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January 24, 2013

Hartwick arts center gets $100,000 grant

Hartwick College has been awarded $100,000 from the George I. Alden Trust toward a project to improve the air system in the Anderson Center for the Arts.

“We’re pleased,’’ Maggie Arthurs of the Oneonta college’s development office, said Wednesday. “It’s great because not many foundations any more are funding capital projects.’’

The award was competitive, said Arthurs, who wrote the grant application after interviewing faculty and with the college president’s support.

The George I. Alden Trust, of Worcester, Mass., has awarded Hartwick eight grants totaling $380,000, including the recent allocation, in support of five building projects since 1985, Arthurs said.

Hartwick, a private, liberal arts college, applied for the grant in October and heard about the award in December, said Arthurs, director of corporate, foundation and government relations at the college. The plans and schedule for Anderson Center renovations are under development, she said.

The recent grant from the Alden Trust will enable Hartwick to continue to offer “an exceptional liberal arts education in which the arts are a prominent and important component for all students,’’ a media release from the college said.

Specifially, the grant will be used toward installation of a new, more efficient air handling system with automated sensors, the release said, and the new, intelligent systems will promote comfort while reducing costs.

The Anderson Center, situated at the foot of Oyaron Hill, is a 66,000-square-foot building. The center has classrooms, practice rooms, recording studios, music technology lab, art studios, as well as display areas and galleries, a 180-seat theater and an outdoor sculpture garden.

The center, a visually distinctive building with large windows, is the site of many programs and exhibitions open to the public.

In 2011, Hartwick offered 294 courses in the arts, with 922 students enrolled in at least one of those courses, the release said. The college enrolls about 1,500 students.

According to the Alden Trust website, George I. Alden established the trust Aug. 24, 1912, to promote education in schools, colleges or other educational institutions. The trustees support institutions that demonstrate a combination of educational excellence, exciting programming, and efficient and effective administration.

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