Multi-Arts Center Campaign

Coming Soon! Bringing People Together Through the Arts

Why Fund the Multi-arts center?

An Inclusive Multi-Arts Center for Creative Expression, Wellness, and Civic Engagement

Thank You to Our Donors

Supporting Art for the Greater Good


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A Tradition of Innovation

Continuing its tradition of innovation, Community Based Services is bringing a vibrant and engaging arts experience to the communities in the Mid-Hudson Valley region of NY State. A Multi-Arts Center, to be housed in a recently purchased building in Patterson, NY, will bring together all people with specialized services for children, the elderly, and people with disabilities for community building and self-development through theater, music, movement, and visual arts.

An artist's rendition of the future Multi-Arts Center building in Putnam, NY.
"This is a true multi-arts creative experience and there's nothing like this in the area."
Vicki Sylvester
CEO Community Based Services
Lifeline Theater performers on stage in country western costumes with a drummer and piano.

Your Impact, Multiplied

This is an exciting time to partner with CBS! 10,000 SF of space is ready to be transformed into a community theater, arts and craft studios as well as movement and yoga studios. By becoming a supporter, you will impact not just one group of people, but multi-generations and people of all abilities. Your support will have a substantial impact not on just one outcome, but on multiple facets of health, including academic, social, physical, and emotional wellbeing. By partnering with CBS, you are leveraging our expertise and joining the mission to provide the best quality of life for people. Together, we can create a dynamic and inclusive arts hub for Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess and Orange Counties, where all people can thrive!

Art for the Greater Good

The Multi-Arts Center is much more than a place for creative expression. Rather through creative expression and social engagement, the Multi-Arts Center will further the health and wellbeing of people.  It is understood that chronic stress contributes to disease, anxiety and depression. Yet, there is a connection between the arts, healing and public health as evidenced by the American Journal of Public Health.* In addition, according to the Brookings Institute, “Engaging with art is essential to the human experience. Almost as soon as motor skills are developed, children communicate through artistic expression. Empirical evidence supports the claims: the arts challenge us with different points of view, compel us to empathize with “others,” and contribute to the health of civil society, such as increased civic engagement, greater social tolerance, and reductions in other-regarding behavior.” **

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A diverse group of young children with a teacher playing musical instruments

In addition, as an organization that enriches the lives of people with disabilities and values diversity and inclusion, CBS has witnessed the therapeutic benefit of creative arts therapy on the population it serves. 

While CBS recognizes the transformative power of the arts, it is keenly aware that the pandemic has further diminished the already tenuous place that arts programming has had in our communities and schools. Bringing people together to explore the arts tackles another epidemic, that of isolation and loneliness, which the pandemic has also exasperated.  

Senior Citizens in red aprons seated around a table and painting on a project.

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Why Support CBS?

Community Based Services is leading the next revolution to transform the lives of people with disabilities by enriching lives, providing jobs, and cultivating dreams. Learn more…

CBS creates jobs through Good Reasons, our social enterprise. Our inclusive workforce bakes drool-worthy dog treats using healthy, natural, human-grade ingredients. Learn more…

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At CBS’ Cultivating Dreams Farm, people of all abilities engage in prevocational agricultural and life skills and blossom into confident young adults with a sense of purpose. Learn more…

*Stuckey & Nobel, “The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature,” American Journal of Public Health, February 2010, 100(2): 254-263.

**Kisida & Bowen, “New Evidence of Benefits of Arts Education,” Brown Center Chalkboard, Brookings Institute, Feb. 12, 2019,