We’re interested in exploring the role of the arts in community and economic development.

In 2019, we received a grant award from the State of New York to produce Hamilton Summer Arts Fest in 2021, a program to enhance and market outdoor concerts and other summer arts activities in downtown Hamilton. Because of the pandemic, we made the difficult decision to rescind the grant, but we continued to work on developing the project.

In the summer of 2020, Colgate student Maddy Hettler ’23 worked with us as an Upstate Institute Field Scholar to research the broad field of “creative placemaking” and develop a tool by which we could identify artists and art spaces in the Hamilton area. Over the coming winter, we plan to utilize the survey and database Maddy developed to begin to explore how we can best be of service to local artists and the idea of developing a walkable downtown arts and entertainment district.

More information coming soon!