Arts at the Palace is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community arts organization dedicated to presenting, developing and expanding the reach of the arts within the Central New York region. 


As an organization focused on inclusion, innovation and imagination, Arts at the Palace will nurture a vibrant arts community, foster artistic excellence, and inspire creative exchange through community connection and collaboration.

Commitment to Cultural Equity

To support a full creative life for all, Arts at the Palace commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that work to vanquish social, racial and economic injustice, thus empowering a just inclusive, equitable nation.


Arts at the Palace is a nonprofit community arts organization based at the Palace Theater in Hamilton, NY. We present local, regional, national, and international performing artists, arts education programs, and community-based activities.


In 2021, over 1,300 people participated in or viewed Arts at the Palace’s 2021 programs, created by over 83 artists, scholars, and technical professionals. We were excited to open our doors in 2021 to resume in-person programming while continuing to expand our virtual reach!

Our History

Back in 1914, a new cinema came to 19 Utica Street in Hamilton. Through the decades, it has served as a shoe repair shop, community garage, and manufacturing warehouse.

Like a trunk of costumes hidden away in the attic, it was waiting to be rediscovered and used once again for the entertainment and edification of art lovers, young and old. In 2002, the wait came to an end.

The Palace Theater returned to its roots after a $2 million renovation, financed through gifts to the Colgate University Parents and Grandparents Fund. Operations transferred to the Hamilton Initiative.

In 2015, just in time for the building’s 101st birthday, a group of devoted Hamiltonians formed a new entity, Arts at the Palace, to take over Palace Theater management from the Hamilton Initiative, and to form a new community arts organization dedicated to spreading the reach of the arts in Central New York.