Molly Gochman

Board Member

As an artist and a mother, I spend a lot of my time thinking about care, community, and connection. I think that’s what drew me to the Wassaic Project in such a visceral way — from its inception, the Wassaic Project was structured as a means of caring for people, for places, and for communities. I have spent much of my own practice searching for healing creative spaces for people to explore and connect, and the Wassaic Project has nurtured this space with a profound attention to care.

My own home is not far from Wassaic, and it is inspiring to be a part of a community built from a foundation of empathy and with a commitment to fostering creativity and play. As someone new to the area, the Wassaic Project has been a beacon for me, guiding me to discover new local organizations to support and engage with. I have grown closer to the founders of the Wassaic Project and look forward to spending time and collaborating with the rest of the Board. I am already benefiting from the Board’s and the staff’s creativity, excitement, and fellowship.

In addition to my own artistic practice, I also serve as Founder and President of Stardust, a team dedicated to removing barriers and building women and girls’ collective power to advance equity and justice for all by supporting the capacity of women-led movements to advance meaningful social, cultural, and economic change for all women.

When I was in my twenties, I tried to start an interdisciplinary arts space — a truly difficult task (that I’m sure the founders of the Wassaic Project can confirm!). To this day, I still speak with people from that time in my life and we can all agree that even though we worked crazy hours together, grinding it out day and night with far too little sleep, it was the most fun we’ve ever had in our lives. I crave that feeling sometimes, and it is such a thrill to catch a glimpse of it at Wassaic.

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