June 27, 2022

Dearest Community:

With your support last year, we launched 2022 strongly with programs, performances, and special events. So what’s happening at Hubbard Hall?

  • We’ve been producing programs and performances throughout the global pandemic, in addition to managing four historic buildings and major facilities updates, including new restrooms in the Hall, the painting of the Beacon Feed, and securing new funding from NYSCA for new HVAC, sound, and audience seating.
  • Since July 2020, we’ve managed hundreds of classes on our campus and as of spring 2021 we’ve continued to produce the CCS Drama Club program in house with cabarets and two full productions.
  • Between The Susan B. Anthony Project in October 2020, My Witch in October 2021, And Then There Were None in November 2021, and Cinderella in March 2022, we presented dozens of cabaret, music, and theater performances and even facilitated a playwriting program for local residents to write about their experiences during COVID-19, which led to an evening of staged readings titled Our Stories in May 2021.
  • We’ve hosted four artist residencies, both in person and online, over the past two years.
  • Just since April, we’ve hosted six major events and performances while wrapping up spring classes and launching summer programs.
  • In addition to our main campus, we also continue to own and operate the Cambridge Community Garden. 
  • In the next two months (July-August) we’ll produce four major programs for kids ages 5-18 for a month, as well as adult classes, and produce or present at least twelve performances of music and theater for the community, including Free Shakespeare.
  • At the same time, we’re planning major facilities updates and a slate of classes and performances for the fall. Our schedule and events are always available via hubbardhall.org or via our weekly e-blasts. People can sign up for e-blasts on our site.
  • During all of the difficult work during the pandemic, the Hall was also able to secure a large amount of federal funding and our first ever major bequest of just over $800K, leaving the Hall in better financial shape than ever.
  • Our board is meeting in August to begin a new strategic planning process towards the next stages of growth for Hubbard Hall. If you’d like to tell us what YOU think is most important about Hubbard Hall, email your ideas to info@hubbardhall.org.

For over four decades, Hubbard Hall has engaged thousands of students, artists, and audience members in acclaimed productions of theater, opera, music, and dance; built a top-notch education program; and served as an engine for cultural and economic development. We work tirelessly to cultivate, sustain, and promote the cultural life of our rural community. We care deeply about our community, as we know you do.

All of this work has been rewarding but challenging. We want to continue to grow back all of our offerings in 2022/23. We want to serve our community for many years to come. We want to continue to protect and improve our historic structures. But we continue to need your support. Can you help us? Your support has made all of the difference over the past two years. We’ve proven that, together, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish. Thanks in advance for your help!

Sincerely,

David A. Snider                                                   Margaret Surowka
Executive & Artistic Director                           Chair, Board of Directors

P.S. It’s easy to give. Please give online or by mailing your check to Hubbard Hall, 25 East Main St., Cambridge, NY 12816. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a Sustaining Donor (with easy monthly payments, assuring you are helping every month without worry), planned gifts or gifts of stocks and securities, please reach out to me at 518.677.2495. Thank you!

Hubbard Hall for All

Hubbard Hall strives to enrich the lives of individuals and communities, and offer valuable pathways to learning through the arts. In collaboration with individual donors and funders, Hubbard Hall for All guarantees that all of our main stage productions are available and accessible for all community members. Hubbard Hall for All provides free tickets to those who serve our community each day, including: Military personnel and their families, Veterans, EMS workers, the Farming Community, Fire and Rescue, Police and those who serve the Special Needs Community. Through the generous sponsorships of local individuals and businesses, we are able to offer these tickets at no charge to qualifying individuals and their families. Call 518-677-2495 for more information.

Hubbard Hall Giving Levels: What kind of gift will you give to our students, audiences and artists?

We encourage you to make a gift that is personally significant to you. Please know that each and every dollar you give will make a big difference in the lives of our students, audiences, and artists and help Hubbard Hall deliver on its missions to enrich the lives of individuals and communities, and offer valuable pathways to learning through the arts. You are certainly not limited to these levels, but hopefully they can give you some ideas on how your gift helps:

Access: $1-$99 (or about $8 per month) – Helps to provide a semester of our award-winning classes for one student in need.

Imagination: $100-$249 (or about $20 per month) – Provides greatly reduced price tickets to one of our productions for up to twenty-five public school students, giving them the rare chance to see professional theater or opera in their own backyard.

Creativity: $250-$499 (or about $40 per month) – Helps purchase supplies (paper, costumes, crayons, paint, glue, string, etc.) for an entire semester of our wonderful education programs for local students in need.

Insight: $500-$999 (or about $80 per month) – Helps to sponsor an artist in residence at Hubbard Hall, giving our local community a golden opportunity to connect with, learn from and train world class talent right here in Washington County, NY.

Inspiration: $1,000 and up (or about $100+ per month) – Helps to sponsor an entire performance of theater, opera, dance or music at Hubbard Hall, giving over a hundred community members an opportunity to see and enjoy world class talent right here in our community.

*Donors will be thanked in a general list of supporters (not by level) unless requesting to remain anonymous.

Sustaining Supporter

Hubbard Hall has now made it easier for you to support Making Art and Community Happen by becoming a Sustaining Supporter of Hubbard Hall. By making a sustaining contribution on a monthly basis by way of a credit card or bank withdrawal it provides Hubbard Hall with steady funding that we can count on and plan for to bring quality programs and performances to our local community all year round. And making an automatic gift is convenient for you and easier on your budget. Set up your recurring donation by credit card or call David Snider at 518-677-2495 for more information. Thank You!

**As you consider your gift, take a look at the great Hubbard Hall Video below that David deVries and John Oakley made for us.  It truly captures what a special place this is and I hope will make you proud to be a part of this great community treasure.

 

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