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Opus 40 receives $300K to repair, reserve sculpture

Sep 26, 2021 5:45 am

The Daily Freeman is reporting Opus 40 in Saugerties has been awarded a National Parks Service, Save America’s Treasure multiyear $300,000 grant to repair and preserve the 6.5-acre bluestone sculpture at the center of the 57-acre property. “It is incredibly gratifying for Harvey Fite’s masterwork sculpture to receive this level of support and attention through the National Parks Service,” Jonathan Becker, president of Opus 40, said in a statement. The grant requires a one-to-one match, which Becker said “will incentivize the board, members of Opus 40 and the many people in the community who have been inspired by Fite’s work to mobilize in order to preserve this unique treasure.” The nonprofit organization has increased its fundraising in recent years and has received awards from various foundations and the New York State Council on the Arts. Its revenue has increased more than 400 percent, Becker said, since 2018, laying the groundwork for the conservation plan that Fite’s work requires. Details about the sculpture preservation project will be announced in 2022. Opus 40 is also working with the Tahawus Trails Foundation on trail development, site mapping and public art. Read more in the Daily Freeman.

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