The Center for the Arts of Homer definitely raises the bar for central New York. Being able to see Arlo Guthrie twice in Homer, NY is fantastic, but the quaint and cozy venue makes it even better. The Center offers a myriad of entertainment, Friday night movies, art shows and yoga classes. We're so lucky to have this in our community.
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.
Before sitting down to write, I pulled out all the old program books. Among those artists that standout are Richie Havens, Don Vappie, U. Utah Phillips, Cheryl Wheeler, Ola Onabule, Guy Clark, Arlo Guthrie, Karla Bonoff, The Four Bitchin' Babes, Frank Vignola and Bucky Pizzarelli and Elieen Ivers. The music program alone has enriched the lives of people throughout Central NY and beyond, justifying all the hard work and support. But, the Center is so much more. The programs for children, SAT prep, movies, the radio plays. I can't imagine live in Homer today without the Center.
The Center for the arts has be such a wonderful addition to the Village of Homer. It has a wide range of shows and attractions that it appeals to all age groups and tastes. Local musicians have also recognized such as; The Cafferty band, Dave Feinstein, Ten Man Push and others. Gallery showings of local and well known artists have also attracted many to the Center. There is always something happening at the Center for the Arts.
The Center has been such an enriching experience for myself, my family and our community. The caliber of entertainment is exceptional. The range of genres is amazing, from Folk legends to Celtic superstars to local favorites...The Center offers it all. My brother lives in the Chicago area and is continuaaly amazed at the acts I see (and MEET!) at the Center- I mean ARLO GUTHRIE in Homer New York...TWICE!! Ina word- WOW!
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.
People keep asking us "Why did we move to Homer"...because it has such a great Center for the Arts in a New Englandy like town. Attending a concert at the Center is like going to a big coffee house...intimate, good seating,great acoustics and wonderful volunteers. I am so grateful to all the people who had "the dream" and went for it.There's no place like Homer.
The setting is intimate and keeps improving all the time. It has added immensely to the arts in this community and has done a great deal to increase tourism in the community. It has also been an impetus for people to move to the community from other areas, especially people considering retirement. It has given a boost to the economy of the area as well.
Intimate, nice place to see a performance. I appreciate the wide range of performers. Any seat in the place is good. The social hour prior to the show is nice. Earlier in the sound was not as good as it should be, given the great acoustics of the venue. But it's been good to fantastic recently.
We love it!! My family uses the Center for the Arts on a weekly basis by attending dance lessons. We also enjoy the concerts, theatrical performances, art shows, and charity events. We are very happy to have these cultural experiences available to us without having to drive somewhere; we have something wonderful in our our hometown!
Launching the Center, much like democracy, can be a messy and time-gulping preoccupation. But those of us in the whirlwind of policy-making, planning, dreaming (and, yes, sweeping the floors and taking out the trash) can stand amazed at what has been accomplished by so many volunteers in such a short period of time. In an economic climate during which we see the fall of many beloved arts institutions, the Center for the Arts has been able to schedule a mortgage burning party. We have had artists clamor to come back to us. We have had some of the world's premier performers tell us that there is nothing like a Center audience: the sound system, the intimate space, the warmth of the reception. Whoever suggested our first official slogan, "Dream...then make it happen," could not have envisioned the growth and the diversity of activities housed under our roof. Kudos to all who have made it happen and continue to make it happen for the enrichment of our children and our children's children.
I've lived in Homer for 3 years and in that time have become a huge fan and supporter of the Center for the Arts of Homer! Every concert that we've attended has been so impressive, acts from many countries. I've seen incredible, energetic acts like Eileen Ivers and Teada. I've had friends come from out of town for concerts at the center. Dan Hayes has great vision for the center - it's amazing to me what he's done for the center in such a short period of time. I think this venue could be A PREMIER 300-400 seat venue in NYS outside of NYC! Everyone who performs speaks to how much they love performing at the center and how much the appreciate the opportunity to perform there. I would never have thought that a town as small as Homer could provide concerts with such depth and diversity of talent. And at prices that make attendance affordable for everyone! Dan and the volunteers provide a wonderful welcoming atmosphere at the center for all events, including the free movies. What a joy to have a place like this in our community!
I love that I could bring my son, even when young, and allow him to appreciate a variety of talent. The atmosphere is informal and intimate, the accoustics are great, and the people we've had the chance to enjoy have been universally wonderful. We're lucky to have such a resource located so conveniently.
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.
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.
In the summer of 2008, I wanted to mount a month-long exhibition and have an evening program in recognition of Bloomsday, 16 June, the day of the action of James Joyce's novel "Ulysses," and from conception to completion, Homer's Center for the Arts was completely cooperative. Board member Ann Siegle not only took charge of writing a grant application to obtain partial support for the project (it was awarded) but she guided my efforts at every stage. Director Dan Hayes was equally helpful, personally taking charge of mounting the exhibition of posters, photographs, books, and artifacts. The evening program, which was very well attended and ran for nearly three hours, exceeded my hopes. I know I chose the right place for my project.
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!
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.
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.
We've attended some great concerts at the Center, particularly those by Johannes Linstead & his Flamenco Band. While there, we enjoyed the display in the Art Gallery too. The Center is a great regional asset. They allow outside groups to rent very nice meeting space. John Wyman Syacuse, NY