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Community School of Music and Arts

Thank you for staying engaged with our programs!  Your participation nurtures you, strengthens community, and is vital to keeping CSMA strong while supporting local artists during this unprecedented time. 

Welcome to Ithaca’s Creative Home!

CSMA is a dynamic meeting place for artists, community members and educators to explore ideas, artistic expression and creativity together. Our passion is to make outstanding arts education accessible to students of all ages, skill levels and socioeconomic backgrounds.

No matter who you are, you’re welcome here.

CSMA is also home to historic Martha Hamblin Hall on the third floor of our centrally-located building in downtown Ithaca. This exceptional space is the perfect venue for performances and events.

In-person classes are back!

Spend the summer with us by enrolling in a class (or two)! Whether you’d like to learn new drawing tips, improve your dance technique or play music with others, we’ve got the class for you.

Summer Camp is Here

Act, sing, and dance while we put on an entire original musical in just 10 days! Star Search musical theatre camp is intensive, quirky, imaginative, and gives actors free rein to invent and experiment. Join us for two playful weeks with a show on the final Friday evening.

We're Hiring an Administrative Assistant

We’re on the lookout for a Part-Time Administrative Assistant. Is it you? Help us advance our mission by joining our creative and inclusive community!

Virtual Private Instruction

We realize nothing parallels the experience of private lessons and studio classes in person, but online instruction offers its own unique merits, now more than ever. We are now offering private lessons with many of CSMA’s talented faculty artists. If you are already taking private lessons and wish to explore this option with your instructor, please reach out to them directly.  If you would like to try virtual instruction click the button below.

Seeking Board Members

CSMA is recruiting diverse community members who are passionate about the arts to serve on our Board of Trustees. If you’d like to learn more about getting involved and making a meaningful impact, we’d love to discuss Board service with you! For more information, please contact

What People are Saying

“I’m a retired engineer and a sculptor and have been attending the CSMA life drawing classes for more than a decade. The Open Sketch drawing studio attracts a wide spectrum of artists from novice to experienced, from twenty-somethings to octogenarians. We welcome newcomers, encourage each other, and share ideas. Drawing stimulates the hand-brain connection.”

Frank Moon

“Excellent offerings, talented teachers!”

Kim LaRocca

“CSMA offers great opportunities for kids to be creative and make cool stuff! Our daughter loves it!

Joe S.”


Our building is temporarily closed.

For program information, please contact

us by email or phone.

Find Us

330 E Martin Luther King Jr / State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

CSMA’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.