Anonymous donor offers Art School a challenge

HARLEMVILLE–The Art School of Columbia County (ASCC) has launched a capital campaign to provide a permanent home for its school education programs, and its art classes and studios for artists of all ages. Kathy Kosto, ASSC executive director, made the announcement at the annual Austerlitz Blueberry Festival held here last month.

Ms. Kosto said that a local philanthropist who prefers anonymity has given ASCC a challenge: Raise $20,000 in gifts by December 31, 2018 and the building and grounds will be donated. Fall short and all bets are off.

Both volunteers and staff will be needed to carry the message, explain the benefits and make the “asks” so that the non-profit organization can purchase the building it now occupies in Harlemville at the intersection of county Routes 21/21C and Harlemville Road.

The Art School of Columbia County in Harlemville is raising funds to purchase its current home with the help of an anonymous donor. Photo by Peter Flierl

To date, the campaign has raised 33% of funds it needs.

The mission of the ASSC is to nurture creativity and community through the visual arts for all ages, skills, and means, and 70% of its outreach programs reach students K-12 in free art programs in libraries and schools; it also runs Art & Memories programs for seniors and art classes for all ages.

In a related development, Betsy Braley, president of ASSC, announced the Second Annual Summer Fundraiser at Hudson-Chatham Winery, 1900 Rt 66, Ghent Saturday, August 18 from 5-7:30 p.m. The event will feature live music by Abby Lappen, winery tours, a drawing class and door prizes. Order tickets at Art School of Columbia County.

More information is at or call 518-672-7140.

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