KAC celebrates 60 years with ‘Giving Campaign’


CLINTON — While times continue to be challenging, Kirkland Art Center, 9 1/2 E. Park Row, is celebrating 60 years and is looking for the community’s support in continuing to provide music, dance and the arts to its neighbors.

For those who have ever watched a young ballerina in a tutu, reveled in live music in the Gallery, line danced, thrown a pot, sent a kid to Art Camp, made art with others, joined friends at an exhibition reception, enjoyed the KACelebration in February, or been there for the KAC Run & Walk, now is the time the art center could use their support, said KAC Board of Directors Co-president Damhnait McHugh.

The KAC board has launched an online Annual Giving Campaign in support of the art center at http://bit.ly/KAC13323.

In honor of the 60th anniversary of the charter of the KAC on Dec. 10, everyone who donates $60 or more online receives a free Household Membership.

“Despite the challenges this year has brought, including having to let staff go, we continue to provide a range of arts education and programming for members of our community,” said McHugh.

“Powered by volunteer energy, good things keep happening at the KAC and your support will help to make it possible for us to hire staff again, and offer the full slate of activities as soon as public health conditions allow.”

Due to growing restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, no public celebration has yet been planned for the art center’s 60th anniversary.

However, McHugh said she hopes community members will consider KAC during the season of giving, to support and ensure future programming.

“We know that so many people value the KAC and all it has brought to our community for the past 60 years. We hope everyone gives what they can so that we can look forward together to many more decades of the arts for everyone in our community,” McHugh said. 


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