About Us

Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, Inc. (MVCA) is a non-profit organization, located in Little Falls, NY, that promotes and facilitates the arts for residents of the Mohawk Valley. The organization’s continued vision is to enhance the region’s quality of life by creating opportunities for learning, personal creativity, and artistic expression.

MVCA is dedicated to all aspects of visual and performing arts with multi-generational programs benefiting communities throughout the region. The organization is well known for its diversified programming including its 6-week art classes and workshops that include music, Tai Chi, cell phone photography, and Zentangle among others.

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Since 1982, MVCA has been a strong advocate for the arts in Upstate New York; incubating and supporting regional artists, developing art appreciation and educational programs. These programs and their generous community support have served the valley by creating a welcoming hub for all people to explore, collaborate, and experience the many benefits of the arts.

For information about supporting MVCA’s mission and programming, contact Mary Ellen McGillan, Executive Director at director@mohawkvalleyarts.org.

Executive Team

Mary Ellen McGillan, Executive Director/Board Member

Mary Ellen has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit administration and fund development.  Most of her career has been spent in higher education at public and private universities, most recently as Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.  Mary Ellen served in similar roles at Hawaii Pacific University, Oregon State University Foundation, University of Notre Dame, and Santa Clara University.  She has demonstrated success in board relations, community relations, and strategic planning, as well as marketing and communications.

“I believe that organizations such as the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts are vital to the fabric of a community such as Little Falls.  It will be an exciting challenge to put my skill set to work for MVCA.”

Mary Ellen at director@mohawkvalleyarts.org or at (315) 823-0808. 

Board of Directors

Jeff Smith, President

Jeff is currently retired, having spent over 30 years in sales and marketing, as well as real estate. He and his wife, Pat Rockwell, relocated to Little Falls in 2005 and quickly became involved with community volunteerism. Jeff has been on the Board of Directors at MVCA for several years, as well as chairing multiple committees. He also was a member of the Board of Directors for Preserve Our Past and the Heritage Corridor Committee.

Robert Buck, Treasurer

Robert is a full-time Real Estate professional and member of the New York State Association of REALTORStm. He is also a great supporter of the arts. He was the Founder/President of the Montgomery County Arts Factory, an organization promoting local talented artists. He is also a member of Music on Mainstreet and The Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, NY.


Board of Directors

Doug Whitfield, Vice President

Doug studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Mohawk Valley Community College, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and Syracuse University. He received his AAS in Design and his BFA in Painting from RIT. Doug also earned his Master Teacher Certification, Integrative Learning System from Syracuse University.

In 1969 Doug began to show his work in New York City and soon his works were featured in other major cities throughout the United States and Europe. His works have been featured in dozens of solo exhibitions; a partial listing is available on his website.

Dominick Scarano, Secretary

Dominick has over 40 years of experience as a manufacturing professional in DoD and commercial aerospace, land and ocean radar and sensor systems – microelectronics manufacturing methods and planning, manufacturing management and workforce training, curriculum development and implementation; pharmaceutical, cosmetic, food service, retail packaging, and industrial master production scheduling, inventory control, and supply chain management.

Also, as a horticulturalist with a degree in agriculture/landscape design, he enjoys freelance landscaping and has designed and constructed numerous gardens and residential landscapes both in New York and S. Carolina. Dominick and his wife Shelley live in Little Falls and are members of Main Street First, Preserve Our Past, Emmanuel Episcopal Church Vestry and choir, and Homeward Bound ensemble.

Patricia Rockwell

Pat is retired with a 33-year career in education. She continues to score  NYS Common Core exams for Math and Science for grades 4 and 8 each year. Pat and her husband, Jeff Smith, relocated to Little Falls and became very involved in community support volunteering with several local organizations. She is Past President and currently serves on the Board of Directors at MVCA as well as chair of several committees. Pat also is a board member of Preserve Our Past.

Plan to See

Enjoy Little Falls


Little Falls prides itself on hosting numerous annual Festivals and Fairs. With a volunteer network that is second to none, the commitment, energy, and friendly smiles of our volunteers welcome thousands of visitors each year.

The Art Walk
Garlic & Herb Festival
Cheese Festival
Midsummer Picnic
Canal Days Celebration
Christmas in Little Falls

Food & Drink

Little Falls has something for everyone, from Fine Dining to Fast Food. Be sure to plan some extra time and enjoy the local cuisine while you are here. Here are just a few of our wonderful eateries:

The Cafe at the Stone Mill
Mangia Macrina’s Wood-Fired Pizza
Ann Street Deli
Bella Vista
Bonita’s Sandwich Chef
Canal Side Inn
Ironrock Brewing Company
Ruggiero’s Trattoria
Copper Moose Ale House
Beardslee Castle

Stay Awhile

Plan your trip to Little Falls and enjoy our comfortable and convenient lodging. No need to travel to other cities when we offer charming B&B’s and commercial accommodations right here!

The Inn at Stone Mill
Portobello Inn
Travelodge by Wyndham
Gansevoort House

Shopping, Spas, and More!

There is so much to do in this quaint city by the Canal. We offer boutiques, florists, gift shops, antique shops, health/beauty shops, and so much more. Spend the day browsing for treasures.

Selective Eye Gallery at MVCA
Little Falls Antique Center
Fall Hill Bead and Gem
Paca Gardens
Coco Bazaar
Body Siense
Ann Street Liquors
Designs by Shelly
Canal Harbor and Rotary Park


401-403 Canal Place
Little Falls NY 13365
(315) 823-0808


Thursday – Saturday: 12 pm – 4 pm
Sunday – Wednesday: Closed
Holidays: Closed

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