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

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all-day 2018 Special Exhibit – Peter Max... @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
2018 Special Exhibit – Peter Max... @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Jul 21 all-day
2018 Special Exhibit – Peter Max: Early Paintings @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts | Bethel | New York | United States
The art of Peter Max helped define the psychedelic 1960s, with its colorful imagery of gurus, sages, runners, flyers, Zen boats, snow-capped mountains, planets, stars, and sunbeams. Visitors to The Museum at Bethel Woods will[...]
all-day Figurative Landscape @ Artbar Gallery
Figurative Landscape @ Artbar Gallery
Jul 21 all-day
Figurative Landscape @ Artbar Gallery | Kingston | New York | United States
Opening Reception July 7th 6-8 Duo-Exhibition Heidi Lanino and Rebecca Darlington
all-day Folded Females – Flatiron Prow A... @ Folded Females Flatiron Prow Art Space
Folded Females – Flatiron Prow A... @ Folded Females Flatiron Prow Art Space
Jul 21 all-day
Folded Females - Flatiron Prow Art Space @ Folded Females Flatiron Prow Art Space | New York | New York | United States
Folded Females an on site installation on view June through August featuring the works of artist Heidi Lanino. The works are made using paper and metal creating a portrait of the female, portraying both strength[...]

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