Saturday, May 18, 2024

Craigardan awarded $637,000 for new main campus building

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Elizabethtown, NY – Craigardan recently announced a grant award totaling $637,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the organization’s construction of their new Main campus building. This grant is part of a capital project funding announcement by NYSCA, which totals over $32 million to 102 capital projects across New York State.

Craigardan’s new 320 acre campus for artists, scholars, and change-makers was opened to the public in June 2023. Designed by renowned Adirondack architect Nils Luderowski, local craftsmen are constructing the campus buildings in phases. NYSCA’s support for the Main building project will provide grant funds necessary to break ground on the third structure out of five Adirondack-inspired, community-focused buildings.

Craigardan Executive Director Michele Drozd said, “We are grateful to Governor Hochul and the New York State Council on the Arts for recognizing the importance of arts and culture in rural places like the Adirondacks and for prioritizing Craigardan’s long term impact on the region through the architecture of interdisciplinary creative exchange.”

“The over 100 projects we’re supporting through this funding will showcase arts and cultural organizations across the state and spur economic development for decades to come,” Governor Hochul said. “From historic sites to new multi-use arts centers, these diverse projects will expand the accessibility and the sustainability of arts and culture organizations while growing local economies, driving tourism and creating jobs all across New York State.”

New York State Council on the Arts Executive Director Erika Mallin said, “We are grateful to Governor Hochul and the Legislature for their support. These projects are essential to the prosperity and well-being of our creative industry and our communities, especially as we continue to navigate the recovery of our creative sector. This support will help stimulate local economies, catalyze investment in our communities and help to ensure the vibrancy of our cultural organizations for now and for the future. Congratulations to Craigardan, NYSCA is a proud supporter of your contributions to New York’s arts and culture.”

About the New York State Council on the Arts:

The mission of the New York State Council on the Arts is to foster and advance the full breadth of New York State’s arts, culture, and creativity for all. To support the ongoing recovery of the arts across New York State, the Council on the Arts will award $127 million in FY 2024, serving over 2,000 arts organizations and artists across all 10 state regions. The Council on the Arts further advances New York’s creative culture by convening leaders in the field and providing organizational and professional development opportunities and informational resources.

Created by Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1960 and continued with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the Council is an agency that is part of the Executive Branch. For more information on NYSCA, please visit

Craigardan is a nonprofit arts organization and educational working farm supporting interdisciplinary artists, scholars, and change-makers from within the Adirondacks and around the world through creative residencies, public courses and events, and community farm programs.

Photo at top courtesy of Craigardan.

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One Response

  1. Mary Shubert says:

    Where will this be constructed?

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