The Greater Olean area offers a large, diverse assortment of programs in the performing and fine arts, thanks to the area colleges and the numerous local and regional organizations. National touring companies, well-known entertainers, symphonies, philharmonic orchestras all find their way to Olean, enriching the cultural lives of the area's residents. All telephone area codes are 716 unless otherwise noted.
African American Center for Cultural Development
, 1801 West State Street, Olean. The center's mission is to value, promote and integrate the rich and diverse history and culture of the Southern Tier Region of New York State through the celebration of the talents, lives, and history of the African Americans in the region. 716-372-3577
Allegany Area Historical Association: The Association was established during the community's Sesquicentennial celebration of 1981 for the purpose of collecting materials and artifacts pertaining to the history and development of the Allegany area. The Education Department of the University of the State of New York granted an Absolute Charter on December 10, 1987.
The Association's permanent meeting site and shelter for historical artifacts is in the former United Methodist Church located at 25 N. Second Street in the village of Allegany. The church, a local historical landmark, was constructed in 1855 by the Methodist Episcopal Congregation, one of the earliest religious societies in the village. The Association now owns the building. The layout of the church has been preserved, including the original pews and pulpit.
Bartlett Historical House and Olean Point Museum,
302 Laurens Street, Olean. Take a walk back through time in the Victorian era of the late 1890's in one of Olean's oldest, grandest houses. New to the area - Olean Point Museum - existing carriage house is devoted to a time line tracking Olean's history, children's interactive center. During special exhibits, call for hours or for more information - 716-376-5642.
Cattaraugus County Council on the Arts --
The CCAC promotes the creation, promotion and appreciation of the arts throughout Cattaraugus County. Acting as a "service organization" to the arts group in the area, the CCAC provides a newsletter, resource library, gallery exhibitions, seminars, and special events. The CCAC also produces Routes to Art, an open studio weekend that premiered in May 2008. Please contact 716-372-7455 or E-mail
CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF OLEAN: Funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentrealization Regrant Program administered by the Cottaraugus County Arts Council, the Music Society hosts several FREE Chamber Music Concerts throughout the year. The concerts are supported by our audience. Please support live chamber music concerts!
Dance Arts -- Offers ballet, jazz, acrobatics and tap to children and adults. The Arts also has many performance workshops. Please contact 716-372-5048 or email for more information.
Friends of Good Music
-- The Friends of Good Music is dedicated to providing excellence in classical music programming and performance that will expand knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts for the residents of the Twin Tier area. Please call 716-375-2494 or email
for more information.
Garret Theatre Players
-- The Garret Theatre Players is a St. Bonaventure University performing group. The players present a wide range of plays, ancient to modern day. Please contact for more information at 716-375-2405 or email
The Haunted Hinsdale /Dandy House
3830 Mcmahon Rd, Hinsdale, 14743
They are dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Historic Hinsdale (Dandy) House. Their goal is to keep it viable for Paranormal Research and eventually make it into a museum.
Keynote Chorus -- The Keynote Chorus performs two official concerts per year in the Olean area. The chorus also can perform at churches, civic and other forums. Please contact Al Mohilewsky for more information at 585-268-7310.
Neighborhood School Of Dance
-- The Neighborhood School Of Dance teaches ballroom, tap, ballet, jazz, tumbling, and aerobic lessons. The lessons are offered to adults & children. For more information regarding the Neighborhood School of Dance or the competition team, please contact by email
or phone 716-373-3330.
-- The Olean Barbershoppers perform at local events. Please contact Donald Derx for more information at 716-912-4795.
Olean Community Theatre --
The Olean Community Theatre holds theatrical performances, musicals, comedies and dramas. Season or individual show tickets available. Please contact 716-375-1-OCT.
Olean Public Library -- The Olean Public Library is a resource center for educational materials, and cultural arts center. The library also hosts many ts and writers programs throughout the year. The library has expanded their children's section to include parent and infant reding areas. Please contact for more information at 716-372-0200.
Olean String Quartet -- The Olean String Quartet accepts engagements for variety of occasions. Please contact Sylvia Lynch at 716-372-1380.
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
(QCA) -- The center is home of St. Bonaventure University's world-class permanent art collection, a broad spectrum of art and historical artifacts that span from beginnings of Western civilization to the 21st Century. The collection totals approximately 2,000 works of art including paintings, sculpture, glassware, works on paper, photographs, and rare books and manuscripts. The QCA boasts 18,000 s.f. exhibition space showcasing the permanent art collection, national touring exhibitions, and faculty and student exhibitions. Additional facilities include a 321 seat proscenium theater and a 110 seat black box theater. The QCA is host to over 50 performances a year including professional presentations of classical music, theater, dance, and film, as well as lectures, symposia and student performances. Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday 10 AM - 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday 12 - 5 PM. Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. Please contact the QCA for more information at 716-375-2494.
St. Bonaventure University Friedsam Library
-- The SBU Friedsam Library contains over 240,000 books, publications, and resource materials. The library also is home to a rare book collection which contains manuscripts from medieval times through rare books of the 1850s. St. Bonaventure owns about 100 late medieval manuscripts from the 1100s and about 300 incunabula - the scholarly jargon used to describe written material which existed before 1500. Please contact 716-375-2000.
Southern Tier Symphony
-- Welcome to the area's orchestra in the Southern Tier. They're very happy to offer you and your family the thrill of hearing exciting performances of LIVE symphonic music. Please contact STS at 716-372-1110.
-- Theatre Workshop offers many opportunities for young and old alike to perform on stage in various plays, musicals and other vehicles during the year. The opportunities include Workshop Kids, Adult Theatre Workshop and the Theatre Workshop Players. Please contact Nick Patrone for more information at 716-373-SHOW.
Twin Tiers Community Band
-- Local musical organization which provides concert band music at various community functions in the NWPA and SWNY area. Based in Eldred, PA, the band appears throughout the year at various community events. Please call 716-307-4171 or email
for more information.
Woodland in the City
-- It started in 1999 with cows in Chicago, Guitars in Cleveland, Labrador retrievers in Aspen. Soon Buffalo was bedecked with buffaloes. It’s part of a worldwide public art craze built around oversized fiberglass animal statues. Olean joined communities across the United States when four-foot high fiberglass squirrels sprouted up along city streets in June 2007. Olean is now home to 25 squirrels scampering around the city!
The biggest collection of art in the Twin Tiers resides inside the Quick Center on the campus of St. Bonaventure University. But right now, it can be argued the most popular collection of art is along the sidewalks of Olean. The Woodland in the City project organized by Amy Sherburne, Bob Sherburne, Mark Barta and Evelyn Penman seems to be a hit. The painted 4-foot tall fiberglass squirrels have caught people’s eyes, encouraged them to take walks and even drawn in people from out of town who might not have otherwise come to Olean.
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