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Hudson Valley Creative Impact is presented by Orange County Arts Council in partnership with Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Chronogram, Hudsy and hosted by Storm King Art Center. This event is made possible through the generous support of our sponsor , Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area and Dillon & Semenovich Inc.

THE arts networking event and conference of the year is back for 2021!

Hudson Valley Creative Impact

2021 Theme: Resilience

Event Date: Tuesday, September 14th 4pm- 8pm

Location: Storm King Art Center, Museum Hill

Food & Beverage: Boxed Picnic meals will be available as an add-on to your ticket purchase. Guests may choose to bring their own picnic basket as well. Beverages will be available to guests during the event.

2021 Keynote speaker: Greg McKeown

New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

2021 Honored Guest Speakers:

Anthony Davidowitz, Amanda Dana, and Kevin White

Music Performance by E’lissa Jones and Mark Mcnutt

Covid-19 Safety: We ask that all attendees who are unvaccinated wear a mask. This event is scheduled to be held outdoors under a well ventilated tent.

Tickets: Early Bird admission is $40. Members of Orange County Arts Council or Orange County Chamber of Commerce receive a 10% discount. Email us for your member discount code.

Website to track event updates: www.ocartscouncil.org

Doors open 4pm, program begins at 5pm. Tram tours of Storm King Art Center available 6:30pm-7:30pm for attendees.

*Each attendee receives the gift of the newly released book “effortless” by Keynote Speaker Greg McKeown

Introducing our 2021 Keynote speaker

Greg McKeown

Greg McKeown is a speaker, a bestselling author, and the host of the popular podcast What’s Essential. He has been covered by The New York Times, Fast Company, Fortune, Politico, and Inc., has been interviewed on NPR, NBC, Fox, and The Steve Harvey Show, and is among the most popular bloggers for LinkedIn. He is also a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum. McKeown’s New York Times bestselling book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less has sold more than a million copies worldwide. Originally from London, England, he now lives in California with his wife, Anna, and their four children.


Honored Guest Speakers:

Amanda Dana

Director of Tourism, Orange County New York; Executive Director, Orange County Film Office President, Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. ; and Prior Director, Economic Development, Orange County Partnership

In 2018, Amanda Dana became an integral part of the County of Orange’s Leadership team as she enthusiastically assumed the role of Tourism Director. In 2019 Amanda and her tourism team acquired the Orange County Film office. In 2021, Amanda was named the President of Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc, a 10- county hospitality and tourism marketing organization focusing on promotion of the incredible assets of the Hudson River Valley Region.

Amanda has over 30 years of contribution in a variety of marketing and sales leadership roles in the Hudson Valley region with 18 years in executive recruiting/talent management, 10 years focused on commercial and residential real estate and 5 years economic development. During that time, she has grown and cultivated many working relationships with individuals and organizations and has immersed herself with being tremendously involved with her community. Because of her strong alliances, she has developed a very successful skill set of connecting people and organizations with valuable resources.

Anthony Davidowitz

Anthony Davidowitz is Deputy Director Operations, Administration, and Legal Affairs at Storm King Art Center. Anthony serves on a number of for- and non-profit boards and committees, including the New York State Tourism Advisory Council, the Orange County Arts Council, Land to Learn, the Thornwillow Institute, and the Town of Cornwall Economic Development Advisory Committee. Additionally, Anthony provides legal, strategic, operational, and succession planning services to for-and non-profit entities. Anthony is an active New York State attorney and holds degrees from Oxford, Bristol, and Georgetown Law.

Kevin White

Executive Director of The Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh and Poughkeepsie

White holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Baruch College and a master’s degree in education from Fordham University. Recently, he has begun work on a Ph.D. in sociology. Turner founded the academy and teaches many of the dance classes. A graduate of the New York School of the Performing Arts, she studied at Gloria Jackson Dance Studio and the Dance Theater of Harlem. Partners at work and in life, Kim Turner and Kevin White are recipients of Manhattan Institute’s 2019 Civil Society Awards for their work at the Newburgh Performing Arts Academy.

Hosts and introductions:

Sarah McKay, Executive Director of Orange County Arts Council and Heather Bell, Executive Director of Orange County Chamber of Commerce

Heather Bell is the President & CEO of Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Heather served as Executive Director of YMCA of White Plains where under  Heather’s leadership membership, family programming, and community collaborations grew and flourished. She was also the owner of a successful small business and Community & Govt relations for Heineken USA prior to arriving at the Chamber as the Director of Membership and now President & CEO.

Sarah McKay is the Executive Director of Orange County Arts Council. McKay has ten years of leadership experience with non-profit metropolitan arts organization as passionate Director with the belief that the Arts are a catalyst for not only economic development but enhance quality of life. She is founder of Rough Edges Art Productions 501(c)3 and former Director of Hygienic Art Galleries of New London, CT where she oversaw the construction of New London’s first amphitheater.

Create. Connect. Inspire.

This networking event and conference brings together attendees from the Tri State area in order to facilitate discussion between arts industry leaders, cultural organizations, artists, and creative entrepreneurs.

All are welcome to attend this event hosted at Storm King Art Center, but registration is required. Freshly prepared local eats and beverages will be accompanied by music and lively discussion.

During past events, we were honored to have extraordinary guest speakers including Anthony Davidowitz, Deputy Director Operations, Administration, and Legal Affairs for Storm King Art Center; Jodi Joseph, Director of Communications for MASS MoCA; and Michael L. Royce, Executive Director for New York Foundation for The Arts. Attendees included organizations and artists from not only NY, but New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania and representation from 90% of the arts organizations in Orange County, NY.

Become a sponsor

By becoming a sponsor, you support the arts in our community during a time when we need it most. To become a sponsor, please email Connect@ocartscouncil.org

or download the sponsorship package:

HV Creative Impact 2021 Sponsorship Package


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