About Gary

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I am a writer and a proven leader in arts policy, program development, community engagement, creative placemaking, finance, development, and capital project management.  From 1998 to 2017 I led Hudson Hall (formerly Hudson Opera House), a multi-arts center in Hudson, New York.  Prior to that I was a Program Director for the New York State Council on the Arts.  My teaching and writing experience has spanned several decades across multiple disciplines.

 What Folks Say About Gary…

Three short films about Gary and his accomplishments that were created for the Gala honoring him in 2018.  Films directed by Devin Pickering.

Restoring a Landmark

Building Community Programming

Thank You Gary 

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“Gary Schiro, the executive director of the Hudson Opera House, is a confirmed workaholic, often loath to delegate even loathsome tasks.”New York Times

Local Notable: Gary Schiro – Chronogram Magazine

 “Gary Schiro, the spark of the opera house’s revival” – Ann Satterthwaite in Local Glories: Opera Houses on Main Street, Where Art and Community Meet, Oxford University Press, 2016

“Shout out to Gary Schiro who has saved that place, who has worked for years along with an incredible board and very supportive community to fix that place up.”Indie Opera Podcast

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Let’s Work Together

In December 2017 I completed a 20-year project to restore an abandoned landmark town hall building and fill it with high-caliber educational and cultural programs for a diverse community.  I am now consulting with organizations and individuals on numerous fronts:

  • Cultural Programming and Policy
  • Operations and Governance
  • Finance and Development
  • Capital Project Management
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Audience Development and Outreach
  • Grant Distribution and Management
  • Proposal Development
  • Tax-Credit Financing

I am also an experienced writer and available for creative and technical writing for publications, websites, blogs and media relations.

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Let’s Keep in Touch


I’m working to keep the pernicious spambots at bay so I’m not listing my direct contact info here but please drop me a line using the form below and I’ll be very happy to promptly email you or call you back.

Thanks much!


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