More good news for historic Klinkhart Hall: The National Grid Main Street Revitalization Program has awarded Klinkhart Hall Arts Center a $100,000 matching grant!
This extraordinary award means that we have now raised $1,000,000 of the $1.1 million phase 1 project goal. And, yes, your math is correct. When we match the National Grid grant we will have reached our fundraising goal for phase 1!
Take a moment to think about how extraordinary this is:
Here, in tiny Sharon Springs, in an economically disadvantaged area of rural upstate New York, and now in the midst of a pandemic, we are within sight of our goal to begin reopening the historic Klinkhart Hall building as a permanent home for the arts for our community.
But it is a matching grant: in order to make it real we must now raise the final $100,000 remaining in our phase 1 budget. This is no small effort, but with your help we can do it before year’s end.
We know these are difficult time; we know that there are many other calls for you help, but it comes down to this: the arts are essential. Not just nice to have, sometimes. Not just an add-on when things are better, maybe later. No, the arts are essential now.
In good times and bad, for as long as we have been human, no matter how dire the circumstances, we have turned to the arts to tell our stories, to express our fears for the present and our hopes for the future. No matter how topsy turvy things have become, we have always looked to the arts – poetry, songs, music, dance, drama, painting, and all the others – to show us who we are, to help us understand the world around us, and to teach us how we can better relate to each other. All of which is to say, the arts matter because people matter.
So, despite everything else going on, we need your help now: we’re asking you to do what you can, and to do it now. It will make a difference.
You can make a secure donation of any amount here on our website, or you can send your donation to us at Klinkhart Hall Arts Center, P.O. Box 101, Sharon Springs, NY 13459.
WHAT IS NATIONAL GRID’S MAIN STREET REVITALIZATION PROGRAM?
The Main Street Revitalization Program provides matching grants to municipal and non-profit development corporations undertaking efforts to revitalize critical main street/commercial corridors. This program is designed to assist communities in promoting “smart growth” and private sector investment in central business districts and commercial corridors that help their competitive viability, attract investment, and capitalize on their distinct development potential.
If that sounds like a match with Klinkhart Hall — well, it certainly is! But in addition to providing funding for our project, National Grid’s award also recognizes the important role a revitalized Klinkhart Hall can play in our village. It signifies that National Grid agrees that this is viable and meaningful project, one that will have a profound impact on our community.