February 8, 2016 — Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi says the $10,000 legislative grant he is awarding Sculpture Space in Utica will allow the agency to purchase a new, high-efficiency heating system.
“Sculpture Space is one of the gems of the Mohawk Valley’s vibrant arts and culture scene. Many of its artists work there, and this grant will provide a more comfortable studio environment for them, and for the visitors who attend events there. It also makes sense for them to purchase a high-efficiency boiler, so that they will have more resources for their visiting artists and community events,” Brindisi said.
“For the first time since our beginnings almost 40 years ago, artists, staff, community members, neighborhood residents, and visitors can enjoy the studio experience more fully. They can observe, learn and enjoy the creative process of emerging and established artists from all over the world. This new high efficiency boiler will allow us to extend our programming into the coldest months of the Mohawk Valley winters, as well as save money,” Sculpture Space Executive Director Monika Burczyk said.
Burczyk says the boiler project was supported by contributions from NYSERDA; Earl Reed of ECR International; Charlie Fisher of BGM Plumbing, who also is a co-founder of Sculpture Space; and the Community Foundation of Oneida and Herkimer Counties.
“Cultural assets like Sculpture Space are one of the most important ways to attract young people to the Mohawk Valley. Sculpture Space’s reputation continues to grow internationally, and I am pleased to be able to help them expand the opportunities for visiting artists to create, and for community members to see the unique artwork on display there,” Brindisi said.