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Arts Program

Hudson Guild provides year-round opportunities for everyone in our community to experience art created by professionals and to create art on their own.

Hudson Guild has built a reputation for its diverse and successful arts programs through performances at our theatre and exhibits in our two galleries:

Visual Arts
Hudson Guild’s Galleries, in the Elliott-Chelsea Houses on 26th Street and in the Fulton Houses on 9th Avenue, offer different ways for participants to explore the visual arts, especially those who might not otherwise have such opportunities. Exhibits include work by professionally trained artists that draw from traditional styles of painting, drawing, sculpture and photography, as well as work using new media and styles that grapple with 21st Century issues.

Some exhibits bring together work exploring cultural themes of special relevance to the people who participate regularly in other Guild programs. The Guild’s exhibits often provide opportunities to anyone in the community to show their own artwork in group shows, regardless of their level of experience or training.

Guided tours throughout the year educate viewers of all ages about new forms and ideas, fostering an ongoing dialogue about the work on display and art in general. Hudson Guild’s galleries provide many opportunities to learn more about people with different life experiences. Tolerance and understanding increase as artists and viewers share ideas about art and life.

Hudson Guild Theatre Company
Through its three productions each year, Hudson Guild Theatre Company provides different ways for people to experience live theatre, especially those who might not otherwise have readily available opportunities to do so. Led by professional theatre artists, the Company welcomes anyone interested in participating in a show as a performer or backstage worker, regardless of their level of experience or training. Company members gain a deeper appreciation for the live theatre, working to nurture future audiences by sharing their enthusiasm for it. The Company works with children and youth in local schools and after school programs, empowering them to explore role options and positive life choices.

Productions over the past 20 years have included: the Company’s own adaptations of classics, including Frankenstein, The Arabian Nights, Don Quixote, and scenes from Dickens; plays by Chekhov, Ibsen, Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Somerset Maugham and James Baldwin; Day of the Dead and Cinco de Mayo pageants; docudramas about the immigrant experience, treatments for the mentally ill, public schooling and gay civil rights leader Bayard Rustin;  and explorations of poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks and African-American orators

For information about renting Hudson Guild Theatre, please click here.

Performing ArtWorks!
Performing ArtWorks! is a series of dance, music and theatre presentations at Hudson Guild, designed to bring professional performing art companies to youth and families in the Chelsea community. The series offers up to 20 performances and interactive workshops to audiences made up of youth from Guild programs, ages 3-19, and their families. Many events take place in the Guild’s intimate 97 seat theatre, or in outdoor spaces in the Elliott-Chelsea and Fulton Houses.