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Annual Appeal

Annual Appeal



Annual Appeal

Annual Appeal


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October, 2016

Dear Friends of Castle Hill,

With your generous support this past January Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill purchased Edgewood Farm. This significant expansion attests to the optimism and enthusiasm of you, the diverse community that is the all-inclusive, always growing Castle Hill family!

Now that the property has been acquired, and the renovations have begun, we are in a transformative moment; we need your help so we can get to the next level.  We are looking to you our donors and supporters with our Annual Appeal for financial support to help us meet our general operating needs and make it through the off-season while we create a vibrant and exciting line up for 2017.

Here are a few of the highlights of the past year:

·       250 people who came from 33 states and 8 countries attended the 10th International Encaustic Conference, with coordinated exhibits throughout Truro and Provincetown.  This year was especially important because Castle Hill was able to purchase the rights to the conference from founder and director Joanne Mattera.

·       This summer at Edgewood Farm, nine workshops were held outdoors and in the studio buildings and visiting faculty were comfortably housed in the Barn.

·       We had an exciting summer of workshops with sell out classes by respected teachers such as Charles and Linda Riggs, Antonia Ramis Miguel, Larry Horowitz, Guy Wolf, Judy Pfaff, Mark Doty, Carol Pelletier, Joan Snyder and may other great instructors!

·       The Mark Bittman “Get Roasted & Smoked” dinner with collaborator David Grayson as Barbeque/Smoke Master was a sell-out sensation again this year at the Pamet Yacht Club.

·        Edgewood Farm was the perfect site for a Garden Party in July, an August Farm-to-Table Gala and performances by Bread and Puppet Theatre!

During our Annual Appeal, we hope all of you will again recognize the importance of your financial support, remembering that every contribution can provide significant revenue for all the distinctive programs that we offer, impacting all those who live in Truro or the outer cape and all of those visitors we see each year.

Please make a donation today and support one of the most unique and welcoming arts communities on Cape Cod.

Thank you for your continued support and generosity,



  Cherie Mittenthal                               Elsa (Tina) Tarantal                                Nancy Rahnasto Osbourne
Executive Director                                       Co-President                                                  Co-President


A non-profit arts education institution.


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Arts Leadership Members:
To receive your discount on workshops please call the office at 508-349-7511

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                                                                                                                      July 1, 2016


Dear Castle Hill Family and Friends,

The membership experience at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill provides you with diverse, exciting and unique opportunities. Whether you’ve been in a workshop, attended a lecture, joined us for a fundraiser or attended a back-deck party, you’ve just had a taste of what Castle Hill has to offer. The addition of Edgewood Farm has given us the opportunity to enhance all that we offer, from more lectures and workshops to an artist-in-residency program. If you haven’t considered joining us as a member before, now is the time. If you’ve been a member, we want to thank you for your support and generosity and please consider renewing this summer.

Why become a member? For starters, you’ll receive discounts on the classes you enroll in, and you’ll be among the first to know about the most sought-after workshops. You’ll have special pricing for events like the Farm to Table Gala at Edgewood Farm and the Mark Bittman dinner. You’ll pay nothing to attend our Pamet River Float, be eligible to show your work in two members-only exhibits and receive a special discount at our Castle Hill shop. We also have a member’s only special event coming up later this summer!

There are lots of ways to join our special community, ranging from an individual, one-year $50 membership, to a $100 family membership to our benefactor level of $5000. Whatever level you choose, you’ll find yourself meeting and enjoying the company of professional artists, writers, local residents and out-of-town vacationers -- the kind of mix that makes this such a special place.

Need more encouragement? We are hosting the 12th Provincetown Dance Festival; the Pamet Float and Cookout; the John Bunker Lecture Series featuring Sandor Katz; the Woody English Chair master-class and performance with Bread and Puppet Theater; a Summer Farm to Table Gala at Edgewood; and Paint the Race at the Provincetown Schooner Regatta. These are the makings of a summer you’ll never forget.

Joining us as a member, or renewing your membership, will be the best possible way to show your support. We will be deeply grateful and excited to have you with us!

Many thanks for your generosity and support,


Cherie Mittenthal                                             Alicia Moretti

Executive Director                                          Marketing and Development Coordinator


The Membership Committee

John Koch
E.J. Kahn III
Lynne Rucki Hultin



Support Castle Hill with a year-long membership and receive a Castle Hill bag, and the following benefits:

Individual ($50): $10 off the cost of one workshop*
Family/Couple ($100): $10 off the cost of two workshops*
Scholarship ($250): $10 off the cost of three workshops*

*You will receive a $10 coupon when you sign up as a Member


Master ($500): 10% off the cost of two workshops
Collector ($1,000): 10% off the cost of three workshops
Connoisseur ($2,500): 10% off the cost of all workshops
Benefactor ($5,000): 20% off the cost of all workshops


Capital Campaign

Capital Campaign

Capital Campaign

Capital Campaign

We Appreciate Your Support!

We did it! We closed on Edgewood Farm on January 7th! With no debt! We still need your support!


Castle Hill expands
to Edgewood Farm


In the summer of 2013, the family of Castle Hill co-founder, Eleanor Meldahl, presented us with a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to acquire her family property - the historic 11-acre “Edgewood Farm” – at a family price.   Since then,  Castle Hill has concluded a thorough feasibility study,  five year plan and much more by the end of 2014, to  answer one key question:  Acquire Edgewood? The answer is resoundingly “Yes!"  Here’s why.  

Edgewood Farm is one of the last large tracts of private land In Truro. Containing both historic and new structures, it is ideally suited to the program aims and needs of Castle Hill, it is entirely in keeping with the values of this community to both grow and preserve the historic and natural beauty of Truro, and it allows Castle Hill to introduce new program elements that build upon and open up our remarkable offerings to the community. It also allows Castle Hill to fulfill a long-time dream of offering an Artists’ Residency Program.

The original farmhouse  (Main House) was built around 1849 and was expanded in 1931. By the time the Meldahls bought the farm in 1964,  Edgewood included a large renovated barn, guest house, cottage, work/wood shop, orchard, open space and gardens.  The “farm” had begun to revert to magnificent woodlands, which now form the bulk of the property. Since then, the Meldahls had added a spacious studio cabin, a writing shed, and a seasonal yurt.  All of these spaces are is good usable shape, and modification for Castle Hill’s uses is easily doable.  Edgewood also abuts the Cape Cod National Seashore with its miles of trails and fire roads and Castle Hill will preserve half the woodland acreage of Edgewood through an arrangement with the Truro Conservation Trust.   This provides and preserves a large area of unprecedented beauty and tranquility, so essential to the creative process.   In other words, Edgewood is a perfect place for an active, engaged, and creative community to call home.  
Acquiring Edgewood makes it possible for Castle Hill to operate its current Meetinghouse Campus while introducing new elements, including:

  •  Residential spaces for short-term use by students and faculty in season

  •  Off-season residential spaces for Artists in Residence 

  •  Year-round studios and work spaces  for individual and small group work, including a large heated  printmaking studio


  •  Additional class room  and seminar spaces 

  •  Updated wood/metal shops and fabrication labs to complement the ceramic studio for 3-D work.  

  •  Community spaces for indoor and outdoor gatherings -  from concerts to readings,  from culinary to cultural events

  •  Spaces for our arts partners -  other arts organizations in the region -  to collaborate on events and programs together in theater, film, music and more

  •  Open-air sculpture gardens!

  •  New media programs, including trans-disciplinary, digital, and installation art 

  •  Expanded digital resources and spaces, including music and film


Castle Hill has been given an extraordinary opportunity to acquire  the beautiful,  historic Edgewood Farm.  This will allow us to improve all programs, add long-desired programs, and upgrade space and equipment. After much hard work and increasing excitement over the possibility, our Board has created a $2.8 M capital campaign to acquire, renovate and build capital capacity to sustain Edgewood, enhance our current Meetinghouse campus, and provide richer, more diverse program offerings as well.  We have identified more than half of this amount already -  and hope you will be part of the team that carries us over the finish line!  




Planned Giving

Planned Giving 2015

Planned Giving

Planned Giving 2015

Leave a Legacy

Your commitment to the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill can extend beyond your lifetime. Help ensure that generations of future visitors and students will be inspired, educated and informed by great art. Consider Castle Hill as you plan for your financial future. A simple bequest in your will can provide an important gift that will honor your memory. Various tax-advantaged opportunities exist to provide current or future income for yourself, your heirs and the Center. A gift now to the School's endowment will provide perpetual income to support future programs and exhibitions. Please contact the director's office if you are interested in discussing a planned gift to Castle Hill. We will work with you to meet your personal philanthropic and financial goals while advancing the School's mission.

A New Use for Your IRA

A new law has made it possible to use accumulated assets in an IRA to support Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 allows certain individuals to make gifts to charitable organizations directly from a traditional or Roth IRA without any tax implications. If you are age 70 ½ or older, you can give up to $100,000 a year for 2015 by transferring funds directly from the IRA to the School. Although not tax-deductible as a gift, the direct distribution is not reportable as taxable income to you and may help you meet your required IRA distribution levels.

You can still use your IRA to support the School after your death by naming Castle Hill as a beneficiary. This helps avoid the payment of any estate tax by your children or other individual beneficiaries. With this new law in place you can also experience the positive result of your generosity on Castle Hill programs while you are living. It’s also a great way to make a pledge payment or just give Castle Hill an extra boost.

For more information about Planned Giving
contact Cherie Mittenthal Executive Director,
or call 508-349-7511

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Inc, is a Massachusetts charitable corporation, exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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Robert Henry and Selina Trieff Residency Scholarship


Robert Henry and Selina Trieff Residency Scholarship

Robert Henry and Selina Trieff Residency Scholarship

This scholarship is given to a deserving artist whose primary medium is painting. It is awarded once a year to an artist accepted into the Artist Residency Program at Edgewood Farm (first residency dates TBA). The scholarship provides funding for a one month residency period at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill at our Edgewood Farm Campus.

About Robert Henry and Selina Trieff:

The scholarship honors the legacy of two unique masters of painting: the husband and wife team of Robert Henry and Selina Trieff.  Their exemplary work and support for the arts is intricately connected to the Cape Cod arts community. Selina Trieff passed away in 2014, Robert Henry and Selina Trieff (in memoriam) were honored at a Board-hosted New York City Event in April 2016 and in their honor Castle Hill created a Scholarship.