The Arts Center at Duck Creek Inc. is a not-for-profit organization . With the exception of a few fund-raising events per season each year, all our programs are free and open to the public. Your donation will go toward building maintenance, programming and administrative expenses.
Apply: If you are interested in proposing a program, exhibition or event at the Arts Center at Duck Creek, please review all the information in the pdf here, and submit your proposal per the guidelines within. Proposals will be reviewed twice a year. Please check the guideline links below for details.
PROPOSAL GUILDLINES (link) / BARN BUILDING PLANS (link)
Duck Creek Farm is a 6.7-acre property that is the last vestige of a 130-acre farm that once covered the land between Three Mile Harbor Hog Creek Highway and Three Mile Harbor north of Duck Creek. It was farmed by the Edwards family, original settlers of East Hampton. Duck Creek Farm was operated by John Edwards, his sons, and his grandsons from 1795 to 1902. The Edwards farmhouse that survives today was probably built by John Edwards in 1795 but may have been built by his son, Joseph Edwards, in 1815,” according to a document prepared for the East Hampton Town Board in 2009 pursuant to its designation of the remaining 6.7 acres as an historic landmark.
The acreage in question was purchased by artist John Little in 1948. “That same year he moved a barn from the farm of David Johnson Gardiner on James Lane, East Hampton, to Duck Creek Farm for use as a studio.” Little’s friends included Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, whose property on Fireplace Road was to the east of Little’s. Duck Creek Farm property was sold to the town in December 2004.
The Arts Center at Duck Creek founders began organizing informal exhibitions at this site as early as 2014. Shortly thereafter, the Town of East Hampton began an 18 month restoration of the John Little Barn. In 2018 the Arts Center at Duck Creek became a New York State 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation and organized it’s first full season of programming, and signed a ten-year license agreement with the town in 2019.