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New Hope Arts Center expands program to include all arts, live performances


New Hope Arts enters 2022 with much to celebrate, including its past two decades of arts and cultural success, featuring over 8,500 works by visual artists in more than 150 exhibitions.
Kicking off its 20th anniversary year, NHA will further celebrate through new, expansive programming of collaborative performance art, including live music, theatrical presentations, and poetry, all to complement its existing array of annual programming.
Additionally, New Hope Arts looks forward to taking the iconic center to the “next level” with its much-anticipated installation of an elevator, made possible by a Community and Economic Development grant from the State of Pennsylvania. This new addition will enable the nonprofit arts organization to improve ease of facility access in its ongoing effort to serve the arts community.
“Realizing our 20th anniversary is truly something to be proud of, starting with how founder Robin Larsen conceived NHA in 2002, as she knew an extraordinary place needed to be born,” Executive Director of NHA Carol Cruickshanks said.
“She took on the great responsibility of offering a dynamic exhibition, gathering and programming space for the deeply artistic voice this community holds and attracts. Robin understood the importance, reinstating New Hope as a top national arts destination.
“We’re delighted to say how proud we are as an arts organization to have realized this vision through the vibrant array of the major exhibitions we offer here at NHA, ranging from sculpture, wood, painting, photography, fine artisan crafts, and new media installations. We’ve featured over 8,500 artworks by visual artists throughout the community and nation and always encourage emerging artists to get involved, to expand their exposure and professional growth.”
With the excitement and anticipation of the 20th anniversary, NHA’s dedicated board and volunteers reached out to the community and NHA supporters at large, asking what they would like to see from the ever-growing arts center.

“We were surprised by our discoveries, and felt privileged to receive the timely and detailed responses we did; and with this, NHA is thrilled to announce that we are working hard to launch and fulfill their requests for NHA to now additionally include performance and literary arts, which will be the perfect complement to our programming calendar that so many have come to rely on and enjoy,” Bill Scandone, president of the board, said. “Furthermore, the elevator installation will aid in making our center even more welcoming while providing ease of access; this is an improvement we are truly looking forward to offering in the near future.”

January started the annual Membership Drive for NHA, with individual memberships priced at $30.
NHA is engaged with other arts and cultural institutions, including Artsbridge, New Hope Art League, New Hope Film Festival, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope Historical Society, Echo Lake Conference, Bucks County Community College, Riverside Symphonia, Phillips Mill Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Center for Photography.
An artist membership with NHA offers eligibility to juried shows, discounted show application fees, individual artist website links, insider NHA news; other memberships available include family, contributor and supporter. Visit to activate your 2022-2023 membership and help celebrate NHA’s 20th anniversary.