Our Mission, Vision, and Values
Hubbard Hall makes art and community happen.
We are an arts incubator, a training ground for artists of all ages and backgrounds, a magnet for artistic activity, a safe haven for risk taking, an economic driver for our region, and the beating heart of our community. We gather people from all walks of life to create, learn and grow together, while developing, producing and presenting world-class art and artists. We are dedicated to cultivating, sustaining and promoting the cultural life of our rural community. We are also committed to restoring and preserving Hubbard Hall and all of the buildings on our campus as community cultural assets.
- We gather people from near and far to create, collaborate and grow.
- We develop, produce, and present world-class art and artists.
- We inspire and enrich our sense of community by coming together to share stories, both old and new, and to create together.
- We teach and learn from each other, across all walks of life and all generations.
- We serve as an economic driver for our region, attracting funding, audiences and new residents to our community while creating dozens of jobs each year.
- We emphasize sustainability in everything we do.
- We connect deeply with our neighbors and demonstrate the power of a living, breathing community to enhance and empower our quality of life.
- Nestled in the beautiful farmland of Washington County, NY, we import and export great art and artists.
- We celebrate and value the history of this place and seek to connect the past and present with our future.
- We serve as a national model for community-based arts organizations for how art and community can connect.
Since 1878 Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education has developed, produced, and presented theater, music, dance and the visual arts. From 19th century vaudeville and traveling troupes performing Shakespeare to today’s newest developing artists, the Hall has long been a home for theater, opera, dance and music and in recent years has developed into a world-class development center for new work. Since 1977, Hubbard Hall’s current 501c3 has engaged hundreds of artists and students and thousands upon thousands of audience members in acclaimed productions ranging from world premiere musicals to the great works of Chekhov, Shaw, Miller and Shakespeare, amongst many others. As a training ground for both young and seasoned artists, Hubbard Hall continues to develop a new generation of artists and audiences while providing opportunities for individuals to take new risks and grow beyond their comfort zone. Through classes in dance, theater, music, movement, puppetry, fencing and even gardening, Hubbard Hall gives students of all ages an opportunity to learn, collaborate and grow. By offering arts education programming in schools and throughout our region, we connect more deeply with our community and give students throughout the region the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts. At the same time, Hubbard Hall staff continually connects with their peers regionally and nationally to share best practices while engaging an active volunteer corps to support the organization’s continually growing operations. With an annual budget of just over $500,000, Hubbard Hall employs a professional staff of three full-time employees and four part-time employees, along with dozens of professional artists and teaching artists each season. With a dedicated volunteer corps of over 50 active volunteers, including 13 highly-qualified trustees, Hubbard Hall operates four buildings, including its original 1878 opera house and three recently renovated freight yard buildings containing dance, music and visual arts studios, offices, arts exhibit spaces and a black box theater. While serving approximately 8,000 individual contacts each year, Hubbard Hall maintains over 150 subscribers and 1,700 individual donors. We also partner with Bennington and Skidmore Colleges to provide professional theater training to their undergraduate students. Recognized as an arts institution in the state of New York, Hubbard Hall is a national model for community-based arts organizations.