Ecotopian Library

Ecotopian Library, Hudson is a unique, interactive corner of the Library for all ages that contains books, artworks, objects, stories and experiences that inspire visitors to think about the future they would like to see. It is an iteration of artist Mary Mattingly’s Ecotopian Library project specially developed in collaboration with Toolshed and with support from Basilica Hudson and the Hudson Area Library.

Born out of the belief that art and ecological thought can play a role in achieving positive futures, this special collection brings assorted topics, writings and ideas together to offer a space for research and wisdom in the uncertain shadow of climate change and global precarity. Ecotopian Library, Hudson is a public toolkit and its resources will grow and change over time in response to users and specially designed events and workshops, as well contributions from the public. To view the items in this collection in the library catalog, click here.

Mary Mattingly developed Ecotopian Library, Hudson as part of Basilica Hudson’s Hudson as Muse residency program with support from the National Endowment of the Arts, the New York State Council of the Arts and Toolshed. Toolshed is supported by the People and Plant Fund, Partners for Climate Action, Hudson Valley, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Berkshire Bank Foundation and Syracuse University. This event was made possible by a CREATE Council on the Arts Community Arts grant.