Blue Mountain Center

Supporting writers, artists and activists in Blue Mountain Lake, New York


A good song reminds us what we’re fighting for.
— Pete Seeger

Blue Mountain Center, founded in 1982, provides support for writers, artists, and activists. A 501(c)(3) organization, the center also serves as a resource for culturally based progressive movement building. We expand and deepen conversations among cultural workers and support projects that emerge from these dialogues.

During the summer and early fall, BMC offers month-long residency sessions. These sessions are open to creative and non-fiction writers, activists, and artists of all disciplines — including composers, filmmakers, and visual artists. Applications are reviewed by accomplished authors and artists who are particularly interested in fine work that evinces social and ecological concern, and is aimed at a general audience.

Blue Mountain Center also hosts 8-10 weekend conferences during the spring and fall months each year. These retreats bring together individuals to talk about pressing social issues around civil liberties, environmental health and safety, peace, and economic justice.

Blue Mountain Center is located within a private family estate in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, about 120 miles northwest of Albany. We are open to invited guests only from the beginning of May until Thanksgiving. Facilities are not open for rent or to the public.

Photo credits: Trevor Nathan (Home), Karin Hayes (Community, Support Us, & Contact), & Jan Mammey (Apply).

Photo credits: Trevor Nathan (Home), Karin Hayes (Community, Support Us, & Contact), & Jan Mammey (Apply).