The Friends value the richness of our history and architecture, the variety of our residents’ interests, and the possibilities for our area in the future.
We are proud to be the 2009 County Executive Arts Award Winner in the Category of Supporter of the Arts. We received the honor because the Arts Council of Rockland members determined that: “Life in the Nyacks is profoundly richer because of the persistence, diligence and vigilance of The Friends of the Nyacks. This non-profit, volunteer-run organization was established in 1974 and is dedicated to maintaining and improving the quality of life in the Nyacks. Some of their accomplishments include: obtaining the lease for the arts center now known as Riverspace and being instrumental in founding that organization; producing the annual Mostly Music Festival on the Hudson; sponsoring and giving financial support to the Rivertown Film Society; building the gazebo-bandstand in Memorial Park; sponsoring the “Yesteryear on the Hudson” mural on Broadway and Burd Street; sponsoring riverside festivals to celebrate the Hudson and creating and displaying art on streets and in parks and buildings
In 2008, the Friends sponsored a performing arts flotilla constructed by the artist, Swoon, whose work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. The flotilla was anchored off Nyack’s Memorial Park and served as the stage for a theatrical performance written by Obie-winning playwright Lisa D’Amour.
When you talk about the marriage between art and quality of life, you’re talking about The Friends of the Nyacks.”
Friends of the Nyacks Mission Statement
It shall be the purpose of the Friends of the Nyacks to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of all persons visiting, residing, or working in the Hudson River Villages of Upper Nyack, Nyack, and South Nyack. Recognizing the richness of their history, the stateliness of their architecture, the splendor of their physical setting and the unique amalgam of their people, the Friends of the Nyacks shall endeavor, through education and joint action, to stimulate pride in the heritage of these communities, to preserve and accentuate their unmatched physical and cultural assets, and to unleash the creative talents of the people who have chosen to live in these communities.