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Rome Art And Community Center is a nonprofit multi-arts facility committed to fostering creativity, cultural awareness, and a strong community connection through a broad range of programming and services.
Rome Art and Community Center (RACC) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1967 and chartered by the State of New York. It came into existence as a result of the dedication and commitment of area civic leaders and artists in their efforts to acquire and provide an organization in which artistic and cultural activities could flourish, thereby enriching the economic and cultural vitality of the community and the quality of life for all. The approximately 12,000 square ft building, its adjacent carriage house, and its surrounding grounds provide the home for RACC programs, exhibits, classes, cultural programming, and community events. While the home's exterior remains true to its past, contemporary changes to its structure, including the office addition and the elevator tower, have increased utility of the facility and increased access for physically challenged and aging population. RACC serves more than 15,000 individuals annually. RACC is a multi-arts facility and offering the community a wide range of quality cultural and community programming. It is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of 13 members from the community with representation from Rome City Government. RACC Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Trustees and supporting artistic and administrative staff of the RACC report to the Director. The Center presents musical and theatrical performances; poetry readings; gallery exhibitions; educational classes and workshops; special programs for seniors, children, disadvantaged, and hearing impaired; films; cultural excursions; and art services and master classes in addition to providing meeting space for numerous local organizations and activities. As the primary arts provider for the greater Rome area and one of just two multi-arts centers in Oneida County, the Center's role focuses on showcasing and providing educational and cultural services for citizens of all ages. RACC stages and showcases both public and private events, and has developed partnerships with many cultural organizations, city programs, community interest groups, and other nonprofits. The RACC has three art galleries, concerts, lectures, performances, and community meetings. The third story of the house is a visually magical venue for children's events. There are studio facilities and also a two-story carriage house on the property, separate from the house, which includes performance/conference space known as The ArtHouse Cafe .
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