Explore the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts
Since 1982, Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts (MVCA) has worked to be a leader and advocate for the arts. While located in the Canal Place arts district of Little Falls, New York, the MVCA serves the greater Mohawk Valley, and defines its market catchment area to encompass approximately 67,700 residents.
By creating opportunities for learning, personal creativity, artistic expression, and connection to our diverse community, the MVCA strives to enhance the quality of life for residents of this region of New York State. The MVCA is a multi-art center offering classes in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and many other media. Workshops offered throughout the year cover a variety of fine arts and crafts, and may include cooking, gardening, pottery, Tai Chi, and even fly-tying.
The MVCA also functions as an advocate for the arts and individual artists in the Mohawk Valley. At the most basic level, the MVCA serves to offer artists a place to exhibit their works, teach their skills to others, and enjoy the support and fellowship of other artists and art-lovers. More recently, however, the MVCA has responded to emergent needs in the community, as key elements of the arts and culture have been impacted by forces ranging from demographic change to technological innovation to governmental budget constraints. By way of illustration, the MVCA responded to the potential loss of the only cinema in the Mohawk Valley between New Hartford and Johnstown by playing the lead role in organizing a campaign to fund the digitalization of the Valley Cinema in Little Falls. So too, the MVCA has responded to fiscally-driven cutbacks in art education programs in the local schools with outreach to art teachers, and art scholarships to enable youth to take advantage of art education opportunities at the MVCA.
The MVCA is home to the 401 Art Gallery, which exhibits up to 10 shows a year, including an exhibition of student art and a juried Regional Art Show open to artists within 100 miles of MVCA. In addition, each year the MVCA plans several performances: musical, student performances, readings, and more. Finally, the Selective Eye gift shop rounds out the experience of visiting the MVCA by featuring fine arts and crafts of local and regional artists, and the consignment store offers one-of-a-kind gifts for discerning shoppers.