Artist Residencies: Mount Tremper Arts is open for residencies, following a 5-month pause from March 13, 2020. Postponed artists are being given priority. Contact Programs Director Carter Edwards (carter [at] mttremperarts.org) for availability and new safety guidelines and restrictions. Deposits for subsidized residencies will be fully refunded artists/ensembles need to cancel due to the pandemic.
Watershed Laboratory: MTA will remain closed to the public for the remainder of 2020 to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus amongst our community, artists, and staff. Some artists will be giving online offerings throughout the fall and winter, and others will return in 2021 and 2022. All artists have been offered postponement or full fees.
Organizational Resilience: Nearly 45% of income was lost in 2020 due to closure and cancellations. With the help of emergency funds from the National Endowment for the Arts CARES Act Grant of $50,000, the Small Business Administration's Payroll Protection Program, the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency, and generous donors, MTA staff has continued to work and prepare for being safely open. We continue to advocate for more funding relief for artists, small businesses, and for a slow, steady, and equitable reopening in the arts.
This spring we co-formed a group of Hudson Valley / Catskills Cultural Organizations. If you would like to be a part of sharing resources, advocacy efforts, and ideas, you can join monthly meetings by writing to Crystal [at] mttremperarts.org.
About Safety: Like you, we have been adapting to the changing guidance from the government and health experts, and erred on the side of caution. We are social distancing, working remotely when possible, limiting group size, disinfecting and ventilating. We continue to remain vigilant about safety. All artist ensembles are advised to form a pod, create community agreements, and take advantage of free and timely testing.