23Arts Initiative is a Tannersville-based program with three core elements: artistic excellence, education, and community.

Our Mission

Dedicated to bringing world-class performing arts to the mountaintop, 23Arts Initiative develops year-round artist residencies, local events, and diverse educational opportunities with internationally recognized artists.

The program has hosted events at various mountaintop venues including the Deer Mountain Inn, Twin Peaks Coffee & Donuts, Last Chance Tavern, Hathaway House, Hudson-Chatham Tannersville Winery, Onteora Theater, Mountain Top Library, All Souls’ Church, All Angels' Church, Haines Falls United Methodist Church, Kaaterskill United Methodist Church, Villa Vosilla Resort, Mountain Top Arboretum, Doctorow Center for the Arts, the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, and the Hunter-Tannersville & Cairo-Durham Central Elementary & Middle Schools.

23Arts is the parent organization of the dynamic regional jazz program, the Catskill Jazz Factory, named a "regional arts think-tank" and "formidable jazz incubator" by the Hudson Valley Almanac Weekly, which presents year-round world-class jazz events and workshops across the Catskills region, NYC and beyond. Catskill Jazz Factory focuses on providing residency opportunities, providing artist and premiere project support, and working with co-presenting community members to bring jazz to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

23Arts is a place for...



Making our mountaintop a community for the arts through outreach, events, and collaborations.



Annual artist-in-residence programs that bring world-class talents and debut projects to our village.



Our year-round program that presents diverse art forms and fosters early involvement for local students.



Our Catskill Jazz Factory is dedicated to bringing world-class talent from NYC to our community and beyond.

Our goal is to expose audiences of all ages and tastes to all sorts of different art forms and creative outlets... We want to create the unique energy which comes when community, young professional artists and outstanding talent are brought together.
— Piers Playfair, Founder & Artistic Director
It truly does feel like 23Arts has sprinkled musical pixie dust all over the mountaintop.
— Shannon Hoyt, Music Teacher at Hunter-Tannersville Central Elementary School
Both organizations [23Arts and Catskill Jazz Factory] cast a wide and eclectic net at venues large and small, bridging the gap between tiny venues across the Hudson and in NYC and the small mountaintop communities in the hills.
— Julia Reischel, Watershed Post