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.
This is perhaps the most exciting time in the history of Castle Hill as we finalize our first phases of expansion into the glorious Edgewood Farm. The years of planning, commitment and gaining support for this project have been an overwhelming success for all of us who love our thriving community. You have a unique and amazing opportunity to once again partner with us in our continuing transformative journey including the next phases of Edgewood Farm and the expansion of our Artist-in-Residency program.
While you are here on our website, we ask that you take a moment to peruse the on-line catalog and marvel at the range and quality of all the events, workshops, lectures, readings, performances and special programming we have scheduled for you. Our mission is to dazzle and inform your creative inquiry and spirit this year. The Center offers unprecedented opportunities for you to explore every aspect of your creative energy along with the most gifted and inspiring people who gather here to work, teach and share their experiences.
This year we are making the opportunity for renewing or joining our membership easier and more meaningful for all of you. 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 Artist Studio and Farm Tour, our Annual Live and Silent Auction and the Mark Bittman dinner. You’ll pay nothing to attend our Pamet River Float and the Robert Pinsky Poetry Reading event, you’ll be eligible to show your work in two Members-Only exhibits and you’ll receive a special discount at our Castle Hill shop.
There are lots of ways to join our special community, ranging from an Individual, one-year $50 donor-membership or a $100 Family donor-membership to our Benefactor donor level of $5000 and beyond. Whichever 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 Castle Hill so special. Joining us as a member or renewing your membership is a wonderful way to show your support. We will be deeply grateful and excited to have you with us!
Many thanks for your generosity and support,
Robert Rindler Cherie Mittenthal
Membership Committee Chair Executive Artistic Director
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:
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!
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 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 Artistic 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.
Please choose the scholarship that is the best fit for you.
One scholarship application per person.
The Budd Hopkins Memorial Scholarship
Two 50% tuition scholarships for a painting workshop for year-round residents of Truro, Provincetown and Wellfleet
The Doris Harris Memorial Scholarship
Two 50% tuition scholarships for a ceramics workshop for year-round residents of Truro, Provincetown and Wellfleet
The Justin Kaplan Memorial Scholarship
Two 50% tuition scholarships for a writing workshop for year-round residents of Truro, Provincetown and Wellfleet
The Will Barnett Memorial Scholarship
Two 50% tuition scholarships for a printmaking workshop for year-round residents of Truro, Provincetown and Wellfleet
The Claire Flanders Memorial Scholarship
Two 50% tuition scholarships for a photography/digital media workshop for year-round residents of Truro, Provincetown and Wellfleet
The Castle Hill Hometown Scholarship for Truro Year-Round Residents
Five full-tuition scholarships for year-round residents of Truro
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.