About

About

The Orange County Arts Council is a private, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to meeting the growing need for local arts advocacy and serving as a county-wide arts resource.

The Orange County Arts Council began as a collaborative effort between the Orange County Citizens Foundation and the County of Orange. In 2003, the Citizens Foundation, with financial support from NYS Assemblyman Howard Mills and County Executive Ed Diana, commissioned a Cultural Needs Assessment for Orange County. That study, released in 2004, called for the development of an Arts and Cultural Strategic Plan and identified the need for a full-time arts service organization. In 2005, the Citizens Foundation developed an outline for the Strategic Plan; within a year, the county had completed the plan.

In 2006, the Orange County Legislature accepted the Strategic Plan, and the following year the Orange County Arts Council was born. The Orange County Legislature and County Executive Ed Diana provided funding from the county budget to help get the Orange County Arts Council started.

Today, a diverse Board of Directors (click here for a member listing) made up of community leaders, business leaders, arts enthusiasts, and professional artists oversees the Orange County Arts Council.

Many of our programs are designed and implemented by volunteers serving on various committees.

To view a list of our committees and their respective goals, click here.

Events Calendar

Jun
23
Fri
all-day Wave Over Wave @ Gallery 66 NY
Wave Over Wave @ Gallery 66 NY
Jun 23 all-day
Wave Over Wave @ Gallery 66 NY | Cold Spring | New York | United States
Gallery 66 NY presents Carla Goldberg- Wave Over Wave in Gallery A, Josa Smith Weatherwax – Disorder and Romance in Gallery B, Richard Cutrona- Formal Tension in Gallery C. Opening Reception First Friday June 2nd[...]
Jun
24
Sat
all-day Newburgh Last Saturdays @ Washington Headquarters neighborhood
Newburgh Last Saturdays @ Washington Headquarters neighborhood
Jun 24 all-day
Newburgh Last Saturdays @ Washington Headquarters neighborhood | Newburgh | New York | United States
Celebrate the arts, local restaurants, cafes and shops in the Washington Headquarters neighborhood on the Last Saturday of every month! Artists, openings, activities and schedule refresh monthly.
all-day Newburgh Last Saturdays
Newburgh Last Saturdays
Jun 24 all-day
Newburgh Last Saturdays @ Newburgh | New York | United States
Celebrate the arts, local restaurants, cafes and shops in the city of Newburgh on the Last Saturday of every month! Artists, openings, open-mics, activities and schedule refresh monthly.

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