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Where art and community meet

In December 2018, Klinkhart Hall Arts Center, Inc. received $720,000 in grant awards from New York State to support the first phase of the restoration of historic Klinkhart Hall in Sharon Springs, NY. These grants require that we raise a total of $380,000 in additional funds to fully support the $1.1 million phase 1 project.

In September of 2019 received a generous $50,000 matching grant from the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation to support phase 1. In a special end of year campaign, we were able to match O’Connor’s grant in less than a month, adding $100,000 to the cause. With additional fundraising, we are now halfway to the $380,000 goal.

We are so grateful to all our supporters, to everyone who believes that the new Klinkhart Hall will be a place for us all, a place “where art and community meet,” for Sharon Springs and for communities throughout our region! Another one of the good things that just keep on happening in Sharon Springs!

And there is even more good news about historic Klinkhart Hall

The $720,000 in New York State grants we received last year to support phase 1 of the restoration and rehabilitation of historic Klinkhart Hall originally included a new roof and essential stabilization work; access to, and use of the building for events was going to wait until phase 2 & 3.

But now, instead of waiting three years to get access to the second floor, the work plan and budget have been reconfigured to allow for access to, and use of the second floor former Masonic Hall at the conclusion of phase 1!

Working with our architect, we have been able to reconfigure the original scope of work – and stay within the $1.1M phase 1 budget – so that Phase 1 will now include a new interior stairway to the second floor, AND it will allow us to refurbish the former Masonic Hall for use as a multipurpose Performance Hall, while still taking care of essential stabilization work, including roof replacement! What’s more, there will also be a gallery space upstairs, as well as a refurbished kitchen, restrooms, a lounge/dressing room area; new emergency exits and, on the first floor, a newly expanded lobby. Imagine being able to attend one of our Poetry Festival events, a Klinkhart Conversation, or a concert in our own Performance Hall. Now that is very exciting news for certain!

Read more about the revised Phase 1 project and see the architects’s renderings and floor plans

If you would like to discuss the Klinkhart Hall project or your contribution with a board member, including naming opportunities for major gifts, contact us by email at and we’ll arrange it!

Thanks for your support!