Dear Arts Community in Beacon,
I am excited to announce that the City of Beacon is starting an Arts and Culture Committee.
The nature and scope of the Committee is to support the arts organizations and individuals by advising the City Council to develop ordinances, work on projects with organizations and individual artists, help to market the arts in Beacon, and more. It will be composed of members of the Beacon arts organizations, business owners, artists and residents. Please find below the official introductory letter that will help explain this further.
I have asked Cabot Parsons to Chair and Rob Rutigliano to Co-Chair the Committee. Over the last few months they have put a great deal of thought and planning into making this committee the valuable resource I know it will become.
By day, Cabot Parsons is owner/partner in two brand architecture, marketing and graphic design firms, consulting to international corporations, national and regional nonprofits, municipalities and small businesses. By night, Cabot is a Puppetry/Object Theatre Professor at SUNY Orange’s Arts and Communications Department. An accomplished artist in several fields, he has developed national variety television programming, performed in theatre for heads of state as well as directing and designing over 100 productions, danced at the internationally renowned Next Wave festival at BAM, plays several instruments, is a playwright and composer and dimensional media visual artist. He has served on the board of several statewide and municipal arts organizations in his career, served as marketing or board development consultant to several fine arts nonprofits, including one of the tenants of Lincoln Center, in addition to his professional degree in theatre holds a certificate in Arts Administration from NYU and also has a small nonprofit organization, cabot | andcompany performance collective, who recently received a grant from the Dutchess County Arts Council for their work bringing artists from other disciplines into the visual elements of the performing arts.
A third generation Beaconite, Robert Rutigliano is an accomplished sales, marketing and financial business executive with over 24 years experience building and leading successful teams and organizations. A former Xerox General Manager managing a $25M + organization with 100+ employees. He has successfully created national markets and successfully managed national teams for several international software and outsourcing companies. Currently he is Senior VP of a multinational corporation, responsible for a $180M national marketplace. A professional photographic artist who has worked in the New York City commercial photographic industry with world renowned photographers like Robert Farber and is an accomplished musician, Robert has finally brought his love of Beacon and the arts together with his team-building skills and business acumen to form The Rutigliano Group, which is currently developing and managing several arts-related nonprofit and for-profit ventures springing from the current renaissance of living musical, performance and visual artists in Beacon and the Hudson Valley
I encourage you to join the committee. If you have any questions please contact me at (845) 249-5571 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be glad to send you an application (one is attached here)
NOW THE OFFICIAL LETTER (also attached to this discussion is an overview document and application)
To the artists, arts organizations and arts patrons of Beacon:
Beacon has many amazing resources, natural and manmade. One extremely precious resource is the creative capital of our performing and visual artists and arts-related businesses, what they give to our community and the volunteer support they receive from so many residents and arts organizations. In times such as these it behooves us to do all we can to support and grow all of our resources for the benefit of the city and its residents, and to that end I am pleased to announce the formation of the City of Beacon Mayor’s Arts and Cultural Development Committee.
This is a committee that has been provided for in our charter but unpopulated until now. For some time both individuals and groups such as The Howland Cultural Center, Beacon Business Association, Beacon Arts Community Association, Beacon Art Salon, The Rutigliano Group and others have created projects and promoted Beacon as a cultural destination in ways too numerous to count. It is time for the city to formally support the arts in Beacon - to enrich all of us who call it our home, and as a significant economic driver where art is made and sold: creating jobs, filling our storefronts, bringing countless visitors to our city.
The committee’s task is to strengthen the arts in Beacon in all its facets, to support the efforts of the arts and business community organizations, and the Beacon community in all art related manner, including: serving as an advisory group to the City government, facilitating and/or sponsoring projects, creating ordinances and procedures for public art exhibitions and performances and other art-related programs that may be developed, providing a sounding board for city residents on issues related to arts and culture, promoting an understanding of the value of artistic and cultural expression and exchange in a free society as a rich resource to all Beacon citizens, businesses and visitors and at the Mayor’s request to represent the city in a larger context throughout the mid-Hudson valley and beyond.
In a formal sense the Arts and Cultural Development Committee is not authorized by the City Charter or by the Mayor to have regulatory powers such as the Planning Board, Zoning Board, nor does it have an annual operating budget. As outlined in the Charter its members will serve at the pleasure of the Mayor. The Mayor will be advised of the projects and priorities of this committee to ensure the support and agreement of the organizations represented in the committee’s membership and the public at large. The committee will neither replace any of the existing or future arts based organizations.
I have asked Cabot Parsons and Rob Rutigliano to lead this committee. The Committee will be composed of up to fifteen members of the Mayor’s selection and will include both artists and non-artists, long term residents and newcomers, and representatives of business including but not limited to (BBA, BACA) and individual artist (BAS) organizations. The committee will also involve members of such groups as The Howland Cultural Center, Dia: Beacon and the Main Street Corridor Committee as well as individuals representing all forms of visual and performance art.
If you’d like to be considered to serve on this committee, or to perhaps be involved in specific projects involving public art, cultural tourism, industrial development, education or special audience accessibility, please send a message of interest to email@example.com
I look forward to your support of this effort as we strengthen the civic commitment to the arts in Beacon as a real economic development engine and nourishing boon to all.
Steve Gold, Mayor