With our thanks: we officially have a HOME for ART

ASCC Thanks Carl Whitbeck for Pro Bono Legal Services to Secure a Home

Whitbeck, Benedict & Smith LLP logoWe extend our thanks to Carl Whitbeck, Jr., partner of Whitbeck, Benedict & Smith LLP (436 Union Street, Hudson NY) for the generous gift of his legal services to secure the donation of ASCC’s historic 1880 schoolhouse and grounds located in Ghent NY. The closing for this donation, ensuring a historic schoolhouse was preserved for community service and benefit, was Thursday February 21, 2019.

Carl Whitbeck, Jr. is a Partner of Whitbeck, Benedict & Smith LLP of Hudson NY. Mr. Whitbeck has provided extensive services to community nonprofits and is an avid art collector. Mr. Whitbeck received his J.D. degree from Albany Law School of Union University in 1974, and his bachelor’s degree (history) from Williams College in 1970. More information is on the firm’s website: www.wbsllp.com.

Nicole Furnée, owner of the Chatham Bookstore, donated the structure and land to ASCC. She was a member of the founding Board of ASCC. Furnée was raised in the Netherlands and has lived in Columbia County for two decades. She is a strong supporter of the arts, environment and education and resides in Ghent, NY.

ASCC, a nonprofit community organization, is entering its seventh year of operation and serves nearly 1800 people annually with free and affordable art programming. Exhibits, lectures and classes are held in ASCC’s schoolhouse, and ASCC does free art outreach with 9 community libraries, works with 5 school districts, and does additional programming at community festivals and senior centers.

 

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