Roots & Shoots Streams... Keeping Music Live and Alive

Roots and shoots logoOur pandemic-inspired virtual reinvention of programming continues at the Academy bringing you regional – and now international – musicians to stream right into your living rooms, right from our YouTube Channel. Roots & Shoots concerts are a musical series that showcase artists who reach back to earlier traditions in music (Americana, jazz, blues, rock, and world music) for inspiration, while incorporating more recent forms and influences of the present.

Coming up next are…
The Magdalens Unplugged, March 13Alt-folk-rock band from Albany playing original songs and unique covers of Americana, post-punk, and indie classics.
Lucia Pulido (Columbia) and Ulises Martinez (Mexico), March 20: Two singers accompanying themselves on cuarto, violin, maracas and guitar, performing a mix of Colombian and Mexican songs, all interpreted in a uniquely personal way.

Other streaming shows in the works just for us:
• Folk singer /songwriter Taylor Ashton, April 10 (with special guests)
• A return visit from Steve Katz (by popular demand) – from The Blues Project to Blood, Sweat & Tears to Spencertown Academy.

Upcoming Events And Activities

Revels Art Raffle

At this year's Virtual Revels, the Academy raffled 14 original artworks – generously donated by some of our community’s most acclaimed artists. See the artwork.

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Community Writes III

Our popular writing “contest” is back. Deadline for entries is February 28. Learn more.

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Memoir Writing Workshop with Elizabeth Diggs

Feb. 21 & 28 March 7 & 14 SOLD OUT

Interactive Zoom workshops.

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The Magdalens

Roots & Shoots Streams:
The Magdalens


Livestream from the Academy stage. YouTube link to be provided. Learn more.

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Lucia Pulido and Ulises Martinez

Roots & Shoots Streams: Lucia Pulido and Ulises Martinez


Streaming from Mexico City via 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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Jamie Cat Callen

Creative Writing Workshop with Jamie Cat Callan

Four Sundays: April 11, 18, 25 & May 2, 3:30-5:30pm - Sold Out

Learn more.

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Taylor Ashton

Roots & Shoots Streams: Taylor Ashton

SATURDAY, APRIL 10, 7:30pm

Live stream on Youtube. Details to come.

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Watch and Listen to our recent Programming

Roots & Shoots Streams:
The Nields

In case you missed this spirited livestream, catch up on YouTube.

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Interactive musical performance by Raw Resonance

Raw Resonance

Interactive music experience. US premier straight from Holland to you! Watch and listen to the Livestream on YouTube.

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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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Men At Work

Watch the video of our hard-working painters restoring the exterior of our beautiful building.

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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