Bringing music, visual, and media arts to the high peaks of the Catskill Mountains.
The Prattsville Arts 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. Our space houses a cafe, gallery, library, wi-fi computer lab, residencies for artists, regular community meals and arts events, as well as a mid-summer festival.
The Prattsville Arts Center 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 and music materials, fireplaces, a computer lab and internet cafe, as well as regular community meals, events and weekly professional social services, which did not previously exist in this remote rural region.
Recovering From Hurricane Irene
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. The Town of Prattsville, a historic site, lost 40% of the buildings on its Main Street when they were washed off their foundations and into the rushing floodwaters. 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.
Music Box on Main Street
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. This year, the Prattsville 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.