October 2016
A newsletter to keep you informed about what's "up with arts."

Letter from the BOD President:

I am happy to announce that we have officially kicked off our 2016 - 2017 season!  The River's Edge School of Music is in full swing, and we have a lot of programs and events that will be kicking off over the next few weeks.  Please read below for all of the details...  

Many of you know that the organization is going through a lot of change.  Last month, you probably read about Kat's resignation as ED.  We will also be losing Danielle Moskowitz, our Program Manager later this month (see below for details).  

Change is never easy, but the Board of Directors is committed to supporting the organization.  We are taking a hard look at the day to day activities to understand what are staffing needs will be for the future.  In the interim, members of the BOD are taking on the tasks necessary to keep the organization running.

The board will also be focusing on the future of the organization over the next few months.  We will be asking questions about our members and the community...  What are the artistic needs of Hudson and the surrounding communities?  What programs make sense in the future?  Are there other opportunities that we should explore in the future?

As we go through this transition, we want to hear from our members, stakeholders, and supporters about what your suggestions are for the future.  We hope to schedule a BOD "meet and greet" within the next month or so.  You can also send your ideas to: bod@upwitharts.org

On a personal note, I am honored to be serving as President of the REAA BOD.  I look forward to working with members of the board and the community throughout the season! 

Lisa Schliker
REAA BOD President

Staffing updates...

In September, our Program Director Danielle Moskowitz tendered her resignation.  Danielle is leaving to pursue running her own business, "Dinner By Danielle".  Danielle will be staying on through the first week of October and she has graciously agreed to also meet with me as I continue to learn about some of the day-to-day office activities.  Danielle will also be Producing our 2nd Annual Nutcracker Tea event in early December.

The board would like to thank Danielle for all of her hard work and we wish her well on her new business venture.  If you have any questions or concerns about any programs that Danielle was supporting, please send an e-mail to: BOD@upwitharts.org

Lisa Schliker
REAA BOD President

Program Updates

River's Edge School of Music

Registrations are now closed for the River's Edge School of Music.  We had more than
50 students register for the 2016 - 2017 program.  Our students come from Hudson and surrounding communities.  We have 6 amazing teachers that are teaching several instruments including trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, and voice.

River's Edge Chorale 

We are pleased to announce that rehearsals for the 2016 holiday season will begin on Tuesday, October 11 at 7pm at Hudson High in the Choral Room.  

Click here to register on-line: Register here

Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday evenings at Hudson High School from 7 - 9 pm.  The first two rehearsals (October 11 and October 18) are Open Rehearsals.  Singers high school aged and up are invited to join us.  There are no auditions!  Just a love of singing!

This fall, the chorale will be preparing music for the Hudson Holiday Stroll which takes place on Saturday, December 5th. The chorale will also be performing at some Community outreach concerts at local Retirement communities.  Lisa Schliker will be the Music Director and Carole Graves will be the accompanist.

2nd Annual Nutcracker Tea - Coming in December...


The REAA will be working in conjunction with Metrowest Ballet to sponsor our 2nd annual Nutcracker Tea.  We are hoping to offer two performances during the weekend of December 10 - 11.  The shows will take place at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School.  Be watching for more information in the coming weeks!

Visual Arts Program

Solo Exhibit Opportunities

We are looking for artists for solo exhibits for our 2016-2017 season.
Please click on the flyer below for an application.

Art in the Hall

Updated Membership Structure 

We are rolling out a new membership structure for the 2016 - 2017.  The purpose of this change is to simplify the options for our members.  Here is the new structure:

All members receive:
  • Membership card which can be used for discounts at many participating businesses. 
  • Reduced ticket prices to River's Edge Arts Alliance performances (excludes fundraising events)
  • E-newsletter featuring upcoming River's Edge Arts Alliance activities
  • Invitations to FREE exclusive Members Only Events
  • Personal satisfaction that comes from supporting the arts in your local area!
Personal Membership ($50/year)
  • Tuition discounts for programs, classes and workshops
Business Memberships ($75/year)
  • Two complementary tickets to an event
  • Free Listing on our website
Arts Organization / Non-Profit Memberships ($60/year)
  • FREE arts and culture calendar listing in our newsletter
  • Discount registration fees for festivals
  • Free Listing on our website
For more information on what our membership offers, please visit our webpage:

You can also renew your membership right on the site!  
Questions? Please e-mail: info@upwitharts.org

Support the Annual Fund
We are still accepting donations for the Annual Appeal!

Our goal is $20,000 and we are 20% there! 

Please donate now by clicking the "Donate" button below.

You can also mail a check to the office:
155 Apsley Street
Hudson, MA 01749
Please include "Annual Appeal" in the memo...

You  are the reason the River's Edge Arts Alliance is able to offer high-quality, affordable arts programming in our community like the programs mentioned above. Our mission is: To enrich lives and create community through the arts. We cannot do it without your support. We believe that our programs enhance the quality of life in this community, making it a better, more interesting place to live.

If you agree with us, then we ask you to please contribute to our Annual Appeal. Your support gives us the resources we need to provide the community with the best in artistic programming.

Your donation makes a difference regardless of size, and your gift will have a significant impact on the children and families who live in this area. Donations are 100% tax deductible. Thank you for supporting the arts in your local community!