Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, Inc. (MVCA) is a non-profit organization, located in Little Falls, NY, that promotes and facilitates the arts for residents of the Mohawk Valley. The organization’s continued vision is to enhance the region’s quality of life by creating opportunities for learning, personal creativity, and artistic expression.
MVCA is dedicated to all aspects of visual and performing arts with multi-generational programs benefiting communities throughout the region. The organization is well known for its broad spectrum of diversified programming including its 8-week art classes in watercolor, representational painting, and pottery with another 18-20 workshops each year that include music, crafts, cooking, yoga, Tai Chi, and gardening.
Since 1982, MVCA has been a strong advocate for the arts in Upstate New York; incubating and supporting regional artists, developing art appreciation and educational programs. These programs and their generous community support have served the valley by creating a welcoming hub for all people to explore, collaborate, and experience the many benefits of the arts.
For information about supporting MVCA’s mission and programming, contact Jane Malin, Executive Director at email@example.com.
Jane Malin, Executive Director/Board Member
Jane has over 30-years of experience in commercial manufacturing and government contracting (including DoD). She is a certified Executive Consultant, Supply Chain professional, and Industrial Engineer. She was also the East Coast Regional Sales Director for a private mid-west consulting firm. Ms. Malin brings a winning track record in budgeting, project organization, and capture/proposal writing. Her unique skill set has resulted in the successful procurement of numerous arts grant awards, endowments, and private funding for Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts.
“Since joining MVCA nearly 6 years ago, I love helping to develop the cultural assets in the Mohawk Valley. We are fortunate to live in a region that values the Arts. we offer so many opportunities for residents to participate in and enjoy the performing and visual arts.”
Jane has numerous years of vocal performance experience, and she teaches private voice lessons at MVCA. She also serves on the boards of CNYArts, the Mohawk Valley Choral Society, Valley Health Services and Valley Residential Services. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Collins, Executive Administrator
Sharon has over 33 years of experience in public education. During her career at West Canada Valley Central School (WCVCS), she taught classes across the broad spectrum of English Language Arts. Several of her focus areas included, American Literature, British Literature, Shakespeare, Theatre Arts, Expository Prose, and Creative Writing. After retirement, Sharon continues to stay active as a certified substitute teacher at WCVCS.
Sharon also works at the Little Falls Public Library, where she instituted the ever-popular Color and Coffee Club. She offered classes in Essential Oils, and continues to teach the Monthly Make-A-Bracelet Class. In 2017 she created and continues to administer the Little Falls Public Library Adult Flash Fiction Writing Group which hosts talented writers, from the Mohawk Valley in weekly meetings and from around the world in weekly online meetings. Sharon has been involved with the MVCA for years as a student, exploring classes in almost every artistic medium and currently serves on the MVCA Fine Arts Committee. She truly believes that, as Dostoevsky said, “Beauty (Art) will save the world.” In her spare time, Sharon travels the world whenever possible.
Board of Directors
Jeff Smith, President
Jeff is currently retired, having spent over 30 years in sales and marketing, as well as real estate. He and his wife, Pat Rockwell, relocated to Little Falls in 2005 and quickly became involved with community volunteerism. Jeff has been on the Board of Directors at MVCA for several years, as well as chairing multiple committees. He also was a member of the Board of Directors for Preserve Our Past and the Heritage Corridor Committee.
Board of Directors
Doug Whitfield, Vice President
Doug studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Mohawk Valley Community College, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and Syracuse University. He received his AAS in Design and his BFA in Painting from RIT. Doug also earned his Master Teacher Certification, Integrative Learning System from Syracuse University.
In 1969 Doug began to show his work in New York City and soon his works were featured in other major cities throughout the United States and Europe. His works have been featured in dozens of solo exhibitions; a partial listing is available on his website.
Dominick Scarano, Secretary
Dominick has over 40 years of experience as a manufacturing professional in DoD and commercial aerospace, land and ocean radar and sensor systems – microelectronics manufacturing methods and planning, manufacturing management and workforce training, curriculum development and implementation; pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food service, retail packaging, and industrial master production scheduling, inventory control, and supply chain management.
Also, as a horticulturalist with a degree in agriculture/landscape design, he enjoys freelance landscaping and has designed and constructed numerous gardens and residential landscapes both in New York and S. Carolina. Dominick and his wife Shelley live in Little Falls and are members of Main Street First, Preserve Our Past, Emmanuel Episcopal Church Vestry and choir, and Homeward Bound ensemble.
Robert Buck, Treasurer
Robert is a full-time Real Estate professional and member of the New York State Association of REALTORStm. He is also a great supporter of the arts. He was the Founder/President of the Montgomery County Arts Factory, an organization promoting local talented artists. He is also a member of Music on Mainstreet and The Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, NY.
Pat is retired with a 33-year career in education. She continues to score NYS Common Core exams for Math and Science for grades 4 and 8 each year. Pat and her husband, Jeff Smith, relocated to Little Falls and became very involved in community support volunteering with several local organizations. She is Past President and currently serves on the Board of Directors at MVCA as well as chair of several committees. Pat also is a board member of Preserve Our Past.
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Emmanuel Episcopal Church Thrift Shop
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Plan to See
Enjoy Little Falls
Little Falls prides itself on hosting numerous annual Festivals and Fairs. With a volunteer network that is second to none, the commitment, energy, and friendly smiles of our volunteers welcome thousands of visitors each year.
Food & Drink
Little Falls has something for everyone, from Fine Dining to Fast Food. Be sure to plan some extra time and enjoy the local cuisine while you are here. Here are just a few of our wonderful eateries:
The Cafe at the Stone Mill
Mangia Macrina’s Wood-Fired Pizza
Ann Street Deli
Bonita’s Sandwich Chef
Canal Side Inn
Ironrock Brewing Company
Copper Moose Ale House
Shopping, Spas, and More!
There is so much to do in this quaint city by the Canal. We offer boutiques, florists, gift shops, antique shops, health/beauty shops, and so much more. Spend the day browsing for treasures.
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Little Falls NY 13365
Thur, Fri, Sat: 12 pm – 4 pm
Sunday – Wednesday: Closed
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