Arts Letters & Numbers

Arts Letters & Numbers is a non profit arts, education, and publishing organization dedicated to creating creative exchanges across a wide range of disciplines including Architecture, Visual Arts, Theatre Arts, Film, Music, Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences. Arts, Letters & Numbers conducts workshops in educational and cultural institutions worldwide in collaboration with theatre companies, artists, writers, actors, musicians and filmmakers. It operates an ongoing series of educational workshops, performances and film productions at ‘The Mill’ located in Upstate, NY.

 

The ubiquitous observation of our time is transformation: cultural, technological, social, political and economical. We are in the midst of unprecedented re-alignments and re-articulations of every aspect of our lives. There are people, institutions and communities across all disciplines and across the globe that are increasingly confronted by the need for new models of asking the extraordinarily complex questions of our time. 

Arts Letters & Numbers is an emergent structure opening spaces within broad human and disciplinary geographies; spaces of participation, of communication, of reciprocity, for people and their works to listen to each other, to listen to the world. 

Conceived as a Disciplinary Chora, Arts Letters & Numbers is a place of creative urgency and intensity of purpose, a place to create new linkages, new thought processes, new pathways of understanding that embody our best hopes and aspirations, a place where many elements come together to co-construct questions and works; of empathy, of ethics, of imagination that include our nuanced fragilities in our shared stories. 

The transformations of our time contain great promises and great challenges; they call for considered stewardship and new spaces bringing together diverse voices, visions, forms of knowledge and expression, spaces to care for and strengthen the fibers of our social contract; to transform how we experience today into how we will experience tomorrow.

Arts Letters & Numbers is creating just such a space.


People

  Founding Director

Founding Director

  Board of Directors

Board of Directors

  Advisory Council

Advisory Council

  Residents

Residents

  Associate Director

Associate Director

  Fellows

Fellows

  Visiting Artists

Visiting Artists

  Alumni

Alumni


Spaces

  The House on the Hill

The House on the Hill

  The Grounds

The Grounds

  The Barn

The Barn

  The Mill

The Mill


Experiences

"ALN means so much to me. This place made me question the meaning of 'home'. Rarely, if ever, has a place and a group of people made such an impact on my life."

-Merethe Trolle, Theatre, Workshop Participant and Fellow

"Arts Letters & Numbers is a truly visionary institution.  In a world where education has become training and real values are reduced to pure instrumentality, this remarkable interdisciplinary oasis offers a place for young creators to grasp the effective connections between poetic making and ethics, between technical and practical knowledge (techné and phronésis), understanding the design of human space as a place of  poetic and political participation.

-Alberto Pérez-Gómez, Professor of Architecture, Advisory Council and Visiting Artist

"ALN is a place where you can lose yourself in the best possible way.  You will work hard, you will learn much, and you will discover people and places you didn't know were there. Poetry, dance, and art are in the pores of this place."

-Bryan Wilson, Interdisciplinary Artist, 2015 Visiting Artist and Workshop Participant

"Arts Letters and Numbers signals its interdisciplinary focus and seriousness of purpose from its name to its actions to its creatively eclectic members, who encompass architecture, the visual arts, theater, film, music, the humanities, the sciences and the social sciences. I don’t have the slightest doubt that Arts Letters and Numbers is one of the most interesting and noteworthy interdisciplinary projects taking place anywhere in the world today; and it’s happening, not by accident, exactly at a time when we urgently need just such a multidisciplinary project.”

-Michael Benson, Filmmaker and Writer, Visiting Artist and Member of the Board of Directors

I love Arts Letters and Numbers because it is a place where everything becomes possible and by experiencing possibilities that become actualized, the participants transform. We become confident and trust ourselves. This experience is unforgettable.

-Homa Shojaie, Artist, Advisory Council and Visiting Artist

Arts Letters & Numbers is my artistic home away from home. Every summer I look forward to being a visiting artist where I meet and collaborate with artists of many disciplines from around the globe. Founder and director David Gersten has created a unique educational and artistic abode of radical inclusion where artists and educators of every discipline come together to explore their creative endeavors. For this Arts Letters & Numbers deserves our full support in every possible way.

-Michael Harrison, Pianist and Composer, Visiting Artist and Advisory Council Member

"Travelling and working in different places in the world, acting creatively with individuals and groups is rewarding, exciting and confirming work. It is also demanding, and it calls for a special kind of support structure from a community of souls with the long view in mind, and the ability to encompass many things. Arts Letters and Numbers is a place and a community where these bigger journeys may have beginnings and endings, so that we are not isolated in our efforts, and we can see them more clearly. I often find myself enthusiastically recommending this venture to people around the world and I value my association with Arts Letters and Numbers a great deal."

-Chris Rose, Design, Fellow