SUSANA MEYER Creative Arts Award

First Susana Meyer Creative Arts Award granted to filmmaker Katie Cokinos

Friends of Shout Out Saugerties were part of an historic occasion on Saturday, April 13, 2019, the presentation of the first Susana Meyer Creative Arts Award — the first Saugerties individual artist award, so we're told—and the first Shout Out Friend event. Volunteers and new friends gathered for a celebratory occasion enlivened by flower arrangements by Dancing Tulip Florits, tasty tapas concocted by Farzan Nadim and wine donated by Peggy Swartz at Town and Country.  

Attendees heard highlights of plans for the October Festival including daylong Make Music Saugerties concerts to take place throughout the town, a barge concert on the Esopus, street pet portraits created by Joanne Weber, personalized street haiku by Sari Grandstaff and Will Nixon, an art exhibit from recyclyed materials at Emerge Gallery, an exhibit of noted Saugerties painters from the '50s, a series of films from local and regional filmmakers, theatre from Actors and Writers, and performance art from Linda Montano.  

The winner of the Creative Arts Award, Katie Cokinos, was presented with a plaque from the Town by Board member John Schoonmaker, and a $1,000 check by Suzanne for her film project "Esopus Creek." In her speech, Katie talked about being inspired by the beauty and historical importance of the creek. Her film will be previewed during the October festival.  

 Isabel reminded the audience that everyone working on Shout Out is a volunteer, and funds, as well as more hands, are needed to produce the inclusive, innovative work Shout Out stands for. Our goal is $2,000 by June 1st. If you didn’t get a brochure with a donation page, or have misplaced it, we’d be glad to email you another one. Robert, Isabel and I hope you will consider making a donation of $75 or above, although any amount is wonderful.

On a warm April evening one week ago, attendees spilled out onto the sidewalk in front of Emerge and continued to socialize. We heard helpful suggestions and many well wishes. Now, we’re asking for help to ensure exciting music, art, poetry, theatre, and discussions happen in October. 

Can we count on you? Send a check to Shout Out at 4 High Street, Saugerties, 12477. 

Best Regards,

Suzanne, Robert, and Isabel, Executive Committee, Shout Out

Shout Out Saugerties, with the Town of Saugerties, announces an award of $1,000 for an individual working in the Visual or Decorative Arts, Music, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Dance or Performance Art to honor Susana’s exemplary work with artists throughout her career and her contributions to the creative life of Saugerties.

The award provides support for an innovative project that takes into account its societal impact and values the human spirit.

Proposal requirements:

1) CV or biography 

2) Description of project plus sample of work: 

  • For Visual Arts: Send 3-5 high-quality jpegs in digital format 

  • For Music: Send link from YouTube, SoundCloud, or upload an MP3

  • For Video and Performance Art: Send sample (2 to 5 minutes) through Facebook, Youtube, Vimeo, or Instagram link

  • For Literary work: Send sample of 300-500 word

3) Statement as to how funds will support the project

4) Statement describing the intended audience  

Proposals due March 25th

Submit all information thru the form below or to: ; or 21 2nd Street, Saugerties, 12477.

Direct questions to or through our Facebook page.

 Completion of project by October 1st with presentation during the Shout Out Festival.

 Applicants should be 18 or over and currently live in Saugerties.

Susana Meyer portrait © Josepha Gutelius

Susana Meyer portrait © Josepha Gutelius