The Arts Community is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the evolving needs of artists and teachers of the arts, making arts accessible to children and adults of the Hudson Valley, and sponsoring performances, events, exhibits, and regularly scheduled classes for all ages.  By supporting artists as they work toward realizing their full potential, TAC strives to ensure the Hudson Valley remains a positive place full of creativity, discovery, and interconnectedness.

Why teach under the auspices of the Arts Community?


  • Insurance. The Arts Community can provide general liability insurance to cover classes and performances.

  • Location. The Arts Community has a database of available spaces in the area that may be suitable for your teaching needs.

  • Promotion. The Arts Community advertises classes and events in flyers and on the website.

  • Sponsors. The Arts Community sponsors groups and projects.


If you would like to submit a class proposal to The Arts Community, please complete the following information:



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Rachel has been working with clay for 12 years and has been selling her work since 2008. She runs an independent, small production studio in New Paltz and sells her work at 25 different craft shows each year. She also shows her work in several stores and galleries locally and in New England. She has taught private wheel over the years and is now opening her studio for larger classes in wheel and hand building.



Kim is the owner/Director of Bright Beginnings, a New Paltz preschool and licensed childcare center.  She has been President of 90 Miles Off Broadway, a 52 year old community theatre company, for more than 10 years.  Kim is a NYS Certified Teacher with a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education, with a BA Degree in Theatre.


Kristi Parnell

Kristi is the founder and instructor of Story Studio, a program for children ages 2-14 years that utilizes art and cooking as vehicles through which children can expand upon their reading experiences.  She has worked with young children for over 15 years and is a certified teacher with an M.Ed in Early Childhood Education and a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Early Childhood Education.

Forrest Bass

Forrest has 25 years of work and schooling in many different design industries and disciplines. He has 12 years of private art class training with a master illustrator with classes of all ages. Forrest has developed his own unique drawing process that is fun and easy for any age or artist level. He believes drawing and art are creative processes, but require the basics and a solid foundation that makes it fun and easy.



Olga has been practicing qi gong since 2008 and since she was able to control her arthritis with qi gong, has learned how to heal people through qi gong and now she is teaching people how to heal themselves using energy, mind and intention, as well as how to heal others.