LARAC Mission

The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in Warren, Washington, and Northern Saratoga Counties by supporting arts and culture through promoting, developing, sponsoring, networking, coordinating, and providing arts activities and services.

LARAC is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.


The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC) was founded in 1972 to unify the arts community and establish a cultural identity for the region. LARAC is honored to support the local artistic tradition while challenging and inspiring the community’s vision of what art is and what it contributes to our lives.

LARAC offers exhibits, workshops, lectures, readings, and artists’ demonstrations for children and adults. Services for artists and arts organizations include: business seminars, gallery and shop exhibition opportunities, arts festivals, grants for arts and cultural projects and more.

LARAC is located in a beautifully restored Victorian carriage house in the historic district of downtown Glens Falls, NY.


Phil Casabona


As an admirer of the arts and the culture it breeds, as well as being an active practicing artist, I feel very fortunate to represent the arts and this community through LARAC. I have felt  at home here at LARAC these past eight years and have been humbled by the constant support of the local artists and community. I am looking forward to continuing to do my best for LARAC, the artists we support and who support us, as well as  this community as LARAC’s Executive Director. As the Gallery Curator I get to present work from artists that inspire me and I hope inspires our community. The Festival is one of the pillars that LARAC was built on and as the Festival Director I have the pleasure of continuing that tradition. As a resident of Glens Falls, living in the heart of the city and renovating a 100yr old house, I feel ingrained in the history of this little city. I am honored to have a position with an organization that is also woven into the fabric that makes up Glens Falls.

Philip Casabona
518.798.1144, ext. 2

Alyssa Shiel
Community Outreach and Grant Director

The arts as a whole have always held a special place in my heart which is why I love working for an organization such as LARAC that helps bridge the gap between the arts and its surrounding communities. While facilitating LARAC’s community driven grant program I get to meet and interact with many artists and non-profit organizations between Warren and Washington county and help them present public arts programming to their communities. I also have the pleasure of working with LARAC’s hard working volunteers and dedicated members which are 2 important pillars in LARAC’s success as an organization. Having grown up just outside Lake George, the Adirondacks have always felt like home, so it’s exciting to see our arts community grow and thrive, and I’m so happy to be a part of it.


Alyssa Shiel
518.798.1144, ext. 4


LARAC Board of Directors

Chair: Will Sawma

Treasurer: Anne Nelson
Secretary:  Sylvia Graham
Susan Ford
Pamela Green
Peter Hoffman
Jessica Landry
Jennifer White

Carol Ann Conover

David H.B Thomas