For Immediate Release
February 18, 2020
Press Contact: Alison Simcox; 518.523.2512, ext. 1002
Free and Low-Cost Programs at the LPCA
Lake Placid, NY: The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is dedicated to connecting more people with art. The Center strives to do this by programming a wide variety of classes, performances and exhibits so there is something to appeal to many different tastes, but also by offering programs that don't cost too much to attend.
Everyone in our community deserves to participate in the arts, not just those fortunate enough to easily afford them. Here are some of the ongoing programs that are good to know about for anyone working within a budget:
Weibrecht AfterSchool Workshops – FREE
Two sessions of free workshops are offered in the fall and spring each school year. Classes are held between 3 and 6pm on weekdays, with options for students as young as 4 and as old as 16. Local artists teach drawing, painting, cooking, ceramics, holiday-themed crafts and much more. Registration is still open for the Spring 2020 session. More information can be found at www.lakeplacidarts.org/classes/afterschool-workshops.
Gallery Exhibits – FREE
The LPCA is home to two art galleries:
The Gallery @ LPCA (17 Algonquin Drive, Lake Placid) shows 8 art exhibits each year showcasing celebrated artists from across the country, well known artists from the Adirondacks and work from emerging student artists in the area. Each art exhibit hosts an opening reception (typically on a Thursday evening from 5-7pm) with free refreshments and often a chance to meet the artists. The Gallery @ LPCA is also open Wednesday – Saturday from 1-5pm and admission is always free. www.lakeplacidarts.org/gallery
Gallery 46 (2525 Main Street, Lake Placid) celebrates local talent by representing over 40 artists who live or create work within the Adirondack Park. All are welcome to visit and find inspiration in the incredible art made right here in our communities. Paintings, sculptures, pottery, photographs, jewelry and more is also for sale at Gallery 46, but just browsing is free! www.gallery46.org/
Young and Fun Summer Series – FREE
This free performance series brings live music, magic, puppet theater, science and more to the LPCA stage on summer Wednesdays at 10:30am. Performances are approximately 1 hour and do not require advance tickets or registration. All families are welcome to just show up and enjoy the show! The series runs for approximately 6 weeks beginning July 8, 2020. Once the new season is announced in April, the list of Young and fun shows can be found on the website. www.lakeplacidarts.org/performances/young-fun.
Arts for All - $5 TICKETS
This year the LPCA introduced a program called Arts for All to make tickets more accessible, specifically for families who are working hard to make ends meet. Arts for All offers $5 tickets to individuals or families who are also EBT cardholders. Cardholders can purchase up to 4 tickets for most productions by calling the LPCA Box Office or swinging by in person and mentioning the Arts for All program. www.lakeplacidarts.org/arts-all
For anyone who might be skeptical about whether LPCA programs are for them, Director of Education Tara Palen encourages people not to let previous bad experiences stop them. She says, "Don't like opera? Try ballet. Don't like ballet? Try theater. Try comedy. Try symphony. See the live dance and music different cultures have to offer. Check out our galleries, art exhibit openings, see beautiful paintings, pottery, jewelry."
There can be all kinds of barriers that keep us from attending arts events, from busy work schedules to stretched bank accounts, to worries about the weather. Sometimes it's just not possible to get out, but when it is, these are some great ways to get involved without a significant financial commitment.
About the LPCA
Nestled in an Olympic village, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is a year-round treasure to residents and visitors of the Adirondacks and is the premier art and cultural hub of the region. Orchestrating quality programming, performances, rotating art exhibitions, and education experiences to residences and visitors alike, the LPCA provides an ensemble of offerings in music, theatre and dance, and supports local, regional and national artists in its Fine Arts Gallery. At the heart of this hub is hands-on learning experiences for children exploring their creativity and adults finding new passions. As a leading organization, the LPCA collaborates with other Adirondack non-profit partners to build, support and cultivate the arts community. Inspiring excellence in the arts for generations, the LPCA continues to thrive today at its unique and captivating Lake Placid campus.