catskill mountain foundation

Bringing the best of the arts to the Mountaintop

Transforming lives through the arts: our multifaceted program brings broad impact to the community

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Dedication, by Roger Peltzman

From September 28-30, three performances of a singular tale from the Holocaust that is at once extraordinary and relatable. Dedication is a coming to terms with second generation survivor trauma and and the role of music in helping to manage wounds that will never fully heal.

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More Upcoming Events

October 6 - 8, 2023

Festival: Catskill Fibers & Artisanal Celebration

Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts

A three-day event showcasing the work of talented fiber artists and artisans from the Catskill region and beyond.

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October 8, 2023

Dance: Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE

The Orpheum Performing Arts Center

A captivating production by Ronald K. Brown, presented in partnership program with the Joyce Theater Foundation.

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October 21, 2023

Concert: Apollo's Fire: The Road to Dublin

The Orpheum Performing Arts Center

In this new program from Jeannette Sorrell, haunting ballads and legends give way to driving reels, as Celtic fiddlers set sparks flying.

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Film: Shortcomings

Mountain Cinema

A trio of young, Bay Area urbanites navigate interpersonal relationships while traversing the country in search of the ideal connection.

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Film: Golda

Mountain Cinema

The intensely dramatic and high-stakes responsibilities and decisions that Golda Meir faced during the Yom Kippur War.

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October 13, 2023

Film: The Loss of Nameless Things

Van Dusen's

Playwright Oakley Hall III was on the cusp of prominence in the national theater scene when an accident stripped everything away.

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Registration for Fall Courses and Events at Sugar Maples is now LIVE!

We're excited to announce that registration for our fall courses and events is now open. Whether you're interested in learning a new skill, exploring your creativity, or simply connecting with other people, we have something for everyone.

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our programs

Our programming spans from the performing arts to film, fine art courses to musical history.

We are proud to bring world-class concerts, events, and entertainment to the mountaintop. A cornerstone of our programming is community outreach through our art workshops. You can help us reach our goals by contributing to the Catskill Mountain Foundation.

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2023 marks our 25th Year of bringing performances in music, dance, and theater to the Mountaintop, and we are THRILLED to celebrate our most impressive season yet!

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We show top Hollywood, foreign, and independent films at the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter. With over 200 films a year in high definition and digital surround sound, offerings in 3D, and an Independent film program, we have something for everyone.

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Art Workshops

Year-round studio workshops and classes in ceramics, painting, drawing, and fiber arts led by artists who are nationally known in their field.

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Virtual Performances

We offer several virtual programs throughout the year, from our International Fortepiano Salons, to taped versions of performances on our stages. Subscribe to our YouTube page to get notifications when we release new content!

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CMF is proud to call much of the Mountaintop home. We are spread over the villages of Hunter and Tannersville, and the hamlet of Maplecrest in the town of Windham. With distinct artistic home bases in each town, there is something for everyone on the mountaintop!

Orpheum Performing Arts Center

Tannersville, NY

The Orpheum Performing Arts Center is a spectacular, 12,500 square foot, 245-seat theater. The stage is 40 feet wide, 35 feet deep, and features a sprung floor, making it perfect for dance. It's also a great venue for other performances that require a larger space.

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Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts

Maplecrest, NY

The Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts is located in the heart of the Northern Catskill Region of New York State, in the scenic hamlet of Maplecrest. Its mission is to create a center for the study of studio arts and natural agriculture, and to offer a beautiful mountain setting for artist retreats.

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Doctorow Center for the Arts

Hunter, NY

The Doctorow Center contains Evelyn Weisberg Hall, a 165-seat performing arts center; the Mountain Cinema, a three-screen film venue; the Piano Performance Museum; and our administrative offices. Click on "Read More" to see the full technical specifications. Across the street from the Doctorow Center is the Red Barn, which features residency housing.

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this season is bigger and better than ever with something for everyone!


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is proud to celebrate our 25th anniversary



sold a year; we are proud to offer programs and classes for our neighbors of all ages!


Hear what some people are saying about the Catskill Mountain Foundation!

“Over the past two years I have been fortunate enough to bring my company, Twyla Tharp Dance, to the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s properties for two residencies. The generosity of the CMF makes serious work possible for the artist. Their unique facilities, the Red Barn and Orpheum Theater, provided an environment for us to get away from the distractions of life and focus on the work, while the beauty of the natural surroundings offered a sense of peace and relaxation outside the dance studio. Buoyed by the extraordinary support of the CMF staff, we were able to accomplish many great things, and we are ever grateful.”

Twyla Tharp

“In late summer 1998 we met an amazing couple with a great vision for bringing the Arts to the Mountaintop. That marked the beginning of a deep friendship and collaboration with Peter and Sarah Finn and the magnificent Catskill Mountain Foundation. It’s been a great pleasure to share in their journey these past 20 years and we are so grateful for their friendship and our ongoing collaborations. Happy 20th Anniversary to the Catskill Mountain Foundation!”

Robert Manno & Magdalena Golczewski, Windham Chamber Music Festival

One of the most meaningful things we have done as a company – if not THE most meaningful – is come together, in residency (a inseparable part of the history modern dance in America from Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis at Jacob’s Pillow to Martha Graham at Bennington), and make work. And one of the most inspiring places we’ve ever had the opportunity to do that is Catskill Mountain Foundation, where we’ve had two incredible residences – one in 2009, and one in 2017. Away from the pressures of our New York City lives, we listen differently, we breathe together, we create work as an ensemble, we connect with the environment and the community around us. We see, we hear, we reinvent. I cannot fully express our gratitude to Catskill Mountain Foundation – and our tremendous desire to return! Catskill Mountain Foundation is a priceless asset to the arts community, and to the area.

Chase Brock

My name is Sarah Yarger; I am eleven years old, and live in Lexington. I participate in Miss Victoria’s community ballet class. My experience has been fantastic! Miss Victoria is a wonderful teacher; she has the perfect amount of strictness that we improve every week while having fun. Since the fall I have developed a new appreciation for dance. Miss Victoria has been very inspirational. The workshops that the dancers did were amazing! I was so happy afterward that my mom told me I was glowing! I really wanted to do the Nutcracker, but I had a conflict. My brother was able to do it though! He absolutely loved it. I have made many memories here and look forward to the community ballet class every week.

Sarah Yarger

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