Community residents and artists came together in April 2011 and formed as "ARTs pARTners" to raise awareness of the economic and cultural benefits of the arts and establish an arts center in Central New York. The performing arts were represented by members of the former Port City Theatre and Fulton Community Theater producing shows in Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Church at the time, and Fulton Art Association advocated for visual artists.
We spent the first year attracting attention from all segments of the arts - visual, literary, and performing arts. Members promoted a variety of mediums and passions during local events and in public programs, all in pursuit of a roof over our heads to begin programming.
In June 2012 we were offered space at State St. United Methodist Church in Fulton where we had access to three basement classrooms, two kitchens, and a large capacity dining hall. We even had our own separate entrance where we could put up a sign and invite the public in.
In May, 2013 we expanded again with an Art Gallery in Downtown Fulton at 47 S. 1st St across from the gazebo next to the Oswego river. A year later we began a partnership with Cayuga Community College and moved the center and the gallery into the old Fashion Bug store at River Glen Plaza (Formerly Kmart). We immediately gained ample parking, easy access and great exposure. We converted the Gallery downtown into a studio space for art classes.
The collaboration with CCC brought us a professional image almost immediately with the presence of our stage in a newer, more modern facility, and we're excited to see the potential of that space. We have just begun exploring our partnership with the college, and we're excited for what that partnership can do for this community in the future.