Best submissions selected for posting on the Academy Website

Once again, writers from the Academy’s creative community have provided an amazing assortment of stories and memoirs as entries to our third Community Writes project. Six readers anonymously judged all 37 entries in the first round to create a short list, and three judges selected the eight final works to be shown on our website.

We cannot express enough gratitude to all the authors of all the works submitted, and all the judges who participated in this third round of our Community Writes project. Our esteemed judges were: Lynda Hacker Araoz, Jamie Cat Callan, David Cudaback, Vivian Drohan, Carol Essert, Elaine Khosrova, and Kathy Zdeb.

Many, many thanks. And please, keep on writing!


Bob Heller, Hanging Upside Down
Carolyn Kirsch, So There You Are
Theodore K Phelps, Cannolis 

Stella Elliston, Dueling With Mara
Barbara Iuviene, Midnight Mass
Robert Lonergan, Tilting At Windmills
S. Salit, Keep Playing Basketball
Gerald Seligman, Faking British Accents In Czestochowa, Poland 1982

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Upcoming Events And Activities

Call to Artists! Announcing the Sixth Annual Members' Show

Deadline for Entries: June 18, 2021

Show will be held in-person and online July 1-August 8, 2021. Submission guidelines.

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Roots & Shoots Streams:
The Lucky 5


A hard swinging jazz band. Broadcast on YouTube live from the Academy Stage. No registration necessary. Learn more.

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Ellen Ogden

The Art of Growing Food: A Virtual Lecture with Ellen Ecker Ogden

SATURDAY, MAY 1, 4:00PM On Zoom

Tickets $10. Registration required. Learn more.

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Young Woman with a Pearl Earring by David Halliday

Inherent Beauty: Invitational Photography Show

Online: May 1-31

Featuring recent work by David Halliday, Ellen Lynch, Gerald Seligman and Neal Warshaw. Learn more.

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Taylor Ashton

Roots & Shoots Streams: Taylor Ashton

SATURDAY, MAY 8, 7:30pm

Live stream on YouTube. Learn more.

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2021 Young Writers' Contest

Entries accepted from March 1- May 3
in both fiction and non-fiction.

Learn more.

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Vegetable Garden Planted: Now What?

Saturday, June 19, 4:00pm

A virtual lecture with Ron and Jennifer Kujawski. Tickets $10. Registration required. Learn more.

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Watch and Listen to our recent Programming

Jackie Rogers Charcoal Elephant

Student Work from Mixed Media Workshop with Jackie Rogers

Take a look at what this creative crew accomplished.

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Lucia Pulido and Ulises Martinez

Roots & Shoots Streams: Lucia Pulido & Ulises Martinez

Tune into this passionate and heartfelt performance on our YouTube channel.

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The Magdalens

Roots & Shoots Streams:
The Magdalens

Watch and listen to this livestream from the Academy stage on our YouTube channel.

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2 Blue duo of Amy Ryan and Richard Green

Roots & Shoots Streams:
2 Blue

Watch and listen to the Livestream on YouTube.

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Artists at Home Continued

Visit Ann Getsinger in her New Marlborough studio, virtually on YouTube.

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Work by artists Stephanie Anderson and Ron Harrington.

Artists at Home

Take a virtual visit to the studios of Stephanie Anderson and Ron Harrington.

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Your Support is More Vital than Ever

This past Spring, as the country—and, indeed, most of the planet—went into shutdown mode, it was clear that the Spencertown Academy would need to make some hard decisions in the interest of keeping our community safe. So in March, we closed our doors.

But we didn’t abandon our mission—to build community through the arts. With your support we planned and produced a wide array of successful events and programs. 

One of the benefits of online programming is its low overhead, so that virtually all of the proceeds go to our bottom line. But the reality is that the pandemic has severely reduced our revenue stream and we are behind where we should be. While your support is always valued, this year it is more vital than ever. Please make your tax-deductible gift today.


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A "Home" of Our Own

To keep you all in the loop, we now have our own YouTube channel. Please subscribe, to see what has, and is, going on at the Academy!

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