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 Basilica enters a moment of transformation, we consider what our mission can look like in the wake of this new unknown. We are confident and grateful that the creative spirit will persist, and that this moment will inform our communities of how to work together and create a more sustainable future.
Most importantly, stay safe, and keep doing your bit to protect our global community. We look forward to seeing you as soon as it is safe and responsible to do so.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP IN THIS MOMENT
Basilica Hudson’s program and general operations rely almost entirely on the revenue from ticket sales and attendance at our large-scale public events. The postponement and cancelation of our upcoming programs due to Covid-19 makes our ability to sustain and recover challenging. Basilica is a non-profit that delivers big dreams with a tiny and dedicated team.
If you are able, please consider supporting us during this time with a tax-deductible donation.
New Public Artwork: Mother Earth
Basilica’s revised program launches with the unveiling of artist Kris Perry’s 35’ CorTen steel sculpture Mother Earth, which will be on display on Basilica’s grounds until summer 2020. Rooted in both ancient and futuristic architectural forms, Mother Earth compels viewers to contemplate their relationship to the natural world. The sculpture asks viewers to both look inward towards the self and outward towards the cosmos to discover one’s personal and collective responsibility to the planet we all call home.
Re-imagined programming: 24-HOUR DRONE and BASILICA GREEN
Online and digital reworkings of our postponed programs are also being planned, with streaming options for audiences to participate in both BASILICA GREEN and 24-HOUR DRONE while safely in isolation in their homes.
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. READ MORE
Later in April, with 24-HOUR DRONE’s in-person event postponed until April 2021, we will continue to collaborate with our long-established local and international community, with web-based DRONE programming taking place during its previously scheduled weekend of Saturday, April 25 – Sunday, April 26. READ MORE
Supporting the Creation of New Work: Hudson As Muse
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. READ MORE
Expanding the Basilica Green Initiative: Toolshed
As part of the launch of BASILICA GREEN – our expanded commitment to sharing and informing its audience on sustainable and regenerative practices – we have also forged a number of new program partnerships that will complement our expanded mission.
We will launch a new collaboration and partnership with artist duo Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris (Sayler / Morris), who will join Basilica Hudson as artists-and-curators-in-residence for 2020. As part of their partnership with Basilica Hudson, Sayler / Morris will be working on a long-term, multi-faceted project called Toolshed that gathers and shares tools for a livable future. READ MORE
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 www.arts.gov.
The Hudson As Muse Basilica Back Gallery Artist In Residence Series is generously supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Basilica Hudson’s music and marketplace programs are supported by a large roster of generous sponsors and community partners. More information is available at Basilica Hudson Supporters.