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 700 artists to show their work. Artists earned over $33,500 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 950 artists of all ages advanced their skills and explored a range of media in classes and workshops at The Arts Center.
First Night Saratoga:
Saratoga Arts hired over 70 performing groups last year that included many hundreds of individual musicians, comedians, dancers and artists and paid nearly $50,000 for their work.
Grants for Artists and Arts Projects in Saratoga, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties
15 artists served on grant selection panels last year and 3 artists on grant program advisory committees. 36 grants totaling $103,800 have been awarded to support community-based arts events taking place in 2018. Saratoga Arts has awarded over $1,000,000 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, and partnered with Skidmore College to offer a two-day seminar for arts entrepreneurs presented by the Arts Business Institute. For 2018-2019, we’re planning professional development seminars on audience development, submitting work to galleries, writing an artist statement, and photographing your artwork. We are also teaming 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.