Howland Cultural Center 150th Anniversary Opening Night (in person)

Save the Date! Exhibition opening and performance, Saturday, August 6th at 6pm. Come celebrate our Library’s 150th anniversary! The exhibit will take place at the Howland Cultural Center the original library building, from August 6th – September 25th. Join us opening night on August 6th for a special performance with local performers! There is an exciting line up of exhibits and events at the Library, the Cultural Center and Historical Society.

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Howland Cultural Center Celebration (in person)

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 This exhibition has been over a year in the making. In collaboration with the Howland Public Library and the Beacon Historical Society. Artist and curator Donna Mikkelsen has put together a series of historical pictographs to tell the incredible story of what is now our free Public Library – it wasn’t always that way! Joined by fellow artist and history fan, Jean-Marc Superville Sovak. Click here for Howland Public Library  Click here for Beacon Historical Society  Click here for Donna Mikkelsen

Celebration of the Arts EXPO (in person)

The 8th Annual Celebration of the Arts EXPO will take place at the state University of New York (SUNY) Ulster Kingston Campus and will feature a full day of free workshops in a variety of arts genres – including dance, music, puppet-making, animation, photography, painting, spoken word, writing and more. Professional teaching artists will lead all of the workshops with assistance from PUGG, MAD’s teen workforce interns managed by The D.R.A.W. arts ed program. The EXPO will also feature panel discussions and tabling from over a dozen local arts and culture organizations.

Actor’s Lab (virtual)

Flex/develop your acting abilities and help develop new work at the same time! Join The Hudson Valley Performing Arts Lab on Zoom for exercises and more, as we explore the craft of acting in the context of new play development.
Register here!

Various Internships with The Woodstock Film Festival

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This opportunity can be conducted virtually.

November Newsletter, Part II — Woodstock Film FestivalThe Woodstock Film Festival (WFF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that nurtures and supports emerging and established filmmakers, sharing their creative voices through an annual festival and year-round programming to promote culture, diversity, community, educational opportunities and economic growth. 

Past attendees have included Darren Aronofsky, Alejandro Innaritu, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jonathan Demme, Steve Buscemi, Paul Rudd, Ben Foster, Richard Linklater, Mark Ruffalo, Natalie Portman, Kevin Smith, and many, many more.

The Woodstock Film Festival offers individuals unique, hands-on internship opportunities…

  • Interns learn administrative practices, management skills, and fundraising strategies associated with the film, media arts industry, and the running of an educational, not-for-profit 501c3 organization. 
  • Interns will work scheduled hours at the festival’s year-round office in Woodstock, on-site for special events and during festival operations or remotely. 
  • Interns will have contact with industry professionals of all levels, including festival directors, project managers, graphic designers, web developers, filmmakers, distributors, members of the press, and many others.

Potential Departments:

  • Operations, Press, Public Relations, Administrative, Graphic Design, and Production.
  • General experience includes database management, film entry screening evaluations, fundraising, public relations, press, community outreach, production coordination, event planning, equipment optimizing/organization, etc. 
  • Of course, the internship will be custom tailored depending on the intern’s individual experience and skills. 

Desired Skills:

Applicants with extensive knowledge of relevant software systems will be able to expand upon their experience editing web pages, doing design layouts, organizing files, editing photo and video, and much more. Some programs that we use include Photoshop, Canva, Squarespace,, Google Drive, Lightroom, FileMaker, and more. Interns will have many opportunities to meet and network with well-connected and up-and-coming industry members while enjoying responsibility in a fast-paced and team-based environment.

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 unit or 1.0 unit of credit ( min. 40 hrs with org over the semester for + 30 hrs of academic work OR min. 80 hr over the semester with org  + 60 hours of academic work)

To Apply: Please complete this online application and email

Sidewalk Talk: Creative Placemaking

Arts and culture are an important component of a thriving main street. One method for supporting and celebrating the arts is through local events and festivals. Join Pattern for Progress for a discussion with the organizers of O+, a longstanding festival in the City of Kingston, and the Phoenix Festival, a new event debuting this year in the Village of Nyack. Register here!
In this webinar you will learn from presenters with first-hand experience about establishing and running an event, creative ideas for celebrating the arts, and how to connect an event to the community where it takes place.
SpeakerS: Joe Concra, Organizer, O+ Festival and  Craig Smith, Organizer, The Phoenix Festival
O+ EMPOWERS COMMUNITIES TO TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR COLLECTIVE WELLBEING THROUGH THE EXCHANGE OF ART, MUSIC AND WELLNESS. O+ (pronounced O Positive) supports the health of underinsured artists and musicians through festivals at which they exchange art-making and performances for wellness services: the art of medicine for the medicine of art. O+ helps strengthen community wellbeing with Narcan and CPR trainings, expos of local health-and wellness-related nonprofits, cycling events, classes in the healing arts, mural tours and healthcare forums. 
Nyack joins the roster of world class arts events with the launch of The Phoenix Festival: Live Arts in Nyack — an annual celebration of classical theater, music, local culture and the creative spirit of community. For the inaugural year, the event will span five weekends in September and October 2022. All performances will be presented live and outdoors against a backdrop of majestic Hudson River vistas and Nyack’s lively, jazzy riverside village.
The Festival is hosted and produced by the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, an internationally recognized leader in creative contemporary theater and winner of multiple prestigious awards for excellence in theater arts. Founded in New York City in 2004, the Ensemble makes Rockland County its second home.
Ensemble artistic directors Elise Stone and Craig Smith lead the Festival creative team, engaging local, county and New York State institutions, educational organizations, businesses and non-profits in support of this exciting event.
“The Festival offers joy to audiences of all ages, while at the same time bringing visitors to Rockland, new revenues for local businesses and workers, a spotlight for non-profits and educational opportunities for young people who want to get up-close and hands-on with live performance.” –Craig Smith, Executive Director

Writer’s Lab (virtual)

Jumpstart or support your writing process at The Hudson Valley Performing Arts Lab “Writer’s Lab”! Writers who workshop their work in the month of June will have the opportunity to continue development with actors in the July Actor’s Labs.
Register here!

Digital Media Intern with Cryptic Gallery

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This is an in person position.

Cryptic Gallery is a new contemporary art space working in several schools of art from surrealism, street art and photography to sculptural, pop and graffiti, to name a few. Their motto is: “Recognizing the unfamiliar.”

Location: 358 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


  • Assist with the set up and take down of art shows
  • Attend gallery shows to assist with visitors’ questions and document the event
  • Photograph and edit content for social media and Cryptic’s website
  • Help with video editing
  • Manage incoming submissions for shows

Desired Skills:

  • Experience with photography and video editing
  • Understanding of websites
  • An interest in contemporary art

Hours: Flexible; Students can register for either 0.5 unit or 1.0 unit of credit ( min. 40 hours over the semester for 0.5 unit + 30 hrs of academic work or min. 80 hours over the semester for 1.0 unit + 60 hours of academic work)

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to

Emotional Support, Academic Support/Tutoring with Finish Strong

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This is an in person opportunity only available for CEL credit.


Finish Strong  provides non-contact boxing and other activities as well as mental health counseling to address trauma and build resiliency in youth and young adults. They strive to bring experiences to the classroom that youth would not otherwise encounter, such as:

  • Drawing, painting, and other arts/crafts
  • Film and media
  • Singing, musical instruments
  • Culture and history
  • Cooking
  • Sports and physical activity
  • Nature and gardening
  • Yoga/body and mind connection
  • Or any other ideas!

CEL students should be able to assist youth with social emotional learning & emotional support using various outlets such as arts & crafts and other therapeutic practices.

Location: Family Partnership Center, 29 N Hamilton Street, Poughkeepsie NY, 12601 

Desired Skills:

  • The student should have a skill of interest that they would teach to the participants
  • A desire to work with kids ages 8-15
  • Be prepared for a very active and engaging experience!

Hours: Flexible hours during Monday through Friday between 3-8pm; Students can register for either 0.5 unit or 1.0 unit of credit ( min. 40 hrs with org over the semester for + 30 hrs of academic work OR min. 80 hr over the semester with org + 60 hours of academic work)

Finish Strong will provide training on trauma-informed care and practices, as well as other areas of interest the intern may have.

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to