The Putnam Arts Council (PAC) is a not-for-profit arts service organization chartered in 1963 by the State of New York. PAC is the voice for the arts in Putnam County, and maintains a leadership role in promoting, fostering, and perpetuating the visual, performing and literary arts in the county and environs. Our programs include exhibitions, Art in Public Places, workshops in the visual and performing arts, a summer arts program, concerts, theatre performances, advocacy, technical assistance workshops, studio tours and special events.
As a county-wide arts service agency, the Putnam Arts Council extends its programming to reach constituents where they live and work, and to provide support for the creative development of artists, students, and cultural organizations.
Our space at the Belle Levine Art Center, 521 Kennicut Hill Road in Mahopac was a turn-of-the-century barn, once the studio of cartoonist Bud Fisher who created "Mutt and Jeff", the first syndicated cartoon for the Chicago Tribune. Many upgrades and modifications have been made in recent years affording a more comfortable and compliant space. All of our programs and services are currently offered at our Mahopac site which includes our offices, gallery space, work space, class space, a pottery studio and a printmaking studio.
The Putnam Arts Council is supported with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. We also receive pubic support from Putnam County Government as one of its outside agencies, providing and encouraging cultural programs and services at our site as well as throughout the county. PAC generates earned revenue through membership, programs, fundraising efforts, sales and sponsorships and receives contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations throughout the region.