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Upstate New York Art Scene's Hidden Treasures | Good Sh*t
When I grew up outside the Empire State, I found it hard to believe that New York was nothing but New York City. Of course, it is far from the announced overdevelopment of the underlying mega-city, as Robin Schwartz, decentralisation co-ordinator of the Landeskunstrat, acknowledges: "She is laughing (the thought is tickling her so much that she insisted that I take a picture of the picture that hangs upstairs in the art galleries and depicts a flock of cattle).
There is much more to be discovered - a fact that is only underlined by the fact that the National Center for Art Research has recently included four towns in the hinterland in its yearly art vitality index. Not only are the art forms good there, they are also good for the economy. Cornell University is home to an art center.
You can feel it in the Community Art Center near the city center, where John Spence playsfully complains about the place he is calling home. "A part of Ithaca's hit is his challenge," he says, "because with so many theatres, art galeries and art scene, it's difficult for everyone to get a paid crowd.
An Far East neighborhood much nearer to Burlington, Vermont - and even Boston - than to Rochester, Hudson is the nearest neighborhood to NYC on this prestigious landmark just a two-hour car ride away. For those who make the journey, it is a small Victorian and federalist style destination that is far above its importance, with 19 fine arts studios, two museum and 45 antiqueshops. No wonder their marketers call it "the inner cities of the country".
As Hudson did, this mid-state opportunity made the vibration index for the first in a long history, despite the fact that basketball enthusiasts are moving to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown City. Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center was described as the "greenest" facility ever built by the New York State Energy Research & Development Programme, and the area was named 18.
The country's third biggest town offers numerous opportunities, from the modern centre of fine art to the Flower Downtown Centre of Fine-Arts which involves the local people through courses on books, pottery and photographs. Considering that this is a modern day building, the upper floor takes you to another level - where a cello player and an organ player perform on a Wednesday evening and hardly visited.