Hi Friends,

We are grateful. Your support helped us reopen for artists and give them a chance to work, reflect, and be together for the first time in months.

We've spent this past year with you – artists, audiences, colleagues, neighbors – sharing stories of inspiration and grief, thoughts and experiences with racial inequity, the importance of pause, safety, and mutual aid. The generosity and passion of our community give us great hope that the seeds we plant now will continue to thrive.

Thank you. We look forward to seeing new works together, in person, live, with you in 2021.

With Gratitude,

Crystal Wei
Executive Director

COVID-19 Updates

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 until further notice to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus amongst our community, artists, and staff. Some artists will be giving online offerings, 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, the Small Business Administration's Payroll Protection Program, the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency, and generous donors, MTA staff has worked to remain open. We continue to advocate for more funding relief for artists, small businesses, and for a slow, steady, and equitable reopening in the arts.

We co-organized a group of Hudson Valley / Catskills Cultural Organizations share resources and advocacy efforts during the pandemic. If you would like to join monthly meetings, write 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 testing and vaccinations. Please contact us for any questions you have about safety guidelines.

Updated March 31, 2021