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Barrett Art Center Recognized with Preservation Grant

[Poughkeepsie, NY] The historic home of Poughkeepsie artist Thomas Weeks Barrett, Jr., now home to the Dutchess County Art Association, has received an $11,600 grant from the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts as part of the 25th round of grant funding through Preserve New York. 
The Award was announced September 12, 2017 at a news conference in Albany, where Barrett Art Center executive director Joanna Frang and Board President Karl Schmitz accepted the award. The grant will be used to help underwrite the cost of preparing a Historic Structures Report for the Center’s 1840s brick townhouse, which is used today as an art gallery and art studio.
"Barrett House and its archival and art collection encompass a large part of our region’s artistic lineage, extending from the Hudson River School, through Barrett’s WPA years, to the present,” says Frang.  “A Historic Structures Report is a first step towards our goal to restore our building and preserve the legacy of Thomas Barrett and the Dutchess County Art Association. We’re extremely proud to receive the acknowledgement and support of both the Preservation League and NYSCA.”
The Center will work with preservation architect Marilyn Kaplan, who has worked on the NYS Capitol, the White House, many of New York’s historic sites, including Staatsburgh and Olana State Historic Sites, and scores of churches, libraries and museums. The report will provide documentary, graphic, and physical information about the property’s history and existing condition in order to guide future preservation projects.
 “At its July 2017 meeting, the Preserve New York panel selected 30 applicants in 21 counties around the state to share $239,634 in funding,” said Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League. “As always, the competition for these funds was intense. We are delighted to help advance the preservation efforts of these organizations with timely funding from Preserve New York.”
 Launched in 1993, Preserve New York makes grants for historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys. Applicants must be a unit of local government or a not-for-profit group with tax-exempt status. The program provides support up to 80% of the project cost. Applicants must provide 20% of the total project cost as a cash match. Grants generally range between $3,000 and $10,000.
Chair of New York State Council on the Arts, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel said: “New York State Council on the Arts is proud to provide funding for its signature grant program, Preserve New York, along with its partners, the Preservation League of New York State, and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. Since 1993, Preserve New York grants have laid the groundwork for restoration projects throughout New York State. This year’s awardees, drawn from 21 counties, are to be commended for their efforts to help us preserve our complex, and many-layered cultural heritage…Preserve New York grants help ensure that our significant architecture, treasured landscapes, historic streetscapes and neighborhoods, continue to share their stories of our past, and inform our plans for the future.”

For more information about the Barrett Art Center, visit www.barrettartcenter.orginfo@barrettartcenter.org;  (845) 471-2550. Barrett Art Center is open to the public Wednesday through Friday, 10am – 3pm and Saturday, Noon-3pm.