The Rutigliano Group

Established in 2007, The Rutigliano Group is a nonprofit organization advancing the mid-Hudson Valley through cultural and economic development, performance and public art projects. TRG works closely with artists and public and private partners to develop projects with the potential to raise the profile of Beacon, New York and the surrounding communities as a place to experience the arts as a visitor, or to invest in the area as business owners and residents. TRG provides comprehensive and strategic planning, fundraising and development, production and technical assistance and promotional services to these projects.

Successful projects include music and other live performances, public art projects and communications and marketing endeavors to support them. Innovative approaches that reach past traditional audiences are our hallmark. Rather than creating ongoing program streams, we look for specific projects to support that are particularly situated to have a greater impact and resonance than their scope would imply, and find creative ways to amplify the reach of those projects. Projects supported share these special characteristics –

  • Utilization and promotion of talented professional local artists,
  • Significant community involvement and
  • Moves large blocks of people to come to the area and participate.

It is the combination of these factors that benefits the local economy while helping the artists find their audience and extend their reach at a higher level.

TRG was the “Lead” organization supporting the City of Beacon’s Centennial celebration event programming producing the “Flagship” Kickoff event as well as other critical centennial focused events driving tourism, participation and economic growth for the city of Beacon.

TRG has built a successful reputation in Southern Hudson Valley for delivering high quality and high value projects;

  • Creative and effective utilization of art as an economic driver
  • Significant impact on the Dutchess County arts scene
  • Continuous track record of strategic and tactical planning both operational and financial, ensuring flawless execution

Successful Project History

Since 2007 TRG has actively and successfully executed our mission and strategy on the following projects:

  • 2 successful years of producing and promoting the “Beacon Hat Parade and Music Festival” with combined attendance of over 2,000
  • Entering the 6th year of our widely successful “Beekman Street Artist Banner Exhibit” – details from the work of 24 visual artists on 13 foot tall banners provide visual linkage to lead visitors from the train station and Dia up to Beacon’s Main Street restaurants, shops and galleries. This biennial project has provided exposure to over 80 artists and been seen by over 1.4 million people over the last 5 years.
  • Technical and financial support for “andcompany’s young company mentoring program”, giving talented young adult actors, designers and technicians opportunities to work side by side with professionals in a real production setting at Newburgh’s Railroad Playhouse and touring productions to Beacon and Kingston. Three fully realized productions included the works of Howard Brenton, Caryl Churchill, Arthur Kopit and Lanford Wilson with over half of each cast performed by these young actors.
  • Development and promotional assistance for multi-media jazz odyssey “Resistance: A Maroon Story” which included an Alvin Ailey dancer/choreographer and a Sesame Street video artist in residence at John Jay High School in Fishkill. This project was a recipient of a DCAC Decentralized Grant through our producing partner andcompany performance collective.
  • “BMW of the Hudson Valley’s Beacons of Music” – recipient of the 2012 Dutchess County Executive Arts Award for “Art in Public Places” – presenting 7 foot tall portraits of 28 local musical artists from a full spectrum of genres on the side of a building at The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls Hotel Complex; rounding out the project – inclusion of the portraits across 18 weeks in the Poughkeepsie Journal, a published book, documentary video, website and live concert featuring the artists attended by over 1200. Regarding social media, incidentally, International Model and Television Producer Tyra Banks tweeted a pic of the wall to her over 8.5 million followers, introducing them to Beacon’s art scene and commenting “I wish I lived in a town like this that celebrates such diversity”.
    “Beacon Rocks 100” Centennial Music Fest on May 18, 2013 headlined by Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, with performances by Grammy Award Winners Pete Seeger and the Rivertown Kids, The Tabernacle of Christ Worship Band, The Costello’s, Stephen Clair, Talking Machine, Chowderhead, Bosco and the Storm, with the premiere performance of the Beacon All-Stars, a multi genre collaboration among several known artists. Attendance exceeded 3,500.
  • “Beacon Pipes” – Historical Pipe Organ Tour featuring internationally recognized composer & organist Joseph Bertolozzi. This historical interactive tour of 6 City of Beacon Churches and their resident pipe organs will be the feature as Joe describes their history, builders and demonstrates their unique sounds as he performs selected compositions on each. In addition TRG and Joe developed a historical printed book featuring not only those on the tour but others that have played a role in the religious diversity that is the City of Beacon.
  • “Beacon Rocktoberfest” – Celebrating TRG’s award winning BMW of the Hudson Valley’s Beacons of Music many of these featured musicians have come together to perform a multi genre collaboration and stage production on September 28, 2013. Featuring the Acoustic Vagabounds, The Tony Depaolo Band, The Judith Tulloch Band, Talking Machine, The Costellos, Chowderhead and The Beacon All Stars

Population Served

The Rutigliano Group serves cultural and other tourists who come to Beacon, the local residents of Southern Dutchess County and the surrounding area, and the artists in Southern Dutchess, Putnam and East Orange Counties who call Beacon their creative home. The artists participating in TRG projects, whether emerging or established, are all vetted as high quality creators. TRG takes extra effort to make certain to include artists of great diversity, both in genre or media of choice and in demographics of race, sex, orientation, age and immigrant status.

We service art and performance in all disciplines – visual art, photography, sculpture, music and theater – and encourage artists in one discipline to collaborate with artists in other disciplines on projects outside of the scope of both artists, such as the recent Beacons of Music Public Art Exhibition and related events. Our artist banner program is juried by established artists and gallery directors from the area and from New York City.

In the public art arena, TRG has exposed over 100 artists to the general public in and around Beacon, including regional, national and international visitors and cultural tourists, 125,000+ per year, plus repeated viewings from 250,000 commuters utilizing the Beacon MetroNorth Station. Our music programming has drawn over 1000 viewers at a time, with the Centennial programming in this year’s programming list estimated to bring 3000+ to the city for the day, and our theater audiences have averaged between 300-500 per production.

Our forays into neighboring cities like Fishkill, Newburgh and Kingston have further served other local populations. All of our focus is working with emerging and established local artists with regional to international reputations, exposing their work to the public, with extra time spent engaging our young artists (high school and college age) and giving them opportunities to exhibit and perform, often in mentorship with our mature artists.

The City of Beacon and the surrounding south county/southern Hudson Valley continues to be “underserved” in terms of arts practice and cultural tourism exposure garnering substantial public and private financial support. TRG has directly targeted underserved demographics and communities – The City of Beacon of course, but also the theater arts mentoring program in Beacon, Kingston & Newburgh, as well as the “Resistance – A Maroon Story” performance residency at John Jay High School in East Fishkill. This key criteria in our mission will continue as future projects and programs are developed.