Unison Arts Center

Board & Staff

Unison Arts Center would like to welcome the new Director of Unison, Alexandra Baer.

Alexandra is a local New Paltz resident who has been working in the non-profit sector for over 15 years and has dedicated much of that time to working in the arts and related fields. She was recently Director of Outreach Programs at Mill Street Loft in Poughkeepsie and a sculpture teacher in the Art Institute there. Her prior experience was running a commercial sculpture studio and a bronze casting foundry. She lives with her husband and daughter a few minutes from Unison and is looking forward to being part of the new Unison vision! We are very excited about the future programming, events, performances and creative endeavors that she and the new Advisory Board will bring to Unison. Stay tuned for fantastic fall events and please become a new or repeating member to be part of the Unison Family.

Unison Board of Directors and Advisors

A new Board has joined the Unison team – partnering with Unison’s founders to contribute to and expand Unison’s vision, bringing an integrated approach to enriching the cultural life and community of the Hudson Valley.

We plan to leverage Unison’s long-standing vision as a hub for performing and fine arts, expanding its mission and reach far beyond the role it has traditionally played.

Our goal: to foster innovation and experimentation, community empowerment, and healing for individuals, communities, and the planet.

We currently have 12 advisory board members deeply engaged in reformulating Unison’s vision and creating partnerships and resources, 5 of whom have joined the Board of Directors, including Stuart and Helene Bigley, Unison’s founders.

Please visit our Unison Transformation webpage to learn more about our mission: UNISONCENTER.ORG

Our Current Board Of Advisors:

  • Matthew Friday, Associate Professor of Critical Studies and Graduate Coordinator at SUNY New Paltz
  • Michael Asbill, independent curator, arts advocate, director or Chrch Project Space, co-founder of KMOCA (Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art)
  • Sarah Warren, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Art History, SUNY Purchase
  • Paul Lichtenberg, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Co-founder of Iris Yoga and Retreat Center
  • Linda J. Park, Head of Programs & Development at the Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation
  • Karali Pitzele, Program Director, New Teacher Center – NYC; founder and former principal, The Green School
  • Chris Hewitt, Publisher, Country Wisdom News; Director, Hudson Valley Current
  • Christin Seward, CPA, teach business classes at Culinary Institute, financial therapist
  • Joanne Leffeld, Moolah Doula – Creating financial well being, President of Band NY, Inc.
  • Daniel Lipson, Associate Professor of Political Science, SUNY New Paltz

Unison has a responsibility to serve and respond to the changing needs of the community. Please help us by sharing your ideas for what you would like to see happen at Unison – your views on what the Unison of the future should be. We are eager to hear from you.  Please send your thoughts to us by email at info@unisonarts.org.