Situated in the Southern Catskills on a 200-acre campus, DH was established on the conviction that it is imperative for artists of all disciplines, backgrounds, and career stages to have time and space for reflection and research. The organization was founded in 2004 by a group of primarily LGBTQ artists, architects, and writers of color. We are an artist-centered interdisciplinary arts organization that fosters an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics, and meaning of contemporary artistic practice. Our mission is guided by the principle that creative and critical voices are important in shaping a just, equitable society.
Based on the strong belief that artists’ voices should be heard, nurtured, and protected; DH is dedicated to fostering dialogue through our core programs. The artists we support fearlessly challenge mainstream understandings of gender, identity, and race while working tirelessly to bring attention to the critical issues of our time. We are committed to amplifying under-the-radar voices, and encouraging conversations among and beyond our community of artists striving for change and cultural awareness.
We advance our mission by offering alternative support structures that are not reliant on market forces and by providing artists opportunities to create work, explore ideas, and push boundaries. Our activities include: 1) curated residencies, 2) performance; 3) public programs, and 4) Swerve: a journal of art, ethics and ecology. Our projects highlight the artistic process and advance an interdisciplinary dialogue focused on urgent social, political, environmental, and justice issues; framed within an arts and culture context.