Public Programming Archive: Mill Warming


Please mark your calendars for the Wassaic Project’s 2nd annual Mill Warming on Saturday, January 14, from 3-9pm!

The festivities will begin at the Maxon Mill and will include…



  • The opening of For Tropical Girls…, a solo exhibition by artist and Wassaic Project alumnus Tiffany Smith
  • An exhibition of zines created by local junior high students (in partnership with NECC) and short films created by local high school students
  • Puppet making in the Art Nest
  • Open studios with January’s Artists in Residence



  • A screening of a surprise, kid-friendly, dance-focused feature film!


…and will conclude at the Lantern with:



  • A dance performance and dance lesson with Oscar Trujillo



  • Live music by the Colombian cumbia/salsa band Yotoco



Tiffany Smith is a visual artist who uses photography, video, design, and installation to create conceptually based work focused on identity, cultural ambiguity, and representation; particularly within minority communities. Her work examines individual narratives pulled from an array of multi-cultural influences, derived from her upbringing between Miami, Florida, Nassau, Bahamas, and Jamaica, and molded by her current home of Brooklyn, NY.

Smith’s practice searches for new perspectives on dominant historical narratives and aims to provide insight into issues surrounding communities and how they are formed, defined, and identified. Smith received a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design and an MFA in Photo, Video and Related Media from School of Visual Arts, NY. She has been written about in The New York Times, Hyperallergic, and featured on pdnonline and Her work has been exhibited internationally and throughout the United States including shows at The National Gallery of Jamaica during the 2014 Jamaica Biennial, Photoville 2015, New York, Photo NOLA, New Orleans; public art installations in Newark Penn Station through The Gateway Project and in Marcus Garvey Park during Flux Art Fair, Harlem; and most recently at Long Gallery, Harlem.


Oscar Trujillo has had a 20 year career integrating performance, arts education and the healing arts. Having had the pleasure of working with Maija Garcia, Margaret Jenkins, Richard Gonzalez and Capacitor as well as creating his own work, Oscar is so very happy to participate in the Wassaic Project’s Mill Warming.


Yotoco’s music defies categorization.  It isn’t salsa, son, cumbia, merengue or psychedelic rock; it isn’t rumba, funk, bomba or plena. It draws from all of those traditions, transcends them, and creates something unique, trippy, and extremely danceable. Sebastian Lopez and Natalia Perez’s vocals are authentic and rootsy. Gabo Tomassini’s conga playing is crisp and well-versed in afrolatin music.  Evan Garfield knows exactly when to be understated on the drums, and when to bring the funk.  Natalia Perez’s guacharaca completes a rich percussion section, and combined with Sebastian’s strong bass, they keep the group grounded in contagious rhythms.  To top things off, Crow  takes us on a musical vision quest of masterly guitar-playing.  Occasionally, Crow also takes on bass duties, and we are treated to Sebastian’s accordion, which evokes a traditional parranda in some small town in Colombia, like the town of Yotoco in Valle del Cauca, for which the group is named.  Yotoco’s music may be hard to classify- but it is very easy to party to.