More Than A Seat

It’s a piece of architectural history.
It’s face time with your favorite artists.
It’s a way to celebrate someone special.
It’s an investment in our community.

Over the past 50 years, the Everson Museum of Art’s auditorium has hosted thousands of presentations by world class artists, filmmakers, performers, and scholars. It has served as a community gathering place and home for curious minds. Our renovated auditorium is ready to welcome thousands more!

Express your commitment to the arts with an engraved brass plate affixed to an Hosmer Auditorium seat. More Than A Seat gifts can feature your name, a special message, or a dedication in honor of someone special.

With 275 seats distributed across three sections—$1000, $500, and $250—seats are available for naming on a first-come, first-served basis. A one-time donation secures your seat for ten years, and your contribution is fully tax deductible.

Claim your seat by clicking the button below or by contacting Brittany Berry at (315) 474 6064 x307 or [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

May I choose a specific seat?
All sponsorships are on a first-come, first-served basis and assigned to the best available seat in its designated section. If you would like to select a specific seat, please contact Brittany Berry, Director of Development at 315-474-6064 x307 or [email protected].

If I purchase a name plate, is that my seat whenever I attend an event in the auditorium?
This campaign is a naming opportunity only and does not include seat assignments for events in the auditorium.

How large is the name plate?
Each name plate is 3-1/2 inches and can accommodate up to 3 lines of text, with a maximum of 20 characters per line (including spaces). You determine how to personalize your plate. Some examples: Jane Smith, The Smith Family, In honor of Jane Smith, In Memory of Jane Smith, The Smith Corporation, etc.

Where is my name plate located?
Your name plate will be placed prominently on the right armrest of the seat.

How long will my name plate be on the seat?
Your name plate will remain for ten years.

What other auditorium naming opportunities are available?
There are many ways to support the Everson through the First and Forever campaign, including auditorium naming opportunities for box seating, the stage, and dressing rooms, as well as the auditorium itself.

Auditorium Renovations


In 2017 the Everson Museum of Art received a $634,000 New York State Council on the Arts Facility Improvement Grant through the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council. This matching grant made renovations of the outdated auditorium possible.

Improvements included new seating, an expanded stage and addition of sprung flooring, new carpeting and wall coverings, installation of wifi, and new projection, sound and lighting equipment. Additionally, backstage dressing rooms and public restrooms were updated, as were life safety and emergency power systems.

The renovated Auditorium allows for expanded Everson programming and provides a rental space for outside groups and community partners to hold their events. For more information on holding your event in the Auditorium, click HERE.