Dear Invaluable Friend of Basilica Hudson –
Hello from my isolation to yours. I hope this finds you and yours first and foremost, healthy and feeling safe.
I have been thinking so much about the fate and changes to our big and beautiful factory, and the people who make it what it is: YOU. The Basilica people who visit us, follow us, celebrate with us and share in our love of the emerging, the fringe, the avant-garde, the loud, the beautiful, the weird, the friendly, the handmade, the unique, the yummy and the ABSOLUTE BLISS OF SHARING NEW EXPERIENCES WITH FELLOW HUMANS.
AN ENCORE OF FILM
Available Exclusively to Stream
Available May 8 – May 24
Grab some popcorn and get ready for a fun, artful film experience for kids and adults alike. With these hour-long screenings of the best of the New York International Children’s Film Festival‘s short films, you can bring some artful, inspired storytelling and hilarity to your home screen. Two short film programs are available, Kid Flicks One recommended for ages 3+, and Kid Flicks Two for ages 8+. Have a great film experience with your kids, with plenty of ideas and themes to talk about long after the screening is done (and you’ll have 48 hours to rewatch as much as you’d like!).
Saturday, April 25 – Sunday, April 26 2020
“An ocean will never separate us it will always connect us. Music is free and travels without being hindered by borders, differences or distances.” – NEVER TEMPLE (Toronto, CA + Amsterdam, NL)
This past weekend’s 24-HOUR DRONE was our very first foray into online music + sound events during these strange times. It was both a communal learning experience in what it means to “gather” online when “IRL” is not possible, as well as a communal healing process for many that left us feeling deeply connected while still apart.
Announcing the digital programs, green initiatives and public art at the heart of our revised Ten Year Anniversary spring season of programming
Having postponed our planned 2020 spring season of programming due to Covid-19, we are proud to announce a revised plan centered on continuing to support art and artists through digital programming, the creation of new work, climate action films, and the presentation of a new piece of public art.
2020 is both Basilica’s ten year anniversary, and the 50 year anniversary of Earth Day. With that, our BASILICA GREEN Initiative and Net Zero Campus project are launched.
While we’re disappointed not to be able to mark these important milestones with the in-person company of our fellow humans, we remain committed to our mission of fostering sustainable community, ecology and economy.
SAVE THE DATES AND TAKE A WALK IN HUDSON
We are proud to announce digital versions of both 24-HOUR DRONE and BASILICA GREEN. For our friends and neighbors in Hudson, we invite you to take a solo walk on our grounds and visit Mother Earth, the timely artwork of our longstanding collaborator, Kris Perry.
As you will imagine, we at Basilica have been closely monitoring developments and updates around the spread of COVID-19. As a space for bringing people together, the safety and wellbeing of both our local and global communities are always at the forefront of our decision-making.
We have been paying close attention to current CDC and WHO guidelines. In light of these, and following Governor Cuomo’s ban on large gatherings through mid-May, we are postponing our upcoming spring programs, beginning with BASILICA GREEN, 24-HOUR DRONE and BASILICA FARM & FLEA SPRING MARKET. We will continue to monitor conditions and review our plans for events beyond mid-May as the situation progresses.
Tuesday, April 21 | 12PM
// FREE | Register via Zoom here //
With our spring season of programming postponed due to Covid-19, we have planned online and digital reworkings of our postponed programs, with streaming options for audiences to participate in BASILICA GREEN while safely in isolation at home.
In celebration of Earth Day, on Tuesday, April 21, we will continue our collaboration with Certified BCorp SunCommon to present a streamed selection of short films focused on solutions to the climate crisis, as part of SunCommon’s Climate Action Film Festival. Filmmakers will include long-time friend of Basilica Green initiatives Jon Bowermaster, whose award-winning work presents striking and beautiful local and global studies into those working to combat the climate and energy crisis. Further films will tackle topics ranging from the work of Extinction Rebellion, to the innovative activism of two indigenous poets.
New Public Artwork
Artist Kris Perry says:
“Like so many others in Hudson and beyond, I was sorry but not surprised that Basilica has cancelled its spring programming due to the Coronavirus. I know how hard the entire Basilica team has worked to make this, their tenth-year anniversary, a special season. Since its inception, Basilica has proven itself a thriving hub for the arts in the Hudson Valley. A multinational array of artists, makers, and other creatives have worked in this venue; it has proven to be a welcoming place for all, and has become the epicenter of a vibrant community.
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.
The series will launch later in 2020 when circumstances and schedule permit.