455 Maple St.
Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2008
Pick: Editors' Picks
About: Carole Wolfe, along with 11 other artists, launched the Mill Street Loft in 1981 in the former Bond Clothing Factory. Since then, Wolfe has been executive director of the nonprofit, multi-arts center that brings creative, culturally enriching programs to Valley residents of all ages. The Loft, now housed in a historic, two-story barn, offers extensive programs, classes and events in music, dance, visual arts, sculpture, design, drama, poetry, storytelling, photography, folk arts, and more; it also sponsors the award-winning Dutchess Arts Camp. The organization's motto is We change lives through the arts -- a major emphasis is on bringing people together and encouraging community unity. Led by Wolfe's ongoing vision, the Loft actively promotes economic revitalization and neighborhood outreach, too.
Best of Hudson Valley History:
2008 Editors' Pick — Best Friend to the Arts