Community Programs
Community. Experimentation. Inclusion. Mount Tremper Arts' outreach programs build on key tenets of its mission to bring dynamic resident artists to the Catskills. Find new experiences in literature, music, and dance at local partner organizations. Stay tuned for our next event in October 2019.

Lit Lab
What happens after a weeklong residency in an Airstream? MTA partners with Ugly Duckling Presse and other literary outfits to host writers-in-residence who give readings at The Golden Notebook, Woodstock's thriving independent bookstore, after a week of tiny living.
May through November at The Golden Notebook (29 Tinker Street, Woodstock)

Sound Lab
The virtuosic musicians of the International Contemporary Ensemble are bold performers and educations of new music. After developing dozens of projects at MTA, ICE musicians deepen their community engagement through solo performances at the Phoenicia Library.
May through November at the Phoenicia Library (48 Main Street, Phoenicia)

Upcoming Events

Sound Lab and Lit Lab: Claire Chase and Tess Brown-Lavoie
Saturday, October 19 at 1PM
Phoenicia Library, 48 Main Street

October 19 at Phoenicia Library

Mount Tremper Arts and the Phoenicia Library invite you to a free musical performance and poetry reading by two of MTA’s resident artists.

Flutist Claire Chase invites listeners of all ages to an informal, interactive musical afternoon featuring music by composers Marcos Balter, Felipe Lara and Pauline Oliveros. FENCE Magazine poet and author Tess Brown-Lavoie will read a selection from her new work.

About the Artists:
Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and advocate for new and experimental music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute in performances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and she has championed new music throughout the world by building organizations, forming alliances, pioneering commissioning initiatives and supporting educational programs that reach new audiences. She was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2012, and in 2017 was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize. Claire is co-founder of International Contemporary Ensemble.

Tess Brown-Lavoie is a writer and farmer in Providence, Rhode Island. She runs Sidewalk Ends Farm with her sisters, and plays drums in the band Mother Tongue. Tess works on land access as the RI Field Agent at Land For Good, coordinates the Justice and Agriculture Working Group in Rhode Island, and serves as the Vice President of the National Young Farmers Coalition Board. She is the 2018 winner of the Fence Modern Poet Series.

Past Events

Ballez Class
Sunday, July 14 at 2PM
Upstairs at BSP Kingston (323 Wall Street, Kingston) 

Ballez Class
Ballez Class by Elyssa Goodman

In partnership with the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, Ballez dancers are re-imagining what ballet can be, who it can be for, and how it can be done. Shifting away from technical precision, participants can explore genderqueer embodiment, seek out (and destroy) culturally constructed biases, and dance to the beats of queer icons.

Lit Lab: Mike Taylor at The Golden Notebook
Leaving, work-in-progress reading
Sunday, May 26th at 4PM
The Golden Notebook Bookstore (29 Tinker Street, Woodstock)

It becomes clear to the people at a bar that the Puerto Rican woman buying them drinks all afternoon is Jesus and that every story they tell somehow contains another story and then another.... Can they take advantage of this opportunity to get personal with the Lord, or will they waste their time with God rationalizing and examining their own dissatisfaction?

Mike Taylor writes, directs and produces video, audio, theater and art installations. Taylor’s theatre and multimedia shows in New York City include not knowing, (The Kitchen), The Sadness of Others, (La Mama) Not Dead Yet, (La Mama), If I Were You, (The Kitchen), no lies (PS122) and Pegleg! Or, The Treacherous Journey ‘Round The Horn, (Little Theatre @ TONIC.)

She is currently working with performer and designer Kaylyn Kilkuskie on a nomadic performance of The Literary Oracle, which will be making a public appearance at Chashama’s Benefit Gala in June. A book based on her play not knowing was published by Ugly Duckling Presse as part of their Emergency Playscripts series. Taylor’s ongoing Art as Experience project, This is What Happened, a dream remix, was recently collected and mixed as an audio event at the New York Public Library with stories collected from library patrons. Its previous iteration was at Mount Tremper Arts, with collaborating participants from in and around Woodstock, NY.

Sound Lab: Ross Karre at Phoenicia Library
Saturday, May 25th at 1PM
Phoenicia Library, 48 Main Street

Ross Karre, percussionist and co-artistic director of International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), hosts a participatory music event featuring the hands-on the creation of mechanical music boxes. These custom music boxes will be featured in a performance of "Sound Listening" by Pauline Oliveros - a former Mt. Tremper resident and pioneering composer.

Ross Karre is a percussionist and temporal artist based in New York City. His primary focus is the combination of media selected from classical percussion, electronics, theater, moving image, visual art, and lighting design. After completing his Doctorate in Music at UCSD with Steven Schick, Ross formalized his intermedia studies with a Master of Fine Arts from UCSD. He is a percussionist and co-artistic director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and has performed regularly with red fish blue fish, Third Coast Percussion (Chicago), the National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble. His projection design work has been presented all over the world in prestigious venues such as the BBC Scotland, the Park Avenue Armory, the Kennedy Center, the National Gallery of Art, and the BIMhuis (Amsterdam). Ross is the founder and director of the crowd-sourced, contemporary music web archives and

Lit Lab: Anna Young at The Golden Notebook
FED, work-in-progress reading
Sunday, May 12 at 4PM
The Golden Notebook Bookstore (29 Tinker Street, Woodstock)

In the fall of 2016, M.F., Eddie, Fanny, Loretta and J.K. navigate politics and personhood through food. With knives, boards and ballast these womxn plot big moves, business ventures and relationships. Sustenance and satisfaction are questioned, love is always on the table.

Anna Young is an actor and cook from NYC. She is the creator and solo performer of 1942, a cooking show about MFK Fisher and the transformative power of food: designed to be performed in private homes and professional kitchen space, 1942 will publicly premiere at Archestratus in Brooklyn, Spring 2019; L.A. in Summer 2019, and London, Fall 2019. You may have previously seen Anna performing at University Settlement, on Governors Island or at The Pearl in New Orleans. When not perfecting performing, Anna can be found teaching baking classes & nannying. BA (HONS) American/African American Studies, Smith College 2009, MA Acting the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.