The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art is committed to interdisciplinary educational programs that enrich the city of Peekskill, a multicultural community that has recreated itself as a major arts destination. We currently offer the following programs:
LEAP PROGRAM, an after-school partnership between HVCCA and the Peekskill Public School System, is designed to introduce advanced 5th and 6th graders to international artsists and literature. The students participate in in-depth discussions, creative writing, and leadership techniques that prepare them to lead tours through the museum’s exhibitions.
FAMILY ART DAY: Once a month we hold an art activity for families with children of all ages. The art lessons are related to the current exhibitions at HVCCA. The lessons can take about two hours and usually include a family friendly tour of the exhibition and hands-on arts activities.
HVCCA’s Artist in Residence Program offers studio space, living quarters and a stipend for extended periods of concentrated on-site studio work and community discourse.
The Peekskill Artist Club is for emerging artists from the Hudson Valley region, who meet monthly for dialogue and critique to continue the growth built through discourse that characterized their time in art school.
THE BANNER PROJECT brings together six to eight artists to mentor over 300 youth to create large-scale community engaged art installations.
PUBLIC TILE PROJECT calls upon 2000 students to design tiles for a trail from the Peekskill Train Station to the HVCCA. The project is the brainchild of Dr. Livia Straus, and artists Sarah Haviland and Jo-Ann Brody.
HVCCA offers Internships for high school and college students; visits to HVCCA exhibitions are part of numerous art curricula in the area.
HVCCA also offers a number of educational opportunities for adults, such as lectures, video screenings, panel discussions and special events related to the exhibition program. We welcome groups of all ages for GUIDED TOURS that can be suited to focus on specific galleries, artists, permanent installations, or special exhibitions.