CAS is a multi-disciplinary organization which offers programming in all art forms.
Generally, the CAS Arts Center operates as a presenting venue, which means that CAS schedules, organizes, and shares programs produced by local and national artists. To us, this structure allows the most flexibility and creativity for the artists making work, while allowing CAS to share as much cultural programming as possible with the region.
CAS regularly offers opportunities to show work at the CAS Arts Center, and we welcome submissions from artists and arts groups in all disciplines according to our guidelines, which can be found on the Submissions page.
Our programming falls into the following general categories, which guide us as we constantly schedule new offerings.
FILM + NEW MEDIA
As the longest-running line of programming at CAS, the visual arts remain central to the organization. CAS presents a year-round main exhibition season, comprising 8 to 12 slots annually to showcase regional and national artists. About half of the exhibits are regular programs designed to provide opportunities for local artists, such as the CAS Sullivan County High School Art Show and our twice-annual Member Shows, while 4 to 6 shows each year are selected by a jury panel from open submissions. CAS also produces public tours, artist talks, traveling exhibits, and festivals in collaboration with area arts groups.
CAS features live performances in theatre, music, dance, comedy, variety, and puppetry performances by local and touring artists regularly throughout the year, actively seeking out new work for adults and children. We strive to present a balanced variety of styles, genres, and subjects. Performance programming is intently designed to speak in dialogue with exhibits and classes running concurrently at CAS, providing deeper insights into common subjects, themes, and ideas.
CAS presents film and new media screenings as part of our ongoing CAS Film Club and CAS Film Club for Kids programs, with offerings in classic cinema, indies, animation, and documentary works. CAS strives to be at the cutting edge of new technology, techniques, and forms in an age of rapid change and innovation. With our computer lab, we pursue this goal by offering classes in essential design programs like Photoshop and experimenting with new ways to engage the public through social media and other communication tools.
As a champion of literature, CAS hosts area authors and poets for readings of new work, panel discussions, and multimedia presentations in all styles and genres, with a strong emphasis on local issues and stories. Works of fiction, poetry, memoir, creative and investigative nonfiction are just some of the forms presented here in the past, often paired with performances, films, and exhibitions at CAS to stimulate comparative interpretation.
As a community fixture in Livingston Manor and the larger landscape of Sullivan County and the Catskills, CAS regularly participates in and presents programming for outdoor and public events. CAS has produced the Trout Parade and Arts Festival since 2010, in partnership with the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce. CAS also presents and co-sponsors outdoor performances, concerts, and film screenings.
CAS offers a seasonal schedule of classes for all levels of ability and experience in all the art forms, varying in length, with a corps of dedicated master teachers. Shorter workshops are also offered and often tied into other shows and events. Lectures, panel discussions, and artist talks are regularly made part of exhibitions and performances. Finally, CAS sometimes partners with schools and other nonprofit organizations to bring the arts forward as a powerful learning tool in academic, social-emotional, and career-oriented learning.