In the spirit of the dramaturgy of Mutual Aid we ask ourselves how can we be of use to one another during these times? How can we support each other and our communities? How do we use arts experiences to bring us together and celebrate their power?

Arts Together | Hamilton Conversations began as a response to the pandemic, when we had to cancel upcoming programs and close our doors. But as a community, we still wanted—and needed—to come together to experience art in meaningful ways.

Since May, we’ve offered a monthly virtual gathering of artists, scholars, and community members, pairing a presentation or arts activity with a lively Zoom discussion. We’ve watched and read plays together, screened films, and more. At times, the programs have intersected with our Arts & Ecology initiative, and we hope to expand the initiative’s reach even further to include many different kinds of arts experiences and discussions.

PROGRAMS

October 30
Art in Fields: A Conversation with Sayward Schoonmaker and Fox Whitney
Join us for a one-hour zoom event with Stone Quarry Hill Art Park artistic director Sayward Schoonmaker and performance artist and dancer Fox Whitney. Schoonmaker will introduce artworks in the park’s landscape and Whitney will lead participants in a meditation from Impossible Shades of Green, an artwork featured in Personal Programs, an exhibition curated by Schoonmaker.

September 18
Leaning into the Wind—Andy Goldsworthy
Join us on Zoom for a free, informal, online conversation about the film and the work of Goldsworthy in general (it is not necessary to watch the film to participate–all are welcome). Leading our discussion will be Leigh Yardley, professional artist and Adjunct Professor of Art at SUNY Morrisville.

August 14
Discussion of Five Seasons
Join us on Zoom for a free, informal, online conversation about the film and the work of Piet Oudolf in general (it is not necessary to watch the film to participate–all are welcome). Leading our discussion will be Aida Khalil, Professor of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture at SUNY Morrisville.

July 22
Meet Donna Hoke
This spring, Arts at the Palace was making plans to develop Donna’s wonderful new play Hearts of Stone for a world-premiere production at the Palace Theater. When it became clear COVID restrictions would preclude live performance, Donna connected Arts at the Palace with Women’s Theatre Festival (Raleigh, NC), which was pioneering work with virtual storytelling. The two organizations decided to co-produce the play on a virtual platform. Let us gather online to meet Donna, discuss the development of Hearts of Stone, and learn more about her body of work and experience working as a playwright during the pandemic. We will be joined by Kyle Bass, Artistic Advisor for the From Script to Stage/Hearts of Stone project.

June 19
Yoga Play
Syracuse Stage was well on its way to start rehearsals for a wonderful new comedy by Dipika Guha. They’ve temporarily shut their doors but plan to open Yoga Play in the spring of 2021. Let us experience this work together now in anticipation. Read the play (before it has been published!) and gather online with Bob Hupp, Artistic Director of Syracuse Stage, to discuss this hilarious and timely work.

May 1
Much Ado About Nothing
As of April 19, 2020, New York City’s Public Theater has had to cancel its celebrated Shakespeare in the Park 2020 season. Let us celebrate and aid The Public by keeping Joseph Papp’s dream thriving. We ask community members to view The Public Theater’s 2019 Summer Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Kenny LeonThen join us for an hour-long online conversation about the play, the production, Shakespeare, and the challenges facing theater institutions near and far. Leading our discussion will be Jamil Jude, Artistic Director of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater, Atlanta, GA, and Margaret Maurer, William Henry Crawshaw Professor of Literature, Colgate University.