Building Community Through the Arts

Upcoming Events And Activities

Black and white photo of Steve Katz playing the guitar with a Roots & Shoots logo overlaid

Steve Katz

Saturday, March 25, 8:00pm

Founding member of the Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears, in “A Night of Story and Song.” Learn more.

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Wild and Wacky. Create inventive settings for your original stories

Spring Break Art Camp
Wild & Wacky

Tuesday-Friday, April 11-14

Four fun days of character creating and story building to set your imagination ON FIRE! For ages 8-12. Learn more.

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Kids Need Music benefit concert - violinist Joana Genova and pianist Gili Melamed-Lev

Kids Need Music Benefit Concert

Saturday, April 15, 3:00pm

Strings for Spring featuring violinist Joana Genova and pianist Gili Melamed-Lev playing music by Piazzolla, Beethoven, Scott Joplin, Arvo Pärt, Amy Beach and others. Learn more.

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Rachelle Garniez & Erik Della Penna

Rachelle Garniez and
Erik Della Penna

Saturday, April 22, 8:00pm

"Sidewalks of New York: An Evening of Original and Vintage Songs About NYC.” Learn more.

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Young woman writing with pen on paper, computer and cellphone nearby

Young Writers' Contest 2023

Deadline for Entries: May 1

Open to high school students in Columbia & Berkshire Counties. Cash prizes! Learn more.

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Guy Davis, sitting on bleachers playing his guitar

Guy Davis

Saturday, June 10, 8:00pm

Grammy-Nominated blues artist with his unique blend of roots, blues, folk, rock, rap, spoken word, and world music. Learn more.

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Emily Duff Postponed

Emily Duff Band

Saturday, July 8, 8:00pm

Sweet & Sour Rock and Roll with a Great Big Hit of Country Soul. Learn more.

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Annual Appeal

Help to support our mission of Building Community Through the Arts, 50 years and going strong. Make your tax deductible gift today.

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COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

To protect yourself and fellow attendees, please take note of the safety protocols for any event you are attending by visiting the event listing on this website.

The Academy has installed multiple Blueair HealthProtect 7470 air purifiers, and we have limited seating in our auditorium. We closely monitor the situation in Columbia County, as well as recommendations from health authorities, and will adjust our protocols as necessary.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Watch and Listen to PAST Programming

Rishi Reddi and Dexter Palmer

Dexter Palmer & Rishi Reddi

Discuss their works of historical fiction with Daphne Kalotay. Watch the video on our YouTube channel.

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Author Peter Sis and his book cover for Nicky & Vera

Peter Sis

Discusses his book Nicky and Vera- A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued, with Carl Atkins. Watch the video.

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Book cover "Kaffeehaus" and author Rick Rodgers

Rick Rogers

Learn how to make Almas Pite, a delicious Hungarian apple pie. In conversation with Madaline Sparks. Watch the interview.

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