1st Annual Hudson Mad Hatter’s Parade!

Mad Hatter’s Wearable Art Spring Break Workshop, Photo by Thomas Roeschlein

Program Description: Community members are invited to join our Tween Advisory Council members participating in the Hudson Mad Hatters’ Parade: a parade of wearable art, created by tweens, local artists, and community participants as a shared celebration of Hudson’s industrial history and emerging future as a city of makers. The Parade is organized by Processional Arts Workshop (PAW), a non-profit arts organization that works with communities to create site-specific art parades and performances. PAW is teaming up with local Hudson organizations, including Basilica Hudson and the library with hands-on workshops to create Hudson-inspired headdresses, costumes, puppets, and other wearable mobile artworks. The Parade steps off from the library and ends at Basilica Hudson, making a final grand entrance at Basilica’s Spring Farm and Flea. For more info, visit madhattersparade.org/.

Date/Time: Saturday, May 11, 1pm-3pm. Meet up in front of the Galvan Armory at 1pm. Parade kick-off at 2pm.

Target Audience: All Ages

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Mad Hatter’s Wearable Art Workshop

Program Description: We are pleased to announce our Mad Hatter’s Wearable Art workshop during spring break for tweens and teens (8-17 years old) in collaboration with Processional Arts Workshop (PAW).

Participants will learn how to create giant masks, head-pieces, and puppets for an art parade in Hudson, NY. Drawing inspiration from worldwide Carnivale and masquerade traditions, this class explores how to design and construct large, lightweight wearable art for parades, theatre, and performance. NYC Halloween Parade designers Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles emphasize a process of visual storytelling, introducing a range of low-tech, high-impact techniques to transform Hudson’s stories into performance art. The final creations will take to the streets for the city’s 1st Annual Mad Hatter’s Parade on May 11, celebrating Hudson’s industrial past and emerging future as a city of makers.

Date/Time: Monday-Thursday, April 22-25 from 10-3pm

Target Audience: Tweens and Teens (8-17 years old)

Registration: Required. Lunch and material provided. This program will take place at Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front St., Transportation to/from the library is available. Email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792

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