Who We Are

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is a nonprofit institution dedicated to encouraging and advocating for the visual and performing arts. Housed in the 100-year-old former Suffolk High School building, the Center's architecture and cultural significance make it "the crown jewel of Suffolk."
Extensive renovations are currently underway to preserve this grand building for generations to come. Learn more about our Capital Campaign here: Suffolk Center Capital Campaign . 
What We Do
Here at the Suffolk Center, we serve about 30,000 people a year through our programming. Classes and workshops in disciplines as diverse as dance, painting, writing, glass art, music, and theater also provide the primary means of extra-curricular arts education for children and adults throughout Suffolk and the surrounding community.
The building is used for a range of community-supportive functions  including:
  • corporate meetings
  • weddings
  • summer camps
  • art-related day care
  • fundraisers for community service organizations
  • tourist events and programs
  • local art exhibits in our galleries
  • nationally & internationally acclaimed performances in our Birdsong Theater and Taylor Ballroom
  • movie nights for families
  • holiday parties and dances
  • fundraising auctions and luncheons for community organizations
  • tourist events and programs

Our Mission
The mission of the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is to encourage and advocate the visual and performing arts by providing a forum where diverse audiences can actively participate in cultural experiences. The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is committed to supporting the economic vitality of Suffolk by enhancing the life experiences of our citizens and visitors. 
Statement of Diversity and Inclusion 
 We believe that our mission is most effectively fulfilled through a commitment to inclusiveness as a core value and practice. We maintain that building and sustaining diversity requires an ongoing commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms, and behaviors.
Throughout our work, we support diversity across all lines of difference, including age, economic circumstance, ethnicity, sex, race, range of ability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression. We aim to lead by example, viewing and encouraging diversity as a fundamental and abiding strength of the Suffolk Center for Cultual Arts. 
The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts recognizes that its effectiveness will be enhanced, and its mission well served, when the practice of inclusion is reflected in all aspects of the organization.