About The Athens Cultural Center
Over 150 years ago, the Hudson River School, the country’s first indigenous art movement, was founded in our back yard. Today, we continue this aesthetic tradition by serving as a home for artists, performers and art lovers.
The Athens Cultural Center offers a full schedule of arts and cultural programming, community events, classes, exhibitions, and more. We are housed in a former storefront decorated with graceful cast iron pillars just a few steps from the majestic Hudson River.
Our overall mission is to encourage understanding of the arts in this reviving area of the Hudson Valley. Once again, artists, writers, performers and musicians have become key residents of our village. We provide a space for them to share their special talents with their neighbors.
You can help us fulfill our mission by becoming a member or by donating your time as we educate, enlighten and restore.
In a time of government budget cuts, arts and music programs have been threatened in our local schools. The Athens Cultural Center offers classes and we particularly try to offer free summer classes for children and art classes for seniors.
The number of talented artists, writers, performers and musicians that make the Hudson Valley their home is astonishing. In the village of Athens, we know many artists, emerging, struggling and established, as our neighbors. The Athens Cultural Center serves as an exhibition and performance space in which talented artists can exhibit and perform, enlightening the community in which they live.
The Athens Cultural Center is located in a former retail building on Second Street in this historic riverfront village. We are refurbishing the inside and restoring the exterior to its 19th century mercantile glory.