River House founders musician Melissa Auf Der Maur and filmmaker Tony Stone are in a unique position to be an active part of the many cultural and economic shifts taking place in Hudson, and hope to bring visionary and thoughtful leadership to this process.
Auf der Maur and Stone have already created an important cultural destination in Hudson, Basilica Hudson, a multidisciplinary arts center supporting the creation, production and presentation of innovative and independent arts and culture while fostering sustainable community. Founded in 2010, Basilica Hudson makes its home in a spectacular solar-powered reclaimed 1880s industrial factory on the waterfront of the historic City of Hudson.
Weekend destination events comprise the core of Basilica Hudson’s music, performance, film, food and literary programming, alongside regular film screenings series, art exhibitions, and other community gatherings. Basilica Hudson annually welcomes more than 40,000 visitors people to its programs and events each season, and has quickly become both an important cultural anchor as well as a significant economic driver for the city and a destination for the region. Basilica Hudson strives to be a gateway to the dynamic city of Hudson and this region of great potential. Mindful of the rapid evolution of Hudson, Basilica is committed to being a cultural counterbalance to Hudson’s commercial development and serves as an economic, cultural and civic anchor to Hudson and its residents.
Plans for River House Project build on the established network and mission of Basilica Hudson and the two organizations will operate in tandem to support the local and regional community, and offer important new platforms to the creative sector.