The 23Arts Initiative is a program of the Friends of Tannersville Organization dedicated to bringing world-class performing arts to the community of Tannersville, NY by developing artist residencies, community outreach, and education opportunities with internationally recognized artists.
The organization's inaugural year brought events for all ages ranging from high-energy performances to educational workshops to street festivals in July through November of 2014. 23Arts facilitated over twenty-five performances featuring world-class talents including but not limited to Cole Porter Fellows Aaron Diehl and Dan Tepfer, South African quintet super group Uhadi, the Connecticut Ballet, and the Helena Baillie String Trio. Events included the Catskill Jazz Factory's third annual weeklong summer residency featuring over twenty musicians led by legendary pianist, Marcus Roberts.
23Arts was conceived by Piers Playfair who alongside his wife Lucy Playfair founded the Orchard Project theatre residency and the Catskill Jazz Factory, one of the Hudson Valley’s fastest growing and dynamic jazz programs.
23Arts has hosted events at diverse mountaintop venues including the Deer Mountain Inn, Twin Peaks Coffee & Donuts, Doctorow Center for the Arts, the Orpheum, Last Chance Tavern, Hathaway House, Onteora Club Theater, Mountain Top Library & Learning Center, All Souls Church, Villa Vosilla Resort, and the Hunter-Tannersville Central Elementary School.