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The West Kortright Centre is a community-based not-for-profit arts organization housed in the former West Kortright Church. The Centre provides an eclectic blend of world-class performances, in-depth learning opportunities, and visual arts exhibits while preserving the legacy of its historic landmark building, beautiful rural setting, and use as a communal gathering place.
From Blues to Bach, fiction to farm fairs, garden tours to gala dances, the West Kortright Centre offers performances, workshops, gallery exhibits, and community gatherings in a historic country church building in a rural valley in the northern Catskill Mountains.
The Scots-Irish who farmed this rich land built their church at a natural meeting place, the convergence of three roads with the old Catskill Turnpike. The elegant classic structure, built in 1850, served them for 121 years. In 1971, the church closed its doors, its congregants leaving behind a rich legacy of spiritual and social service to the community.
In 1975, the valley's residents vowed to save the building, with its beautiful stained glass windows, kerosene chandeliers, and rich woodwork. The church began its second life of service. Now a Historic Landmark, the Greek Revival structure became home to The West Kortright Centre, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to excellence in arts programming and presentation -- a renewed commitment to community.
Each year we depend on our volunteers to get us through the season. Just as volunteers came together in 1975 to restore the building and build this organization, we now depend on people like you to ensure our future in this community.
- Jenny Rosenzweig
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