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In 30 years, we’ve brought the arts to over 800,000 people!

228,000+ have viewed art in The Arts Center Galleries

18,000+ students of all ages have taken classes

466,220+ people have attended an event funded by our grant program

78,000+ people have rung in the New Year with us

Saratoga Arts has paid artists over $2,290,000 in grant awards, teaching and performance fees, and art sales!



Saratoga Arts Presents

30 Years of Community Arts: a brown-bag lunch talk

Tuesday, September 27, 12-1pm
at The Arts Center

Learn about Saratoga Arts' thirty-year history of making the arts accessible, followed by a tour of the 30th Anniversary Invitational, a retrospective exhibition in The Arts Center Gallery. Bring your lunch; beverages and dessert provided.

Adirondack Shakespeare presents
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Friday, October 7, 2016 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 3pm
at The Arts Center

ADK Shakespeare is offering its full, uncut production of Hamlet to mark its second Annual Hamlet Project, along with Hamlet's flip-side: Tom Stoppard's darkly comedic Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. For more information about their season and to buy tickets click through to their website: Adirondack Shakespeare Comany.

Adirondack Folk School Benefit Concert

Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7pm
at The Arts Center

Beloved Folk Musician Dan Berggren will be playing his signature “old school folk music” with Alex Smith at a concert to benefit The Adirondack Folk School. A spokesperson from Caffe Lena said that Berggren is “one of the most personable and powerful performers” they have had.

Tickets are $18.00 in advance by calling the Adirondack Folk School at 518- 696-2400. Tickets may be purchased for $20.00 at the door on the night of the event.

The Local Actor’s Guild
Proudly Presents: Heathers
at The Arts Center

Fridays, October 21 & 28, 2016 at 8pm
Saturdays, October 22 & 29, 2016 at 8pm
Sundays, October 23 & 30, 2016 at 2pm at The Arts Center

The Local Actors Guild of Saratoga proudly presents Heathers: The Musical. Based on the classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place - six feet under.

Please call 518-393-3496 for reservations or more information. $20 general admission.

Audiences Everywhere
Professional Development Workshop
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 6pm - 9pm
at The Arts Center

presented by Saratoga Arts & Skidmore College

5:30 – 6:00 Mingle over refreshments with fellow attendees 
6:00 – 9:00 Audiences Everywhere Workshop 
Organizations can’t grow audiences from a strategy of merely picking the “low-hanging fruit.” Praised as “mind-opening, rut-clearing & possibility renewing,” this workshop is a substantive and inspiring forum to devise new and actionable strategies to attract, sustain, cultivate and diversify audiences for arts and cultural organizations of every size and genre.  
About Matt Lehrman 
Matt Lehrman specializes in helping arts and cultural leaders pursue artistic relevance, financial vibrancy and patron engagement by revealing the view from the audience side of their organizations’ mission statements. 
His workshops have educated thousands of arts and cultural managers nationwide and has earned praise as “mind-opening, rut-clearing, possibility renewing.”  
Before launching Audience Avenue, LLC in 2012, Matt Lehrman was the founder and Executive Director of Alliance for Audience and, Arizona’s pioneering initiative in collaborative audience development. In naming him “Best Cheerleader for the Arts,” the Arizona Republic wrote, “For some, arts marketing is a career. For Lehrman, it’s a calling.” 
From 1995 to 2004, Matt served as a Vice President of the Scottsdale Cultural Council, where he led the marketing and communications efforts that launched the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and increased ticket sales for the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts by more than 300 percent. For the 2014-15 season, Matt served as Interim Managing Director of Arizona Theatre Company, the state’s only member of the elite League of Resident Theatres (LORT), and the only such company that is resident in two cities: Phoenix and Tucson. Lehrman has served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University since 2012, teaching subjects of arts entrepreneurship, arts business administration and arts and public policy. 

FREE. Call 518.584.4132 for more information or CLICK HERE to register

Saratoga Arts' Soiree
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Longfellows Restaurant
500 Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs NY 12866

Please save the date for our upcoming Annual Soiree, where we’ll recognize Dee Sarno with Saraoga Arts’ 2016 Community Arts Leadership Award. 2016 is Saratoga Arts’ 30th Anniversary, and this is an especially good year to honor and celebrate Dolores “Dee” Sarno, our founder and Executive Director from 1988-2007. Dee’s impact on the arts in Saratoga is unmatched and, in addition to her visionary leadership of Saratoga Arts, her service has benefited other organizations, including Homemade Theater, The Saratoga NAACP, SPAC, and Saratoga ArtsFest. 

The evening will also feature the gypsy jazz of Hot Club Saratoga, light fare, a cash bar and a silent auction including amazing vacation packages and unique works of art. 

Special thanks to Longfellows Restaurant for generously sponsoring this event.

John Hadden in Travels with a Masked Man
Saturday, November 5th, 7pm

check back for box office info!

Travels with a Masked Man is John Hadden's play about deception, “the game” (espionage) and rough filial love. It is an hour-long, two-character, solo performance based on his book, Conversations with a Masked Man: My Father, the CIA, and Me .

Haunted by unanswered questions about his childhood overseas, a man confronts his father, an ex-CIA chief who ruminates darkly on the American Empire, the human animal, and himself. Alternately horrifying, hilarious, and poignant, their verbal contest covers Cold War material from Vietnam to the Middle East and the Bomb, from abstract art to James Bond films––but the real conversation, the subtext, is about what they mean to each other.

John Hadden (senior) was an early member of CIA in Berlin, Hamburg and Salzburg, he was the station chief in Israel during the 60’s, through the Six-Day War, and he ran the “Middle East Desk” in Washington, DC until his quasi-retirement in the early 70s.

The play is performed in minimal style, to bring as intense a focus as possible to the relationship between the two men. For a “second act,” we invite two members of the local community who have experience in family issues, grieving, and/or the personal ramifications of politics, as well as three or four members of the audience who are moved to speak about their own experience. With coffee, tea, and tasty things to eat.

John Hadden has worked as a theater-maker consistently here and abroad for 40 years. He was a founding member and associate artistic director of Shakespeare & Co, Lenox, MA, artistic director of the Hubbard Hall Theater Company, Cambridge, NY, associate artist with We Players, San Francisco, and artistic director/co-founder of Counterpoint Theater, Boston.

His plays—Stray Dogs, Hard Rain, Women at War, and his one-acts—have won awards and have been seen at Ensemble Studio Theater, PS 122, LaMama ETC, Firehouse 13, Providence, Northampton Center for the Arts, Hubbard Hall, The Theater Project, Brunswick, ME, and Mixed Company, Great Barrington, MA, and his writing has been published in The Good Ear Review and American Letters & Commentary.



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