Broome County Arts Council (BCAC)

The BCAC is an independent, 501(c)3 public service organization. Our mission is “to promote and support a thriving arts community, essential to the quality of life in Broome County”. We are a primary local arts fundraiser, arts advocate and cultural information resource for the arts community and the general public. The BCAC collaborates on and encourages participation in projects and initiatives that promote the arts as an engine of cultural growth and economic development in Greater Binghamton and Broome County.

Contacts: Art Garrison, Interim Executive Director (email) or
Mary Jo Kelleher, Office Administrator (email)
Address: 81 State Street, Suite 501
Binghamton, NY 13901
Phone: 607-723-4620
Fax: 607-723-2232
Office Hours: 10am – 6pm, Monday – Friday
Gallery Hours: 11am – 5pm, Monday – Friday
6pm – 9pm, First Fridays
For a listing of the BCAC Board of Directors, click here.

Fundraising and Grant Making

BCAC has administered the annual United Cultural Fund (UCF) Campaign since 1987, raising money from local government, foundations, corporate and individual donors and awarding grants to non-profit arts & cultural organizations and individual artists living and working in Broome County. For UCF Guidelines & Applications, click here.

Arts Information Clearinghouse

BCAC maintains a popular website,, which features a continually updated Events Calendar, and Arts News. We publish and e-mail to more than 1,200 subscribers the BCAC Weekly Newsletter, which distributes the Events Calendar for the upcoming week along with other arts related news items, and lists artist, grant and training opportunities.

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Our blog, is a primary local source for reviews and feature articles, comments and conversation about the local arts scene. We are also online with Facebook and Twitter.

BCAC provides reference and referral services to the arts community and to the general public.

BCAC sponsors free, seminars for artists and arts organizations regarding grants, re-grants and fellowships available from, for example, New York Foundation for the Arts, Chenango County Council of the Arts, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, The Community Foundation for South Central New York, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and other local, regional and statewide funding organizations.

Awards Celebration

BCAC created the Heart of the Arts Awards and Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2004, inviting the community to select and celebrate individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts in Broome County. The next HOTA Celebration is planned for September 2018.


BCAC Arts Members enjoy a variety of benefits, including website directory listing and active links. Members also may post items on the BCAC Events Calendar, reserve free meeting space at BCAC and waive UCF application fees.