Community Guide to Skidmore Resources
Summer Programs in the Arts
Upbeat on the Roof at the Tang Museum is a weekly music series that presents artists from the Capital District and beyond. As the name suggests, the performances take place on the rooftop of the museum. The music covers a range of styles from swing to folk to jazz. Concerts are held most Fridays throughout the summer at 7 p.m.
The Summer Studio Art Programs at Skidmore offer a wide array of opportunities for artists and art enthusiasts, including five-week special-topics courses (credit and non-credit) and weeklong and weekend non-credit workshops. The program hosts visiting artists, some of them nationally and internationally known, and there are opportunities for students to interact with these artists and their work.
The Summer Dance Workshop brings renowned dance companies to Skidmore for three-week residencies. The program offers intensive training at the intermediate and advanced levels. In addition, the company in residence presents a number of public performances and lecture/demonstrations. For summer 2008 Skidmore will host the famed Martha Graham Dance Company.
The New York State Summer Writers Institute, which takes place on the Skidmore campus each July, offers workshops in creative writing, fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The four-week institute offers public readings by distinguished writers, among them William Kennedy, Russell Banks, Joyce Carol Oates, and Robert Pinsky.
The New York State Summer Young Writers Institute at Skidmore is an annual creative writing workshop for New York State high school students. Participants receive instruction in poetry, prose, and imaginative nonfiction, and engage in the critical evaluation of each other's work. Thirty-four students are selected based on the submission of creative writing samples. Full and partial scholarships are available.
The Skidmore Jazz Institute has become one of the premier summer jazz study programs in the country. The institute provides a new generation of musicians the opportunity to interact with and learn from gifted educators and world-class performers in an intimate and supportive environment. Summer 2008 will feature performances by Aaron Parks, Terence Blanchard, and Arturo O'Farrill.
The Saratoga International Theater Institute (SITI) was founded in 1992 by Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki to redefine and revitalize contemporary theater in the United States through an emphasis on international cultural exchange and collaboration. The SITI company is known as a top-level artistic collective that generates groundbreaking theater while training artists from around the world. Performances are given each summer during the Skidmore residency.
The Skidmore Summer Flute Institute encourages young musicians to expand their abilities and better appreciate various performance styles and music of all periods. The program nurtures and inspires flutists to tackle the physical and mental challenges of performance, resulting in heightened confidence and self-esteem. Each summer the institute offers a series of public performances.