About The Art School of Columbia County

The Art School of Columbia County’s mission is to nurture learning, creativity and community through the visual arts.

Our approach to teaching art comes from diverse educational and theoretical approaches, and our faculty have honed their approach to teaching art through their own studio practice.  We serve around 1800 community residents each year with free or affordable art programming out in our community.

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, incorporated in New York State as the Art School of Columbia County (ASCC).

We have:

2012-2013:

  • Transformed the Old Schoolhouse into an art school.
  • Established a Board of Directors.
  • Created a Scholarship Fund to insure classes and workshops are available and accessible to both established artists and new artists regardless of means.
  • Recruited a highly accomplished and skilled faculty.
  • Started offering evening, daytime and weekend classes & workshops in July 2013.

2014:

  • Hired our first Executive Director.
  • Started our free teen Portfolio Review program.
  • Held semi-annual student-faculty art shows each fall and spring since November 2014.

2015:

  • Began hosting our annual series of ARTalks, panel discussions featuring regional artists and exhibits of their work.
  • Started our free “Art in the Library: a Pop-Up Program” for students grades K-12 in the spring of 2015, continuing to the present with expanded programs throughout Columbia County and beyond.
  • Taught free community art outreach programs for children & families at Chatham’s Summerfest 2015-present.
  • Began school-based programming in the Chatham School District.
  • Held our first annual Frame, Canvas & Art Supplies Fundraiser, which brings up-cycled, affordable art supplies to the community.

2016:

  • Expanded our educational and interactive art exhibits, developing into a year-round exhibition program.
  • Taught school-based K-12 programs in the in the Chatham, Kinderhook, and Hudson School Districts
  • Presented our free “Art & Memories” programs for seniors in need, and those with Alzheimer’s and cognitive issues.

2017:

  • Started our Membership Drive with 3 exhibit opportunities annually and a year-round faculty and student exhibit program.
  • Provided free community art programming at the Austerlitz Blueberry Festival.
  • Continued and expanded school-based K-12 programs in the in the Chatham, Kinderhook, and Hudson School Districts, and collaborated with the Taconic Hills School District on a Community Read program.
  • Added free teen art programming on-site.
  • Served over 1300 community members with free and affordable art programming.

2018:

  • Added a juried art show to our ARTalks series.
  • Started our Internship program for college/graduate students and our Teen Internship program.
  • Continued free community art outreach at festivals in Hudson, Chatham, and Austerlitz.
  • Continued and expanded school-based K-12 programs in the in the Chatham, Kinderhook, New Lebanon, and Hudson School Districts.
  • Added a community Plein Air Paint-out and Exhibit in September and expanded Member exhibit opportunities including a free members’ Studio Start-up Program.
  • Held community meetings to help envision future uses of ASCC’s historic building and landscape; began our 2018 Capital Campaign to secure a permanent home.
  • Served around 1800 members of our community with free and affordable art programming.

2019:

  • Received the gift of our historic schoolhouse building and land so that we may continue connecting our community to art for years to come.  Read about the history of ASCC’s schoolhouse here.
  • Are creating a Strategic Plan with input from our Board of Directors, Executive Director, Faculty, Staff, Volunteers, Members and community

We have received grants from the following:

  • The Bank of Greene County Charitable Foundation (multiple awards)
  • Chatham Education Foundation of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (multiple awards)
  • The City Child Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
  • Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund (multiple awards)
  • First Niagara Bank
  • Fund for Columbia County of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (multiple awards)
  • The Kinderhook Arts & Humanities Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (multiple awards)
  • Kinderhook Bank Charitable Foundation (multiple awards)
  • MHLS Connecting, Collaborating and Contributing Mini-Grant supported by funds from the New York State Library’s Family Literacy Library Services
  • Humanities New York (National Endowment for the Humanities) Vision and Action Grants, plus hosting art-and-discussion Community Conversation events (multiple awards)
  • New Lebanon Arts & Humanities Grant of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
  • NYSEG and RG&E Small Business Energy Efficiency Program
  • Stewart’s Holiday Match Program Grant (multiple awards)
  • Taconic Hills Arts & Humanities Grant of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

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