Providing grants, programs, and services to the artists and audiences of Tompkins County for 30 years

CAP-a-Palooza Art Sale

An annual fundraising SALE of not-new art donated by community members!
















The 2023 sale is over and CAP raised over $14,000 ($4,000 more than 2022!). Thank you to everyone who donated work and to everyone who came and bought work!


CAP-a-Palooza is an annual fundraiser for the Community Arts Partnership, held in over about 9 days each December.

We collect donations of not-new art from community members and then sell it at very affordable prices: (from $2 to $50, with only about 10% priced higher). Our goal is to sell out in 9 days!

Note: We do not ask local artists to donate their own work. 

We DO collect art that community members inherited, are downsizing, received as gifts, or are simply ready to pass on. This results in an eclectic collection (professional and amateur) of cool, vintage, and contemporary work that includes paintings, prints, pottery, fiber art, and so much more.  And IT'S REALLY FUN to see what we have!

Not only do hundreds of people find joy in buying cool, vintage, eclectic, fun or contemporary art at very low prices, but community members also feel great about donating their unused or unloved art to a good cause.  

2024 EVENT

We will be accepting donations the first week of December 2024, and will start the sale on 2024 Gallery Night on December 6. If you'd like a reminder send in early November, send an email to Robin at


Tentative drop off dates for donations is December 2 to 4, 2024.  
Unfortunately we do not have storage so can not take work early, unless it is amazingly fabulous and will bring us some great income!

WE ACCEPT: We love donations of art that community members own. (We do not ask local artists to donate their own work.)  It can be art that you inherited, art you need to downsize, that you received as gifts, or simply never used or enjoyed. If it is languishing in your closets or attics, we may love it. It can be professional or amateur, old or new. (We love cool and funky vintage stuff!) We accept paintings, photography, and all other 2D types of work. We also love sculptures (small), embroidery, handmade pottery, fiber art, and other functional art.

PLEASE DONATE ART THAT: is in good shape (no mold, no broken glass or broken frames). is cleaned. If you can clean it before you donate it, that would be amazing.

INFORMATON AND STORIES (Totally optional, but greatI) If you can decipher a hard-to-read signature for us, have interesting stories about the work, or where you purchased it, it would be wonderful if you could type or write that down and tape it to the work. Short is best: i.e. "Aunt Ginny made this in her 1963 still life class;" "I purchased this in Alaska at a gallery in the 80's;" "This was a gift from a student."

WE DO NOT ACCEPT: (Note: There may be exceptions if something you have is fabulous. Contact info below)

Rolled up work.     
Loose posters or posters on foam core, unless framed.
Work that is not framed or matted. (Matted work is fine!)
No loose work unless on very thick paper.     
Work that has mold, broken glass, or broken frames.  A

Work that is disintegrating in any way.   
Work that weighs over 20 pounds 
Work that is larger than 40" wide/high.


The ArtSpace is located in the Tompkins Center for History and Culture, 110 N. Tioga Street, on the downtown Ithaca Commons.

Robin Schwartz, Program Director: Questions?...

We thank our generous annual sponsor for this event! Thank you so much, Coughlin and Gerhart