Over 90-million dollars in capital funding is coming for arts organizations across New York and 3.5-million of that will go to a Steuben County museum.
The Corning Museum of Glass will use the funds for its StudioNext project to transform its current studio from 24-thousand to 60-thousand square feet and add new technology and a residency center.
Museum Communications Manager Ann Campbell told Finger Lakes News Radio this funding is a major step forward.
“It really puts our project the StudioNext initiative at the 93% realization of our capital campaign so we’re just really delighted to be moving along and this is such a lynchpin for us.”
Construction began in October 2022 and phase one is expected to open to the public by year’s end.
“We are incredibly grateful for New York State’s continued support for and recognition of the significance of The Studio’s expansion and aspirations,” said Karol Wight, CMoG president and executive director. “StudioNEXT will create jobs in the Southern Tier and realize considerable economic impacts driven by tourism. The Studio’s extensive educational programs—including both our new two-year Glassmaking Institute and our extensive slate of comprehensive courses for students at every level—will be meaningful draws for students of glass from across the state and beyond. We are especially thankful for Governor Hochul’s ongoing support of the arts in New York, and her acknowledgement of their importance in creating a vibrant society.”