2018 Annual Appeal for Financial Support
Dear Friend of the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center,
Thank you for making 2018 a remarkable year at Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center!
Our beautiful landmarked buildings housing the Grand Parlor at 9 Vassar Street, the VBI Theater at 12 Vassar Street, and art galleries were once again bustling with numerous fun-filled special events, theatrical productions, musical concerts, and art exhibits bringing thousands of visitors through our doors. Over 45 diverse productions were presented on our stage, some of which were produced by youth-based mentoring programs of local theater companies, and we showcased a total of 26 artists of varying styles in our three gallery spaces.
Collaborating with the Willow Dance Center, we presented A Day of Dance featuring former New York City Ballet principal dancer, Wendy Whalen, who taught master classes in ballet and held a Q & A session after the showing of her biographical film “Restless Creature”. We also co-sponsored the first annual PoughETRY Fest with funds administered by Arts Mid-Hudson highlighting both the spoken word and lyrics with musical accompaniment. Dutchess County Poet Laureate, Bettina Gold Wilkerson, spearheaded this all-inclusive creative endeavor that encompassed video submissions of verses from “Song of Myself” paying special tribute to Walt Whitman. On Father’s Day weekend, we participated in the 3rd Annual Poughkeepsie Open Studio Tour and were represented in the Father’s Day Parade. Andres San Millan, artist and co-director of Cocoon Theater Company, created a spectacular float of the VBI Theater for the parade that culminated with a performance in the theater presented by Art Effects. Additionally, our Valentine’s Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tasting, 12th Annual Magnolia Party, and 2nd Annual Murder Mystery Masquerade Dinner all proved to be successful fundraisers with the generosity of our sponsors, patrons, and volunteers.
Your ongoing support secures our future!
As we prepare for a robust roster of events for 2019, we feel blessed that we have dedicated patrons such as you who are passionate about helping us meet the artistic and educational needs of the Hudson Valley. By making a year-end gift today, you will help us continue to provide the community with an enduring cultural institution. To make your tax-deductible contributions go even further, the Board of Directors of the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center will be collectively matching up to $2,500.
Together we can ensure that your art center will remain a welcoming place for all to enjoy!
Andrew Burgreen, Executive Director
What if there was a place you could hear a brass quartet ensemble, participate in a poetry slam, learn to move to the Salsa beat, see Shakespeare’s work come alive, view a vibrant watercolor exhibit and sip tea in a Victorian parlor? What if all these opportunities and more were housed in two 130 year old landmark buildings in the middle of a neighborhood undergoing a renaissance; where galleries, restaurants, other historic sites, the railroad station and the majestic Hudson River are only blocks away?
Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center!
The Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. It exists to meet the cultural needs of the community by providing venues for both professional and amateur artists to showcase their talent in music, dance, fine and visual arts AND to preserve the two historically significant structures.
Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center is an ArtHop participant.