis, and those interested in performing or displaying their work in the gallery are encouraged to contact

On Saturday, May 7, Basilica Hudson will present in collaboration with A24 an experiential evening with casting director Jennifer Venditti to celebrate the launch of her new book Can I Ask You A Question? The Art and Alchemy of Casting. Event details will be announced shortly. 

Further 2022 programming highlights include

  • Non-Fiction Screening Series, running June – October, will be back at Basilica Hudson’s North Hall screening room after two seasons at the Greenville Drive-In Outdoor Cinema due to the pandemic. 
  • Basilica SoundBath will take place September 9-11. Drawing curatorial inspiration from Basilica Hudson’s two anchor music festivals, 24-HOUR DRONE and Basilica SoundScape, this year’s SoundBath will be an expansion on last year’s limited-capacity event due to pandemic restrictions. 
  • Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market will be held on Basilica Hudson’s campus Thanksgiving Day Weekend November 25 – 27, showcasing the splendor of Hudson Valley local makers, farmers and collectors with a focus on homemade and vintage goods. 
  • Hudson As Muse Artist in Residence Series, running July – December, will also return to the campus this year.

In addition to hosting select concert events and special programming (lineup TBA), Basilica Hudson will further expand its ongoing work with like-minded organizations from across the Hudson Valley region, allowing the organization to both highlight the inspiring work of its sister nonprofits, and to celebrate the local businesses in the community. Partner organizations for 2022 include Albany Symphony, Hudson Youth Department, Spark of Hudson, Hudson Coloring Club, SunCommon, Rivers and Mountains GreenFaith Circle,  New Yorkers for Clean Power, Partners for Climate Action Hudson Valley, Sustainable Hudson Valley, Super Stories, Processional Arts, Black Entrepreneur Market, Forge Project, Toolshed and more.

Basilica Hudson is thrilled to welcome people back into its halls this year and remains committed to upholding pandemic safety procedures to create a safe and respectful environment for attendees, artists and staff. In addition to its focus on environment and safety, the organization is committed to providing a platform for independent and innovative voices through the pandemic and beyond.

About Basilica Hudson

Founded in 2010 by musician Melissa Auf der Maur and filmmaker Tony Stone, Basilica Hudson is housed in a reclaimed, solar-powered 1880s industrial factory on the riverfront of Hudson, NY. The organization welcomes over 20,000 visitors each season to genre-pushing music festivals, large scale marketplace events, regular film screenings, an artist in residency program, public installations and other community gatherings. The majority of its programs are free or sliding scale.

Through its programs, Basilica Hudson supports the creation, production and presentation of independent arts and culture, and strives to forge experiences that aspire to the scale, grit and beauty of its surroundings. It draws inspiration for its mission and programming from the City of Hudson’s epic history, as well as the region’s artistic legacy and environmental advocacy. Visit for more information.

2021 Year In Review

We entered 2021 under a veil of unpredictability, with the lessons of 2020 as our guide. Through the innovation and trust from our collaborators and supporters, Basilica Hudson was fortunate to present a season of connection, safely welcoming visitors and independent voices back into our reclaimed industrial solar factory.

We are honored to have hosted over 30 events in 2021, all of which were free except three! 

Here are some highlights:


Our season began with a stunning NY PopsUp performance by longtime Basilica friend Justin Vivian Bond, who filled our halls with music, laughter and applause for the first time in 18 months. This optimistic energy carried us through 2021, as we welcomed the return of DRONE AT HOME, a digital reworking of our beloved festival that brought boundary-pushing experiments in sound through global airwaves and into our homes.

We were also honored to work with local collaborators for intimate nights of music at Basilica Hudson. Emily Ritz’s album release show, presented with The Hudson Eye, was cathartic, our North Hall rafters echoing with sound long missed. Hudson-based project HI-BEAM presented Stefa and CISNE, two transformative Latinx artists creating electronic and vocal-forward music. 

While we were heartbroken to cancel Basilica SoundScape, our new (lower capacity, in-person) program Basilica SoundBath emerged as a loving homage to both SoundScape and DRONE, inviting artists Samer Ghadry, Elvis Perkins, Circuit des Yeux and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe to explore their craft with complete creative freedom.


Basilica Hudson’s Non-Fiction Screening Series returned to the historic Greenville Drive-In Outdoor Cinema for another season celebrating cross-cultural, experiential documentary films. Thanks to continued support of like-minded partners and filmgoers, we were able to present six free screenings, with topics ranging from the gig economy, electronic music’s female pioneers, large-scale art installations, Indigenous farming practices and the current effects of climate change. This year, we also had local musicians perform before almost all of our screenings!

We are so grateful for the chance to gather in larger numbers at the drive-in, and for the conversations and learning opportunities that each film provided, both for our audience and for Basilica Hudson as an organization. 


Our Hudson As Muse Artist in Residence Series highlighted the multi-disciplinary spirit at the heart of Basilica, each artist uniquely incorporating climate action and centralizing our river city to their work.

Saugerties-based artist Erika deVries’ powerful neon installation encouraged us to “Take Care of the Pain”; Kamau Patton developed a composition/performance piece using samples from Basilica’s landscape; Vivors’ film used Basilica as a set piece to explore self reflection; Inclusive Ecologies planted native paw paw trees on our campus; Toolshed launched their tool lending library on our campus; and local artists Reginald Madison’s & Tshidi Matale’s MELODIUS THUNK jazz concert evoked a powerful culminating sonic moment to his season residency in our Basilica Back Gallery.

We also collaborated with Free Columbia on an art dispersal to offer original works of art to the public on a pay-what-you-can basis. 

Despite our love of Analogue, we are ONLINE! 

 Collaboration with Tangible Remnants podcast hosted by Nakita Reed

Inspired by the 2020 creative shift to online focused programming, we officially launched the Basilica Conversation Series Podcast! Our extraordinary guests enlightened us on inequities designed into the American system, the future of opera, the healing magic of poetry, sustainable fashion and so much more. 

BASILICA GREEN & Local Collaborations

The expansion of our program BASILICA GREEN wove climate action into our cultural programming, from film screenings on regenerative agriculture and other climate solutions to a public forum on regenerative development. We were honored to be a sponsor of the Sustainable Futures Conference, as well as participate in the Hudson Valley Climate Solutions Week, both of which focused on the climate emergency and local creative work underway to address it.

We also broke ground on the Basilica Net Zero Campus Project, which will render our campus entirely carbon neutral and winterized for year-round programming.

This past year solidified more than ever the beauty and opportunity that emerges from collaboration. We deepened invaluable connections with local-focused partners who helped strengthen our ability to serve Hudson. From Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre’s performance, to the Cross Pollination Program with Thomas Cole National Historic Site and The Olana Partnership, to the Processional Arts Workshops and many more!

Our season closed with the return of the Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market (this time mini and open-air to accommodate social distancing) supporting small businesses and local entrepreneurs, which included a community sponsored resource evening developed in collaboration with the Black Entrepreneur Market.

Looking Ahead

As we enter the new year, we’re more inspired than ever to continue connecting with our incredibly talented community of local artists. We are fortunate to be surrounded by so many visionaries in the Hudson Valley and want to provide a space for more regular, intimate gatherings. 

We are also embarking on a Strategic Planning Process to guide the next decade, informed by feedback sessions with local leaders, organizations, causes and community members. We can’t wait to see you at the factory soon, and THANK you for all your support.


The Hudson As Muse Basilica Back Gallery Artist In Residence Series is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

Basilica Hudson’s Film and Media program is generously supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

New Episodes: Basilica Conversation Series Podcast

The Basilica Conversation Series Podcast, hosted by Basilica Hudson Co-Founder and Director Melissa Auf der Maur, highlights people and organizations that reflect and inspire our mission to be a platform for independent and innovative voices, and to support artists, filmmakers, musicians and climate change advocates.

EPISODE 7: Nakita Reed
“Unintentional Consequences of Progress and Other Modern World Quandaries”

This episode is a special joint re-broadcast presented in collaboration with the Tangible Remnants podcast hosted by Nakita Reed.

Basilica’s co-founder and director Melissa Auf der Maur sat down with Nakita Reed for an in depth conversation on polite racism, gender roles, feminism, climate change, preservation, sustainability, music, culture, inequities designed into the American system, cultural differences between the US & Canada, as well as where they think we are on the pendulum swing of progress and our hopes for the future.

Thank you to Nakita for collaborating with us on her podcast Tangible Remnants and for sharing your time and thoughts with Basilica Hudson and our listeners.

Tangible Remnants is a podcast that explores the interconnectedness of architecture, historic preservation, sustainability, race & gender.

EPSISODE 6: Elizabeth Sobol & Maureen Sager
“NATURE, ART & PEOPLE:  The Divine Union and the role the”y play in shaping our experience and world”

This episode features Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and Maureen Sager, Executive Director of the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE).

EPISODE 5: CA Conrad, Kate Durbin & Cat Tyc
“ECO POETICS: From Somatic Rituals to Everyday Trash and Everything In-between”

This episode features poetry readings and conversation with CA Conrad, Kate Durbin and Cat Tyc, director of The Home School. Their upcoming season of virtual workshops offered us an opportunity to discuss the way they teach, but more specifically the rituals in which they create. The realms explored range from electronic poetry arts, to hoarders and the tricky relationship between people and things, traumas, healing and the sacred EARTH.

EPISODE 4: R.B. Schlather & Roddy Bottum
“The Future of Opera: Sasquatch, Rip Van Winkle and Chosen Families”

Conversation about the intersections of the underground world of art and the old world of opera between Opera Director / Artist R.B. Schlather and Musician Roddy Bottum. Opera was created 100s of years ago as an artistic experiment of the European elite, but after speaking to RB and Roddy we find ourselves wondering if it could stand to benefit from being reclaimed by local communities and the underworld. From DIY dioramas and pen pal projects, to mutual understanding about queer solitude, we may wonder what world would not benefit from such creativity?

In honor of Pride Month and our commitment to artistic subcultures, we celebrate these two independent and innovative artists on this Basilica Conversation Podcast.

R.B. Schlather
Roddy Bottum

EPISODE 3: Elise McMahon of LikeMindedObjects
“Cross Industry Solution Hunting, Wastestream Research, & Regional Manufacturing!”
Learn about the underworld of FAST FASHION and it’s connection to West Africa, about RESOURCEFUL DESIGN and a new design headquarters in Hudson that aims to inspire the “spinning of gears” to deconstruct the design, materials and previous lives of objects on display.

LMO creates furniture, accessories and custom interiors in a contemporary joyful aesthetic with a resourceful design eye looking to local materials and technologies that respect communities and environment

EPISODE 2: Jon Bowermaster, Susannah Bradley & Rebecca Wolff
How do we break out of echo chambers? How do we mobilize both individual action and systemic change, and what role can the arts play in climate action?

This episode of the Basilica Conversation Series Podcast features oceans expert, journalist, author, and filmmaker Jon Bowermaster; SunCommon’s Regional Director of Marketing Susannah Bradley; and writer, publisher and City of Hudson Alderperson Rebecca Wolff as they tackle these questions and more.

Jon Bowermaster
Susannah Bradley
Rebecca Wolff

EPISODE 1: Rebecca Foon & Jesse Paris Smith of Pathway to Paris/1000 Cities
Becky Foon and Jesse Paris Smith are both musicians, activists, and co-founders of Pathway to Paris, a non-profit organization dedicated to turning the Paris Agreement into reality. They bring together musicians, artists, activists, academics, mayors and innovators, to raise consciousness surrounding the urgency of climate. 

Becky Foon also is a member of the Basilica Hudson Board of Directors, and based in Montreal. Jesse Smith is based in NYC.

Basilica x H0l0 Podcast

PLACE OF ASSEMBLY: The Art Emergence in Upstate New York
W/ Co-Host Sam Hillmer of H0l0 & Melissa Auf der Maur of Basilica Hudson

We were thrilled to partner with H0L0 and Experimental Sound Studio Chicago on their Place of Assembly Podcast last spring. Place of Assembly is a podcast that looks at the role of physical space in cultural production and in the lives of artists and creative communities of practice. Together we produced a 4 part series titled “The Art Emergence in Upstate New York” to explore in depth three established arts organizations founded a decade or more ago in the Hudson Valley: Basilica Hudson, WGXC/WaveFarm and PS21 Chatham. Then by comparison, in the fourth episode we met three emerging arts organizations— The Tenth Magazine, Hudson Eye, and The Hudson Art Fair— taking root in the dynamic City of Hudson, NY, where the city itself is the Place of Assembly.

Place of Assembly is produced by H0L0.NYC in partnership with Experimental Sound Studio Chicago and 8 Ball Radio.


The Art Emergence in Upstate NY created in partnership with Basilica Hudson


Deeply rooted in its geographical location, Basilica Hudson has evolved over the last decade in tandem with the City of Hudson and the region’s ongoing transformation. Basilica has drawn inspiration for its mission and programs from the city’s eclectic and epic history, as well as the region’s legacy of arts and environmental movements. As a platform for innovative voices in arts and culture, it strives to explore the new culture of the people who live there, within the context of those who were here before us. 

Basilica Hudson is situated directly on the Hudson River, which itself is one of the biggest “superfund sites” and ecological disaster of epic proportions in the USA, and which served as a  catalyst for  the modern day environmental movements that took root in the region.

The “Niagara Falls” painting by Thomas Cole, founding father of the Hudson River School Painters (the first american arts movement) was somewhat responsible for the creation of the National Parks Department, and government entity that acknowledged the power and the beauty of nature which is their responsibility to protect for the people of the country. 

What role do art and culture movements play in the change we want to see in the world?

In honor of its 10 year anniversary in 2020, Basilica as an organizer of and platform for innovative expression and culture, extended its commitment to the climate crisis and the intersections of social, ecological and economic inequity. We will all have to work together to elevate the places we live during the post-COVID, post-Trump and post-Truth era.

What we explored during this podcast is the role that “places of assembly” in Upstate NY play during this major moment of transition, revision and healing in the aftermath of a pandemic, a divisive political climate, social media fueling post-truth mania. 


Every episode of PLACE OF ASSEMBLY features a new artist space. We look at any space that exists in the physical world, and in some way house creative communities and cultural production.

During a time of enforced isolation, while all of our places of gathering and work have been closed off to us, we were in a unique position to consider what these places mean to us.

Place of Assembly is produced by H0L0.NYC in partnership with Experimental Sound Studio Chicago and 8 Ball Radio.

ABOUT Sam Hillmer

Co-host Sam Hillmer is a Brooklyn-based musician, artist, and curator. He is creative director of the Queens-based venue H0l0, founding member of the band Zs, and one half of the art duo Trouble.  He also makes music as Diamond Terrifier. Recent collaborations include Dirty Projectors, Laurel Halo, Arto Lindsay, and Tauba Auerbach.

In 1998 Sam co-founded the new music presenting organization Wet Ink, from 2010-12 he ran the weekly out music party PRACTICE at erstwhile Williamsburg venue Zebulon, from 2013-16 he founded and operated Ridgewood based venue Trans-Pecos, in 2016 Sam participated in beginning the live music program at Maspeth Queens based Knockdown Center, and in 2017 co-founded H0L0.  Sam has led music and performance programs for fine arts based institutions including Sculpture Center, the Queens Museum, Pioneer Works, and art fairs New Art Dealers Alliance, Satellite art fair, and Miami Project.

Sam has been active as a youth and community based arts organizer for over 20 years.


Co-host Melissa Auf der Maur, Co-Founder and Director of Basilica Hudson, was born in Montreal, Canada and raised with a fine arts education, focusing on music and photography. From 1994-1999, Auf der Maur was a member and bass player of the alternative rock band Hole and is featured on the Grammy nominated album Celebrity Skin. She joined the Smashing Pumpkins in 2000 for their Farewell World Tour. She has also released two solo albums, Auf der Maur (2004) and Out of Our Minds (2010). The latter project comprises an album, a comic book, and a fantasy film which premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Auf der Maur’s photographs have been exhibited internationally, including at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and have appeared in such publications as Spin, Elle, Nylon, and American Photo. In 2010 with filmmaker Tony Stone, she co-founded Basilica Hudson, the multidisciplinary arts center supporting the creation, production and presentation of independent and innovative arts and culture while fostering sustainable community, ecology and economy. Basilica welcomes over 40,000 visitors each season to a wide range of music festivals, performances, and large scale market place events, alongside a regular film screenings series, an artist in residency program, and other community gatherings.  


H0L0 – is a Ridgewood Queens based music and performance venue devoted to outsider communities of creative practice.  H0L0 was founded in July of 2017 by Sam Hillmer, Marco Boggio-Sella, and Craig Kalpakjian.


March 8: Part 1 takes a deep dive into Basilica Hudson’s history and evolution in the arts, organizing, green energy and creative economy. Plus Melissa’s stories as a Canadian rock artist and what, after traveling the world, led her to lay down roots in Hudson, NY.  


March 15: Sam and Melissa talk to co-founders Galen Joseph-Hunter and Tom Roe of Acra, NY’s Wave Farm about transmission and experimentation on air!


March 22: Sam and Melissa welcome Elena Siyanko of the stunning PS21 of Chatham, NY along with board chair Marian Karaupskopf, to dig deeper on public space, socialism, and performance.


March 29: Sam and Melissa speak with leadership from three emerging arts organizations in the City of Hudson: The Tenth Magazine, Hudson Eye, and The Hudson Art Fair. Hudson as Place of Assembly… Find out about that!


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