painting of The Arts Center by Stu Eichel
Founded in 1986 by and for artists and audiences, Saratoga Arts’ mission is to enrich the region by cultivating a vibrant arts community and by ensuring that the arts are accessible to all.
Saratoga Arts is your community arts center. In its 30+ years, Saratoga Arts has brought the arts to over 1,000,000 people through its programs and provided performing and visual artists opportunities to earn over $3,000,000 in art sales and performance fees. Saratoga Arts is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of our members, friends and community.
The Arts Center, at 320 Broadway in historic downtown Saratoga Springs, is the home for arts education for all ages; an art gallery; a gift shop, a performance space for film, music, theater, and much more.
All of our activities flow directly from our mission of making the arts accessible: we encourage and enhance public access to a full range of the arts and art modes, from traditional work by established artists and performers to contemporary work by emerging artists; we help all in the community recognize themselves as artists and explore their abilities to make art, and in our programming and approach to programming we enact that commitment; and finally, we work with other organizations in the region – arts presenters, business groups, and governmental agencies – toward our vision of a greater community that understands the powerful role the arts play in personal enrichment and community development, and the regional interconnections of all stakeholders in that vision.
Saratoga Arts presented 78 exhibitions last year. Those exhibitions provided opportunities for over 1,145 artists to show their work. Artists earned nearly $28,500 in sales through Saratoga Arts’ exhibition programs last year, and more from sales they managed at Art in the Park.
Arts Education Program
Last year, 42 artists taught in our program and 1,200 artists of all ages advanced their skills and explored a range of media in classes and workshops at The Arts Center.
Grants for Artists and Arts Projects in Saratoga, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties
39 grants totaling $123,010 have been awarded to support community-based arts events taking place in 2020. Saratoga Arts has awarded over $1,536,000 in grants since these programs began!
Professional Development for Artists
Last year, Saratoga Arts offered 27 1-hour seminars in 3 counties to prepare approximately 100 community artists and arts programmers to apply for our grants, partnered with Skidmore College and the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy on a networking event for freelancers, and hosted presentations on theater management from the Alliance of Resident Theatres, New York. So far in 2019, we’ve presented professional development seminars on submitting work to galleries, writing an artist statement, and photographing your artwork. We also teamed up with The New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts’ State and Local Partnerships Program to bring their popular Artist as Entrepreneur Bootcamp to Saratoga Springs.
Many of the programs at Saratoga Arts are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.