The Silver Sun Foundation is a family philanthropy dedicated to providing support for professional creative artists, cultural organizations, educators and social change makers.

Silver Sun & WFUV 90.7 fm Public Radio

 

Autumn ~ 2021

In September, Silver Sun welcomes the two winners of WFUV’s songwriting contest to create a new theme song for their local music feature, New York Slice.  Recording artists Sidney Riley and Renée Orshan were each awarded 2 weeks at the Silver Sun Residence, along with an FUV Live session with Alisa Ali to be broadcast this fall. @AirwavesAli

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Singer/songwriter Sidney Riley

 

Sidney Riley with Producer Rob Harkness at Silver Sun

Sidney Riley is a songwriter and singer originally from Washington, D.C. He has been involved with music since childhood. At age 9, he learned to play the piano and discovered his passion for singing as a cast member of “Children’s Choice,” a popular children’s British television show, filmed in the Middle East. Later, he started an a cappella group and began writing original music and had the opportunity to sing at the Kennedy Center Honors with Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles. His passion for music and songwriting continues today.
 
After recovering from a life-threatening disease, Sidney moved to New York City for college, and graduated from Fordham University. Sidney credits his recovery in part to the role music played in his life by keeping him motivated through that difficult time and giving him a sense of purpose. He is currently involved in several projects for himself, as well as other artists from various genres, and he is always looking to collaborate with new talented singers, songwriters, and other artists.
 
Watch Sidney’s lastest video for “Exposure” here.
 
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Musician & Artist Rén with the Mane

 

Brooklyn based artist Rén with the Mane is back with new track ‘On My Own’. Receiving plaudits from Nylon Magazine, Paste, Line of Best Fit, Kitsune, and more, Rén is no stranger to the blogosphere. Grooving tracks like Changes, ‘Into the Unknown’, Already Gone and Fool For You have been featured on numerous Spotify playlists such as New Music Friday, Indie Pop, A Shot of Indie, and also TV shows including MTV’s Teen Mom, and Girlfriends Guide to Divorce.

In addition to being a prolific songwriter and artist, Rén is an intoxicating performer and has become somewhat of a figure around the streets of New York this past year. In a time the city was yearning for connection, she found herself singing with a brass band throughout Manhattan to offer her fellow New Yorkers a sense of camaraderie and joy. She also works as a Hair/Makeup Artist and Stylist, primarily working with other musicians such as Regina Spektor, AJR Brothers, and St Lucia to help bring out their best side.

Watch her video for “On My Own” here

 

 

Maverick Concerts at the Silver Sun Residence

 

 

Music Director Alexander Platt

August ~ 2021

 

Maverick Concerts’ Music Director Alexander Platt celebrated his 20th Anniversary at Maverick Concerts in 2021. His innovative programming reflects his commitment to the highest level of artistic excellence and his role as an advocate for the music of our time. He reintroduced chamber orchestra concerts to Maverick and created a chamber orchestra version of Del Tredici’s Final Alice.

Alexander Platt has built a unique career spanning the worlds of symphony, chamber music and opera. He is presently Music Director of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra, and Artistic Director for Music at the Westport Arts Center in Westport, CT. Previously, he also spent twelve seasons as Resident Coordinator and Music Advisor at Chicago Opera Theater, where he led the Chicago premieres of such landmark 20th Century operas as Britten’s Death in Venice, John Adams’ Nixon in China, and the world-premiere recording of Kurka’s The Good Soldier Schweik – all to high acclaim.

A graduate of Yale College, King’s College Cambridge (where he was a British Marshall Scholar) and conducting fellowships at both Aspen and Tanglewood, he started his career as the apprentice conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Minnesota Opera. He has guest conducted the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Illinois Philharmonic, the Freiburg Philharmonic in Germany, the Aalborg Symphony in Denmark, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, Camerata Chicago, the Banff Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, and the Houston, Charlotte, Columbus and Indianapolis Symphonies. He has recorded for NPR and the BBC. His Cedille Records disc with Rachel Barton Pine of Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy is often heard on radio stations throughout the world.

www.alexanderplatt.com

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Pianist Daniel Gortler joins us at Silver Sun Residence

for Maverick Concerts’ program

 

Surviving: The Triumph of Creative Expression

in concert with the Catalyst Quartet

 

Acclaimed Israeli pianist Daniel Gortler has delighted audiences and critics alike with his memorable performances around the world, receiving great praise for both his technical mastery and his musical ingenuity. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras around the world including the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, as well as the Houston, New World, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. Other highlights include his debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, recital at Wigmore Hall in London, and tours around the world.

THE SECRET CITY at SILVER SUN RESIDENCE

 

JULY ~ 2021

 

 

Participating Artists:

Alison Cimmet, is an actress and a writer. She’s writing a collection of personal essays about otherness, art making, mental illness and family legacy.

Erik Pattersonis an LA based playwright and screenwriter. He’s writing a romantic comedy screenplay about how he pulled off a surprise wedding for his best friend. And by surprise wedding, he means: all 120 guests knew about the wedding but the bride and groom did not.
 
Evie Star is a trans non binary, queer performance artist who makes photography, illustration, drawings, installation, experimental music and more. They live in the ArtLife Institute in Kingson. Evie will be working with their partner, Jaguar Mary X on a new performance piece.
 
Jaguar Mary X-performance artist, activist, DJ, radio host. Jaguar Mary lives in the ArtLife Institute in Kingston, where they curate, create work and host work by others. Jaguar Mary X will be working on a new performance art piece with their partner, Evie Star
 
 
JIll Rothstein, is a librarian and a writer. Jill’s working on a collection of essays exploring the body and her body, specifically. Issues of gender, sexuality, body image, fat and acceptance are explored.
 
Larry Kunofsky is a NYC-based playwright turned memoirist. His memoir-in-progress is I’m Not Mamet—A Self-Deprecation, in which the author compares and contrasts his life and work to that of David Mamet. A memoir, yes, but also a book about Larry’s not-always-healthy obsession with Mamet once he started to publicly express political views diametrically opposed to his own.
 
 
Laural Meade is a playwright and performer, and the choir director for The Secret City. Laural is working on a performance piece/song cycle about Sophie Tucker.
 

Pamela Dunlap is a celebrated actress who is currently working on a memory chronicle … a series of prose poems or shot stories, that may or may not become a performance piece.

Raghubir Kaur Khalsa is a visual artist, teacher and Kundalini yoga practitioner who’s working on a new book about yoga and creativity.
 

Silver Sun partners with Creative Culture

from the Jacob Burns Film Center

Spring ~ 2021

 

June 2021 ~ Silver Sun Residence Showcase and Reception featuring our JBFC Creative Culture Filmmakers

 

Filmmaker César Martínez Barba

Artist-in-Residence ~ Summer 2021

 

In partnership with Sean Weiner, Director of  Creative Culture

at the Jacob Burns Film Center

 
César Martínez Barba is a San Antonio, TX born filmmaker and editor living in NYC. He is a graduate of Occidental College with an Honors B.A. in Media Arts and Culture. César has been selected as a Sundance Institute 2020 Art of Editing Fellow, the Fall 2018 Social Justice Filmmaker Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center, a 2018 NeXt Doc Fellow, and is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective. His editorial work has appeared at festivals such as HotDocs, Mountainfilm, and Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. His client work has been the recipient of a 2020 Shorty Social Good Award. His film ¡Chaporazzi! was broadcast on Season 2 of POV Shorts.
 

 

Filmmaker Brit Fryer

Artist-in-Residence ~ Summer 2021

 

In partnership with Sean Weiner, Director of  Creative Culture

at the Jacob Burns Film Center

BRIT FRYER is a queer and trans director and producer. He has produced a variety of narrative and nonfiction projects, most recently the Tribeca Film Institute-supported documentary, BUG FARM, which will premiere on PBS this June. His work has been shown at festivals including Indie Grits, NewFest, Outfest, Inside Out, MIX NYC, and Blackstar Film Festival. Brit is an alum of Sundance Ignite Fellowship, the Creative Culture Fellowship, and sits in the Jonathan Demme Changemaker Board Member Seat at the Jacob Burns Film Center. He currently supports established and emerging writers in his role at the Writers Guild of America, East.

Filmmaker Lydia Cornett

Artist-in-Residence ~ Summer 2021

 

In partnership with Sean Weiner, Director of  Creative Culture

at the Jacob Burns Film Center

 

Lydia Cornett is a documentary filmmaker from Baltimore, Maryland. She is an alum of the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio and the Jacob Burns Film Center Creative Culture Fellowship, and she is a two-time recipient of the NYC Women’s Fund. Her short films have screened at numerous film festivals including BAMCinemaFest, Sheffield DocFest, AFI Docs, AspenShortsFest, and DOC NYC. Her work has been distributed and featured by The New Yorker, PBS Reel South, Nowness, and Vimeo Staff Picks.

Filmmaker Crystal Kayiza

Artist-in-Residence ~ Spring 2021

 

In partnership with Sean Weiner, Director of  Creative Culture

at the Jacob Burns Film Center

 
Crystal Kayiza was raised in Oklahoma and is now a Brooklyn-based filmmaker. As a director, her work reimagines the aesthetics used to tell stories about Black folks across generations and landscapes. Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” she is a recipient of the Sundance Ignite Fellowship, Jacob Burns Film Center Woman Filmmaker Fellowship, Points North Institute North Star Fellowship and Sisters in Cinema Documentary Fellowship. Her film, Edgecombe, was an official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired for distribution by PBS.
 
Her most recent film, See You Next Time, was an official selection of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was released by the New Yorker. 
Her short narrative film, Rest Stop, was the winner of the 2020 Tribeca CHANEL Through Her Lens program grant. Crystal received a Heartland Emmy Award in 2012 for her film All That Remains, which profiles Boley, Oklahoma, one of the nation’s last all-black towns. She is currently in pre-production on her first non-fiction feature film, which recently received the 2021 Creative Capital Award.
 
 

 

Filmmaker Jalena Keane-Lee

Artist-in-Residence ~ Spring 2021

 

In partnership with Sean Weiner, Director of  Creative Culture

at the Jacob Burns Film Center

 
Jalena Keane-Lee is a filmmaker who explores intergenerational trauma and healing through an intersectional lens. Jalena’s work subverts traditional narratives about the female, Asian American Pacific Islander experience. Sheʻs currently directing her first feature length film, Standing Above the Clouds which follows Native Hawaiian mother daughter activists. Her short film by the same name screened at over 30 film festivals, won best short documentary at LA Asian Pacific Film Festival and Special Jury Mention from the Center for Asian American Media, and is playing on the Criterion Collection.
 
Jalena co-founded Breaktide Productions, an all women of color production company that has won two Cannes Lion awards for branded content. She’s produced commercial series for Nike and Facebook, and won Tribeca Through Her Lens 2020. Her work has been supported by AAJA, NeXt Doc, Jacob Burns Film Center, Pacific Islanders in Communication, Nia Tero, CNN Films, and Points North Institute.
 

PRODUCER & MENTOR BRUNI BURRES

Artist-in-Residence ~ Spring 2021

 

 

 

In partnership with Close Up ~ A cinematic initiative for non-fiction filmmakers.

For over 25 years, Burres has been a passionate leader, media educator and producer at the intersection of arts, culture and human rights & social justice. She is a Senior Consultant for Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program, and a founding partner and tutor for Close-Up, an international co-production initiative for emerging Middle East and North African filmmakers. Burres is an advisor with Doc Society’s Good Pitch, and from 1991 to 2008 was the director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, which she also cofounded. Bruni is the co-writer and associate producer of Beyond My Grandfather Allende, which won best documentary at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and cowriter and producer of Whose Country? by Mohamed Siam, which had its USA premiere at the 2016 New York Film Festival.

MUSICIAN DAVID PULKINGHAM

Artist-in-Residence ~ Winter 2021

 

David Pulkingham is an internationally renowned guitarist, recording artist and performer, known for his abilities in numerous styles, including classical, Flamenco, Brazilian, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz.

From 2002 until 2012 David toured internationally with the famed Texas troubadour Alejandro Escovedo, and served as his orchestra’s music director. He has performed on many international stages such as Carnegie Hall, and has performed with icons including Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Robert Plant and Patty Griffin.

In 2011 he released a solo instrumental album entitled “David Pulkingham Plays Guitar.” In 2012 he released a 5 song EP of originals called “David Pulkingham Plays Guitar and Sings” and in 2014 he released a third volume of “David Pulkingham Plays Guitar”, and will soon release a full album of originals. David currently tours with Patty Griffin and plays internationally under his own name.

PAUL STURTZ & POLINA MALIKIN

Artists-in-Residence ~ Winter 2021

 

In partnership with Upstate Films, a non-profit, member-supported arts organization presenting the best in world & independent cinema in the Hudson Valley since 1972.

 
Paul Sturtz is the new co-director of Upstate Films in Rhinebeck with Jason Silverman. He co-founded the Ragtag Film Society in Columbia, Missouri in 1997 with David Wilson, and between 2000-2017 worked as the head programmer at Ragtag Cinema. In 2004 they co-founded the True/False Film Fest, a nonfiction festival, with Paul then serving a 16-year run as co-director. Paul served on Columbia City Council between 2008-2011, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Missouri in 2017 for his contributions as a social entrepreneur and his positive impact on local and regional culture. His short documentary Dear Valued Guests premiered in 2013 and played at a dozen festivals around the world. Paul was selected in the inaugural “Indiewire Influencers” list, described as “visionaries changing the course of film.”
 
Polina is an artist, writer, teacher, and community organizer whose varied projects are motivated by a vision of regenerative ecology, peace, and transformative justice. She has traveled nationally and internationally to work as a filmmaker, humanitarian aid worker, and teacher. Before moving back to New York, Polina founded and ran a forest school in Columbia, Missouri; created a community art space in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and was a member of a feminist art collective and started a community garden in Providence, Rhode Island. She has also taught art and film at Brown University, University of Wisconsin, and Stephens College. She helped start the Citizen Jane Film Festival and directed the Education program at the True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema.
 
Iko Malikin, age 8, is an artist, violinist, and fun kid. She enjoys drawing, painting, collage, bookmaking, and ceramics. She is also a big fan of mail art and miniatures of all kinds. One of her paintings is part of the permanent collection at the Wedding Cake House in Providence, RI.
 

Musician Helen Ballentine & Producer Noah Weinman

Artists-in-Residence ~ Autumn 2020

Ballentine has been playing music for most of her life — piano from age five, guitar since high school — but her songwriting didn’t emerge until later. After moving from her home in upstate New York to Los Angeles to study studio art in college, Ballentine was working full-time at a Los Angeles gallery, poised to continue onto the trajectory of visual art she had been on since she was a teenager. Instead, it didn’t feel right, and she quit. Suddenly faced with a peculiar freedom, Ballentine decided, somehow both confidently and tentatively, to seriously pursue music for the first time. While nannying on the side to make ends meet, she wrote “Places/Plans,” her first song for Skullcrusher, a little over a year ago. Despite her extensive background in visual arts, Ballentine suddenly found songwriting to be the best avenue for her artistic visions, an easy way for her to organically discover what it is she was trying to say. ‘Skullcrusher is, by all accounts, an exploration of the ways you become yourself when you aren’t looking – and how that feels once you start paying attention.’

Read more about Helen here

 

FILMMAKERS SIMON LIU & RACHAEL LAWE 

Artists-in-Residence ~ Autumn 2020

 

In partnership with Vic Brooks, Senior Curator, Time-Based Visual Art at EMPAC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

 

Simon Liu is a film artist whose work centers on building a lyrical catalogue of the rapidly evolving inner and outer landscapes of his place of origin in Hong Kong through alternative documentary forms, abstract diary films, multi-channel video installations and 16mm projection performances. Liu’s work has been presented at film festivals and institutions globally including the New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam: Tiger Short Competition, Toronto International Film Festival: Wavelengths, Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New Films at MoMA & Film at Lincoln Center, BFI London Film Festival, M+ Museum, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Cinéma du Réel, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Light Industry, and “Dreamlands: Expanded” with the Whitney Museum of American Art & Microscope Gallery. An upcoming solo-presentation of Liu’s films and performances will take place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of their ongoing Modern Mondays series. Liu is a 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, a teacher at the Cooper Union School of Art, and a member of Negativeland; an artist-run analogue film lab in Brooklyn. Liu is currently editing his first feature film, Staffordshire Hoard.

Rachael Lawe holds a Bachelor’s & Master’s degree in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, U.K. (2005). After graduation she became Director & Curator of FRED, an art gallery based in London U.K. & Leipzig, Germany. Following a move to New York in 2009, she served as the Founding Director of the International Collage Center, an educational arts nonprofit with a lending and research collection. In 2013 she joined the Decorative Arts and Design team at Tiffany & Co. Between 2016 and 2017 she curated three exhibitions with artist collective Regina Rex. From 2017 she has worked in Interior Design focusing on residential projects, and is an active participant in female focused curatorial groups in New York and continues to independently curate arts programs. Since 2017 she has produced and collaborated on several short films with filmmaker Simon Liu which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival. They are now working together on their first feature film. 

 

READ MORE ABOUT SIMON’S FILMMAKING HERE

ALISA ALI, Producer and DJ at WFUV.ORG 

Artist-in-Residence ~ Summer 2020

 

Prior to her DJ shifts on WFUV, Alisa spent years as a host on “The Alternate Side” channel, riding the cutting edge of new music and playing her old faves. Alisa does a lot of her work behind the scenes too, as producer many of the FUV Live sessions and live broadcasts. She also collaborates with NPR Music on various projects, most recently including their Turning the Tables project, where they recast the popular music canon with a closer eye on female artists.

          Read more about Alisa and hear her middays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on WFUV.org or at 90.7 FM

PHOTOGRAPHER SHEDRICK PELT

Artist-in-Residence ~ Summer 2020

 

Shedrick Pelt is an editorial, live-event and commercial photographer. He specializes in documentary, music, product and portrait photography with a style driven by an urge to be the fly on the wall, capturing an experience without disrupting the nature of the moment. Based in Washington D.C., Shedrick works worldwide while keeping strong ties to the local community in his hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, and his adopted home of NYC.

JUNETEENTH PROTEST 2020, WASHINGTON, D.C.

Visit Shed’s Website Here

Spring 2020 Filmmaker Residencies have been developed in partnership with Sean Weiner, Director of Programs, Media Arts Lab and Creative Culture at the Jacob Burns Film Center

 

FILMMAKER EMILY ANN HOFFMAN 

Artist-in-Residence ~ Spring 2020
 

Emily Ann Hoffman is an award winning animator, filmmaker, and artist. Her films have screened at Sundance, SXSW, Slamdance and more. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies with the New York Film Festival Artist Academy, the Sundance Institute, the Jacob Burns Film Center and Mighty Oak animation studio. As a fine artist, her work is represented by Spacey Studios and has been featured on Architectural Digest, Fast Company, and more. She has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work explores female sexuality, body, and vulnerability through a comedic lens.

 
Link to Emily’s award-winning short film Blackheads: https://mailchimp.com/presents/sxsw/blackheads
 
 

FILMMAKER MATTHEW PUCCINI 

Artist-in-Residence ~ Spring 2020
 

Matthew grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and lives in Brooklyn. His short film Dirty had its World Premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was an official selection of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, where it received a Special Jury Award for Acting. His short film Lavender premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by Searchlight Pictures for an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run, and was nominated for Vimeo’s Best Drama of 2019. His previous short film The Mess He Made premiered at SXSW in 2017 and was a finalist for the Iris Prize.

Matthew is a 2018 Sundance Ignite Fellow, a member of the 2017 New York Film Festival Artist Academy, a recipient of the Richie Jackson Artist Fellowship and a Creative Culture Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center. He was selected as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 2019 25 New Faces of Independent Film and as one of Indiewire’s 25 LGBTQ Filmmakers On The Rise. He is currently developing his first feature film.

 
Link to Lavender: https://vimeo.com/336167672

FILMMAKER ADAM MEEKS 

Artist-in-Residence ~ Spring 2020 

 

Adam Meeks is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His last short film Union County premiered in competition at the 70th Berlinale, and has continued on to screen at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Maryland Film Festival, and numerous others. His work frequently examines rural and peripheral American communities, and aims to exist within the intersection of documentary and narrative processes. He is a 2019 Jacob Burns Emerging Artist Fellow and a Yaddo Residency recipient. He currently works as a video producer at Jazz at Lincoln Center. 

 
Watch Adam’s short film Furlong: https://vimeo.com/233957528
 

 

JACOB BURNS FILM CENTER ~ CREATIVE CULTURE FELLOWSHIP 2020

 

Silver Sun Diverse Voices Fellow Karina Dandashi

 

The Silver Sun Foundation is proud to support the Jacob Burns Film Center’s Creative Culture Program for emerging filmmakers with the Diverse Voices Fellowship each year. In 2020 we welcomed Karina Dandashi, a Syrian-American Filmmaker.

 

Read more about Creative Culture Fellows HERE

Noah Souder-Russo ~ Artist Resident Winter 2020

Noah is a native New Yorker, a dj, producer, and educational rapper who collaborates with visual artists, dancers and musicians. He is currently working on a music project with a visual component. See and hear more at Noah's Website ~ http://www.iamnsr.com/ and at https://soundcloud.com/iamnsr/tracks.

Silver Sun Residence ~ Photo by Noah Russo

Musician Gary Louris ~ Artist Resident ~ Winter 2020

Gary Louris is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter of alternative country and pop music, and one of the most acclaimed musicians to come out of Minnesota’s teaming rock scene. He was a founding member of the Minneapolis-based band The Jayhawks and is their principal songwriter and vocalist. Gary Louris has built a deeply compelling body of music whose artistry and integrity has won the loyalty of an international audience and the respect of both critics and his peers. Read more about him at https://www.highroadtouring.com/artists/gary-louris/

Silver Sun Diverse Voices Fellow Abbe Akhamie ~ JBFC's Creative Culture Class Fall 2019

The Silver Sun Foundation is proud to support the Jacob Burns Film Center's Creative Culture Program for emerging filmmakers with the Diverse Voices Fellowship each year. In 2019 we welcomed Abbe Akhamie, a Nigerian-American writer/director and producer.

Nature Connection Network Retreat ~ Fall 2019
 
Nature Connection Network Board & Stakeholders at Silver Sun Foundation, hosted by WILD EARTH, Executive Director David Bronstein. Wild Earth leads transformative nature immersion experiences that cultivate character, confidence, passion & perseverance in today’s youth.

The O+ Festival, Kingston, NY

O+ EMPOWERS COMMUNITIES TO TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR COLLECTIVE WELLBEING THROUGH THE EXCHANGE OF ART, MUSIC AND WELLNESS. This vital community organization hosts the annual O+ Festival each fall, which implements the exchange of art-making and performances for wellness services among participants: 'the art of medicine for the medicine of art', including healing arts, mural tours and healthcare forums.

A SUMMIT OF HUDSON VALLEY LEADERS ~ November 2019 ~ O+ Executive Director Joe Concra, Shaniqua Bowden and Executive Director Julia Farr of Kingston Land Trust, Wild Earth Co-Founder & Executive Director David Brownstein, and TMI Project's Co-Founder and Executive Director Eva Tenuto.

The Woodstock Film Festival 2019 @ Silver Sun Residence

Silver Sun Foundation is pleased to support the annual Woodstock Film Festival by providing accommodations for participating filmmakers during the annual festival in October. The Woodstock Film Festival premieres exceptional films, and hosts a diverse group of talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry each year.

Woodstock Film Festival 2019 ~ Women in Film and Media Panel

August 2019 ~ Filmmakers-in-Residence Showcase with Leah Galant & Maya Cueva

On August 10th we were delighted to present our second Community Reception featuring a screening of award-winning short films and a work-in-progress presentation by our resident artist filmmakers at the Silver Sun Residence. Both Leah and Maya have been Sundance Ignite Fellows at the Sundance Film Institute and Creative Culture Fellows at the Jacob Burns Film Center, and their work has been shown at numerous international film festivals. Our Woodstock community joined a group of current Creative Culture Fellows to mingle and meet the artists and learn more about their films.

July 2019 ~ Silver Sun Residence Works in Progress Event supporting Secret City Artists

Artist Bobby Lucy talks about his landscape paintings, and Award winning Los Angeles playwright Laural Meade and Cellist and Singer/Songwriter Leah Coloff share work they have been developing at the Silver Sun Foundation Residence this month.

Secret City at Silver Sun Residence ~ July 2019

The grand finale of this year's Secret City Summer Arts Revival weekend was a smash. Hundreds of local and Hudson Valley friends of Secret City gathered under the big top tent at Andy Lee field for the signature art celebration. This artistic tent revival included The Secret City live band, The Secret City Singers, dancing, guest artists, storytelling, contemplation, revelry and more. It was a high-octane, roof raising, ecstatic art experience.

Secret City Tent Revival in Woodstock, New York!

The Silver Sun Foundation is ecstatic to support the Artists, Musicians,Storytellers, Dancers and more who come together to celebrate community and the arts at the annual Secret City events.

Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley Benefit at the Silver Sun Residence

This year, Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley reached the milestone of providing care in our community for 85 years. Come celebrate this momentous occasion with us and help ensure another 85 years of reproductive healthcare. Presented on June 30th at the Silver Sun Residence in Woodstock .... with performances by Amanda Palmer, The Shovel Ready String Band plus dancing to Freek's Garage

Silver Sun Foundation Benefit for Close-Up Filmmakers Collective

CLOSE-UP encourages and supports documentary filmmakers from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with diverse ethnic, religious, cultural or political backgrounds from Afghanistan, Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Join us to meet our creative and courageous artists from Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan, and watch exerpts of their thought provoking documentaries. Plus a sneak preview of the 2019 Sundance Special Jury Award Winning Documentary Midnight Traveller.

Secret City Gershwin Cabaret Benefit at Silver Sun Foundation

An evening of singing, cocktails, delicious food, mingling and more in an historic and extraordinary New York setting: Ira Gershwin’s former penthouse. The evening consists of a dazzling line-up of musical performers from Broadway, cabaret, opera and downtown scene, each performing a Gershwin song. The evening is emcee’d by our own Chris Wells.

Featured Performers

Leah Coloff (Oklahoma, This Tree) Julian Fleisher (February House, Coraline, Julian Fleisher’s Rather Big Band) Chantelle Grant (Rheingold, Die Walkurie) Daniel Jenkins (Big River, Billy Elliot) Virginia Marcs (Astoria Music Collective) Mardie Millit (Into the Woods, Hey, Look, It’s Michael and Mardie) John Andrew Morrison (The Strange Loop, The Experimentals) Olivia Oguma (Les Mis, Mamma Mia) Michael Winther (Mamma Mia, Songs from an Unmade Bed) HOST: Chris Wells, founding Artistic Director, The Secret City, Michael Garin, pianist

WFUV 90.7fm Public Radio Highline Bash 2019

Silver Sun Foundation is delighted to sponsor WFUV's fourth annual fundraising gala at Chelsea's Milk Studios for a jubilant celebration supporting New York's most inventive radio station. Featuring intimate sets by beloved artists with a delectable feast. The knockout lineup of musicians included Citizen Cope, Richard Thompson, Jill Sobule, Caroline Rose, the Binky Griptite Orchestra, and Joe McGinty's Superstar Piano Bar.