The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), Ithaca’s downtown multi-arts center and owner of a historic 23,000 square foot facility, has supported various facets of experiencing the arts throughout its history. From its humble beginnings as a children’s music school housed in the founders’ living room, through years of steady programmatic diversification and organizational growth, CSMA has firmly established its home as a vibrant hub for instruction, production, and consumption of visual and performing arts.
Best known for its leading role in community based arts education and as a nexus of artistic collaboration and production, CSMA also has long served as a popular venue for performances, gallery shows, and events. CSMA houses a multitude of classrooms, studios, music practice rooms, art galleries, and its historic 2,700 square foot Third Floor Performance Space.
CSMA’s mission is "to provide quality instruction to any community member who desires to learn music and arts, to develop and offer cultural and artistic programs and events, and to serve as a resource for community artists and musicians."
When describing CSMA and its mission, one must look at its philosophy, a deep belief that the arts are an essential part of human nature, and that instruction in the arts should be accessible to everyone. CSMA commits its resources to students of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds, to its esteemed teaching faculty and to the larger community of artists in the Ithaca and Tompkins County area. Need based "Arts for All" scholarships are awarded to students who qualify, helping to ensure CSMA’s programs are accessible to the whole community.
CSMA is a non-profit organization whose programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.