Safety First at 171!

We have made operational accommodations to help our visitors, members, students, and our staff and faculty enjoy being at 171 in a safe and fun manner. We request that you register online for classes  or call to register at (607)936-4647. Seats for classes are limited and may not be reserved before payment is made. If you have questions, please call the number above or email us at We are happy to answer any questions you may have about classes or tuition credits.

What’s New? What to Expect?

Updated 6/16/21

On June 15, New York State announced that it has reached 70% vaccination for adults 18 and over (with at least one dose), and in response has lifted the following COVID requirements, effective immediately:

  • Social distancing
  • Daily health screenings
  • Building capacity limits
  • Enhanced cleaning & disinfecting
  • Contact tracing

In alignment with the State and effective immediately, 171 Cedar Arts Center will move to a “mask optional” policy for fully vaccinated members, students, and guests. Masks continue to be required for unvaccinated visitors (over age 2), as mandated by New York State.

The staff and Board of Directors are reviewing the updated guidance from NYS to understand the implications on our operational policies and protocols currently in place, and we expect additional changes to take place in the days ahead. For now, we are asking staff and faculty to model behavior for our unvaccinated guests and students, particularly children by continuing our current “mask for all employees” policy while we formalize the transition to optional masks for vaccinated staff.

The safety and comfort of our patrons, members, visitors, students, staff and faculty is very important to us. If you are more comfortable wearing a mask, please feel free to do so.

It is exciting to look forward to the prospect of a return to normal soon at 171 Cedar Arts Center!


Can I register in person?

While you can register in person at the front desk of the Drake House (155 Cedar Street), it is our strong preference that you register for classes online or by phone.

What if I am at 171 and forgot to register for class or camp ahead of time?

Assuming there is space available in the class or camp, you may register at the Front Desk at the Drake House.

Will you accept cash?

Electronic forms of payment help reduce touch points, but we will accept all forms of payment.