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LiFT - Little Falls Theater

Sponsored in part through a CNY Arts grant written collaboratively with MVCA, The Brass Lantern is the first original podcast created by A.G. Devitt and LiFT (Little Falls Theater).

Inspired by old-time radio drama and the pulp serials of the past, in The Brass Lantern we are privy to a world with pulp style and modern conflict, brown fedoras and Starbucks, old slang and new-age hipsters.

With a cast and crew of local talent from upstate New York, we are proud to say everything about this podcast is original. We write, edit, make funny voices, record, and do post-production.

You can find the show on iTunes, YouTube, Spreaker, SoundCloud, or at: lift-theater.org



Pictured left to right: Cassandra Harris-Lockwood (Study Buddy program and Utica Phoenix periodical), Jane H. Malin (Exec. Dir., Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts), Hon. Joan E. Shkane, Pamela G. Matt, Esq. (Young Scholars Program), Zaida Morell mentor.
Not pictured: Jawwaad Rasheed, Esq (Junior Frontiers), Kevin Green (Oneida County Youth Bureau), Sonia Martinez (Mohawk Valley Latino Association)

MVCA is proud to be a part of this new area-wide program for young people. The newly formed Arts Wide Open Committee intends to reignite the interest, energy, and enthusiasm of theater arts in our young people by introducing them to professional theater.

MVCA will send some of our own Herkimer County students, along with others from Oneida County, to see West Side Story at Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown on August 14, 2018. It will be a day for our young people to witness the inner workings of a full stage production, including back stage passes to see costumes, makeup, sets, sound, performers, etc. The day will culminate with the matinee performance.

Retired Oneida County Judge Joan Shkane has banded together a collective of afterschool educational and academic support groups in an effort to introduce these young people to the theater arts.

The Arts Wide Open Committee is also planning a showing of the film West Side Story preceding the Glimmerglass performance, including a brief discussion of Romeo and Juliet and Bernstein’s adaptation of that tale into West Side Story.

The Committee is currently appealing for funding to cover the cost of tickets and transportation for the youth and their mentors/chaperones to the theater.

If you or your organization would like to contribute financially, we invite you to contact: Jane Malin at 315.823.0808 or email: director@mohawkvalleyarts.org

Scholar in Residence - Alzbeta (Betty) Lukacova

As part of a grant written collaboratively with MVCA, Little Falls will host Ms. Alzbeta (Betty) Lukacova, PhD, of the Slovak Republic, to execute a research project in Little Falls, May 5-28, 2018.

There has been an extensive exchange of information between the Slovaks in Little Falls with their Myjava homeland, including literature, documented folklore, records, etc. However, musical culture has never been thoroughly reviewed and chronicled. Ms. Lukacova will focus her ethnomusicological research on the legendary lead Myjava violinist, Samko Dudik.

During her stay, MVCA hopes to host a reception, interviews, and other lectures related to the traditional folk culture and music history of the Myjava region.

Watch for upcoming events associated with this exciting cultural exchange opportunity.


The First Presbyterian Church of Little Falls has offered to host our studio classes in the basement of their building at 16 Jackson Street, on the corner of Lansing and Jackson. Pastor Tamara Razzano and the Session of elected Elders have donated the use of their facility to us for the foreseeable future. We enthusiastically accept their offer. Moving out of Studio 411 is necessary to cut expenses. Moving directly into the Church will be very convenient, and we are so grateful for their hospitality. We look forward to collaborating with the congregation on some projects in the future.

We also want to thank Judy and Al McDowell, our landlords at 411 Canal Place, for being such fabulous hosts. You were so accommodating. We all extend our gratitude.


Be sure to check out our other exhibits:

MVCA’s Art in Public Spaces program features quarterly exhibits of local artists' work in various locations around the city and surrounding areas. Featured artists must be Mohawk Valley Arts students or instructors.

Businesses/organizations interested in becoming an APS exhibition site, or member artists wishing to participate in the APS program, should contact Mena Cerone at the Arts Center for more details, 315.823.0808. 2018

Art in Public Spaces Locations:
Little Falls Public Library
Canal Side Inn Little Falls Hospital
Beardslee Castle
Daniel J. Enea Funeral/Cremation Care
The Sandwich Chef

We need your help and creativity!

Our Art Matters brochure is produced 4 times each year.

We need help with selling ads, writing content, producing graphics, designing layouts, even printing documents.

Come join our Art Matters team! Students: A great way to build your resume!

If you are interested, contact the Arts Center at 315.823.0808!