Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and continued NY State guidance restricting indoor arts activities, our building remains temporarily closed to the public. We persevere in keeping excellent arts experiences going with virtual classes and private lessons, outdoor instruction, and alternative events.
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.
Terrance is an award-winning muralist, illustrator, and fine artist from Wilmington, DE who currently resides in Freeville, NY. Going under the moniker “Terranceism” or “IsmBoy,” his work captures a vivid Afro Surrealist Expressionism in a signature style. Designed for viewing through CSMA’s main windows, Reflections features past and unseen paintings, and is Terrance’s debut exhibition in the Finger Lakes region.
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.
CSMA is recruiting 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
“Excellent offerings, talented teachers!”
“CSMA offers great opportunities for kids to be creative and make cool stuff! Our daughter loves it!