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Discover the Arts Mecca of the Mohawk Valley

Come and explore the intersection of ideas and self-expression in Little Falls, New York, a vibrant and multicultural community where the arts thrive along the banks of the Erie Canal.

Cultural Tourism opportunities abound in Little Falls owing to our rich and diverse artistic community, which has emerged as the unexpected Art Mecca of the Mohawk Valley. Be sure to visit the 401 Gallery at the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, which regularly displays the works of the finest artists throughout the region, and draws visitors from all around New York and surrounding states. You will also want to sample our full calendar of cultural events sponsored by many civic organizations, to include the concert and film series of the Mohawk Valley Center for the Art, the music festivals sponsored by the Little Family YMCA and the Think Local Committee, as well as our rich recreational opportunities such as the DiamondDawgs, the Canalway Trail, the Marina, and Moss Island.

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Since 1982, Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts (MVCA) has worked to be a leader and advocate for the arts. While located in the Canal Place arts district of Little Falls, New York, the MVCA serves the greater Mohawk Valley, and defines its market catchment area to encompass approximately 67,700 residents.

By creating opportunities for learning, personal creativity, artistic expression, and connection to our diverse community, the MVCA strives to enhance the quality of life for residents of this region of New York State. The MVCA is a multi-art center offering classes in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and many other media. Workshops offered throughout the year cover a variety of fine arts and crafts, and may include cooking, gardening, pottery, Tai Chi, and even fly-tying.

The MVCA also functions as an advocate for the arts and individual artists in the Mohawk Valley. At the most basic level, the MVCA serves to offer artists a place to exhibit their works, teach their skills to others, and enjoy the support and fellowship of other artists and art-lovers. More recently, however, the MVCA has responded to emergent needs in the community, as key elements of the arts and culture have been impacted by forces ranging from demographic change to technological innovation to governmental budget constraints. By way of illustration, the MVCA responded to the potential loss of the only cinema in the Mohawk Valley between New Hartford and Johnstown by playing the lead role in organizing a campaign to fund the digitalization of the Valley Cinema in Little Falls. So too, the MVCA has responded to fiscally-driven cutbacks in art education programs in the local schools with outreach to art teachers, and art scholarships to enable youth to take advantage of art education opportunities at the MVCA.

The MVCA is home to the 401 Art Gallery, which exhibits up to 10 shows a year, including an exhibition of student art and a juried Regional Art Show open to artists within 100 miles of MVCA. In addition, each year the MVCA plans several performances: musical, student performances, readings, and more. Finally, the Selective Eye gift shop rounds out the experience of visiting the MVCA by featuring fine arts and crafts of local and regional artists, and the consignment store offers one-of-a-kind gifts for discerning shoppers.

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A Living Canvas for the Arts

Little Falls is a city that loves and values the arts! This love affair with art manifests itself clearly in the dozens of installations of public art scattered around the scant four square miles of our scenic city.

When you visit Little Falls, be on the lookout for public art installations ranging from modern sculptures on a grand scale, to murals in hidden places and under-used spaces, to artistic benches along the canal, and even exhibits of local art in public places such as the hospital, the library and local nursing homes.

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From Farm to Table in Little Falls

What a day for a drive in the country! Many of the scenic local farms, orchards, cheeseries, breweries and other agricultural producers in the region around Little Falls have opened their doors to visitors. Be it a quick stop at an Amish roadside farm stand, or an entire afternoon touring one of the nearby breweries, you can be sure you will enjoy getting up close and personal with the food you eat. Be sure to make Little Falls your headquarters for sampling the abundant bounty and natural beauty of agricultural life in the Mohawk Valley!

In addition to serving as a convenient hub from which to visit local agricultural producers, Little Falls also offers these exciting assets to help you eat healthier, and learn more about the course your food takes from the farm to your table:

  • Agricultural Festivals and Events. Little Falls is the home of several fun annual agricultural festivals, to include Family Day at the Farm, the Garlic and Herb Festival, and the Cheese Festival.
  • The Farmers Market. The Little Falls Farmers Market has been in operation for over forty years, and is open on every Saturday from the first saturday in May to the Last saturday in October, behind the M&T Bank. In the winter, the Farmers Market moves indoors at the Travel Lodge every other saturday on a biweekly schedule. Be sure to visit the Little Falls Farmers Market for fresh, locally grown produce, meat, honey and other products!
  • The Community Co-Op. The Community Co-op, located at 589 East Albany Street, features a complete line of natural and specialty foods, featuring locally grown products, at discount pricing. The Community Co-op is open to the public, has no membership fees and offers our volunteers an extra discount on their purchases. Call (315) 823-0686 to learn more!
  • The Community Garden. This is a garden where you can help make a difference! Volunteers serve the needy in the community by growing fresh vegetables to benefit the Food Pantry. The Community Garden also serves as an open-air classroom for teaching local youth about gardening and the importance of healthy eating.
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Fine Dining and Inviting Pubs

Locals and frequent visitors alike know that the Mohawk Valley is an oasis of fine dining in the parched desert of homogenous tastes and corporate restaurant chains. Not only will you find hundreds of locally-owned and operated restaurants ranging from cafes and delis to full-blown five-star restaurants, but even more importantly you can discover and enjoy several distinctive regional cuisines and styles! In particular, it is no secret that the Mohawk Valley is a paradise for lovers of Italian-style cuisine, and our riggies and greens are renowned throughout the nation.

Are you thirsty after a delightful day of exploring Little Falls and the surrounding area? Then you will be delighted by the friendly, diverse and inviting pubs and bars in our community. Whether you are looking for craft beers in an upscale setting, lively bars with music and billiards, or the charms of an old-fashioned blue-collar bar & grill, we have something for everyone.

For more information on dining, bars, and accommodations in Little Falls, be sure to see our sister website, Shop Little Falls NY.

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