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

The Prattsville Art Center 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

Artist Residencies

We are a gallery, wi-fi computer lab, residencies for artists, dancers, and musicians, a weekly live music club,  and a mid-summer festival. We offer free classes in computer arts, drawing, and music, and a holiday marketplace.

Headed for the Hills Music Festival

Saturday August 4th & Sunday August 5th 2018

A free Music & Art Festival in the Catskill Mountains – Prattsville Town Green & Prattsville Art Center

Music:  Sat 12 – 6 on The Green & 7 – 11 at The Art Center Jules Taylor, Brianna Musco, The JFP, The Magnetic, Sledge Wolf, Kadawa, Florence Foster Jenkins, This Wilderness, dies smiley, NEON GRLZ, NPK, The Babes, Casanova The King’s Royal Court Drag Show, Afterparty at the Prattsville Tavern with Catalyst Club

Art: Damien Davis solo exhibition opens Sat 6 – 7 and Brunch @ The Prankster Museum with Matt Bua & The Bua Family Band and workshops Sunday 10 – 3

The Music Box on Main Street

This year, the Art Center has been awarded an NEA Our Town Grant to bring the artists of New Orleans Airlift to Prattsville to create a Music Box on Main Street – a magical project focused on playable musical architecture that can be used by visiting musical performers, artists in residence, and the local community to create a new world of musical form right here on Main Street http://www.prattsvilleart.org/music-box-on-main-street/

The Prankster People’s Museum   

Artist Matt Bua is creating the “Prankster People’s Museum” in the Art Center’s garden, collecting the Mountaintop’s tall tales and community stories in a handbuilt museum shaped like a giant Coyote Head

Join us for a community storytelling  workshop and music with the Bua Family Band on the afternoon of August 5th and stay tuned for Matt’s exhibition in the Gallery

Join our team –  Become a PAC Member


Membership funds are essential to PAC – helping us to support our programming and keep our doors open, and bring adventurous projects like the magic of Musical Architecture to Prattsville in “Music Box on Main Street.”  As we continue to rebuild damaged sections of the Art Center’s property, our members will enable us to create bring these flood damaged spaces to life, creating a new performing arts space and artists’ residency that includes fantastic public art projects for the Town’s Main Street.

The Art Center’s History 6 years & Counting


creative placemaking + community resiliance + avant - garde art

Youth Programs and Free All Ages Art Classes

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.

Damien Davis 4 Bears

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 community meals, and professional social services, including healthcare referrals, weatherization, tax preparation, and domestic violence assistance, 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.


We hope to create new local jobs through partnerships, and welcome volunteers. Contact us by e-mail at: nab2@nyu.edu or msg us on Facebook@ Prattsville Art Center and Residency