George I. Alden Trust

Hartwick Receives Grant from the George I. Alden Trust

January 23, 2013

Hartwick College has received a grant from the George I. Alden Trust of Worcester, Massachusetts in the amount of $100,000. The grant will be used toward the renovation of the Anderson Center for the Arts on the Hartwick College campus. As part of the studio upgrades, a new, more efficient air handling system with automated sensors will be installed. These new, intelligent systems will promote comfort while reducing costs.

Art at Hartwick is a real and accessible part of everyday life for all students. Situated at the foot of Oyaron Hill, the 66,000 square foot art center encompasses classrooms, practice rooms, recording studios, music technology lab, art studios, as well as display areas and galleries, a 180-seat theater, and an outdoor sculpture garden. It is a versatile facility used for both the production and consumption of art with large, light-filled studios and well-appointed gallery and performance spaces.

In 2011, the College offered 294 courses in the arts, with 922 students enrolled in at least one of those courses. In academic year 2011-12 alone, 60% of Hartwick students moved through the Anderson Center studying art, art history, music education, and performance. Because of this, the Anderson Center for the Arts is one of the most important instructional and performance facilities on the Hartwick College campus.

According to the Alden Trust website, "George I. Alden established the George I. Alden Trust on August 24, 1912. The Trust was established... with particular expressed interest in "the promotion of education in schools, colleges, or other educational institutions." The Trustees [of the Alden Trust] support institutions that demonstrate a combination of educational excellence, exciting programming, and efficient and effective administration. The Trustees primarily support proposals that they feel will contribute significantly to the intellectual growth of students and will enhance an institution's mission, with particular emphasis on Mr. Alden's expressed desire to "do the greatest good for the greatest number of beneficiaries."

This grant from the Alden Trust will enable Hartwick to continue to offer an exceptional liberal arts education in which the arts are a prominent and important component for all students.

For additional information, contact Margaret Arthurs, director of corporate foundation and government relations & major giving at 607-431-4061 or at

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031