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, free 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, Doctorow Center for the Arts, the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, Last Chance Tavern, Hathaway House, Onteora Theater, Mountain Top Library & Learning Center, All Souls’ Church, Villa Vosilla Resort, Mountain Top Arboretum, and the Hunter-Tannersville Central Elementary School.

23Arts is the parent organization of the dynamic regional jazz program, the Catskill Jazz Factory, which presents year-round world-class jazz events and workshops across the Hudson Valley. Catskill Jazz Factory focuses on providing residency opportunities, introducing young artists to established talent, and working with co-presenting community members to bring jazz to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

23Arts Initiative is a program of the Friends of Tannersville Organization (FOTO), a 501c3 non-profit organization.

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