“Community Gathers at New Hope Arts for another successful & well attended Opening Night this past summer” – contributed photo

Half-Million Raised In Four Months for New Hope Arts Center

NEW HOPE, PA (8/29/22) – The New Hope Arts Center: The New Hope Arts Center is delighted and proud to announce the meeting of Stephen and Pamela Can’s private $250,000 matching gift challenge. This most generous gift was announced in May 2022, making for the Arts Center’s largest private monetary donation since its opening in 2002.

“The now satisfied Can match has genuinely ‘elevated’ our “Elevate the Arts” campaign in astonishing record time and beautifully demonstrates how the community values what New Hope Arts has accomplished over the past twenty years and truly wants to see it built upon this successful foundation. We are also happy to share that this overwhelming support and enthusiasm has inspired a new anonymous donor to step forward to create their own matching gift for our campaign in the amount of $50,000. This additional, generous gift is perfectly timed for our hopeful groundbreaking in January 2023 with a matching deadline of December 31st, 2022,” said Larry Keller, Chairman of the New Hope Arts Board.

Mayor Keller and $250K Matching Grant Donor Stephen Can for New Hope Arts. Credit: Nick Raimondi

The Elevate the Arts Capital Campaign was first announced in May with the fundraising goal of $750,000.00 by the close of 2023. Funds raised will also be allocated to expand other programming that will include media, performance, and literary art forms, plus a multi-phase renovation plan presented by Ralph C. Fey Architects, with construction slated to begin in January 2023. The construction plan features an American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant elevator, an ADA compliant restroom, a dramatic front entrance, an enhanced lobby, enlarged staircase, and entrance ramps for the rear, canal side entrance.

Additionally, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development provided a generous grant for the installation of an elevator, and private donors and Board members have also contributed in support to date.

“New Hope Arts is grateful to all our generous patrons and hopes that the confidence this reflects in our mission will inspire others to contribute to the campaign’s newest anonymous match challenge of $50,000 and will continue through the remainder of the campaign.” states Janina Akins, Board Member and Director of the Capital Campaign.

The Future of New Hope Arts with a groundbreaking set for 2023. Credit: Ralph C. Fey Architects

To learn more about New Hope Arts Center’s Capital Campaign or to donate, contact Development Manager Treacy Broadhead at 267-740-2653 or email Development@NewHopeArts.org. In addition, donations of any size may be made through the New Hope Arts Elevate the Arts campaign page on their website at NewHopeArts.org.

About New Hope Arts Center: New Hope Arts (NHA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to furthering New Hope’s heritage as a thriving nucleus for various mediums of art and artists. NHA serves an integral role in showcasing contemporary artists’ work within New Hope and Lambertville and throughout the Delaware Valley. New Hope Arts supports artists by fostering opportunities to exhibit, providing space to create, collaborate, and present while offering residents and visitors access to a vibrant array of visual, performing, and literary arts. NHA further provides a welcoming forum to emerging artists who would otherwise not have access to a professional exhibition setting while introducing new audiences to their work. Annually, NHA organizes up to eight significant exhibitions, including sculpture, works in wood, painting, photography, fine artisan crafts, and new media installations. Its individual donors, Board Members and foundations, and community members provide the support necessary to offer such programs and events. Recognition of NHA’s service to the arts includes funding from The PNC Foundation Arts Alive program, the Community and Economic Development Grant from the State of PA, and The Bucks County Visitors Bureau. Executive Director Carol Cruickshanks keeps founder Robin Larsen’s vision alive, ever-evolving, and ever-elevating since New Hope Arts conception in 2002. Learn more at newhopearts.org today.

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