KAC marks 60 years of community arts

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CLINTON — Kirkland Art Center, 9 1/2 E. Park Row, will host its historical 60th annual gathering — in-person and online — that will reflect on the challenges of the past year and celebrate 60 years of community arts for all ages and abilities with the launch of the once-in-a-generation capital campaign, Raise the Roof, at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 21.

Sixty years ago, the art center became a cultural anchor for the Village of Clinton and Town of Kirkland, offering diverse programming for residents of all ages and abilities, and attracting students and patrons from across the Mohawk Valley and beyond.

With exhibitions, art and dance classes for all ages, and a year-round schedule of concerts, performances, collaborations, and community events, the KAC has become a vital asset in making the area a desirable place to live, work, and study, said Executive Director David Fitzgerald.

As the KAC celebrates 60 years as a vibrant community gathering place and a hub of support for artists and the arts, the art center is also planning for the next 60 years. For the first time in over 30 years, they are launching a capital campaign for the art center, Raise the Roof.

The campaign will address two top priorities: to make urgently needed renovations and repairs to the roof and windows of the historic building that houses the art center, and to build an exciting new culinary arts program in response to community interest.

With a goal of $300,000 to be reached by June 2022, the campaign is already off to a great start with almost $100,000 in gifts and awards already made or pledged. The campaign launch will be immediately following the Annual Meeting. A highlight of the launch will be the public announcement of the largest gift in the history of the organization, which is being made in the form of a commitment to match all donations until the goal is reached. 

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