The New Hope Arts Center Cuts the Ribbon

Pictured above: Arts News Now snapshots of NHA’s ribbon cutting with Board Members and Executive Director, Carol Cruickshanks, followed by Beyond the Blueprint event attendees.  Photo Credit: Mandee K. Hammerstein


New Hope, PA – On June 6th, the New Hope Arts Center reopened its doors for week-long events leading to the public reopening on Friday, June 16th.  Press, public officials, staff, contractors, and board members were invited to tour the main building after over $750,000 was raised for renovations through the NHA’s Elevate the Arts campaign.  Donald Stephan, the 90-year-old father of builders Glenn and Russell Stephan, proudly “christened” the newly installed elevator by being the first patron to ride the ADA-compliant lift where funding originally came in the form of a grant from the State of Pennsylvania. On the evening of June 6th, the “Beyond the Blueprint” grand reopening ticketed celebration attracted artists, donors, art industry professionals, and supporters from around the region. The event provided live music, a live auction and silent auction, specialty cocktails and cocktail party-styled fare.  

The much-needed elevator is the inspiration behind the successful campaign, Elevate the Arts, which is continually running through the remainder of 2023.  New Hope Arts Chairman of the board member, Mayor Larry Keller announced the final fundraising goal is now $1,250,000 and will satisfy ongoing work and new and expansive programming.  On June 10th at p.m., New Hope Arts will host the specially planned “Members Only Reception,” providing members with an exclusive tour with their own private celebration.  

Pictured above: The Board and Executive Director of New Hope Arts, Carol Cruickshanks.  Photo Credit: Mandee K. Hammerstein

More information can be found about the pre-opening celebrations  and the public reopening at 

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