On Wednesday, The New York Irish Arts Center announced its new Foundry Space, a twice-yearly fundraiser that is replacing the Great Hall of its 98 South Orange Street facility.
The venue’s founders estimate that new columns, high ceilings, new chandeliers, new construction, and new construction lighting — which they call the “jewel of the new space” — cost approximately $2 million, and that is after expenses. For donors, the new Foundry space offers a $10,000 annual benefit that goes to a new arts center scholarship, and a $35,000 annual benefit that will help out new programming and artistic endeavors at the center. Other benefactors include Galway Health and Education Group, ICEL Education Services, a William Penn Foundation donor, University of Limerick, and others.
“This new Foundry space will serve as the flagship hub for our new Jersey City campus with new permanent programs and spaces, including construction for a new $3.5 million building at the center’s current location,” said the organization’s president and chief executive, Ana Cruz Bonilla. “In addition, with our new Benefactor $100,000 Arts Giving program that runs through March, we will build a $3 million endowment to be used to fund our new physical enhancements that will not only improve the center but allow us to continue to offer free programs to our local community, as well as supporting our university colleagues at College of the Holy Cross, College of New Jersey, and College of New Jersey, both in terms of education and research.”
“Congratulations to our sponsors, Foundation of the Irish Arts Center and Galway Health and Education Group who made this important project possible,” Bonilla added. “Our core foundation campaign has nearly doubled in its fundraising pace since our newest campaign started in November 2015.”