The SLC Arts website is currently under reconstruction.

Please visit us on facebook or instagram @SLCARTSNY for the most up to date information.

The SLC Arts staff can also be reached at 315.265.6860 or arts@slcartscouncil.org.

To visit our online shop or register for programs, please click HERE

The Creative Spirit Community Arts Center located at 6-8 Raymond Street in Potsdam is OPEN!

Visit us Tuesday-Friday from 10 to 6pm or Saturday from 10 to 5pm.


SLC Arts enriches the vibrancy of the North Country community
by cultivating art appreciation and inspiring creative expression.


Katharine Dinneen, Artistic Executive Director 

Erica Kelso, Managing Executive Director

Mary Grow, Finance Manager

Alicia Murphy, Grants & Services Manager

Janice Pease, Arts Center Manager

Creatives Rebuild NY Fellows 2022-24

Joshua Barkley

Sharon H.J. Cheng

Karyn Crispo

Matthew Mazzotta

Andrew Norrell

Catherine LaPointe Vollmer

Board of Directors

John Berbrich, President

Sheila Neal, Vice President

Lisa Dashnaw, Secretary

Seanna Petrichor, Treasurer

Shubha Banavar

Virginia Burnett

Brooke Collins

Alaina Goodrich

Jim Murray

Keri Wehmeyer


Katharine Dinneen

Erica Kelso


SLC Arts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, New York State. Originally incorporated on August 31, 1972 as the Arts and Humanities Council of the St. Lawrence Valley, then reincorporated as the Tri-County Arts Council on March 17, 1989, and amended to the St. Lawrence County Arts Council on July 18, 1997.

Mission Statement: SLC Arts enriches the vibrancy of the North Country community by cultivating art appreciation and inspiring creative expression.

Organizational Statement of Values


As an organization, we value our community and will work in partnership with other organizations, businesses, municipalities, and artists in the North Country. We understand the arts have the potential to make an economic impact on our region and add to the vibrancy of the North Country. Artists can and should participate in placemaking opportunities to contribute to the culture of our region. Art enhances the way we see the world, the way we feel, the way we connect to others, and the way we live our lives. As an organization, we strive to work collaboratively to ensure this region thrives.


As an organization, we value integrity and will work to ensure we operate with transparency, efficiency, effectiveness, and with clarity of our purposes and processes. We will support artists and the art they create while operating with integrity.


We believe access to art and the ability to creatively express oneself is fundamental to the human spirit. Therefore, we believe that all people should have fair and equitable access to the tools and resources to realize their creative and community endeavors. We believe all people should have fair access to opportunities to explore, consume, and appreciate art and artistic expression. We know structural inequities exist and we strive to counter and dismantle those inequities.


We value artistic entrepreneurs. We strive to support artists and creatives in developing their businesses. We view artists as leaders and we will work to center artists as leaders in their own entrepreneurial endeavors and within our community. We will promote and support professionalism in our artistic community.


We value exploration. We will support and promote the exploration of art, both as creators and consumers. We will provide opportunities for people to try new things, develop skills, and be exposed to art in a wide range of forms. We strive to cultivate curiosity.

If you are interested in getting involved with SLC Arts as a board member or volunteer, please fill out this form and we will be in touch with you shortly.

If you have a complaint, please fill out this form or submit a paper copy available at the Creative Spirit Community Arts Center.

2022 Grant Funders:

New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), State & Local Partner Program

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development Program

Grasseroots Fund

Dr. D. Susan Badenhausen Legacy Fund of the Northern New York Community Foundation

John and Dorotha VanNess Family Fund of the Northern New York Community Foundation

Cloudsplitter Foundation

Stewart’s Foundation Holiday Match Program

Board Member Resources:

SLC Arts By-laws, updated March 2020.

Board Member Roles and Responsibilities, updated January 2021.

Organizational Overview, updated January 2021.

Online Conflict of Interest Form, password protected.

Meeting Schedule:

Board Meeting: 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6 PM

Advancement Committee: every three Mondays at 5 PM

Finance Committee: 2nd Monday of the month at 6 PM

Governance Committee: as needed, often quarterly