Ridge Memory 9, 18×53 oil pastel over watercolor, © Elissa Gore 1999
About Bright Hill
BRIGHT HILL is dedicated to increasing audiences’ appreciation of the writing arts and oral traditions that comprise American literature, and to encouraging and furthering the tradition of poetry and writing in the Catskills and beyond. Writers and artists who participate in Bright Hill Press/Word Thursdays programs are selected for their artistic excellence, their ability and willingness to work within a community setting, and the diversity of their backgrounds, genres, and styles. BHP understands that recognition of the need for a literary community and a commitment to lifelong learning are critical aspects of audience development; our programs for children and adults engender the spirit, craft, and imagination that makes this possible.
Beatrice brings 10+ years of grant writing and production experience to BH. She is a writer educated at NYU, a small business owner, and mom to her beloved son Charlie.
Larry is born and raised in Delhi, NY. He brings precision and passion to his work at Bright Hill.
Bertha Rogers, poet & visual artist & master teaching artist, founded Bright Hill Press with her husband, Ernest M. Fishman, in 1992. Rogers has published more than 600 poems in literary magazines and in several individual collections of poetry, & has shown her visual art in exhibits throughout the USA.
Bright Hill Press and Literary Center of the Catskills awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Artworks grant, and a New York State REDC grant for “War, Words, Dance: A Collaboration,” a multi-disciplinary performance and arts education project.
“War, Words, Dance” brings veterans of war; professional dance choreographers and student dancers; high school student artists; and Shakespeare together for a series of workshops that culminated in staged and outdoor performances held for the general public of the Catskills in upstate New York in August. The final project performance was held at The Walton Theatre on Saturday, August 18 at 7 PM.
Bright Hill Press Executive Director Beatrice Georgalidis designed the project in 2017, based on a 5-year collaboration with Lake Arts Project, with Feast of Crispian joining to further expand the scope of the multidisciplinary arts education and performance project. Bright Hill was awarded the Regional Economic Development Council of New York State grant in the amount of $27,260 in the category of Arts and Cultural Impact: Art in Public Places.
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $16,000 to Bright Hill. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category, and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Bright Hill Press in Treadwell, NY, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.” Additional funding for the project has been awarded by the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation and the George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation to support workshop costs and scholarships for students in Walton, Hancock and Deposit.
“War, Words, Dance” brought post-deployment combat veterans, high-school student writers and visual artists together to collaborate in a series of acting, writing, dance, and videography workshops; the project aimed to facilitate the interaction of students and veterans in order to generate ideas for creating professional caliber visual art, poetry, and dance. Results of those workshops were choreographed into dance works by professional choreographers, taught to student dancers who performed the final pieces in a flash mob, and a final performance at The Walton Theatre.
Feast of Crispian held a 3-day acting and storytelling Shakespeare intensive workshop, during which acting exercises based on techniques invented by Shakespeare and Co. give veterans the opportunity to explore the “mask” of character, to express big feelings without telling any personal information. Feast of Crispian is led by director Nancy Smith Watson, who runs the program with her husband, University of Wisconsin Theatre Department Director Bill Watson, and actor Jim Tasse, all of whom live and work in Milwaukee.
Bright Hill then hosted a five-day writing and visual art workshop.
Bertha Rogers, master teaching artist and Founding Director of Bright Hill, led students in a series of exercises during which students wrote and created visual art about the Vets’ experiences, based on various themes that evolve organically, such as leaving and/or returning home (a transformed person).
For the third workshop, Lake Arts Project brought New York State and national advanced student dancers together, with six professional NY-based choreographers, for a two-week intensive, advanced contemporary dance and ballet workshop. Lake Arts Project Directors Karl von Rabenau (principal faculty member at the Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy) and Jennifer Miller (faculty, Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy) are former professional ballet dancers and founded Lake Arts Project in 2013; their mission is to bring professional development experience to youth, and immerse them in the arts.
For the final project workshop, Jessica Vecchione of VeccVideography led a 5-day professional videography intensive for (5) students with interest in film and videography, to film rehearsals and final performances. Jessica is an award-winning videographer with 20 years of experience in advertising and marketing.
Bright Hill’s 2018, 26th anniversary programs are made possible by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; National Endowment for the Arts; Otis A. Thompson; A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor; A.C. Molinari; Dewar, and Tianaderrah Foundations; Stewart’s Shops; the Abraham Kellogg Education Fund; the Delaware Youth Bureau, through the auspices of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services; the Delaware National Bank of Delhi, Delaware County Office of Economic Development, CDO Workforce Career Center, and with the support of Bright Hill’s members and friends. Bright Hill’s facilities include the Bright Hill Community Library, home to more than 12,000 books and literary and art periodicals that may be borrowed by local residents; the complete catalog is online. The NYSCA Literary Map of New York State and The NYSCA Literary Tree was developed and is administered by the New York State Council on the Arts in partnership with Bright Hill. The organization and library are located at 94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY 13846.
War Words Dance Final Performance
Robert Bensen, Ph.D. I Professor of English & Director of Writing
“Bright Hill Press for 25 years, under founding Director Bertha Rogers, has brought to life her vision of a network of writers and a center for teaching the young and sustaining in the community the life of the literary mind. Reading and attending Word Thursdays and special events, and having my book chosen for Bright Hill Press, have nourished my writing in countless ways for which I am unspeakably grateful.”
94 Church St, Treadwell, New York 13846
Meet Isabel Streeter, Recipient of the 2019 Robert Sloss Apprenticeship
Born and raised in upstate New York where she completed volunteer work in Cooperstown and served as student council president of her high school in Oneonta, Isabel is currently completing her junior year at Hartwick College, a liberal arts university in Oneonta, New York, where she will be graduating in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in anthropology. During her sophomore year at Hartwick College, Isabel was awarded the Joan B. Gratz Prize for her accomplishments and interest in literature, and more recently, during her junior year, she was awarded the high honor of being named a Faculty Scholar by the Hartwick College English Department. Because of her academic achievements and high GPA, Isabel has also been inducted into Hartwick College’s chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success and Hartwick College’s chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta International Honor Society. During her senior year, Isabel expects to act as vice president for the college’s Sigma Tau Delta Society executive board while she writes her senior thesis on Irish poetry. Upon graduation, Isabel intends to remain in upstate New York and find an avenue through which she may use her knowledge and experience to serve the area.2019 Robert Sloss Apprenticeship Recipient