Welcome to our second decade of adventurous programming. 

We model our programming on our watershed ecosystem and the complex, symbiotic relationship between the Catskills and New York City. For 2018, we’re exploring the web of systems and layers of connectivity within our shared watershed as a curatorial tool. We’ve asked artists we’ve worked with to initiate new projects, building networks within networks. It’s a practice of building community while simultaneously disrupting community. Breaking open, diversifying, and expanding while being true to an intimacy of scale is central to what Mount Tremper Arts is about. 

This season, Laurie Berg and Liliana Dirks-Goodman, Monstah Black, Lucy Dhegrae, Mina Nishimura, Ugly Duckling Presse, and Marýa Wethers present works by adventurous artists that both break up and extend our networks with their own. 

Join us for new experiments in movement, collaboration, storytelling, and song with genre-bending performances ranging from Edisa WeeksTHREE RITES: Happiness to AUNTS’ immersive camp2, where dance happens everywhere and in everything. 

Celebrate the roots of our experiment—the mountain we occupy and its creative bounty—at our Meeting Point Benefit on September 1, when artists share work over a unique multi-course meal sourced from our gardens and prepared by MTA Chef Ethan Knechel. 

It’s as rich and diverse a season as ever, and we invite you to join us. 

See you in the mountains, 

Mathew Pokoik
Curatorial Director and Co-Founder, Mount Tremper Arts


View the Watershed Lab 2018 Calendar

The Watershed Lab locates MTA’s work as incubator, residency center, and rural presenter upstream of New York City, where its surging energy sustains a creative symbiosis between rural and urban New York. Its primary streams consist of partnerships with a range of presenters, in which MTA serves as the headwaters—the incubator site supporting the creation of new artworks. Just as the Catskills’ mountains, streams, and reservoirs send water downstream to the city, MTA’s rural setting generates original works—and relationships—that travel downstream to NYC and beyond.

Watershed Lab 2018 Curatorial Team

Mathew Pokoik, Curatorial Director | Laurie Berg & Liliana Dirks-Goodman, AUNTS Organizers | Monstah Black | Jaime Shearn Coan | Lucy Dhegrae | Carter Edwards | Mina Nishimura | Marýa Wethers

Watershed Lab 2018 Organizational Partners

651 Arts      Dixon Place       ISSUE Project Room     La MaMa    

Ugly Duckling Presse       Resonant Bodies Festival

Public support for Watershed Lab is provided by National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts Presenting division with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the County of Ulster’s Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotion Fund administrated by Arts Mid-Hudson.

NEA   NYSCA   Arts Mid-Hudson