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Festival of Books 2021

Author Zoom Presentations and Online Book Sale Kicks Off

Ten distinguished authors will present via Zoom throughout  October. Free registration for all author talks is available now.

Upcoming Events And Activities

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October 2-31

Six artists whose work will make you smile! Learn more.

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Special Book Room Online Store


Over 400 expertly curated books, plus CDs, DVDs and LPs. Learn more.

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Help Us Turn the Page

Support the 2021 Festival of Books!

Your dedicated donation can keep the pages turning at the Academy in the face of 2021’s ongoing challenges. Learn more.

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Michael Kupperman

Tuesday, October 19, 7:00pm

A comic artist-author turned serious for the first time with his All the Answers, a son’s search to understand his father, a child prodigy-turned reserved professor. Learn more.

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Ed Napier

Music Lessons: Ed Napier

Saturday, November 13, 7:00pm

LIVE PERFORMANCE! The story of Ed Napier’s journey from the backwoods of West Virginia to New York in pursuit of becoming a playwright and opera singer. Learn more.

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Watch and Listen to our recent Programming

Interview with Scott Taylor

Enter the colorful world of this talented artist, one of seven in our upcoming Botanical Show - Still Life: Flowers, Fruits & Foods in repose. On our YouTube channel.

The Gallery

2021 Young Writers' Contest Winners

Six prize winners and one honorable mention were chosen from 38 entries to the 2021 competition. See the winners and read their works.

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Community Writes III

Thanks to all who participated. Read the selected works in this round from our creative community of writers.

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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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Jovino Santos Neto

Roots & Shoots Streams:
Jovino Santos Neto

Saturday, June 5, 7:30pm

Enjoy the YouTube broadcast of this Brazilian jazz great.

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John Clarke

Artists at Home Continued

Spend some time with John Clarke, artist, musician and writer, in his Housatonic studio. On YouTube.

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Your Support is More Vital than Ever

In Spring 2020, as the country went into shutdown mode, we followed guidelines and closed our doors, but we didn’t abandon our mission—to build community through the arts – shifting to online programming.

With your support we planned and produced a wide array of successful events and programs virtually. By spring of 2021, we were able to offer some limited in-person programming, gallery shows and outdoor fundraising events, following new Covid safety protocols. With the current rise in infections, we still can’t fully reopen our indoor space for live presentations.  As the options for outdoor functions are reduced by the change in seasons, we still need your help. 

While your support is always valued, this year it remains 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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