Timeline of Accomplishments
Here is a summary of the myriad of things MAD and its many volunteers have recently accomplished.
- Neighborhood Print Studio opened, launched Print Studio Business Incubator Project and moved MAD Office to the Pajama Factory at 49 Greenkill Avenue
- DRAW Teaching Gallery is established for ongoing exhibitions in the front half of the DRAW Studio and the Lobby at Energy Square. The program fosters a dynamic learning environment by teaching skills related to staging fine arts exhibitions. The program aims to inspire dialogues that will reach a broad audience within the Kingston community through exhibiting work that addresses universal themes of humanity. Through a rich variety of engaging exhibitions and educational initiatives, we are committed to empowering individuals of all ages and backgrounds to discover, explore, and appreciate the transformative power of artistic expression. Emphasis will be placed on encouraging young artists to pursue their artistic goals.
- 3rd annual DRAW-A-Thon, a 12-hour drawing marathon extravaganza at D.R.A.W. Studio in Energy Square partnering with the Midtown Business Alliance
- First Annual Steamroller Printing as part of the grand opening of the Neighborhood Print Studio, over 28 artists participated for 6 weeks over the summer to create large 3 ft square linoleum plates that were printed with a steamroller in the street during this year’s DRAW-A-Thon
- 9th Annual Celebration of the Arts EXPO was another fun-filled event that provided an opportunity to explore various art forms with local artists and arts organizations; it includes free workshops and demonstrations, combining arts education with sustainable practices. Employed 25 teaching artists to teach over 400 attendees throughout the day.
- 2nd Annual EcoArts Week was a free, week-long celebration of the arts, our planet, and our community.
- Todd Samara Art Fund Award, now in its 5th year, the award is designed to celebrate and support local artists, art educators, and/or curators for a City of Kingston-based project.
- The birth of the DRAW, expanded to 624 Broadway, opening its first arts education space, offering free classes to local youth. PUGG students started working as teaching assistants in those classes.
- Deep Listening Plaza Dedication: MAD raised funds for and oversaw the installation of the Deep Listening Plaza Interpretive Sign in memory of Pauline Oliveros at 615 Broadway. MAD alongside the Kingston Arts Commission hosted the official unveiling ceremony on August 3, 2018.
- reinvigoration of 1st Saturday
- MAD is officially a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
- Art Walk Kingston: MAD worked closely with Arts Mid-Hudson to launch this well attended fall weekend event highlighting more than 70 Artists
- PUGG opened a gallery at 622 Broadway, showing art of Kingston High School graduates and current students
- MAD’s launches first Fine Art PopUp Gallery at MADE in Kingston event