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 original home at the Belle Levine Art Center, 521 Kennicut Hill Road in Mahopac was a turn-of-the-century barn. It was once the studio of cartoonist Bud Fisher who created "Mutt and Jeff", the first syndicated cartoon for the Chicago Tribune. Due to an extensive fire in the winter of 2007, we temporarily moved to a new location at Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster. The reconstruction at our Mahopac site has now been completed, and we have moved back to the Belle Levine Art Center. Programs and services are again being offered at our Mahopac site.
The Putnam Arts Council is supported with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and with public funds from Putnam County. Additional support is generated through membership, programs, fund-raising efforts, and with donations from local businesses and individuals.