Southeastern City Cultural Arts Coalition Receives Preserve New York Grant

The Southeast City Cultural Arts Coalition (CAC) is one of the Preserve New York (PNY) beneficiaries. Their grant of $ 9,600 will fund a report on the condition of the building of the Old Southeast Town Hall. The Preservation League of NYS and its program partners at the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) are delighted to help fund this important work.

The Old South East Town Hall (OTH), a historic monument listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was erected in 1896 using drawings by Child and DeGoll Architects in the Colonial Revival style. A focal point in the village of Brewster, OTH has served the community for over a century as a government center and courthouse, community gathering place, theater, cinema, ballroom, teenage canteen, museum and arts center. This three-story architectural gem currently houses a dilapidated shuttered theater on the top floor, the Southeast Museum in the middle, and a small CAC-run cultural space, Studio Around the Corner, in the basement. Unfortunately, the building is facing an aging infrastructure. The building envelope and entrance stairs need to be repaired, and mechanical systems need updates. OTH also needs structural improvements to open its magnificent theater on the top floor: an additional exit as well as an accessible entrance is required.

A grant of $ 9,600 to Preserve New York will allow CCA to hire Lacey Thaler Reilly Wilson Architecture & Preservation LLP to produce a building condition report for Old Town Hall. Building on previous studies — mechanical systems funded by grants and fundraising activities from the CCA and outside the building funded by technical assistance grants provided by the Preservation League — the report The consultant will provide a comprehensive understanding of the issues that need to be addressed to properly restore and bring the building to its potential. With the theater fully operational, OTH is designed as a premier cultural arts center, museum and tourist destination that the region needs; it is a mainstay in the revitalization of downtown Brewster.

“We are delighted to move forward with the in-depth evaluation of OTH and are sincerely grateful for the guidance and funding provided by the Preservation League,” said Olenna Truskett, CCA Vice-President and Restaurant President. “The ACC has led the restoration and rehabilitation efforts of the Old Town Hall since 2010, while engaging the community with all kinds of concerts, theatrical events, art exhibitions, the garden around the corner. Brewster Street and Music and Fall Festivals. Over half a million dollars has been spent to date on the comprehensive $ 4 million rehabilitation project. Architectural plans have been drawn up; 69 beautifully restored windows; professional cost estimates prepared. But there is still a long way to go to bring the OTH theater back to life. The LTRW Building Condition Report will bring us closer to this goal.

At its 2021 meeting, an independent grant jury selected 32 applicants in 25 counties will receive support totaling $ 297,995. Each grant supports important artistic and cultural initiatives, as well as economic development related to the arts and cultural heritage of our state. Many of these grants will lead to the designation or expansion of historic neighborhoods, telling the stories of communities across the state and allowing homeowners to take advantage of historic New York State and federal tax credits. It’s even more valuable now, with the historic NYS Commercial Tax Credit recently extended to Small Projects, giving homeowners a 30% credit. With the announcement of the 2021 awards, support from Preserve New York since its launch in 1993 totals more than $ 3.3 million for 489 projects statewide.

The Preserve New York program is a partnership between the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League, made possible through the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has generously provided additional funds to support nonprofit projects in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Since 1993, Preserve New York has provided funds to municipalities and nonprofit organizations that need technical and professional assistance to guide a variety of preservation projects. Historical Structure Reports, Building Condition Reports, Cultural Landscapes Reports, and Cultural Resource Surveys funded by this program have yielded positive results in all 62 counties of New York City.

PNY 2021 grant recipients:

Albany County: Village of Voorheesville / Town of New Scotland – $ 10,000; Town of Cohoes – $ 16,500 | Broome County: Tri-Cities Opera Company, Inc. – $ 6,000 | Chautauqua County: Town of Jamestown – $ 10,000 | Chemung County: Elmira College – $ 10,000 | Chenango County: Earlville Opera House Inc. – $ 8,000 | Dutchess County: Van Wyck Council on Arts and Culture, Inc., dba Howland Cultural Center – $ 10,000; Wassaic Project – $ 8,160 | Erie County: University Heights Collaborative, Inc. – $ 9,120; Western New York Minority Media Professionals, Inc. – $ 10,000 | Franklin County: Malone Revitalization Foundation, Inc. – $ 9,150 | Greene County: Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society – $ 10,000 | Monroe County: Highland Park Conservancy – $ 15,000; Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society – $ 8,000 | Montgomery County: Village of Fort Plain – $ 9,150 | Nassau County: science Long Island Museum – $ 10,000 | New York County: Ascendant District Development Corporation – $ 12,000 | Ontario County: City of Canandaigua – $ 15,000 | Orange County: Chester Historical Society – $ 5,200 | County of Orleans: Medina Railway Museum – $ 8,000 | Otsego County: Otsego 2000 – $ 12,500 | Putnam County: Southeast City Cultural Arts Coalition – $ 9,600; Town of Carmel – $ 6,200 | Rensselaer County: City of Troy – $ 9,100 | Saratoga County: Village of Round Lake – $ 8,000 | Steuben County: Steuben County Historical Society – $ 10,000 | Suffolk County: City of East Hampton – $ 5,600; Rocky Point Historical Society – $ 6,685 | Tompkins County: Friends of Stewart Park – $ 6,640 | Ulster County: Ulster County Jewish Federation – $ 9,440; Craft Guild of Woodstock, Inc. – $ 5,750 | County of Warren: Hyde Collection – $ 9,500

“We are proud to continue our partnership with the New York State Preservation League to support projects that promote community and celebrate our state’s rich history,” said Mara Manus, NYSCA Executive Director. “The NYSCA remains dedicated to preserving New York State’s cultural footprint and we look forward to seeing these vital preservation projects realized. Congratulations to all!”

“Navigating the hardships and hardships of the past year has been a challenge for nonprofits and municipalities across the state,” said Erin Tobin, Vice President for Policy and Preservation and the League for Preservation. “The League is grateful to our program partners at NYSCA and the Gardiner Foundation for continuing to support Preserve New York, which will provide much needed dollars to so many worthy preservation projects this year. “

About the New York State Preservation League

Since its founding in 1974, the Preservation League has built a reputation for action and efficiency. Our goal has been to preserve our historic buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes and to build a better New York City, one community at a time. The New York State Preservation League invests in people and projects that champion the essential role of preservation in community revitalization, sustainable economic growth, and the protection of our historic buildings and landscapes. We conduct advocacy, economic development and education programs throughout the state.

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About the Cultural Arts Coalition

We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit company dedicated to the creation and maintenance of cultural arts in the South East City and its surrounding region. We were established as the South East City Cultural Arts Coalition (CAC) in August 2010 with the aim, as stated in the constitution documents, “… to promote and raise funds for development. and the effective management of affordable and accessible performance spaces that will provide the citizens of the city of the South East with opportunities to participate in and enjoy the cultural arts, including lectures, theater, dance, cinema, music, visual arts and inclusive community events. Learn more:


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