From the beginning, architect Julius Schweinfurth's vision was to create a place for the exhibition and study of art. He wanted to create a place of learning and inspiration for residents of his hometown, Auburn, seeking to experience and engage in the arts. Now in our 40th year, the Schweinfurth remains passionate about providing opportunities for artists and making art available to everyone.
Our history is filled with creativity, connections, and memorable moments:
- Multiple generations of families have attended the annual openings of our Both Ends of the Rainbow exhibit with their student artists.
- Senior citizens have found community and like-minded friends through classes and programs.
- Countless scholarships have been awarded to children of all backgrounds and abilities, allowing the next generation to find a passion for the arts in our classes and programs.
- Local artists have mounted their first exhibition at the Schweinfurth, opening doors to advance their careers.
- Families have spent hours making crafts together at our drop-in art activities.
- Lifelong friendships of 20, even 30 years have been made at our Quilting by the Lake conference.
- More than 200 community volunteers joined artist Olek to crochet a pink Harriet Tubman banner, gaining national attention for Auburn when it was draped across our building.
- Folk Arts performers from around the world have inspired and educated our community.
- For more than 30 years, every third-grader from Skaneateles’ State Street Intermediate School has attended our annual Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibit, along with many of their parents.
These experiences speak to the power of art to build connections between people and communities. But we cannot maintain the high quality of our exhibits and classes without your financial support. Please consider making a gift to the Schweinfurth today.
How to help
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your options, please contact Executive Director Donna Lamb at firstname.lastname@example.org. Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to the Art Center are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.