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

PK4Keeps Open House (in person)

Attend the third open house for PK4Keeps on March 24th and be part of the effort to create Poughkeepsie’s new comprehensive plan and zoning code. Learn about PK4Keeps, talk to project representatives, and contribute your voice to the development of community strategies. Register here!

Join us for the March Open House

City of Poughkeepsie Common Council Meeting (virtual)

5:45 – Public Hearing Continued: for the purpose of receiving comments on the proposed introductory Local Law, entitled “Local Law Amending Section 18 1/2 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Poughkeepsie, New York”; Local Waterfront Redevelopment Program. Register here!

6:30 – Common Council Meeting – Register here!

  • Approval of new members to new boards
  • Ordinance amending §13-269 of Chapter 13 of the City of Poughkeepsie Code
    of Ordinances Entitled “Motor Vehicles and Traffic”, establishing a Handicapped parking
  • Resolution accepting a donation from the Dyson Foundation to the City of Poughkeepsie to be used to upgrade, improve and maintain the condition of various City of Poughkeepsie parks
  • Local Law to Establish a Sustainable Energy Loan Program (Open C-PACE)
    in the City of Poughkeepsie
  • View the full agenda here

City of Poughkeepsie Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting (virtual)

Attend the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting to hear about the Wallace Campus.

  • Application for area variances relative to the proposed mixed-use (residential and commercial) development known as Wallace Campus, located on a proposed lot consolidating existing parcels at 319, 325, 327-329 and 331 Main Street, with off-street parking developed in conjunction with properties at 302, 304,, 306 and 310 Mill Street, all located in the eastern half of the city block surrounded by Main Street, Catharine Street, and Mill Street.

Register here!