The Essex County Arts Council is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 for the purpose of promoting, developing and sustaining the cultural life of Essex County, NY communities. We serve artists and arts organizations in the expansive Essex County, which is one of only two New York counties completely within the six-million acre Adirondack State Park.  

The Essex County Arts Council consists of Organizations and Individual Artists with specialties in all arts-related media including Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Historical/Heritage Arts and Literary Arts.  Arts related Events take place year-round.

One of Essex County Arts Council's primary functions is administering the Cultural Assistance Program Grants, funded by Essex County and the Essex County Board of Supervisors.

As a non-profit organization, we rely on Memberships and Contributors to assist us in completing our mission.  If you are a lover of the arts in Essex County, please consider what you can do to help support our mission.

Cultural Assistance Program Grants

Information and Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 round of Cultural Assistance Program (CAP) Grants.  Find out more here.

The Essex County Arts Council promotes and advocates a vibrant environment for the arts and culture through an effective county-wide system to proactively connect organizations, artists and students with full time and seasonal residents.

Spirit of Place - Westport Heritage House