The Lake Placid Institute was formed twenty years ago with a mission to enhance the cultural life of Adirondack residents and visitors and to celebrate the human cultural heritage of the region. The organization aims to build an environment that fosters creativity and thought by bringing the talents of world-class artists, leaders, and thinkers to the Adirondacks. We develop and present innovative programs in the arts and humanities, often partnering with other organizations. We design these programs using the broadest definition of “arts” and “humanities”, encompassing the visual and performing arts; language, literature and literacy; history and the social sciences; global studies; media studies and communication.

We draw on local performance spaces for our presenting programs, using schools, libraries, hotels, galleries, government and nonprofit venues in the Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and other High Peaks area towns but, increasingly, now throughout the Adirondacks.

We strive to serve as an incubator for ideas. Many of our best programs began with a “What if?”, asked by a Board member, visitor, or supporter.

We welcome proposals from individuals and organizations interested in working with us in a collaborative fashion.

Learn more about us here on our website, by attending our events, by asking us questions and for more information. Our offices are in the North Elba Town Hall, on Main Street, Lake Placid. Please contact us at any time at 518-523-1312, via email at or by mail at the Lake Placid Institute, P.O. Box 988, Lake Placid, NY 12946.