About

Since its founding, the Center for the Arts has become one of Central New York’s preeminent presenters of the arts, and a proponent of community enrichment through world-class entertainment, and arts education. We offer a wide array of opportunities to experience the arts and an array of programs and activities from which to feed your soul.

DCIM100GOPROOur 400-seat theater, with its outstanding acoustics and diverse series of main stage programs, attracts and thrills audiences from Canada, the Mid-Atlantic and New England states, and from across New York State. The Center has presented performances by artists of global, national, regional, and local repute, including: Richie Havens, Butch Trucks, Rusted Root, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Tim Reynolds & TR3, Leon Russell, Colin Hay, SpyroGyra, David Sedaris, Hot Tuna, and other notable, emerging artists.

Additionally, the Center features film screenings, a community theater program (Center Players) and showcases artwork by local and regional visual artists in the art gallery. We also offer our facilities to other community organizations and individuals for a variety of educational purposes, events and private functions. 

You may purchase tickets through our online Box Office, support the Center by purchasing a Membership or contributing in other ways.

Thank you for supporting the Arts in Central New York. Help us thank our season sponsors: CoffeeMania, Dasher’s Corner Pub, P&C Fresh, Cortland Beer Company, Edgewood Bakery, Cayuga Radio, Cortland Voice, Speach’s Candy Company, and many more!

MISSION STATEMENT

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To enhance the quality of life for the people of Central New York by engaging them in a broad offering of arts education and entertainment that preserves and enriches the local culture, and provides stewardship for a historically significant site.

VISION

To make the arts a vital part of the growth of the Central New York community.

VALUES

Community: We bring together our region to explore the arts and humanities.

Innovation: We continually improve our arts and cultural offerings to reach the greatest audience possible.

Excellence: We strive to provide our audience and supporters the highest quality experience.

Volunteerism: We promote personal growth by providing an opportunity for community service.