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The Putnam Arts Council (PAC) is a not-for-profit arts service organization chartered in 1963 by the State of New York. PAC is the voice for the arts in Putnam County, and maintains a leadership role in promoting, fostering, and perpetuating the visual, performing and literary arts in the county and environs. Our programs include exhibitions, Art in Public Places, workshops in the visual and performing arts, a summer arts program, concerts, theatre performances, advocacy, technical assistance workshops, studio tours and special events.

As a county-wide arts service agency, the Putnam Arts Council extends its programming to reach constituents where they live and work, and to provide support for the creative development of artists, students, and cultural organizations. 

Our space at the Belle Levine Art Center (521 Kennicut Hill Road, Mahopac, New York, 10541) was a turn-of-the-century barn, once the studio of cartoonist Bud Fisher who created “Mutt and Jeff”, the first syndicated cartoon for the Chicago Tribune. Many upgrades and modifications have been made in recent years affording a more comfortable and compliant space. All of our programs and services are currently offered at our Mahopac site which includes our offices, gallery space, work space, class space, a pottery studio and a printmaking studio. For directions click HERE.

The Putnam Arts Council is supported with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor’s office and the NYS Legislature. We also receive public support from Putnam County Government as one of its outside agencies, providing and encouraging cultural programs and services at our site as well as throughout the county. PAC generates earned revenue through membership, programs, fundraising efforts, sales and sponsorships and receives contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations throughout the region.

Executive Committee: Carlos Passi, Chairperson; Joyce Picone, President; Dawn Willis, Vice President; Alex Lindquist, Secretary

Members at Large: Charles Albertario, Nancy Faulds, James T. Meyer, Beryl Polin, Jim Scully, Helen Senko

Joyce Picone: Executive Director: joyce@putnamartscouncil.com
Mary Beth Becker: Regrants Coordinator: grants@putnamartscouncil.com

Charlotte Berwind , Karen Jaimes, Terry Fokine, Charlotte Holden, Maria Kaprielian, Liz Pezzulo, Tooraj Pourmand, Richard Seney, Melissa Rossow, Heidi Stein, Paul Kmiotek, Rosalie Marcus, James Sparks, Monica Robinson, Zhané Lambert

PAC is always interested in discussing volunteer opportunities and values the help that volunteers provide. A variety of options exist including gallery sitting, administrative tasks and landscape work.

The board of directors of the Putnam Arts Council recognizes support & sponsorship by our many members & friends, and acknowledges particularly the following:

2024 Supporters
Putnam County
NYS Council on the Arts 
Tompkins Bank
Tatiana Kalitsch
Lake Mahopac Rotary Club
ERIX

PAC’s programs and services are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the NY State Legislature. Public support is also provided by Putnam County Government.
NYSCA

Additional revenue is generated by the Putnam Arts Council through membership, educational and creative programs, fundraising efforts and through donations from the public and private sectors.

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