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Empowerment Project




Join us for this screening of the acclaimed film, The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things. The film is the incredible journey of 5 female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower, and inspire the next generation of strong women to go after their dreams and ambitions. This film will leave you inspired to courageously tackle your goals and change the world, in big AND small ways.


Friday, April 28th at 6:30 pm

Saturday, April 29th at 1:00 pm


KAC Members & Students: $5.00

Non-Members: $7.00


Teachers and Organization Leaders:

Contact our office for special Group & Class Rates!

The KAC will also provide your class with educational material to support classroom lessons and activities.

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Upcoming Roadhouse Concert: CORNMEAL on Friday, May 5th


AFTER 4:30 PM:



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About the Band:

Cornmeal is:
Wavy Dave Burlingame: Banjo
Chris Gangi: Upright Bass
Scott Tipping: Acoustic Guitar
Phillip Roach: Fiddle
Drew Littell: Drums


Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over 15 years, they are proving just that as the band sets out with a reformed lineup, fresh energetic sound and a long awaited first studio album in over 9 years. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influenced by American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand upon the five-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the tradition of the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growing fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and live performance.

After many false starts the long awaited studio album, Slow Street, was released May 29th, 2015. The new record features 10 original tracks and a host of guests musicians including Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass on dobro. Recorded in Chicago the album clocks in at over 60 minutes of acoustic/electric landscapes and improvised jams. Balancing the energy and feel of a their one of a kind live shows with the articulation and precision of studio production, Slow Street is an album that was well worth waiting for.

With songs like Rise Above and All Things Must Change, the album pays homage to the last few years of change with a complex maturity well beyond anything we have seen from the band since their last studio release, Feet First, back in 2006. With masterful musicianship, a deep understanding of melody and time, and a more focused sound, Slow Street runs the gamut of the Americana sound with everything from light and delicate to gritty, deep and psychedelic.

With the release of their debut album “In The Kitchen” (2001 Livin’ Live records), Cornmeal secured its place as one of the top bands in its genre. 2003’s “Tales from Magic Stone Mountain” (Livin’ Live records) garnered much critical attention and became a staple on College and AAA top 10 lists throughout the country. In May of 2006, Cornmeal released their third album, “Feet First”, which became proof positive that Cornmeal’s tenure on the road brought on an honest and mature sound. Produced by former guitarist Kris Nowak and bassist Chris Gangi, “Feet First” features a strong confidence in songwriting, musicianship and the ability of this band to stylistically ride the fence and bring it back home without missing a step.

In the beginning of 2010, Cornmeal released their first live album, “Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I” (2010 Livin’ Live Records), an album that pays tribute to the fans. Towards the end of 2011, Cornmeal released the follow up, “Live in Chicago, IL Vol. II” (2011 Livin’ Live Records). During this time the band went into the studio set to record their first album in over 5 years.  Self produced by bassist Chris Gangi and tracked in Chicago at the prestigious Rax Trax recording studios, the process was cut short due to lineup changes and the album was shelved. After almost a year of auditions, rehearsals and wood shedding new material the band is poised to return to the same recording space to finish the album polishing the old material and setting forward with a new sound, new songs and a fresh perspective on the future.

While playing a blend of high profile venues, jam-band and bluegrass festivals to thousands nationally, Cornmeal has been a main stage act at some of the most renowned festivals in the country. These festivals include Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Magnolia Fest, Wakarusa Music Festival, and Summer Camp Music Festival as well as having performed on multiple stages at Bonnaroo, All Good Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, 10K Lakes, and many others. They pride themselves on the energy they put forth each night creating an unrivaled live performance that continues to shape itself into an energetic one of a kind experience. “Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I & II” prove that Cornmeal continues to be a band to watch out for. Every show they play is a unique experience that leaves fans begging for more.



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2017 Spring Dance Performance

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Tickets for the upcoming 2017

Spring Dance Performance,

held at the Clinton Performing Arts Complex Theater,

will be going on sale SOON!


Spring Recital Tickets

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NEW in the KAC Art Cycle



The KAC’s Art Cycle Store is in full bloom!

Spring has sprung at ART CYCLE Creative Re-use!

When spring cleaning, please consider donating your leftover arts and craft materials to the Kirkland Art Center.

Many new items have been donated this week to ART CYCLE!

ART CYCLE Creative Re-use Store has art books, coffee table books,

art instruction books. Only $1!


Shop our up-cycled and recycled art supplies and materials.

We have some truly unique and creativity-inspiring goodies. Let your inner artist, Pinterest-queen (or king), DIY-er, or crafter OUT!

Visit Us:

Tuesday – Friday 9:00am -4:30pm

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Solo Show Featuring ROSALYN RICHARDS

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A collection by Rosalyn Richards


SHOW DATES: April 4th – May 6th 2017

OPENING RECEPTION *: Sunday, April 9th 4:00-6:00 pm

*Free and Open to the Public



In my visual work I have been engaged in an investigation of the inner structures of forms from nature and the hidden dimensions of natural processes.  I have developed these ideas through a number of media such as painting, printmaking and drawing, as each medium reveals a particular visual quality as the realization of the concepts are explored.  I use printed material as a stimulus for an idea, and often work in a collage manner by reconstructing found images from scientific sources.  Using material from fields outside of art has helped me avoid some of the more familiar elements and techniques of abstract art.  Images from biology, particle physics, satellite photography, biotechnology, and geological survey maps, have all served as influences on my work.  My goal has been to transform this scientific, rational material into a personal, introspective poetic visual language.

Much of my work is the product of much time, with attention given to surface and detail.  This meditative working process allows for a rich accumulation of marks, and a precise depiction of forms in order to create a lyrical ambience.  Rationality and constraint are contrasted with introspection and expressiveness.   Objective and analytical approaches are contrasted with the subjective and intuitive.

I often structure my images through the use of repeated forms and shapes.  As a result, some images seem to depict expanding cellular forms.  Other images suggest an inner world of forces and events found in nature, and the suggestion of transformative processes.  The perceived scale of the images could range from the cosmic to the microscopic world of cell mutation.  There are various associations and interpretations connected to the work, and the images can be seen as metaphors for the human impulse to search for hidden meaning within these natural structures.

-Rosalyn Richards

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Please consider a donation the Kirkland Art Center today!


Dear ARTS Supporter:

2016 has been a year of positive transition for the Kirkland Art Center!

In June, the Board of Directors appointed Megan Ratcliffe as Executive Director (she was previously the KAC Membership Coordinator and Programming Director). In addition, the KAC has had many successful programs in the music arena with many more to come. Classes have enjoyed good attendance (Dance, Zumba, Nia, Line Dancing, Pottery, Painting and many more). Community events like the Annual Gala and the KAC RUN/Walk, The Spring Recital, The Nutcracker Ballet, monthly exhibitions like our Annual Members Show, the UCP Show, Mohawk Valley Watercolor Society, and Just Add Water II were just a few highlights from this past year.

The KAC also received great support from NYS Council of the Arts, Oneida County, and several other private funders. That said, the KAC could not continue its’ mission of promoting the ARTS without our faithful annual contributors, like you!

Please consider a gift to the Kirkland Art Center to maintain access to the ARTS everyday here in our region. The KAC has had a creative impact on our community since 1961, let’s keep the tradition alive!

Best regards,

Elizabeth C. Tantillo, KAC Board President

KAC Board of Directors, and Staff

Edie Danovitz, VP; Scott Leonard, Treasurer; Louisa Ruffine, Secretary; Steve Bellona, Barbara Decker, Martine Guyot-Bender, Amy James, Robert Knight, Mark Landrey, Nancy Robinson, and Gail Strout.


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Are you part of an

artist, mommy / parent support,

or discussion group?


We would like to host your next meet-up, or you can join one of ours!

Become a part of the KACommunity, and share in ideas, art and learning projects, family wellness, and more with like-minded community members.

Coming soon:

CPR Training for Families

Mommy / Parent Discussion

Mommy and Me Story-Time

Valentines for Veterans

Family Wellness

Contact our office to find out more!

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