647 South Plank Rd
Mount Tremper, NY 12457
Nestled in the Catskill Mountains, just 2 hours from New York City, Mount Tremper Arts (MTA) supports contemporary artists in the creation and presentation of new works of art. Founded in 2008 by choreographer Aynsley Vandenbroucke and photographer Mathew Pokoik, MTA is an artist-run space that fosters an environment of creative risk taking and intellectual curiosity through an integration of performances, exhibitions, artist residencies, and hybrid food and art programming. With an intensive Summer Festival and year-round Creative Development Residencies for artists, MTA nurtures both the solitude necessary for making artistic work and the community needed to share it. Local agricultural models influence MTA’s programming, and issues of economic and environmental sustainability are a core concern of the center.
If your summer has room for only one quick getaway, you won’t do better than this interdisciplinary, artist-run festival in the Catskills, where the atmosphere is decidedly low key, and sumptuous food offerings are paired with sophisticated contemporary dance. The New York Times.
“The Catskills festival combines barns, barbecues, and campfires with photography exhibitions and some of the most sophisticated voices in contemporary dance.” The New Yorker
In the famously beautiful hills near the villages of Phoenicia and Woodstock, photographer Mathew Pokoik and choreographer Aynsley Vandenbroucke bought a former residence and created there with their own sweat, as well as the support of many others a vibrant spot where artists of many disciplines can make and share work though residencies and a summer festival that has earned a formidable reputation for quality and edginess. Classical TV
Attending summer dance festivals held in idyllic settings often feels like crashing another generation’s party. Happily, for younger people interested in dance and performance, there is a festival newcomer, Mount Tremper Arts, with a much fresher and far more experimental program than many of its older festival relations.
The Last Magazine