Artist Conversations With Industry

Arts industry professionals are joined by moderator Martin Dominguez Ball to explore trends and opportunities in the Arts sector. The audience is given the opportunity to ask questions. Consideration is given to those just starting out in various arts industries and are looking for direction for pursuing careers. Past topics included Hudson Valley’s Film industry, Public Art, Set Design & Scenic arts and Building Online Audiences. Occurs the first Friday of the month.

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Arts Outreach – Virtual Studio Visits

Orange County artists of all disciplines open the doors to their studios and share their inspirations and their works. Artists will occasionally give demonstrations of their craft for the audience. Artists will take questions from the audience during the visit and after the presentation.  Occurs third Thursday of the month. Studio Visits are presented by Orange County Arts Council in partnership with Newburgh Free Library.

Arts Outreach – I.D.E.A. Training

Arts Outreach committee is comprised of over 40 arts ambassadors and arts organizations  from throughout Orange County. The committee meets quarterly to discuss challenges and solutions as well as share upcoming highlights in their community. During 2020, the committee focused on the topics of engagement and access. What came out of that discussion was collective need for tools, resources, and guidance in offering the arts in an equitable way that reaches all members of our community.
Sponsored by Orange & Rockland, in partnership with the Human Rights Commission, Orange County Arts Council now provides free I.D.E.A. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) training workshops. Free to representatives of Orange County, NY Arts Organizations including staff, board members, volunteers,, committee members and artists. Registration required.  If you represent an arts organization or an artist  interested in participating in this program, visit our event page to register. For more information, please email

Arts Support Services

Every Friday from 1:00-5:00 pm, Orange County Arts Council offers free one-on-one consultations with members. Staff will discuss and advise members on such topics as marketing, social media, resume building, presenting works, employment opportunities, exhibition planning, event management and more. Available by appointment only; consulting sessions are for one half-hour.

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Student Arts Showcase

This program offers students in Grades K-12 throughout Orange County to present their artwork in Crystal Run Mall in Middletown, NY. Students’ K-8 artwork is shown in a video slideshow presentation, while high school students’ work is exhibited on panels and participates in a people’s choice competition. Additionally, there is a high school musical preview. Young actors present highlights of musicals staged at their schools. This program attracts over 1500 spectators each year and every school district is represented. In 2021, this event was hosted at the Warwick drive-in movie theater over the summer reaching an audience of approximately 10,000.

Hudson Valley Creative Impact

This annual event facilitates discussion between cultural organizations, commissions, societies, organizations, committees and creative entrepreneurs advocating for the arts in their communities. Speakers from such organizations as MASS MoCA, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Storm King Art Center offer attendees insights on trends, state of the artistic and cultural industries, inspirational sources and more. It attracts over 300+ from both sides of the Hudson and is an important opportunity for those in the creative professions to network with both individuals and organizations.


Membership in Orange County Arts Council offers a number of benefits. Members can take advantage of such opportunities as one half-hour free legal advisory session, free half-hour arts consultation, Arts Community Grants, 10% discount to Annual Gala and other events, quarterly Members Meetups throughout the county, weekly newsletter with OCAC and member events, free admission to Artist Conversation with Industry and Studio Visits.

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Artist Directory

OCAC’s website offers a directory for its artists to post links to their websites, artworks, social media sites and more. It offers a convenient site for artists to connect with others, or for those in the arts community to reach out and network with fellow artists.

Jarrett Markel Creativity Boot Camp

The Jarrett Markel Creativity Boot Camp was created in loving memory of Jarret Markel. Jarrett’s love for motocross was surpassed only by his love for his family. He was a lifelong resident of Newburgh, New York. His persistence, determination, kind spirit and soul will be forever missed.

The Jarrett Markel Creativity Boot Camp brings professional teaching artists from Orange County to provide hands-on arts opportunities for students in our community. Classes are free and are geared towards specific ages groups; 5-8, 8-12, and 12-16. After live presentations, classes are uploaded to OCAC’s YouTube Channel, including separate recordings in Spanish. Activities range from paper arts, book arts, creating with nature, comic book creation, story telling, drawing, and painting.

Community Arts Grants

The Orange County Arts Council Community Arts Grants are designed to encourage new and abundant arts and culture opportunities in Orange County. The Community Arts Grants will be administered by OCAC and funded through individual donations made to the Arts Council from donors and sponsors, including a generous gift from the Wesley-Krueger Family Foundation.  Funding consideration is given to artistic projects in any discipline as long as the artists are 18 years of age or older, living or working in Orange County, and is a member OCAC, or; are created by an arts organization located in Orange County which is a member of the OCAC; and are exhibited at an art venue in Orange County.

Fiscal Sponsorship

OCAC’s fiscal sponsorship program allows individuals and emerging organizations without 501(c)(3) status to raise funds for nonprofit activities through tax-deductible, charitable contributions from individuals as well as foundations, corporations, and government agencies. Activities are considered nonprofit in nature when they are undertaken for the greater good of the public and community, rather than for the financial benefit of individuals or shareholders.

Please note, fiscal sponsorship is NOT a grant program. It is a tool for organizations to use as part of their own fundraising efforts. Individuals and organizations still have to raise money; fiscal sponsorship allows them to offer donors a way to contribute that is tax-deductible.

O.C. Live Music Series

Orange County Arts Council’s music committee, composed of professional musicians throughout the region, have developed a creative solution to support musicians. O.C. Live offers musicians the opportunity to directly connect with audiences and provides our community with enriching local performances. Each Friday at 12:30pm, audiences can tune in to Orange County Arts Council’s Social media to listen to local musicians. The audience is able to learn and connect with musicians during interviews conducted during the intermission. Broadcast live from Stonegate Farms in Newburgh, the pilot program has had approximately 2000 viewers. The Orange County Arts Council music committee includes Dion Placencia, Neil Alexander, Everett Collie, E’Lisa Jones, Tom Kennedy, and Waylen Roache.

Photo above of Marlena Dae by Stefan Bauman

Orange County Arts Council Video  2019-2020