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Basilica Hudson announces a free indoor skatepark for 6 weeks + 3 workshops

February 5 @ 2:00 pm - March 19 @ 7:00 pm

A collaboration with Toolshed, Super Stories and the Hudson Youth Department
February 5 – March 19, 2022 | Thursdays and Saturdays 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. | FREE
Hudson, NY – Basilica Hudson, Toolshed, Super Stories and the Hudson Youth Department are
teaming up to bring an indoor DIY skatepark to Hudson for the remaining winter weeks.
The skatepark will be open Thursdays and Saturdays from February 5 through March 19, 4 p.m.
– 7 p.m. in the Main Hall of Basilica Hudson, located at 110 South Front Street, Hudson NY.
Basilica Hudson’s spacious Main Hall is open enough to offer room for social distancing and
consistent air flow in consideration of COVID-19, but enclosed enough to keep out the snow,
and at least some of the cold. This is a great opportunity for activities welcoming all ages.
WORKSHOPS
The skatepark will launch on February 5 with two DIY skatepark build workshops led by Ramiro
Davaro-Comas and his organization Super Stories. From 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the 5th, Ramiro
will lead a workshop on how to build a quarter pipe. From 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. he will then lead a
workshop on making a concrete parking block using real cement. This workshop is offered only
to participants who are 10+. Wood will be pre-cut so that workshop participants will not use any
saws.
On February 12, Ramiro will lead a workshop in mural painting with spray paint from 2 p.m. to 3
p.m. Participants will paint onto a pre-made wall that will then stay in the temporary skatepark
inside Basilica Hudson. This workshop is 6+. Both workshops on the 5th and 12th will be
followed by open skate hours until 7 p.m.
With the enduring pandemic, masks will be required during the workshops and inside at all
times. Helmets will be required for skating if under 18 years of age, and liability waivers will be
available on site.
The Hudson Youth Department will provide transportation to the workshops for those that need
it. Interested attendees are asked to fill out the following online form to register for the
workshops, where they will also be able to specify if they need transportation and digitally sign
the waiver.
Regardless of participation in workshops, people are free to skate inside Basilica from 4 p.m. – 7
p.m. every Thursday and Saturday from February 5 to March 19. In addition to the DIY elements
built during the workshop, there will be a rail, ramps, a ledge and other features, plus tons of
open poured concrete floor to skate on.
The skatepark and workshops were organized by Toolshed as part of its ongoing partnership
with Basilica Hudsom. Basilica and Toolshed are currently strategizing with other organizations
about how best to utilize these built skatepark features throughout the rest of the year.
ABOUT Basilica Hudson
Basilica Hudson is a nonprofit multidisciplinary art center located in Hudson NY, that welcomes
over 20,000 visitors each season to genre-pushing music festivals, large scale marketplace
events, regular film screenings, an artist in residency program, public installations and other
community gatherings. The majority of its programs are free or sliding scale.
Through its programs, Basilica Hudson supports the creation, production and presentation of
independent arts and culture, and strives to forge experiences that aspire to the scale, grit and
beauty of its surroundings. It draws inspiration for its mission and programming from the City of
Hudson’s epic history, as well as the region’s artistic legacy and environmental advocacy.
ABOUT Toolshed
Toolshed is a project created by artist duo Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris (Sayler/Morris)
to gather and share tools that connect ecological imagination to action and empower individuals
and communities to build resilience, joy and togetherness. They partner with Basilica Hudson on
two libraries established in Hudson, New York and related programming. Tools for the
imagination are collected at the Ecotopian Library, a collaboration with artist Mary Mattingly
established within the Hudson Area Library. Tools for action are collected at Toolshed Exchange,
a tool lending library located on the Basilica Hudson campus. Toolshed Exchange has all the
tools necessary for building a DIY skatepark. These tools can be checked out by any member
and members can be individuals or organizations. The skatepark and DIY workshops are
programs of Toolshed Exchange.
ABOUT Super Stories and Ramiro Davaro-Comas
Super Stories is an organization that focuses on community storytelling through public art,
educational workshops, and artist partnerships. The project is led by visual artists Grace Lang
and Ramiro Davaro-Comas.
Ramiro Davaro-Comas is an Argentine/American artist living and working in Upstate New York.
He is the creator and director of Dripped on the Road, (a traveling artist residency program) and
an artist on the road at times. His dedication for painting, traveling and community work have
allowed him to travel through his career and collaborate with other artists, and the combination
of all three passions after many years led him to launch this unique program and artistic career.
His artwork is heavily influenced by his travels, street life, comic books, South
American/European muralism, skateboarding culture and animation. Ramiro has painted over
200 murals and traveled around 20,000 miles searching for new walls and projects. His mural
work has been on the walls in cities all over the United States and the world, including Akumal
MX, Berlin DE, Amsterdam NL and Barcelona SP, as well as Boston, Worcester MA, New York,
Brooklyn, Providence RI, Washington DC, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, Denver, Nashville, and
many more.
ABOUT The Hudson Youth Department
The Youth Department operates the Hudson Youth Center and a summer day camp at Oakdale
Park. Both offer high quality free programming to Hudson’s youth. The Hudson Youth Center
operates September through June in coordination with the Hudson School District scholastic
calendar, and offers recreational activities, computer access, educational programming and a
daily hot meal.
SUPPORTERS
Materials for the workshops were generously supplied by Herrington’s, a regional lumber and
hardware store, originally established in Hillsdale, NY in the 1880s. Additional funding was
provided by Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Berkshire Bank Foundation and
Partners for Climate Action Hudson Valley.

Details

Start:
February 5 @ 2:00 pm
End:
March 19 @ 7:00 pm
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Organizer

Basilica Hudson
Phone:
518-822-1050
Email:
info@basilicahudson.org
Website:
basilicahudson.org

Venue

Basilica Hudson
110 S Front Street
Hudson, NY
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