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Red hook arts group to dissolve
BY HV News Weekend Staff • firstname.lastname@example.org
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 2/1/17
Among all the chaos in the news last week, one local arts group quietly announced it will be closing unless serious funding were to emerge.
“As you might be aware, we have been curtailing activity at Red Hook Community Arts Network for some months, due to fading volunteer participation,” the group stated in a press release.
The communty-driven arts group was established six years ago with a store-front art gallery on Broadway in the Village of Red Hook. The lease of that building will be ending soon and the group will be giving up its spot in Red Hook “unless someone in the community would like to take on the space and the organization.”
In addition to supporting local artists through year round art shows and events at the Red Hook CAN Artists Collective Gallery, the group also supported the village’s outdoor sculpture expos, literary festivals, the Red Hook Film Festival and opening the historic St. Margaret’s Home for multi-media exhibitions.
“We have done all this as a grass-roots organization with volunteer-only effort, conservative spending, and very modest fund-raising,” the statement continued. “Our artists, writers and performers came together to interact with the community and each other, contributing to the vibrancy of Red Hook. We thank everyone who cares about local arts and has worked to further this collaboration, from the Chamber of Commerce who started RHCAN to the many volunteers and participating artists and local businesses who sustained the momentum for these several years.”
The organizational structure is still intact – for now. At the moment, the group still maintains fiscal sponsorship, the website and other backend workings but intends on dismantling it all shortly if there is no interest. “If there were to be a second act for the organization, it would need to be headed by a paid executive director in order to organize new programming, and that would necessitate more strenuous funding.”
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