As the birthplace of American Art, Greene County has a lot to be proud of. Today, we boast a thriving arts scene, inspired by our region’s history, natural beauty, and creative community members. Established in 1975 Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) is dedicated to promoting and celebrating our heritage through education and the arts.
Facilities and Gallery Programs ~ Reflecting and Serving Our Community
Our Main Street gallery presents artwork from the novice to the noteworthy, spanning a wide range of media and themes. We also maintain exhibits of visual arts at the Amtrack Train Station in Hudson. We serve as a clearing house for artists’ opportunities at all stages of their careers & house The Artful Hand gift shop with a bounty of locally-made items.
Masters on Main Street (MOMS)
Launched in January of 2011 by the Catskill Arts Initiative to help attract creative community and new investment to Catskill’s Main Street. This storefront exhibition series began as a showcase for students and recent alumni from the top studio art programs around the country with participation from over 200 artists and over 20 colleges and universities. MOMS has collaborated with nationwide artists from the Occupy Movement presenting Wall Street to Main Street, a groundbreaking expo with over 75 exhibits, performances, workshops and lectures. A partnership exhibition with the New York Foundation for the Arts and its upstate MARK fellowship winners offered a free portfolio review for mid-career artists to meet gallerists and museum professionals. Its last round, The Glow Show lit up Main Street with a trail of video and light-based works. Each round of storefront exhibits features a signature Walking Salon led by a trio of artists, curators and bon-vivants in addition to artist designed events. The program has sponsored three annual Catskill Film and Video Festivals with works selected each year by a different curator.
Cultural Fund Programs
Rewarding Quality & Supporting Accessibility
County Initiative Program (CIP) awards funds designated by the Greene County Legislature to major county arts & cultural institutions.
Decentralization Program/Community Arts Grants awards funds designated by the New York State Council on the Arts for locally initiated public programs, for individual artist projects & for artist residencies in K-12 public schools in Greene, Columbia & SchoharieCounties.
Inspiring the Next Generation
Our ever-popular Sprouts program introduces young children throughout Greene County to theater, dance, arts, and music. Classes are taught by professional artists, assisted by youth volunteers, and are free! Arts Education grants serve both local teaching artists and K-12 students.
Arts-in-Education provide after-school and in-school workshops, residencies, and selected performances free to Greene County youth. Through these programs, the GCCA serves thousands of young people and employs the services of over 50 artists and arts groups annually to serve the needs of our youth.
Building Bridges through the Arts
We work with local government, business, tourism, community groups & arts organizations as active participants in festivals, neighborhood revitalization programs & special events.
Information and Services
The Information Center in the Catskill Gallery offers a Cultural Events Calendar and postings of announcements, opportunities, and resource listings for artists. Arts Alive, produced by the GCCA, is distributed to over 5,000 readers and is posted on our website. Events calendars are published and distributed in cooperation with the Greene County Promotion Department in travel guides, seasonal brochures, weekly and seasonal calendars. Press updates are e-mailed regularly to nearly 500 local and regional publications, internet listings, radio and TV stations on a regular basis.