Broome County Arts Council (BCAC)

As a regional arts council in the Southern Tier, Broome County Arts Council holds diversity and inclusivity in our creative communities as a fundamental value. We condemn racism, discrimination and violence, and promote compassion, equity, and the peaceful exchange. We adhere to our mission to support and promote the arts and believe that art and creative expression foster empathy, understanding, and tolerance. We assert that art creates spaces where voices can be truly heard and helps bring our community together.

Awardee of the 2020 Non-profit Organization of the Year Award by the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce!

The BCAC is an independent, 501(c)3 public service organization. Our mission is “to promote and support a thriving arts community, essential to the quality of life in Broome County”. We are a primary local arts fundraiser, arts advocate and cultural information resource for the arts community and the general public. The BCAC collaborates on and encourages participation in projects and initiatives that promote the arts as an engine of cultural growth and economic development in Greater Binghamton and Broome County.

BCAC Serves, Preserves, Transforms

  • Community-informed arts programs and services
  • Grant awards for individual artist, arts organizations, and projects
  • Historical Sculpture Art research and tours
  • Stewardship of existing art treasures through financial support and organizational collaborations
  • Clearing house for local and regional arts information
  • Service Through Action: planning, advising, and educating

Fundraising and Grant Making

BCAC has administered the annual United Cultural Fund (UCF) Campaign since 1987, raising money from local government, foundations, corporate and individual donors and awarding grants to non-profit arts & cultural organizations and individual artists living and working in Broome County. For UCF Guidelines & Applications, click here.

Arts Information Clearinghouse

Our website features a community updated Events Calendar and Arts News. Our BCAC newsletter keeps more than a thousand community subscribers up to date on arts related news, our latest events and grant and training opportunities. Get our Newsletter.

Our blog, Broome Arts Mirror is a primary local source for reviews and feature articles, comments and conversation about the local arts scene. We are also online with Facebook and Twitter, meet our staff here.

BCAC provides reference and referral services to the arts community and to the general public.

BCAC sponsors free seminars for artists and arts organizations regarding grants, re-grants and available fellowships. See our Arts Partners here.

Awards Celebration

BCAC created the Heart of the Arts Awards and Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2004, inviting the community to select and celebrate individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts in Broome County. See our award recipients here.


BCAC Arts Members enjoy a variety of benefits, including website directory listing, art tours, member meetings, courses and workshops, mentorship, and opportunities to advertise, exhibit and sell their artwork. Members also may post items on the BCAC Events Calendar, reserve free meeting space at BCAC and waive UCF application fees.