KAC receives funds to cope with pandemic

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CLINTON — Kirkland Art Center, 9 1/2 E. Park Row, has set out to make an impact in the community that will help to ensure access to the arts for people of all ages and abilities during the COVID-19 pandemic with an award from The Community Foundation.

Through a $1,530 investment from the Jack and Trudy Owens Fund of The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, the organization will purchase protective equipment and supplies needed to meet public health requirements and continue to offer arts programming in a safe environment for students, volunteers, instructors, staff and visitors. 

“The pandemic has presented us all with many challenges, especially non-profit organizations. This award makes it possible for the KAC to keep our community members healthy while engaging with the arts,” said Damhnait McHugh, board co-president. “We are so glad we can continue with some programs and look forward to welcoming everyone back to a full slate of arts activities as soon as we can all safely gather together again.” 

For the past 60 years, the KAC has pursued its mission to educate children and adults in the arts, to advocate for artists and the arts, and to engage the community in a range of cultural experiences and opportunities.

Despite the challenges this year has brought, the KAC continues to provide a range of arts education and programming for members of the community, including: dance classes for almost 90 children, art exhibitions online and in the Gallery (Saturdays from 1-4 p.m.), outdoor Zumba (while the weather lasted!), a “Free for All” event that made arts and crafts supplies available to community members, and a new, donor-funded Snowed-In Artist-in-Residence program in collaboration with The Garret on the Green.

For information about the Kirkland Art Center, visit www.kacny.org or call 315-853-8871.

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