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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


Photographing Your Artwork for Archival & Submission
with Harry Wirtz
Friday, October 21, 6 - 9pm

Let photographer and instructor Harry Wirtz teach you to use your digital camera to make quality photographs for documentation, press releases, jury submissions, and print editions. Topics will include setting up artwork for photography, low cost lighting options, basic camera adjustments, editing the image for accuracy, how to work with digital file formats for submissions and storage, and when it is best to hire a professional.

Bring your camera and be familiar with its operation; bring the user manual. “Point and shoot” cameras can be made to work with some effort, as can cell phones, but a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera can deliver the best results. A demonstration set up with artwork and affordable lighting will be provided.

$30/members, $35/not-yet-members
CLICK HERE to register. 

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

Caffe Lena concert at The Arts Center!
Chris Smither
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7pm

Chris Smither is a veteran of the music industry. Accompanying himself with masterful finger-picking and amplified foot-taps, his elegant lyrics are packed with little punches that land on your heart. A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. "His finger-picked guitar lines are sleek, unhurried and insistent. And then there's the voice - equal parts gravel and molasses, Smither's singing sounds like a distillation of the folk and blues heroes he grew up listening to in New Orleans." - NPR 

To learn more and purchase tickets, please go to straight to Caffe Lena's webpage: Chris Smither

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.

Check out some of our amazing auction items below!

Works of art by: Ralph CaparuloCarolyn JusticeAnn LarsenCorey PitkinTakeyce Walter

Fine art textiles by Nancy Shaples and Betsy Olmsted

A gift basket from Lifestyles of Saratoga

A gift certificate to the Vischer Ferry General Store and a gift certificate to Pasta Pane Restaurant

A day of sailing on a 28' Sabre Sloop with Captain Bob Allen on Lake George with complimentary lunch for up to six people.

Lake Placid Getaway at Stewart’s Lake Placid Condo with a gift card to Lake Placid Pub & Brewery and the Redneck Bistro

Two guest passes to The Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake

Four pass family pack to The Wild Center, Tupper Lake

Weekend on the Cape at The Anchorage on the Cove

Round of golf with cart for four at The Sagamore, Bolton Landing

A gift certificate for a custom cake from Leah's Cakery, Round Lake and a gift certificate to Pasta Pane Restaurant

A gift certificate and wine from the Lake Ridge Restaurant, Round Lake

A stay at the Saratoga Arms 

A gift certificate to Arlene's Artist Materials, Albany

A stay at the Saratoga Hilton paired with a gift certificate to DZ Restaurants (Chianti/Forno/Boca Bistro)

Enjoy The Races! A Saratoga Race Track Box for a Day and a Gaffney's gift certificate

Private 4-Hour Plein Air Lesson with artist Takeyce Walter 

Pavilion Grand Hotel – Weekend getaway in One Bedroom Suite, breakfast for 2, petit facial with take home mask from the All Good Things Spa

Three night stay in The Arlington Inn, Arlington, VT paired with Zoe's Double Hex gift certificate and four passes to Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, Manchester

Four First Night Saratoga Buttons

One Night Stay in The Porcupine Inn, Saranac Lake

Four group exercise sessions at Judy Torel's studio, Albany

John Hadden in Travels with a Masked Man
Saturday, November 5th, 7pm, $18


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.

You can get advance tickets online here.

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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