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Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Community



Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Secret City presents ecstatic community art celebrations featuring storytelling, visual art, guest performers, a live band, a community choir, and playful interaction. Our work is inclusive, celebratory, joyful and profound. The events have a veneer of silliness with great depth of meaning. We connect and reconnect: human to human, artist to creative purpose, individual to community, and everyone to the principles of art making: attention, curiosity, collaboration, tenacity, craft, rigor and generosity. Our work is founded in the practice of Creative Mindfulness.


The Secret City was born in 2007 when Chris Wells and Bobby Lucy gathered with friends on the floor of a small studio above 14th Street in New York City. The vision: to create a haven for artists and creative people, to build community with the arts and to celebrate art and artists in a joyful, commercial-free setting.

Our mission to build community through the arts, and to celebrate individual artists, thrived. Bobby and Chris moved to Woodstock, New York, in 2014 and we began to host an annual summer gathering in the heart of the Catskills. We added an annual Winter Solstice celebration at Judson Church in NYC. Now we program regularly in NY, LA, and Woodstock with guest appearances in other parts of the country and a weekly radio show in Kingston, New York.


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