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.


We focus on presenting local, regional, national, and international performing artists and offer arts education and community-based activities. Our cornerstone programs include Jazz at Noon, From Script to Stage, and NBT Bank Theater for Young Audiences.

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.


In 2020, over 4,000 people participated in or viewed Arts at the Palace’s 2020 programs, created by over 50 artists, scholars, and technical professionals. We are eager to open our doors in 2021 to resume in-person programming while continuing to expand our virtual reach!

I love the Palace! It is a special and important part of our community… Teachers have enjoyed field trips to see productions brought to the Palace especially for younger students. Many student would never get to see live theater if not for the programming at the Palace!

Donna Moren, Hamilton Central School teacher, HCS Masquers drama club advisor, and area theater director

Watch our 2020 virtual gala video to hear more testimonials about the impact of Arts at the Palace in our community!