The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts center, serving over 2,000 square miles of the Adirondack Park. The Arts Center’s mission as a presenter, producer and educator in the artistic disciplines is to promote, develop, cultivate, and foster quality programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities, which inspire, enrich, educate and entertain people of all ages throughout the Adirondacks, as well as providing technical assistance to non-profits, local government, and area businesses.
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts produces professional theatre and a traveling Shakespeare in the park series. In addition, the Arts Center offers concerts as part of the Weekend Series, artist exhibits in three galleries, youth and adult arts education workshops, and grant opportunities for art and cultural organizations and teaching artists.
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts was established in 1967 as a multidisciplinary arts organization to serve as producer, presenter, and educator of artistic disciplines in visual arts, theatre, music, and dance. The building and the property were gifted to us by Harold K. Hochschild, the founder of the Adirondack Experience (previously the Adirondack Museum) also in Blue Mountain Lake. The very first directors of the Arts Center were a husband and wife team, Jim and Sheila Hutt, who are still involved with the Arts Center today. Many patrons have generational ties to the Arts Center, having come to performances or workshops as children. Now they bring their children, grandchildren, etc.
The Arts Center is a cornerstone of the hamlet. However, the Arts Center doesn't stay in Blue Mountain Lake, it "spills" out into its neighboring communities sharing its artistic programs and productions in other towns and hamlets throughout the Adirondack Park. In addition, we seek unusual performance spaces, often engaging with our natural environment by hosting shows in venues including visitor information centers, natural amphitheaters, gazebos, boathouse, campgrounds, Great Camps, museums, town halls and pavilions, community centers, and schools. We truly believe in thinking outside the box!
The Arts Center is generously supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, its business and individual sponsors, and its members.
The Arts Center operates within the six-million acre Adirondack Park, a “Forever Wild” region. Although the Park’s wilderness setting is breathtaking, residents face geographic isolation and economic challenges. By taking art “out of the building,” the Arts Center provides programming in over 2,000 square miles of the Adirondack Park and enhances the quality of life in the communities we serve. The Arts Centers' programs serve all ages and abilities and provide the kind of shared experiences that build strong communities.