Montauk Artists' Association, Inc.
|We are an association of professional and amateur artists who
wish to bring art and art education to the East End
of Long Island. We are continuing to search for sources
that will enable the Association to provide the services
that our original mandate describes.
We have two
projects at hand. Besides our interest in funding
our educational intentions and promoting art
in general, we have a major building project.
In 1998, we acquired the Montauk terminal building
of the Long Island Railroad. This building
had been abandoned by the MTA about 28 years
before we leased it. Our arrangements with
the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was
that in lieu of rent we would restore and maintain
the building. The money invested in the restoration
would be fully refunded to us in the unlikely
case that they should ever want the building
back. We have raised modest funds. Our fund raising efforts, some grants
from the Town of East Hampton and a special
Jazz Festival in 2000 enabled us to pay for $150,000 worth of renovation,
completing the interior. A full Art Gallery
is in the first floor waiting room where artists
show their work and we have classrooms/studios
and a darkroom on the second floor.
During the restoration we
discovered that the building was located over
running water and that the entire core of the
structure was rotted. We repaired and replaced
one third of the floor in the Gallery and all
the walls and ceilings on both floors. We replaced
the wiring and plumbing. We have installed
a water control system of pumps in the basement.
What remains to be funded is the outside. The sheathing
under the exterior siding and the siding itself must be replaced.
The contractors estimate for the work is $100,000. This is what
we need to address.
In the past,
we have qualified for grants from the Town
of East Hampton's Dept of Human Services and
Art in Public Places. These funds were directed
toward the reconstruction of the building.
The Town no longer addresses these projects.
We received a grant from the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation
expressly directed to fund children's art education.
We created the free children's programs. The funds
lasted several years, but are now spent. If you would
like to contribute to the Saturday morning classes that
run throughout the summer, please let
us know. Donations are IRS deductable to the full
extent of the law. The Percy Heath Arts Scholarship is funded through our lottery and member donations.
A brief history of
our activities is elsewhere on this web-site
as well as our education program schedule
and our fund raising schedule. We trust you
will find our programs appropriate to our
size and location and that you will be interested
in assisting our future development.
You may contact us through
email at email@example.com or
at Post Office Box 2751, Montauk, New York,
We thank you in
advance for any help you might be able to
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