The SPAC School of the Arts (SOTA) is a multidisciplinary arts school that was founded in 2021 to further SPAC’s longstanding mission to ensure that students of all ages have the opportunity to experience the transformative power of the arts.
SOTA operates out of the Lewis A. Swyer Studios – a state-of-the-art facility located behind the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, NY.
The SPAC School of the Arts guides all students towards self-empowerment through artistic discovery and arts education in a welcoming and joyful environment.
Dedicated to changing the face of arts education in our region by valuing the creative process and the enrichment of each individual artist, classes are taught by qualified teaching artists who challenge students to explore diverse topics and cultures, connect with others, learn new perspectives, and discover passion, confidence, and a deeper sense of self.
SOTA is committed to continually researching current best practices for providing inclusive arts learning, and to advancing arts equity by overcoming barriers that often prevent access.
The faculty at the SPAC School of the Arts is led by SPAC’s Vice President of Education, two program directors, and a team of teaching artists who are accomplished professionals and qualified educators in the fields of theatre, music, and dance.
The Lewis A. Swyer Studios consists of three large rehearsals studios separated by retractable walls, allowing the studios to combine into one large space measuring 40 feet x 120 feet. Each studio is outfitted with sprung marley floors, a mirrored wall, and a sound system. Music stands, chairs, and ballet barres are available upon request.