The School of Art was founded to provide a quality program of studio art instruction to the Mohawk Valley. Since then, it has expanded to offer a PrattMWP college degree program through a partnership with Pratt Institute. The Community Arts Education Program strives to consistently build relationships with area individuals and organizations and remain a leader in arts education through innovative programming. The program focuses on growth, accessibility,  professional development, advocacy for arts education, outreach, and community partnerships.

The school’s mission is to enhance artistic appreciation, understanding, and skill in people of all ages. For more than 60 years, the School of Art provides beginning through advanced adults, teens and kids with instruction by an excellent faculty of academically qualified, experienced professional artists, using exceptional equipment and facilities.