MAD Mission

MAD headquarters at Energy Square in Midtown Kingston features the storefront MAD Gallery and The D.R.A.W. studio.

Our mission is to create, unite, and enrich a vibrant, inclusive community by leading through the arts.

We celebrate diversity, stimulate creativity, and honor the power of the arts through:

Education & Training Programs
Our goal is to reach as many community members as possible with quality programs that educate, inspire, and connect people from all walks of life.

The Department of Regional Art Workers (The D.R.A.W.) offers a wide range of classes and workshops for people of all ages. Its Pop-Up Gallery Group (PUGG) workforce training program provides high school students with academic credit and paid internships in arts-related businesses.

As MAD continues to grow, we will expand our educational offerings to include classes in the performing arts through partnering with other organizations and developing new programs.

Creative Economy Development
MAD initiatives help lift the quality of life across the Kingston community while providing opportunities for creatives to support themselves through their work.

We regularly seek and secure grant funding that enables us to pay teaching artists, interns and performers. We connect artists with business-building resources. We offer a free online registry where artists and entrepreneurs can promote themselves. And, as we look to the future, we continue to explore ways to attract new arts-related manufacturers and services to Kingston and to support those that are already here.

Arts Leadership & Collaborations
MAD engages with area nonprofits, small businesses, and local government to enrich, strengthen and promote our community’s wealth of arts assets.

Our growing list of ongoing partner projects includes the monthly Kingston Arts & Action Meet-up (KAAM) and Art Walk Kingston with Arts Mid-Hudson, and a series of exhibitions at City Hall, produced in conjunction with the Kingston Arts Commission. We have also partnered on one-time projects such as concerts at City Hall, exhibits and lectures with the family of Ben Wigfall, the Together show with The Arc of Mid Hudson, and more.

The annual Celebration of the Arts EXPO is our most significant collaboration—this event unites dozens of visual and performing artists of all genres for a day filled with free workshops and lectures for people of all ages and backgrounds. 

In addition to presenting the annual Celebration of the Arts EXPO, we promote monthly 1st Saturday gallery openings, initiate pop-up galleries, and actively link artists to sales opportunities, such as the annual Made in Kingston event, which is enjoyed by thousands of visitors every December. We initiated a fine art gallery at Made in Kingston in 2017 and it attracts more participating artists each year.

MAD also advocates for government funding for the arts and recognition of the contributions artists make to our City. One of our first successes, in partnership with the Kingston Arts Commission, was to establish the Pauline Oliveros Deep Listening Plaza in honor of the world-renowned late composer. The Plaza is located on a green space on Broadway in the heart of Midtown—a most fitting place to pay tribute to Pauline’s exceptional gifts to her genre and the community she was proud to call home. It also serves as an important symbol and reminder to all who pass by that the arts are for everyone.