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New Hope Arts receives $250,000 matching gift challenge


The New Hope Arts Center announced a private $250,000 matching gift challenge at its 20th Anniversary Gala.

The $250,000 contribution from Stephen Can and Pamela Can of New Hope is the largest private monetary donation to the nonprofit arts center since its opening in 2002.

It was offered to support New Hope Arts Center’s Elevate the Arts capital campaign. All capital campaign donations received by Sept. 30, will be matched dollar for dollar up to a maximum of $250,000.

The Elevate the Arts Capital Campaign was first announced May 12, with the fundraising goal of $750,000. Funds raised will also be allocated to expand other programming that will include media, performance, and literary art forms, plus a multi-phase renovation plan presented by Ralph C. Fey Architects, with construction slated to begin in January 2023.

The construction plan features an ADA-compliant elevator, an ADA-compliant restroom, a dramatic front entrance, an enhanced lobby, enlarged staircase, and entrance ramps for the rear entrance.

The state Department of Community and Economic Development provided a grant for the installation of an elevator, and private donors and board members have also contributed in support to date.

“Pam and I have enjoyed New Hope Arts for over a decade, and we are thrilled to help New Hope Arts continue its important leadership role in our community,” Stephen Can said.

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