Hudson Guild Summer Update

August 2011

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Dear Friends: 


I hope you are enjoying the summer. I'm happy to report that we've had an amazing summer at Hudson Guild! A few weeks ago, we took 21 high school juniors on their first overnight college tour, and we will shortly send nearly 30 young adults off to college. Over 200 energetic children have participated in summer camp, and our older adults are taking an eight-week class in which they study the history of protest music and write their own songs. And when temperatures reached record highs, we opened up our doors as a cooling center, ensuring that everyone had a place to go when the heat and humidity became dangerous. As you can see, it has been a busy but exciting summer thus far. 


Although summer is nearing an end, there is still plenty of programming to be found at Hudson Guild. If you have not yet had a chance to visit the Guild this summer, I encourage you to take a look at our Upcoming Events section. From our outdoor concert series to Caribbean Jazz on the High Line to skateboard art, we've got something for everyone. 


Hope to see you there!




Ken Jockers

Executive Director

Hudson Guild

Hudson Guild Summer Camp
Click picture to view slideshow of Burdetsky Family Circus at Hudson Guild

For the past eight weeks, 225 Chelsea children enjoyed an abundance of activities this summer. Summer Camp started on a high note when our campers received a visit from the Burdetsky Family Circus. They enjoyed a fun-filled morning watching magic tricks, juggling acts, singing dogs, and hula hoop performances. The fun continued when, with the help from Hudson Guild's youth, the High Line Rink opened to great success.


Several times a week, volunteers from New York Cares led campers in various educational activities including math and science games, theatre games, photography lessons, karate, and Snack-tivities, an activity designed to teach kids about healthy eating and nutrition. Through Junior Achievement, 25 Ernst & Young employees spent a day teaching campers about financial literacy. And we all learned a little about business during AMEX Small Business Day when campers were given the task to create, advertise and sell a product.


At Healthy Hudson Guild Field Day, a Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks event that highlighted the importance of exercise and healthy lifestyles, campers enjoyed basketball, bowling, obstacle courses and other physical activities. To further promote healthy living, everyday breakfast and lunch were provided by NYC's SchoolFood Summer Meals Program, while nutritious afternoon snacks were provided by the Guild.


When they were not learning something new at the Guild, our campers went on a few great adventures! Thanks to our partnership with United Neighborhood Houses, campers enjoyed twice-weekly field trips to many New York City cultural sites including the historical fireboat, John Harvey, the Lower East Side Ecology Center, and the American Museum of Natural History. This summer campers also visited the New York Aquarium, the Clearview Cinema Summer Kid's Club, the Children's Museum of Manhattan and more.

Summer Camp IAC Carnival
Hudson Guild College Tour

Hudson Guild was once again able to organize a college tour for teens in the Chelsea community. From July 20th to 22nd, 17 high school juniors and five Teen Services alumni traveled to upstate New York for an overnight tour. Accompanied by four Hudson Guild Teen Services staff members, students toured five colleges in upstate New York, including Siena College, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Cortland, Lemoyne College and Syracuse University. Our teens stayed overnight at Utica College and Sage College of Alabany, allowing them to experience first-hand student life and dorming. 


As for highlights, there were many! At Binghamton, teens spoke with a Teen Services alumna -- currently a Binghamton freshman -- about her first year college experience. From the tours, teens gained a better understanding of the college admissions process, Higher Education Opportunity Program/ Equal Opportunity Program and financial aid. They had the chance to visit classrooms and academic buildings as well as play games and socialize on the campus green. Our teens came home enthused, better prepared and with expanded horizons!

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Upcoming Events:


HUDSON GUILD SINGS! / Original Songs From Our Community
Hudson Guild Sings!
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Hudson Guild Theatre Company presents "Hudson Guild Sings! Original Songs From Our Community!" featuring work developed in the Carnegie Hall Musical Connections Song Writing Workshop, and El Club de Protesta produced by More Art. 


When:  Friday, August 19th, 8:00pm 

             Saturday, August 20th, 2:00pm 

Where: Hudson Guild Theatre 

              441 West 26th Street, NYC 

RSVP:  (212) 760-9817 

Suggested Donation: $10 Adults, $5 Seniors and Children  

FREESTYLE / Skateboarding Art, New York 2011
5boro Freestlye
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Organized by artist Rick Kreiger, this exhibit will explore the many diverse strands of skateboard culture featuring decorative ideas and ancillary art related to this popular, daredevil lifestyle. The show will include artwork produced specifically for skateboard decks, paintings, sculpture, photography and sticker art related to skateboarding. The intention of the show is to present the various ways the sport is depicted in these art forms, and the role art plays in this highly self- expressive lifestyle. 


When: September 15th - November 19th, 2011 

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 15th

                                     6:00pm - 8:00pm  

Viewing Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10:00am - 7:00pm 

                            Saturdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm 

Where: Hudson Guild Gallery 441 West 26th Street, NYC 


For more information, contact Jim Furlong, Director of Arts, 212-760-9837

PERFORMING ARTWORKS! / Free concert series
Performing ArtsWorks!
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We hope you will be able to join Hudson Guild as we present the 2011 free outdoor concert series. Bring friends and family as the Guild presents a diverse group of performers who are guaranteed to provide a fun filled day of music and dancing! 


East Side Trio - Eclectic Klezmer 

                            Wednesday 8/24, 12:30 PM 

                            119 9th Avenue, NYC 


Dave Jay - Childrens Singalong 

                  Friday 9/9, 10:30 AM 

                  459 W. 26th Street, NYC 


For more information, contact Jim Furlong, Director of Arts, 212-760-9837.

ĦARRIBA! / Live music and dance on the High Line
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Please join Friends of the High Line and Hudson Guild for live music and dance on the High Line 


Who: Caribbean Jazz, with music by Tony Terrell 

When: Thursday, August 25th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm 

Where: On the High Line under the Standard, near Little West 12th Street 


This event is free, no RSVP required! 

Get Involved!


Want to get involved? Let us know!
There are many ways to help Hudson Guild advance its mission of creating and sustaining a strong Chelsea community. By becoming involved as a participant, volunteer or donor, you are making a difference in the lives of those most in need. For more information on how you can get involved, please contact External Relations at 212-760-9812.
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