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Have you seen the progress down at Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Beacon? They are continuing to work to complete the red barn and prepare it for Mill Street Loft this coming May. Once complete, Mill Street Loft is scheduled to offer Riverside Arts: Beacon in this perfectly location along the Hudson River. Mill Street Loft's programs will offer a green gallery for artists, earth arts, The Art Institute courses, outreach programs for the community, art courses for all ages, and many other offerings. In addition, there will be a community space for public to reserve and use. Outdoor space will also be available and plans for performances, courses, and poetry readings are planned.

However, Mill Street Loft needs the support of the entire community to get the $50,000 grant from Pepsi to make it all possible. Will you help by voting each day this month at: www.refresheverything.com/millstreetloft and promoting this to everyone in Beacon?

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Comment by Henry on October 16, 2010 at 9:17am
Todd...best of luck! Everone should take a couple of minutes and vote...10x a day.
Comment by Todd C. Poteet on October 16, 2010 at 7:53am
I appreciate everyone's support. Hopefully we will begin to see a big change soon in our ranking. Mill Street Loft plans on doing everything possible to be able to open the facility in May. It is very expensive to open as we have to completely outfit the facility with materials and equipment as well as hire staff to oversee the day to day operations. We also want to make the programs accessible to under-served populations and therefore we want to earmark funds for scholarships. We have other options if the $50,000 does not come through, but it will make it extremely difficult. Foundations do not typically support staff salaries or art supplies. If the Pepsi grant falls through we will need private donations or other grant applications to come through to meet the 1st year needs of the building. All the more reason we need everyone's vote.
Comment by Tara on October 15, 2010 at 10:39pm
You have my vote..many times over. A big project and it has taken so much hard work. Brave people who risk and stick their necks out for the betterment of a community deserve to be commended and supported. Sitting on the sidelines judging and not contributing with your hands or time is just cowardly, especially when a project helps us all here in Beacon. I've seen that building be vacant for far too long. Go Todd!!!!!!
Comment by Henry on October 15, 2010 at 8:22pm
Todd...i've been voting as much as i can and urge everyone else to do as well. Is the progress of this project contingent on the 50k grant from Pepsi?
Comment by Todd C. Poteet on October 15, 2010 at 4:28pm
Our goal is to be a center that all the people of Beacon can be proud of and make us of. However, we really need the Pepsi grant to make this possible. 15 days to go to move up in the rankings. If Beacon wants this to happen, then we need their votes: www.refresheverything.com/millstreetloft.org
Comment by James Watkins on October 15, 2010 at 4:05pm
Todd, Thank you for being helpful. It seems like a program everyone should support.
Comment by Ben Royce on October 15, 2010 at 2:42pm
Todd: the person behind the James Watkins account is the same troll behind the old Charlene Vesuvius account. This person likes to throw cold water on any idea that is positive for Beacon. What their motivation is, is beyond my understanding.
Comment by Todd C. Poteet on October 15, 2010 at 1:58pm
James, I think your research is a little bit off. Originally a group out of the Bronx call "Don't Rock the Boat", was going to use the building for boat building with youth. They pulled out. I understand that the Beacon Institute plans on building their own facility adjacent to Long Dock Beacon and will be housed there. Mill Street Loft will be the primary in the building and will operate it's day to day functions and programs, (Scenic Hudson owns the structure) however, Mill Street Loft plans on collaborating and partnering with numerous organizations in Beacon. In addition, they will be making the space available to other groups to use for meetings, events, and the like.
Comment by James Watkins on October 15, 2010 at 1:31pm
I've done a little research on the Red Barn idea, which I do before throwing support one way or the other. I read that the Beacon Institute was slated to use this structure to teach the community kids boat building, which I think is a great idea. Is your notion to turn the entire structure over to Mill Street Lofts, or will other community organizations also use the structure? Will the Beacon Institute boat building education effort be part of your plans?
Comment by Ben Royce on October 15, 2010 at 12:32pm
from the website:

Vote from your mobile phone
Text* 102994 to
Pepsi (73774)
*Standard text messaging rates apply.

that's probably the easiest way. you get a little thanks text reply. hand this number out to some text mad teenagers and we'll be in number one spot in no time ;-)

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