Press Release: Art Omi Pavilions Secures a $2 Million Grant from The Market New York/Regional Economic Councils to Ignite Art and Tourism in Chatham

Art Omi Pavilions Secures a $2 Million Grant from The Market New York/Regional Economic Councils to Ignite Art and Tourism in Chatham

Rendering Courtesy of Art Omi

 

CHATHAM, NY – DEC. 18, 2023 – In a groundbreaking development for the arts scene in Chatham, New York, Art Omi, a distinguished not-for-profit arts center, proudly announces the receipt of a $2 million grant from The Market New York/Regional Economic Councils for their visionary project, Art Omi Pavilions (Pavilions) in Chatham.

The grant serves as a catalyst for the realization of 18 innovative Pavilions, poised to become a vibrant visitors’ hub and cultural landscape in Hudson Valley.

“New York State is supporting our growing communities by investing in shovel-ready projects that will encourage job creation and help boost local economies,” said Governor Hochul,  “The range of these projects reflects crucial Regional Economic Development Council input from the stakeholders who know their local assets and industries best, helping us to make strategic investments to create opportunity in our communities, both now and for the future.”

The Pavilions sits on a sprawling 190-acre site and will captivate visitors with unique standalone exhibitions by esteemed artists and collectors. The development aims to redefine the exhibition experience, allowing creatives to showcase their work authentically, free from institutional constraints.

“This grant serves as a pivotal step in elevating Art Omi into global cultural prominence, enhancing Chatham’s charm,” said Ruth Adams, co-executive director of Art Omi with Jeremy Adams. “The Pavilions, envisioned as an international arts haven, will beckon visitors to experience unique architectural expressions, legacy art exhibitions, and will offer exposure to world-class art collections. This transformative project not only fosters creativity and diversity but also solidifies Art Omi as a beacon that will attract tourists, locals, and art enthusiasts worldwide.”

The funding follows a $5 million grant from The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) in June 2023, emphasizing the regional recognition and support for this innovative project.

Located along Hudson Valley’s art route, the Pavilions will form a vital link between iconic landmarks such as Storm King, Dia:Beacon, Magazzino, Forge Project, Foreland, Jack Shainman Gallery: The School, up to The Clark, and MASS MoCA.

“The project’s mission is to advance the legacy and collective power of creative expression from leading artists, architects and collectors in an inclusive and sustainable natural landscape,” said Francis Greenburger, founder of Art Omi. “The visitor experience of self-guided exploration will be informed by the landscape of woodlands, meadows, and 360-degree Hudson Valley views, intermingled with unique built structures by world-class architects, all activated by dynamic artworks.”

The anticipated groundbreaking of the site is scheduled for Spring 2024, with the first phase of the project expected to open to the public in the Fall of 2025.

To learn more about the Art Omi Pavilions, visit the website at https://artomipavilions.org/.

About Art Omi

Art Omi is a not-for-profit arts center with a 120-acre sculpture and architecture park and gallery, residency programs for international artists, writers, translators, musicians, architects and dancers. For more information, visit https://artomi.org/.

About the Art Omi Pavilions @ Chatham

The Art Omi Pavilions is a not-for-profit arts center that will be comprised of 12 to 18 individual Pavilions, which will display legacy exhibitions of highly distinguished artists and architects on a stunning hilltop site in Chatham, New York. Our mission is to advance the legacy and collective power of creative expression from leading artists, architects and collectors in an inclusive and sustainable natural landscape. To learn more, visit https://artomipavilions.org/.