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
PAC is a Creative Placemaking project, working with the power of the Arts to rebuild a flood-damaged community and strengthen connections between Rural and Urban America
We are a gallery, library, wi-fi computer lab, residencies for artists, dancers, and musicians, a weekly live music club, a permaculture E(Art)h club, and a mid-summer festival. We offer free classes in computer arts, drawing, and music, and a holiday marketplace. We are creating a studio maker-space for our members and the community. We hope to create new local jobs through partnerships, and welcome volunteers. Contact us by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or msg us on Facebook@ Prattsville Art Center and Residency
Join our 2018 Membership and Donation Drive
In 2018 PAC will continue to rebuild damaged sections of the Art Center’s property by incorporating a new maker space and creating fantastic public art projects for the Town’s Main Street.
Help support artist Matt Bua create the “Prankster People’s Museum” to collect the Mountaintop’s tall tales and community stories in a handbuilt museum shaped like a giant Coyote Head – community storytelling and art workshops start this spring!
Membership funds will also help us bring the magic of “Musical Architecture” to Prattsville in “Music Box on Main Street” a collaboration between New Orleans Airlift and regional artists: http://www.prattsvilleart.org/music-box-on-main-street/
The Art Center’s History 5 years & Counting
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.
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.
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.
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
Support provided by our Community and local businesses including Jim’s Great American, Young’s Ace Hardware, The Prattsville Tavern, Higher Grounds Coffee, Windham Mountain, and The Tianaderrah Foundation, the Tom Potter Music Fund, the Rockwell Foundation, the O’Connor Foundation, Community Action of Greene County, GCCA, NYU, ArtPlace America, and Open Space Institute