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New Hope Arts $250,000 matching gift challenge met


The New Hope Arts Center has met Stephen and Pamela Can’s private $250,000 matching gift challenge.

Their gift was announced in May, making it the Arts Center’s largest private monetary donation since its opening in 2002.

“The now-satisfied Can match has genuinely ‘elevated’ our “Elevate the Arts” campaign in astonishing record time and beautifully demonstrates how the community values what New Hope Arts has accomplished over the past 20 years and truly wants to see it built upon this successful foundation,” said Larry Keller, chairman of the New Hope Arts Board.

He said the support had “inspired a new anonymous donor to step forward to create their own matching gift for our campaign in the amount of $50,000.” The additional gift has a matching deadline of Dec. 31, which Keller said was “perfectly timed for our hopeful groundbreaking in January 2023.”

The Elevate the Arts Capital Campaign was announced in May with the fundraising goal of $750,000 by the close of 2023. Funds raised will also be allocated to expand other programming that will include media, performance, and literary art forms, plus a multi-phase renovation.

Janina Akins, board member and director of the capital campaign, said NHA was grateful to all donors and hope their confidence encourages other to donate.

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