Klinkhart Hall Arts Center, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to preserve the historic Klinkhart Hall building in Sharon Springs, New York and to establish it as an arts center for the regional and local communities.


Klinkhart Hall Arts Center, Inc. will host and produce high quality programs in the performing, visual and other arts and it will offer cultural, civic and educational programming that will promote its philosophy of inclusion and diversity; it will serve as an example of how historic preservation efforts can contribute to the revitalization of communities.


Klinkhart Hall Arts Center, Inc. believes that the arts play an essential and transformative role in the public at large, and that they can enliven and enlighten the public dialogue by modeling inclusion and diversity. We believe that arts and culture are vital to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. We believe that all arts and cultural activities contribute directly and in unique ways to the flourishing of communities.


  • Preserve the historic Klinkhart Hall building in Sharon Springs, NY;
  • Serve as a venue for local, regional and national productions of the performing arts, including theater, dance, and music; the visual arts, including painting and other graphic arts, sculpture, photography, crafts and installations; and for film, multimedia and emerging digital arts;
  • Host, sponsor and produce civic, cultural and educational events for the benefit of the general public, including educational and arts programs, lectures, town meetings, dances, banquets, seasonal festivals, historic celebrations, workshops, and public forums.
  • Host, sponsor and present a broad range of events and activities representative of diverse cultures, interests and aesthetics.

why we are doing this

“The preservation and rehabilitation of the historic Klinkhart Hall building as the physical home for the already thriving KHAC arts and cultural programming will directly contribute to the growing vibrancy and economic activity of the village historic district. It will add a cultural hub to the village, provide a much needed and long absent arts venue, improve the streetscape of the historic district, directly support other revitalization efforts, and it will further enhance the appeal of the village as a tourist destination. Currently, there is no similar facility in this under-served and economically disadvantaged area.”

from the 2018 Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) that launched the building restoration project with $720,000 in New York State funding


A detailed rationale for the phase 1 building project, along with a description of the anticipated economic impact, cultural and community impact, and the target population to be served, is available here, along with an overview of the Phase 1, Klinkhart Hall restoration and rehabilitation project.

Klinkhart Hall Arts Center, Inc. is incorporated in the state of New York and recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Since its formation, it has made all required financial filings with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS 990) and the New York State Attorney General’ Office of Charities (CHAR 500). Copies of these documents (along with the certificate of incorporation, IRS not-for-profit determination letter and other documents) are available online at www.charitiesnys.com. (Search for “Klinkhart Hall” and follow the link to a list of our annual filings.) You can also request information directly from us at Klinkhart Hall Arts Center, Inc., 191 Main Street, P.O. Box 101, Sharon Springs, NY 13459, or from the Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10271.