Paul Nigra Center for the Creative Arts

People with disabilities have forged a group identity. We share a common history of oppression and a common bond of resilience. We generate art, music, literature, and other expressions of our lives and our culture, infused from our experience of disability. Most importantly, we are proud of ourselves as people with disabilities. We claim our disabilities with pride as part of our identity.
— Steven E. Brown’s Declaration of Disability Independence
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The Lexington Foundation founded the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, a community facility, in 2015. It is named for Lexington’s former executive director, who led the agency for 42 years. Paul worked tirelessly to support people with disabilities and believed that every person could achieve success and fulfillment. A lifelong lover of the arts as well, he founded Lexington’s world-famous rock band, Flame, a group of musicians who refused to let their disabilities be a barrier to success. The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts will be Flame's home base. The mission of the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is to provide a creative education resource for people of all ages and abilities while celebrating the arts through classes, entertainment, exhibitions and special events. Additionally, we are committed to offering accessible art programs for adults and children with developmental and physical differences.

The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is open to all members of the community. The facility is open year-round to offer fun family events, educational opportunities, arts programming and more to creative minds of all ages and levels of ability in Fulton County, NY. It provides a rich assortment of classes in all types of art media, including cooking, performing arts, painting, weaving, yoga, music and more. It is also a venue for theatrical and musical performances, a provider of recording and media resources, and a rentable location for any kind of private event. The very best of the local talent is dedicated to making this center a dynamic place to learn about the arts and contribute to the creative community of the Adirondack Mountains.

Everyone, from children to retirees, from beginners to professional artists, can find something for them at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts. Click here to visit the website.