About The Smith Center

The Smith Opera House
The Smith Opera House

Mission

The Smith Center for the Arts, Inc. is committed to providing and sustaining diverse arts and education enrichment opportunities for Finger Lakes residents and visitors, while maintaining its historic venue – the Smith Opera House.

Vision

The Smith Center for the Arts will create a vibrant Finger Lakes community through the arts.

The Smith Center for the Arts is both a presenting organization and a catalyst for enhancing the role of the arts in the Finger Lakes. The organization owns and operates the historic Smith Opera House, and coordinates numerous other arts advocacy projects. It is led by a Board of Directors, and through its committee structure, leaders of other arts organizations in the Geneva area participate in knowledge-sharing and joint identification of strategic initiatives.

The organization was formed in November 2008 through the merger of the Finger Lakes Regional Arts Council, Inc. and the Geneva Arts Development Council, which had determined that they could accomplish their missions more effectively by working as one. In 2009, the Board renamed the organization the Smith Center for the Arts, Inc.

The Center Stage Act II Capital Campaign is underway with the installation of air-conditioning, upgrades to stage, new ticketing system, new movie screen and digital projector and new street kiosk. Pending projects include facade illumination, upgrades to restroom facilities, new concession stand and more. These improvements and upgrades will help us achieve our vision for the Smith Center for the Arts and better serve the community and the Finger Lakes region. To learn more on how you can contribute to the campaign, please contact Susie Monagan, Executive Director at smonagan@thesmith.org or 315-789-5483.

The Smith Center for the Arts Provides

  • Weekly email of upcoming events at the Smith Opera House and other venues.