Seeking Sponsors, Talent for Our Annual Open House

betterArts, a new arts and music not-for-profit offering free and low-cost workshops, private instruction, artist residencies, and events out of its location at Better Farm in Redwood, NY, is seeking musicians and artists to participate in its Second Annual Open House and Fundraiser from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, May 26.

This event will feature live music and performances, interactive art projects, information on upcoming workshops and private instruction, arts and crafts stations, a gallery of work by local and visiting artists, a tour of our studios, a potluck barbecue, and raffles. A cash bar will also be available. Entrance is free and open to the public.

Visitors can also tour the grounds of Better Farm, step inside “green” buildings and learn about construction methods, check out the no-till, organic gardens and composting stations, and meet the staff.

The open house is in conjunction with the First Annual Artists' Studio Tour scheduled for the Thousand Islands Region from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 26 and 27.

Better Farm and betterArts are seeking the following participants for the event (click here to RSVP!):
  • Bands/Musicians: If you and/or your band is interested in volunteering your time for this cause, please send an e-mail to Those musicians who are also interested in teaching for betterArts in future programming efforts (private instruction, group workshops or lessons) can visit to download a form.
  • Artists: There is no charge for artists who would like to display their work in the gallery on this date. betterArts will recoup 20 percent of all art sales. Price your work accordingly! All work must be brought to Better Farm by May 20. To arrange for a drop-off, call (315) 482-2536 or e-mail Every piece must have the following information with it: Full name of artist, title of piece, medium (watercolor, 35 mm, mixed media, etc.), price, and contact information.
  • Sponsors: Individuals, businesses, or organizations interested in donating items for raffle or making a monetary contribution to defray costs will be cited in all press releases and advertisements, as well as on Better Farm and betterArts' websites and blog. Their names will also be displayed prominently at the event. To offer a sponsorship, e-mail or call (315) 482-2536.
  • Volunteers: Anyone willing to run an arts & crafts table, membership sign-up, clean-up/set-up, or the beer tent is asked to please e-mail or call (315) 482-2536. There are five shifts: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 12-2 p.m., 2-4 p.m., 4-6 p.m., and 6-8 p.m.
  • Organizations: Any local organizations or businesses are welcome to set up a table at this event. Tables cost $10/group. To register your group or organization for this event, contact Nicole Caldwell at (315) 482-2536 or
The betterArts board meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Better Farm, 31060 Cottage Hill Road, in Redwood. All meetings are open to the public.

betterArts is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to the arts throughout Redwood, N.Y., and surrounding areas. The group's purpose is to offer art and music education through the provision of workshops, residencies, internships, and low-cost or free art instruction, studio, and gallery space for residents. betterArts, Inc. affords people the opportunity to discover and develop their creative and artistic spirit while offering educational opportunities in land stewardship and sustainable agriculture. betterArts, Inc. is committed to promoting the sustainable management of environmental resources while fostering individual and collaborative creative expression for the enjoyment and education of the people of Redwood, the region, and beyond.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.