ABOUT

 
 
 
 
 
 

Maxon Mills, August 2017
Photo by Verónica González Mayoral

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Welcome to Wassaic.

There's something in the air here. Wassaic is a hamlet in the town of Amenia, tucked away between two ridges in upstate New York. It's a place suffused with history, but which lives wholly in the present. It's magical.

 
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Luther Barn Field, July 2017
Photo by Verónica González Mayoral

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It’s about art.
And it’s about community.

We’re of and for Wassaic, not just in it. Our artists-in-residence live right in town. We work out of refurbished historic buildings. And we keep most of our festivals and exhibitions free and open to the public. Wassaic is our home, and that informs everything we do.

 
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Brian Whalen and grandson, May 2017
Photo by Tony Turner

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Rural and proud.

We're doing our part to fix the urban-rural divide in America. Everything we do feeds right back into the Wassaic and Dutchess County communities, and we're proud that this has landed us at the forefront of a nationwide movement to increase access to the arts in rural areas.

 
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A slice of Wassaic history.

Established in 1890, The Lantern brings locals, artists, and visitors together over pizza and drinks. "A Wassaic Tradition," indeed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Paloma Hutton and Jenny Morse, August 2017
Photo by Verónica Gonzálezz Mayoral

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Who we are.

We're Wassaic's biggest fans. Our co-directors, board, staff, contributors, and volunteers are an art-loving, hard-working, pizza-eating, karaoke-belting bunch, and they're dedicated to bringing the best in contemporary art to the Dutchess County community. We care about what we do, and we care that we do it here.

 
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Dance Troupe, Maxon Mills, August 2017
Photo by Verónica González Mayoral

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