The Esopus Foundation Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in New York State in 2003 with the mission of providing an unmediated forum through which artists, writers, musicians, and other creative people can make a direct connection with the general public.
Since its inception, the Foundation has been largely devoted to the publishing of Esopus, an annual publication edited by founder Tod Lippy that features content from all creative disciplines presented in an unmediated format. "Unmediated" means that Esopus never features advertisements or commercially driven editorial material, and employs a purposefully neutral editorial voice in order to make the magazine a distributor, rather than interpreter, of its content. The Foundation also regularly programs public events at museums, galleries, bookstores, and performances spaces throughout New York City, including Esopus Space, the Greenwich Village venue that was operated by the Foundation from 2009 to 2012.
TOD LIPPY, Founding Editor and Executive Director: Before establishing the Esopus Foundation Ltd. in 2003, Tod was the editor and cofounder of Scenario: The Magazine of Screenwriting Art (1994–97), the publisher and coeditor of publicsfear magazine (1992–94), and a senior editor at Print magazine from 1990 to 1997. His 2000 book, Projections 11: New York Film-Makers on Film-Making, was published by Faber & Faber, and his 1999 short film, Cookies, was featured in over 20 film festivals in the U.S. and abroad. he has lectured on Esopus at many educational and cultural institutions, including the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, the School of Visual Arts, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Nasher Sculpture Center, the Fashion Institute of Technology, MTV Networks, the American Library Association, and the American Institute for Graphic Arts. He has been interviewed on the same subject for a number of journals, radio programs, and books, including Becoming a Graphic Designer (Wiley, 2005) and Fresh Dialogue: Making Magazines (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007). From 2009 to 2012, Tod was the curator and executive director of Esopus Space, an alternative exhibition and performance venue in New York City, where he mounted 18 exhibitions and staged 30 events. He also curated the exhibitions Mark Hogancamp (2006) and Don Bachardy: One-Day Stands (2008; co-curated with Matthew Higgs) at White Columns in New York City; and Mark Hogancamp: Women of Marwencol (2014; co-curated with Janet Hicks) and Golden Years: Photographs by Ed Rosenbaum (2016) at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn.