The Lexington Foundation founded the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts, a community performing and visual arts facility, in 2015. The Nigra Arts Center is named for Lexington’s former executive director who led the agency for 42 years. Paul worked tirelessly to support people with disabilities and believed that every person could achieve success and fulfillment. A lifelong lover of the arts, he founded Lexington’s world-famous rock band, Flame, a group of musicians who refuse to let their disabilities be a barrier to success. The Nigra Arts Center is Flame's home base.
The mission of the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is to provide a creative education resource for people of all ages and abilities while celebrating the arts through classes, entertainment, exhibitions and special events. Additionally, we are committed to offering accessible art programs for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is open to all members of the community. The facility is open year-round to offer fun family events, educational opportunities, arts programming and more to creative minds of all ages and levels of ability. It provides a rich assortment of classes in all types of art media, including cooking, performing arts, painting, weaving, yoga, music and more. It is also a venue for theatrical and musical performances, a provider of recording and media resources, and has amazing spaces that are rentable for any kind of private or business event. It also has a world-class art gallery that hosts six to seven shows a year with artists from all over the country, and also from our backyard. The very best of our local talent is dedicated to making this center a dynamic place to learn about the arts and contribute to the creative community of the Adirondack Mountains.
Everyone, from children to retirees, from beginners to professional artists, can find something of interest at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts.