Rockland County, the most rural area within close reach of New York City, has attracted a large number of creative and technical workers in the arts who want to live in the unsuburbanized country while enjoying the advantages of being close to the city. As is the case with the metropolitan middle class, the actors, musicians, writers and painters who reside here often get to know one another through their children and their children’s schools.
One of these is the Rockland Foundation, which conducts classes in handicrafts, music and dance for children and adults and periodically sponsors one-man shows of local artists. This year the Foundation has been presenting a series of symposiums on the arts, drawing its audience from the broad new middle class of technician-commuters and their culturally ambitious wives....
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