About Us

What’s Our “Deal”?

The New Deal Creative Arts Center is a non profit organization located in Hyde Park, NY. We are a creative outlet exploring and celebrating all forms of art (fine, performing, visual, literary, etc) through workshops, classes, special events, and performances. Our main focus is accessibility and opportunity for artists and audiences of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

As the New Deal was a new outlook and opportunity for the American people, the New Deal Creative Arts Center will provide a new and exciting outlook and opportunity for artists and audiences.

What’s The Deal with New Deal?

We named ourselves The New Deal Creative Arts Center because … During the depths of the Great Depression of the 1930s and into the early years of World War II, the Federal government supported the arts in unprecedented ways. For 11 years, between 1933 and 1943, federal tax dollars employed artists, musicians, actors, writers, dancers, and photographers. Never before or since has our government so extensively sponsored the arts. The New Deal arts projects provided work for jobless artists, but they also had a larger mission: to promote American art and culture and to give more Americans access to what President Franklin D. Roosevelt described as “an abundant life.” The projects saved thousands of artists from poverty and despair and enabled Americans all across the country to see an original painting for the first time, attend their first professional live theater, or take their first music or drawing class.

 

Teresa Gasparini
Executive Director & Founding Member

Teresa is a local director, actor and producer in the Hudson Valley. She has performed in dozens of shows and has directed over 50 productions. Ms. Gasparini served as the Artistic Director of Clove Creek Dinner Theater in Fishkill, NY from 2015-2020 and is a contributing writer for the online publication Hudson Valley Ovation. She is a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Mover & Shaker Award presented by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and has served on multiple boards in the area. Under her leadership, Teresa has brought New Deal to  local, national, and international attention through her visionary and out of the box productions and programming. Contact Teresa at teresa@newdealarts.org

The New Deal Creative Arts Center
Board of Directors

Christopher Herriman, President
Kerri Palermo, Secretary
Brooke O’Connell, Treasurer
Joseph Gasparini
Crystal Herriman