About Us

PRATTSVILLE Art Center & Residency

All artists are alike, they dream of doing something that’s more social, more collaborative, and more real than art
                                                                                               – Dan Graham

Attend our Year-End Fundraising Event!

December 9th and 10th @ the Prattsville Art Center – Join us for our first annual Holiday  Marketplace, supporting local artists and PAC’s 2018 Membership and Donation Drive!

Learn more here: http://www.prattsvilleart.org/support-us/

Creative Placemaking: Bridging Rural and Urban Creativity

The Art Center’s gallery brings together work by emerging and established artists and local residents in curated shows that connect rural and urban Americans through an inclusive exploration of art and culture.

Now on view:  ReHarvesting – work by Paul Aloisi, Marian Cohen, Lily Lasher, Grace Linderholm, Beverly Ohle, Otto Ohle , and Sarah Schecter.  http://www.prattsvilleart.org/exhibitions-and-events/
In 2018 we will continue to rebuild damaged sections of the Art Center’s property by incorporating fantastic public art projects into the Town’s public space. Help us create artist Matt Bua’s  upcoming “Prankster People’s Museum” and New Orleans Airlift’s “Music Box on Main Street”   http://www.prattsvilleart.org/music-box-on-main-street/

 

The Art Center’s History 5 years and Counting

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creative placemaking + community resiliance + avant - garde art

Nadja Verena Marcin, The Last Mohican
Nadja Verena Marcin, The Last Mohican

The Prattsville Art Center was founded in 2012 to anchor the recovery of a rural Catskill Mountain town whose Main Street was destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Irene.

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We are an interactive community art project that brings together contemporary artists, dancers, musicians, and rural residents in a creative placemaking project that fosters new art, creativity, and recovery, and builds new bridges between rural and urban perceptions – through shared experiences in music, lectures, films, workshops, exhibitions and community events.   

PAC serves Prattsville and nearby towns across Greene, Delaware, Ulster, and Schoharie Counties as an innovative youth and community center, bringing together long time residents and more recent arrivals through free classes and all-ages music and performance events. We work to build a sense of belonging across generations and backgrounds, nurturing new friendships, art appreciation,  job skills, and entrepreneurial projects in a  welcoming space that offers art & music materials, fireplaces,  a computer lab and internet café,  as well as a monthly “free mart & skill share,” community meals, and professional social services, which did not previously exist in this remote rural region.

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The Town of Prattsville, a historic site,  lost 40% of the buildings on its Main Street during the flooding from Hurricane Irene. The Art Center is located in one of the town’s damaged historic buildings , which was saved through support from ArtPlace America, NY State, and the local community.

Artists and community members have continuously worked together on the recovery and redesign of the Town in the years following the disaster, reimagining the role of art and artists in community recovery.

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The Prattsville Art Center and Residency is supported in part with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and with support from the County Initiative Program, administered in Greene County by Greene County Council on the Arts

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Support provided by Community Action of Greene County GCCA, NYU, ArtPlace America, and Open Space Institute