In an effort to encourage voter registration in the midst of social distancing and safety concerns, SPACE on Ryder Farm, a nonprofit residency program and organic farm located on a 225-year-old family homestead in Putnam County, New York, is hosting a drive-up voter registration drive for local residents in both New York and Connecticut. Participants will be able to stay in their car as they work with SPACE team members and volunteers to register to vote, request absentee ballots, locate local polling stations and ask any other questions they may have about the 2020 election process.
“We hope to interact with as many local community members as we can, knowing that many of them may already be registered, but could still have questions about polling site locations or how to request an absentee ballot in their county. The information online can be confusing and difficult to locate, and we want to offer a helping hand in navigating the red tape,” says SPACE CSA Fellow and Voter Registration Drive coordinator, Emily Blanquera. During the registration drive, the SPACE team will be on hand with flyers, forms and QR codes to guide participants in registration and requesting absentee ballots for the 2020 election. Additionally, SPACE will have stamps and envelopes for local citizens to mail in their forms. These materials will also be available after the registration drive at SPACE’s roadside farmstand for the community to use for all their election based needs.
The drive will take place Tuesday, September 22nd from 4pm to 7pm, Wednesday, September 23rd from 4pm to 7pm and Saturday September 26th from 9am to 12pm. Friendly, masked SPACE team members will greet future voters from a safe distance and work with them from the comfort of their cars. On Tuesday, September 22nd, SPACE’s Voter Registration table will be located directly next to our roadside farmstand on Starr Ridge Road. There are parking spaces available directly in front of the farmstand, and additional parking on the property can be found up the driveway to the left of the historic gray house. On Wednesday, September 23rd and Saturday, September 26th, SPACE’s Voter Registration table will be located all the way up the driveway of 406 Starr Ridge Road, past the gray house on the right.
Those who are eligible and want to register to vote must come prepared with their full name, home address and driver’s license number or the last four digits of their social security number. The SPACE team is prepared to assist both New York and Connecticut residents. Don’t wait!
Below are important dates for both New York and Connecticut.
Deadline to postmark voter registration forms - Friday, October 9th (to be received by Wednesday, October 14th)
Deadline to request an absentee ballot - Tuesday, October 27th
Deadline to postmark an absentee ballot - Monday, November 2nd (to be received by November 3rd)
Deadline to postmark voter registration forms - Tuesday, October 27th
Deadline to request an absentee ballot - Tuesday, October 27th
Deadline to postmark an absentee ballot - Monday, November 2nd (received by November 3rd)
ABOUT SPACE ON RYDER FARM
SPACE on Ryder Farm is a nonprofit residency program and organic farm located on the grounds of a 225-year-old family homestead in Putnam County, New York, just an hour north of New York City. SPACE’s mission is to create an environment singular in its ability to invigorate artists and innovators and their work, and to contribute to the sustainability and resourceful preservation of one of the oldest organic family farms on the East Coast.
Through unique programs supporting playwrights, filmmakers, activists, working parent artists and more, SPACE has served over 1,400 residents since its founding in 2011, and has developed a national reputation as one of the most sought-after residency programs in the country. SPACE counts among its alumni Academy Award winners, Tony Award nominees and winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, Guggenheim fellows, Obie Award winners and MacArthur “Genius” Fellows. Past residents include theatre artists Clare Barron, Adam Bock, David Cale, Linda Cho, Lucas Hnath, Samuel D. Hunter, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Young Jean Lee, Martyna Majok, Dave Malloy, Adam Rapp, Sarah Ruhl, Mfoniso Udofia and Anne Washburn; theatre companies Ars Nova, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Soho Rep and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; musicians Cesar Alvarez, Heather Christian, Grace McLean, Riley Mulherkar and Shaina Taub; filmmakers Janicza Bravo, Begonia Colomar, Nia Dacosta, Josh Mond, Chioke Nassor and James C. Strouse; and visual artists Alta Buden, Kylie Manning and Tiffanie Turner.
Located on Starr Ridge Road in Brewster, New York, Ryder Farm was first established by Eleazer Ryder in 1795, was an early adopter in the organic movement and was one of the founding farms to participate in the Union Square Greenmarket in New York City. In 2019, SPACE assumed management of the agricultural operations, and is deeply committed to ensuring Ryder Farm is a source of inspiration and nourishment for all. In addition to stocking SPACE’s residency kitchen, produce from Ryder Farm is available at SPACE’s roadside stand on Starr Ridge Road in Brewster and via its sliding-scale CSA (Community-Supported Art + Agriculture) Membership.
Programs at SPACE on Ryder Farm are made possible with generous support from Amazon Studios, Anne Anastasi Charitable Foundation, Around Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Gerald and Janet Carrus Foundation, Deupree Family Foundation, Distracted Globe Foundation, Dramatists Guild Fund, Deann Dylandale Foundation, The F.B. Heron Foundation, The Getter Foundation, Hargrove Pierce Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Lillian Hellman Fund, The Hyde & Watson Foundation, JKW Foundation, The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts, Henry J. Kimelman Family Foundation, The Lilly Awards Foundation, Lost Man Foundation, Marjorie Weil & Marvin Edward Mitchell Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Michael Palm Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant Program, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, The Shubert Foundation, Stanley Family Foundation, Still Point Fund, Sustainable Arts Foundation, Tamarack Foundation, UNCSA Foundation, The Rafael & Diana Vinoly Foundation, Watershed Agricultural Council, The Westchester Community Foundation's Emily and Harold E. Valentine and Evelyn Gable Clark Scholarship Fund, Tamara R. White Charitable Fund and hundreds of individual donors. SPACE is a Playwrights Horizons Company in Residence.
For more information, visit www.spaceonryderfarm.org.