Auburn Public Theater receives $50,000 from the state for its lighting system | Entertainment

ByShannon J. Cortes

Apr 2, 2022

The citizen staff

Auburn Public Theater is one of 116 capital projects funded through the New York State Council on the Arts’ latest funding cycle for fiscal year 2022.

The downtown theater will receive $50,000 for a new lighting system, according to a press release from Governor Kathy Hochul’s office.

“The investment projects are creating safer, healthier and more accessible spaces across New York State,” Hochul said.

“From our vibrant cultural anchors to famous historic sites, our arts and culture spaces represent the ingenuity of New York City and preserve the rich history and character of our state. Congratulations to all grantees who embark on these transformative projects that will demonstrate that the arts are both back and thriving.”

The Canada Council has prioritized small and medium-sized organizations, as well as new applicants for capital projects, in this round of funding.

Auburn Public Theater, which hosts music, comedy, theater and more, is slowly returning to live programming after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the same building, theater staff also operate Café 108, a for-profit enterprise that donates revenue to the nonprofit theater.

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Upcoming events at the theater include concerts by The Makanda Project on April 22; Dusty, Jude and Tatumn Pascal April 23; and David Wilcox on April 28. It will also host comedian Rocky LaPorte on April 30, and Community Open Mic Night returns at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the 8 Exchange St. theater.

For more information, contact the theater at (315) 253-6669 or visit

These two downtown Auburn anchors find themselves in parallel situations as the COVID-19 pandemic grips everyone in its devastating grip.