Center For The Arts Of Homer Inc

Rating: 4.91 stars   70 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 72 So. Main Street, PO Box 191 Homer NY 13077 USA

Mission: The Center for the Arts provides the region and community with a broad spectrum of cultural and artistic activities that provide education, enlightenment, and entertainment.
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

The Homer Center 4 the Atrs is a jewel of upstate New York. I drive 90 mile one way to attend performances-- and did so last night in a snow storm. The excellent caliber of the performances make it worth the trip, but the real pleasure for me is the amazing venue, the accomodating, friendly people that work there and the atmosphere of the pre-show gathering opportunity. There is a beautiful art gallery to enjoy. They raise money for local students to receive SAT test classes. They do everything possible to help to make arts accessible to their community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and helpful.

Ways to make it better...

I can't imagine a way that my personal experiences could be improved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

My wife and I originally just wanted to see Tom Paxton. We enjoyed the entire experience so much that we went to more events. Even though we live too far to make use of many of the regular programs we agree with the overall thrust of the way the center is run. We felt strongly enough that this year we joined. We also especially enjoy celtic music and dance and the center does a wonderful job of bringing this type of entertainment to the area.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The diversity of offerings

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I've attended several concerts at the Center for the Arts. I am amazed at the quality of the talent such a small community can attract. The setting is beautiful, the volunteers and staff friendly, and the music fantastic. It is such a great resource for the community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a better quality of life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

telling others about this hidden gem.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of thousands in Central New York.

Ways to make it better...

the seating was reserved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

visibility.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

We love this place! We are members and supporters and wish we could do more as volunteers, but it is a bit of a drive for us. If we lived closer to Homer we would be more involved. The old Baptist church a wonderful venue for concerts and performances; the additional space is used for community arts and education. There is a good variety of performances and it seems that the performers enjoy being there as much as the audience enjoys listening to them. Dan Hayes and crew have done a great job and we wish them continued success.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

concert nights - the reception beforehand, the art in the gallery at intermission, the concert itself, and, in many cases, the opportunity to chat with the performers after the show. And the dedication of the volunteers. It is very evident.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been to several shows over the past 3-4 years. It is a wonderful venue with great energy amongst the volunteers and of course Daniel Hayes. Just saw Eileen Ivers for the second time there. She, of course, rocked the house again! My companion and I are members and will continue to subscribe. I only wish I had the time to volunteer as well!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending shows.. always a pleasure

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

pad the seats

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

enjoying the shows

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very caring and full of energy

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

perhaps expand the center into a second location in Syracuse and perhaps have the potential for more artists.

Ways to make it better...

my seat was better...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

perhaps location (meaning I'd love to see Dan's staff do the same thing in Syracuse in addition to Homer), but I also love the village of Homer and the venue.

One thing I'd also say is that...

they do an awesome job now, things could only be better with more money coming in.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This community has been blessed with a first-class performance theatre, and an organization that somehow entices world-renowned entertainment to perform locally..... while continuing to provide opportunity for our vast reservoir of home-grown talents. What an asset...limited only by public support. I have attended many sold-out shows and hope that the word is finally getting out. This is something special for this area and should not be taken for granted.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

having the opportunity to see headline entertainers in our hometown.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

reasonable prices and a broad spectrum of entertainment opportunity.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

sincere and professional, and entusiastic about their mission.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reduce the threat of maintaining the pyhsical property, and concentrate on expansion of the cultural arts offerings to the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The center lights the fire in our soul every other week in the Fall , Winter and Spring. The diverse entertainment provides a opportunity for us to rekindle our energy and appreciation of the performing arts in a small rural coummunity. I'm partial to the various Celtic performances. This includes Dougie McLean, Barra MacNeils, Elleen Ivers, Celtic Crossroads, The Glengarry Bhoys and many others. Performances that would not have been experienced except for the Center for the Arts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Each performance is a rekindling of my needs to see and hear live performing artists and their interplay with the audience.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people and the their dedication to providing arts to a rural community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Excellent

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fix the building and would not have to rely on grants or other outside support to survive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The Homer Center 4 Arts has enriched our community in so many ways and reached all ages. They sponsor performances ranching from folk (Arlo Guthrie), to classical, to ethnic to comedy. They offer a venue for dance lessons, Irish Step, ballroom, tap and ballet. They present art exhibits of both local and widely known artists, sponsor a book reading club and so much more. There is truly something for every age at the Center 4 Arts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the availability of quality performances in this small rural community

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

the only change I would like to to see more of the same

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting new people

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely friendly and helpful and receptive to suggestions

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make improvements to and maintain the old structure which houses it

Ways to make it better...

At concerts they have general admission seats. On occasion they have opened the doors earlier than advertised, to the disadvantage of those who arrived at the advertised time

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finances

One thing I'd also say is that...

this center is the result of a handful of citizens having the vision and the determination to bring it about

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

The Center for the Arts has been one of the best thing that has happened to the Cortland, NY area. Not only has it offered quality music and entertainment for area residents, but it has provided a venue for other not-for-profit activities, such as the Loaves and Fishes fund raiser "Empty Bowls". It is a huge plus for this community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Enjoying musical events and other shows and have been involved with the Loaves and Fishes "Empty Bowls" fund-raiser

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find many more people to become members and to support the programs.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The quality of the performances and the cooperation of the staff and volunteers

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

top quality

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could bring in even more great programs and do some renovating of the facility

Ways to make it better...

There was more floor space for tables in the hall.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funds

One thing I'd also say is that...

More parking would be appreciated

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have attended plays and concerts at the Homer Center for the Arts over the past year. I love the performance space, and the planned productions have been excellent.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing a venue for local performing groups, and also bringing in outside, well-known musicians

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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