We attended an inspiring workshop this past weekend in the small hamlet of Wassaic, NY, “Art, Rural Education, and Economic Growth.”It was organized by artists from the Wassaic Project, and New America, a large public policy institute. They brought together local educators, students, artists, non-profits, and educational experts at the historic Maxon Mill.
The topic? Arts education in the Hudson Valley. Discussion was lively. Hats off to Jeff Barnett-Winsby and Tara Foley of the Wassaic Project for hosting.
The workshop has us looking for ways to expand the Brine Garden audience. We’ve made a start. Over 27 years, we’ve spread the word about our 6-acre garden, filled with many native plants. We’ve befriended the Garden Conservancy, ArtEast, Dutchess Tourism, FrOGS (Friends of the Great Swamp), Front Street Gallery, Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community, Mill Street Loft, and Oblong Land Conservancy. These groups have promoted us and brought their members to the garden. We want to sustain these relationships and create more such relationships. We want school groups to visit and others we haven’t yet considered. We wonder who else might want to visit the Brine Garden?