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Arts & Culture

Insider Tips & Inspiration
Discover the artistic landscape of the Genesee Valley

Nestled between the wonders of our natural landscape you’ll find a cultural landscape that’s just as exciting to explore. From live performances to stunning art galleries, the Genesee Valley’s arts and culture scene celebrates our heritage while stepping into the future.

Find year-round art galleries in Perry at the Arts Council for Wyoming County and Gallery 201 and at the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts in Mt. Morris. Take in the works of local artists and world-renowned traveling exhibitions, all for free.

At the Livingston County Arts Center, see one of the country’s largest collection of easel paintings created during the Great Depression at the New Deal Art Gallery.

For theatre lovers and novices alike, Shake on the Lake brings the Bard’s words to life every summer with innovative takes on Shakespeare’s classic plays. Based on Silver Lake, the professional company tours venues throughout the region where you can enjoy exciting and engaging theatre in a casual outdoor setting.

Letchworth State Park becomes an oasis of handmade crafts and fine art at the Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show, presented annually the second weekend of October. A stroll through the rows of tents displaying everything from pottery to paintings to clothing proves that this isn’t your average craft fair; artists travel from around the world to show work against the breathtaking backdrop of the park in autumn.

At the Perry Chalk Art Festival, held the second Saturday of July, chalk artists from around the state congregate to make their mark on Perry’s Main St. The outdoor festival is open to professional and amateur artists alike. Watch chalk art take shape before your eyes as you browse artisan craft and food vendors or grab your own chalk and get down on the sidewalk to join in on the fun.

Beyond events, galleries and shows, you can get a glimpse of the cultural heart of our region anytime by strolling our down towns, taking in our historic sites and talking with our people.