Opus 40 in Saugerties receives $ 300,000 grant to repair its master sculpture – Daily Freeman
SAUGERTIES, NY – Opus 40 has been selected for a multi-year grant of $ 300,000 from the National Parks Service / Save America’s Treasure to repair and preserve the 6.5-acre bluestone sculpture at the center of a 57-acre property.
“It is incredibly gratifying for Harvey Fite’s sculptural masterpiece to receive this level of support and attention through the National Parks Service,” said Jonathan Becker, President of Opus 40, in a statement.
The grant requires one-on-one correspondence, which, according to Becker, “will inspire the board, members of Opus 40 and the many people in the community who have been inspired by Fite’s work to come together in order to preserve this unique treasure “.
Tax deductible contributions can be made online at opus40.org/support-sculpture-repair.
Opus 40, a non-profit organization, has increased its fundraising in recent years, growing its members’ income and receiving awards from several foundations and the New York State Council on the Arts. Overall, revenue has grown by more than 400% since 2018, according to the grant release, laying the groundwork for the conservation plan required by Fite’s work.
Details of the sculpture preservation project will be announced in 2022.
In addition to the sculpture work, Opus 40 will work simultaneously with the Tahawus Trails Foundation on a multi-year process of trail development, site mapping and public art.