West Fulton Arts is a non-profit arts organization that serves to positively enhance the cultural life of West Fulton and the surrounding region through the provision of visual, performing, and literary arts performances and events. West Fulton Arts celebrates and fosters creativity and community engagement through affordable access to programming, arts education and partnerships with local, regional, national and international artists, regional businesses, schools, youth and community organizations.
West Fulton Arts was co-founded in 2016 by a group of theatre professionals living in West Fulton. All of our programming and events are run by an ambitious and enthusiastic team of volunteers.
In 2014, a group of local residents, driven by a passion for the performing arts and a desire to address the lack of access to arts education and programming in the region, came together to present West Fulton Puppet Festival. The goal was to bring a free two-day event to West Fulton that would showcase family friendly performances by some of the best local, regional and national puppetry artists. The event took place in a small park at the heart of West Fulton and used non-traditional spaces, including barns, a historic schoolhouse and a circus tent to showcase a vibrant lineup of live performances and workshops. Kicking off with a jubilant parade featuring handmade puppets by local school children, attendees mingled with visitors to the region enjoyed local cuisine with their family and friends and listened to music performed by professional musicians. It was a tremendous success and welcomed more than 320 festival goers hailing from the Capital Region, Hudson Valley, New York City and Schoharie County. More importantly, the event showed that the community had an appetite for exceptional arts experiences. So, in late 2015, we assembled a board of directors and West Fulton Arts (WFA) was established. WFA has one main goal: to continue to encourage arts participation and engagement throughout Schoharie County and beyond.
In 2016, West Fulton Arts brought in four puppet theatre companies and a group of professional musicians to perform a free program of performances. Additionally, WFA supported a week-long residency at Middleburgh High School. New York-based puppetry artist Andy Gaukel worked with high school art students to create a giant dragon puppet that students learnt to manipulate for a starring role in the Festival's parade.
Looking ahead, WFA hopes to expand its mission by presenting opportunities and resources to increase visibility of artists in the region, and access to educational and entertaining arts experiences that will fuel the cultural prosperity of West Fulton and its surrounding region.