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New Hope Colony Foundation for the Arts a revised name for Phillips’ Mill Foundation


The Phillips’ Mill Foundation for the Arts (PMFA) has changed its name to the New Hope Colony Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) effective Jan. 1.
The decision to change the name of the foundation was made to more closely align with its mission to “save, preserve and reactivate the artist community of Phillips’ Mill through the creation of a new global artist colony at the birthplace of Pennsylvania Impressionism and the New Hope School.”
“The New Hope Colony Foundation for the Arts’ name more clearly communicates our stewardship role for the historic place at Phillips’ Mill and the larger idea of the New Hope Colony itself. Our mission and ambition draw from both the storied legacy of the colony’s beginnings at Phillips’ Mill – but also from the larger community of New Hope with which the colony became formally associated.
“Pennsylvania Impressionist and founder, William Lathrop, originally named it the New Hope Colony. With this alignment of our foundation and the artist residency, we look forward to sharing anew both the remarkable history and future of the New Hope Colony,” said Brett Webber, founder and president of the foundation.

With its new identity in the community and the art world at-large, the New Hope Colony Foundation for the Arts will embark on its accelerated plans to advance the restoration of its buildings and grounds, its international New Hope Colony Artist Residency, and its first public exhibition, “Founders & Fellows.”
Open to the public in June, this exhibition will celebrate the founders of the original art colony and the young fellows who participated its first Artist Residency in 2021. It will be on view at Foundation House in the historic village at Phillips Mill to welcome Bucks County residents and visitors as a destination for art and architecture throughout the summer months.
The New Hope Colony Foundation for the Arts LLC is s a 501(c)3 independent nonprofit that has been established to save and restore the Phillips Mill Historic District through acquisition, restoration and adaptive reuse of historic structures and the reestablishment of a vibrant artist residency community that lives and works here throughout the year.