Building Community Through the Arts

Hidden Gardens 2022

Hidden Gardens 2022

Community Day

Saturday, July 9, 10:00am-4:00pm

Help us celebrate the 175th anniversary of our historic home and the 50th anniversary of the Academy as an arts center. Free kids’ entertainment, live music, building tours, Members’ art show, food vendors and more. Stay tuned for details.
Rain Date: Saturday, July 16

Upcoming Events And Activities

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.

William Bullard

Spring Mix Gallery Show

April 23-May 25

Our first gallery show of the season featuring three artists in mixed media. Gallery hours: Saturdays & Sundays 1:00-5:00pm and by appointment. Opening reception: Saturday April 23, 4:00-6:00pm. Learn more.

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Closeup of a viola resting on a sheet of music

Uel Wade Music Scholarship Competition

Saturday, May 21, 1:00-3:00pm

Seven area teenagers will perform classical music in pursuit of funds to put toward their continuing music education. Learn more.

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Tim Ebneth's Coyote


May 21-June 19

Our annual botanical show featuring four artists chosen by four curators: Learn more.

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The Lucky Five

Saturday, May 28, 8:00pm

A hard-swinging jazz band that blends swing and gypsy jazz + a swing dance lesson at 7:00pm. Learn more.

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Molly Mason and Jay Unger

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

Saturday, June 18, 8:00pm

One of the most celebrated duos on the American Acoustic music scene, performing live at the Academy. Learn more.

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"35 Days to Baltimore" book cover and authors

35 Days to Baltimore

Monday, June 20, 7:00pm

Join Authors Jana Laiz and Alex Portillo for a reading and discussion of their new book. Learn more.

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Call to Artists: Seventh Annual Members' Show

July 9-August 7

Deadline for Submissions: June 18. Learn more.

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Watch and Listen to our recent 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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Ayad Akhtar

Discusses Homeland Elegies and his fascinating career with Julie DeLisle. On our YouTube channel.

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Russell Shorto

In conversation with David Highfill on his book Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob. Watch the interview.

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Book covers of Sonia Purnell's A Woman of No Importance" and Clare Mulley's "The Spy Who Loved"

Clare Mulley & Sonia Purnell

Two historians and authors whose books focus on remarkable women and their roles in WWII, will discuss their works with David Highfill, Festival co-chair. On our YouTube Channel.

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Author Peter Sis and his book cover for Nicky & Vera

"Nicky and Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued"

Reading and discussion of Peter Sis' book with Ann Gainer, storyteller & former librarian. On YouTube.

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Michael Kupperman and his book "All the Answers"

Michael Kupperman Discusses "All The Answers"

A graphic novel and moving memoir about his father. Brian Heater, a comics and tech writer-podcaster, joins the author in conversation. On YouTube.

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