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Ben Wigfall by Nancy Donskoj 1993

Honoring Luminary Printmaker Ben Wigfall

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We learned of Ben Wigfall’s passing as we were ready to announce the launch of the MAD Ben Wigfall Project. Warmly remembered by Kingston’s African-American and arts communities, Wigfall was a professor of printmaking at SUNY New…

Lights! Camera! Action!

Three major film and video production hubs (existing and under development) are positioning Midtown Kingston as the regional center of gravity for the film/video industry. Seven21 Media Center and RUPCO’s development of The Metro and Stockade…

Anatomy of Midtown Arts

You may have heard us say that more than 40 Midtown buildings house arts-based uses, and that Midtown boasts more than 200 art enterprises ranging from one-person studios to manufacturers employing more than 30 people. We estimate that nearly…

Help MAD Bag It!

Take your palate to lunch in the sunny south at Pakt, Midtown’s “eclectic southern joint.” Be number 100 to join the MAD 100 and win a $20 gift certificate for lunch at Pakt! MAD 100s get a nifty MAD tote bag too!

What’s Up for MAD in 2017?

Officially launched on October 27, 2016, Kingston’s Midtown Arts District is making plans for its first full year in 2017. Midtown is hot and staying ahead of fast-moving changes will be a fun and exciting challenge. If you care about ensuring…

Seven21 Media Center Counts!

This month, a Midtown Arts District team met with Jeremy Ellenbogen and Michelle Tommasi of Seven21 Media Center as part of an ongoing effort to learn more about what Midtown businesses need. Needs identified include more inviting streetscapes…

Midtown’s Festive Holiday Parade

Join Alderwoman Nina Dawson at Midtown's Annual Holiday Parade on December 22. Gather at 4:30pm at The Hodge Center, 15 Franklin Street to join children from Midtown neighborhoods and Christmas Carolers for a parade along Broadway’s shops…

Mothers of MAD Invention

Internationally acclaimed musician and composer Pauline Oliveros passed away on Thanksgiving. Pauline was a hands-on supporter of MAD and, together with her longtime partner and collaborator Ione, she rolled up her sleeves to research arts district…

Pop-timistic About Midtown!

Artist and innovator G. Riley Johndonnell (a/k/a Uncle Riley) and his business partner Whitny Sobala are organizing an optimistic community art movement from their pop-up gallery at 622 Broadway. Check out this vibrant Happy Spot in the Kingston…