Final Renovations Underway at UPAC

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At the heart of the Midtown Arts District, the historic Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) is buzzing with the hum of construction this spring as the final phase of its comprehensive restoration plan that began in 2006 begins. UPAC will be…

May MAD Notes

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Introducing a New Monthly Feature – MAD Notes! The MAD Steering Committee meets on the first Thursday of every month at 9:30 a.m. at Cornell Street Studios. The next meeting will be held on June 1 and all are welcome to attend. The MAD Work…
Steve Finkle – Garden Flowers

Steve Finkle Photographs Exhibit at City Hall through June

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Visitors to Kingston City Hall are invited to linger over a photography exhibition in the ground floor hall honoring the late Steve Finkle, former Director of the City's Office of Economic Development. Steve Finkle Photographs will continue…
ARTBAR Gallery - Photo by Kevin Godbey

First Saturday: A History and a Plan

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MAD has initiated a partnership to revive and expand Kingston's First Saturday gallery openings tradition. Business Alliance of Kingston (BAK) stalwart Nancy Donskoj and ARTBAR owner Allie Constant recently launched Kingston Gallery Business…
Pauline Oliveros

A Celebration Tribute for Pauline Oliveros

Presented by City of Kingston’s Arts Commission A Celebration Tribute for Pauline Oliveros An afternoon of presentations, performances and Deep Listening With friends and special guests Sunday, March 19, 3-5pm Reception 5-6pm Hosted by Kingston…

Two Local Publications Feature MAD Initiatives

The Lace Mill: Collaborative Catalyst “From the Lost Generation to Andy Warhol's Factory, from the painters of La Belle Epoque to the Beats, history shows that when a few artists have the space and opportunity to inspire and collaborate…
Joe Concra & Brian Mahoney

Chronogram Launches Community Conversations

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On February 8, Chronogram launched a new, monthly series to bring together community leaders, influencers and creatives for discussions about timely issues. For the first conversation, held at The Lace Mill, Chronogram Editorial Director Brian…
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…
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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…

Mothers of MAD Invention

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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…

Join Our MAD Social Media Campaign!

Are you ready to help us make MADkingston a lively clearinghouse for arts community building? It only takes a few minutes, it’s easy – and it’s fun! Susan Whelan handles social media for Bailey Pottery Equipment & Ceramic Supply,…

Upcoming MAD Information Meetings

MAD will build on the recent PAKT Business Breakfast with additional information sessions for Midtown community members and artists. "Our goal is to answer community questions about the Arts District," said MAD co-founder Richard Frumess." Broadway…

MAD Launch Event to Honor Nina Dawson and Ev Mann

Updated October 21, 2016 The Midtown Arts District will launch officially on October 27 with a free evening of music and dance for all ages at Broadway Commons, 615 Broadway. At 5:00 pm, join The Flying Kingstonians Brass Brand in a fanfare…

Business Alliance of Kingston Hosts MAD Breakfast

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The Business Alliance of Kingston (BAK) hosted a yummy breakfast at PAKT Restaurant on September 21 to introduce Midtown businesses to the growing Midtown Arts District. "BAK is committed to strategies to improve business and accelerate revitalization,…