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We support and uphold the important mission to make the arts equally accessible and inclusive to all residents of the Adirondack, Saratoga, and Capital Regions. Through partnerships with numerous non-profit organizations, we provide programs to identify and overcome barriers that prevent individuals, groups, and families from experiencing the arts firsthand.

Summer Nights at SPAC

Our Summer Nights at SPAC program provides free transportation, meals, and amphitheater seating to hundreds of children and family members at select performances during the SPAC summer season. Working alongside several organizations that provide services to youth and families the Capital Region, we are able to offer unforgettable, first-time experiences with the performing arts that many would not otherwise have the opportunity to afford.  

“In order to dream, to envision beyond the confines of one’s life, one must have some inkling of what’s ‘out there’ – this program provided that.”
–Non-profit Organizer 

Current organizations we partner with

CEO – Commission on Economic Opportunity
Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area
CAPTAIN Community Human Services
Franklin Community Center
The Charlton School
BCCA Backstretch Families
NY Race Track Chaplaincy
St. Catherine’s Center for Children
Foster Families of Saratoga County 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady
Northern Rivers Family of Services
St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church
Hometown Health Centers
Schenectady YMCA 
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Southern Adks 
Capital District YMCA
Amorak Youth

If you are involved with a Capital Region family, youth, and/or senior services provider and would like to find out more, please contact us.

Girl Scout Days

Brownies: Dancer Badge Day with New York City Ballet

Presented by SPAC and the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York

Saratoga Performing Arts Center is helping Brownies to earn their Dancer Performance Badge! Participants receive a dance class taught by professional dancers in the SPAC School of the Arts and amphitheater admission to a matinee performance of New York City Ballet. During intermission, all Brownies who attended the class and the performance receive their Dancer Performance Badge and certificate.

Junior Girl Scouts: Musician Badge Night with the Philadelphia Orchestra

Presented by SPAC and the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York

Saratoga Performing Arts Center is helping Junior Girl Scouts to earn their Musician Performance Badge! Participants begin by participating in guided musical activities on the grounds of SPAC, followed by a “Workshop on the Lawn” taught by professional musicians, and ending with amphitheater admission to a performance of The Philadelphia Orchestra. During intermission, all Juniors who have completed their requirements receive their Musician Performance Badge and certificate.

For more information, please check your Girl Scout Adventures Guide, contact the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York at (518) 489-8110, or visit

Vivienne Anderson Children’s Program

Presented by the SPAC Action Council, the Vivienne Anderson Children’s Program provides an afternoon of immersion into the captivating world of classical dance for hundreds of local children from the greater Capital Region. Participating youth organizations are given free transportation, meals, and tickets to attend a New York City Ballet matinee performance at SPAC and a pre-show children’s workshop with NYCB company dancers.  

Named for former Action Council President and education advocate Vivienne Anderson, this program was established in 2005 to provide children who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity, the chance to experience the life-enhancing benefits that accompany participation in the art of dance.

If you are involved with a Capital Region youth services provider and would like to find out more, please contact us. 

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