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About 171

Welcome

For more than 55 years, 171 Cedar Arts Center has been the artistic and cultural hub for the greater Corning area, significantly impacting the vibrancy, diversity, and richness of the community and economy of the Finger Lakes region. We enrich lives by providing accessible arts education, collaborative outreach programming, free exhibitions of regional artists, and live performances. 171 cultivates an inclusive environment where people of all ages and skills share artistic passions and pursue lifelong learning. We are a celebrated destination for artistic experiences in music, dance, theater, culinary arts, ceramics, visual arts, and even fencing!

Our historic campus, located in the heart of Corning’s beautiful Southside Neighborhood, is comprised of two 19th century houses. The Drake House features the Houghton Gallery which hosts visual art exhibitions that are free and open to the public and the Studio Theater, a black box style performance space. Both areas routinely serve as a home for various community theater productions, concerts, recitals, and dance performances. The Bruce House is home to the Woodcock Ceramics Studio, currently the only community-based ceramic studio in the Southern Tier. It features a front-loading digital kiln, hand building room, and ADA accessible wheel-throwing room. The historic campus also includes seven private music studios, an ensemble room, two large art rooms, a ballroom, dressing rooms, a conference room, small teaching kitchen, and administrative offices.

171 serves a broad range of audiences that reside primarily in Steuben and Chemung counties, with a reach that extends to Schuyler, Yates, and Thompkins counties as well as the northern tier of Pennsylvania. The demographics of Steuben County range from employees of a locally based Fortune 500 company (Corning Incorporated) to a broad rural population where 15% of household incomes fall below the poverty line. We offer extensive art financial aid and are committed to serving as a collaborative partner organization to our nonprofit peers.

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Our Vision

171 Cedar Arts Center enhances the quality of life in our community through the arts.

Our Mission

171 Cedar Arts Center enriches the community by offering exceptional arts instruction, exhibiting contemporary artists, and presenting live performances.

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Our Values

  • Artistically-dynamic
  • Community-centered for more than 50 years
  • Collaborative
  • Inclusive of everyone
  • Passionate about art’s power and possibilities
  • Committed to excellence in all we do
  • Appreciative and caring of clients, faculty, artists, and volunteers
  • Dedicated to honest, responsive, and responsible management
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Location and Operating Hours

171 Cedar Arts Center operates out of two historic buildings in Corning, New York. Located between First and Second Streets, with the Bruce House to the south at 171 Cedar Street and the Drake House to the north at 155 Cedar Street.

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Saturday
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

(Closed Saturdays in July and August except for special workshops and events)

Closed Sundays

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Saturday
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

(Closed Saturdays in July and August except for special workshops and events)

Closed Sundays

All class offerings may be viewed online. 171’s Houghton Gallery typically is a quiet space to discover something new and unexpected. Exhibitions change approximately every 6-8 weeks. The Studio Theater in the Drake House hosts performances by local theatrical and musical performers and student recitals. 171 offers classes in a variety of art forms – music, dance, visual arts, ceramics, culinary arts, language, and more – for people of all ages and skill levels. We look forward to seeing you at 171!
For more information please call 607-936-4647.

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