A fierce desire to create is a potent magnet which draws artists to Taliesin. And not solely architects, but painters, musicians, actors and writers as well. Frank Lloyd Wright never intended for his home and extensive family property in Spring Green to become a museum of any sort. Rather, he strived over decades to cultivate a sustainable infrastructure that would continuously regenerate as a living work of art, inspiring others to strive for excellence and ingenuity in their chosen craft.
This artistic fuel still flows—expressed through the shared impressions visitors, artists in residents, and performers reveal about their time on the estate. Hudson Valley Shakespeare board member Annamaria Alfieri’s recent blog post includes a photo journal of what most visually captivated her onsite.
And a selection of The School of Architecture at Taliesin‘s current students will be channeling their experiences into a new work onstage this fall. “Are We There Yet? Tales of Travel and Discovery” is an original play to be performed at 7:30pm in Hillside Theater on October 3 and October 4. The collaborative piece chronicles how stories about journeys (of all kinds) explore the way in which trips–both long and short–often lead to discoveries about ourselves and the world around us.
Theater, music and visual arts have remained critical elements of SOAT’s curriculum because Wright believed the architect was an artist who must be conversant in many art forms. Plus his original proposal for a school was broadly inclusive of all the arts.