Rome Art And Community Center, (RACC) Rome’s only multi-arts facility, serves greater Rome and Oneida County, offering both cultural and community programming at little or no cost to the public. RACC welcomes almost 5,000 visitors annually, from four counties and visitors from all over the US. RACC is committed to making programming accessible to all-regardless of age, race, economic status, or physical ability. Embracing community impact, true to its mission, RACC plays an important role in fostering creativity, cultural awareness, and a strong community connection through a broad range of programming and services. RACC offers unique opportunities to experience the arts on a very personal level, whether it be through hands-on instruction, a quiet walk through serene gallery space, or even as a part of a large community event. RACC is proud to have been a part of the Rome Community since 1967, and impacting the lives of children, teens, and adults every year since.
RACC Staff has been privileged to experience exactly how programming has made a difference in the community. A parent of a small child described how our children’s art program has helped her son make friends, become more outgoing and confident in school, improved his grades, and fostered his artistic skills and imagination. Rome Art And Community Center is also a home-away-from-home for hundreds of artists each year- whether they exhibit their works in the galleries, attend fine arts workshops or perform here.
RACC is operated by a paid staff, with the assistance of volunteers, and governed by a supportive Board of Trustees. The facility is owned by the City of Rome and is open to the public during business hours. The Center relies on the generosity of the community and its members to fund daily operations through donations and membership fees. The City of Rome, state and county grants, programming income, and foundation grants are also sources of operating funds.
Just Some of Our Quality Programs
- Children’s Programming: For over 15 years RACC has offered the highest quality children’s summer day camp: Artletics! This exciting program combines the creativity of Fine Arts, the energy of Drama and the excitement of Athletics – to create a full day of fun for children aged 5- 10 years. Every week of camp is unique with new lessons and concepts introduced to keep things fresh and exciting. Campers may sign up for 1 week at a time, several weeks or the entire summer session. This keeps learning and creativity flowing for children all year long with this highly acclaimed healthy alternative summer doldrums. Free or low cost events for children are held throughout the year on holidays including Christmas, Easter and Halloween.
- Visual Arts: This program refers to quality offerings of more than 40 exhibits in the four professional galleries each year by local, regional and national artists. Visual Arts programming also includes free Artist Talks in our galleries and free Artist Opening Receptions.
- Cultural Concert Series: New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) supports this annual musical concert series, where national and international talent is showcased in the ArtHouse Cafe (Carriage House).
RACC is looking ahead to a bright future of bringing innovative programs, classes and concepts to the greater Rome area. We are committed to being a leader in creative children’s education and in making the Arts available and accessible to all! This is made possible by the generous and continued support from our members, patrons, the community, and state and local government.