Downtown Earlville Storefront Renovations And New Business Welcomed This December

Downtown Earlville storefront renovations and new business welcomed this December (Submitted Photo)

EARLVILLE – It is with the greatest delight Earlville Opera House (EOH) announces receipt of a $15,000 capital grant from the Pickert-Hickok Fund of the Community Foundation for South Central New York’s (CFSCNY) Fall Arts Cycle for renovations to a historic storefront for rental income to help sustain the on-going mission of the organization.


The EOH was founded in 1972 as a not-for-profit, volunteer-based, community service organization with a dual mission: to promote the arts in a rural region of central New York by offering programs of cultural, educational, and historical significance; and to preserve and restore the architectural and historic integrity of the EOH, an unique second-story theater constructed in 1892. EOH programs include a wide range of eclectic culturally diverse visual and performing arts programs represented through rotating gallery exhibitions; a live performance series; arts workshops; classes and arts education opportunities for all populations. The EOH was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.


The Community Foundation for South Central New York (CFSCNY) is a focal point for philanthropy in the five-county region they serve; Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Tioga counties. Their mission is centered on “offering caring individuals an effective way to endow their community in a manner that is responsible, responsive, and lasting.” Since their inception in 1997, CFSCNY has awarded over $12 million in grants to non-profits, schools, and municipalities in our communities.


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As stated by CFSCNY, “Arts and cultural organizations are having a tough time during the pandemic. Many have shut their doors entirely, others are seeking new revenue streams after canceling exhibits and performances. So we instituted a $100,000 arts grants cycle this year. Earlville Opera House Arts Center just received a $15,000 grant for renovation of one of their store fronts, bringing much needed rental income to the organization.”


In addition to helping the future sustainability of the EOH, this grant will add downtown commercial opportunities and act as a catalyst for revitalization of Earlville’s business core in order to provide economic development, stability and viability to the local community. This project also serves as an example of a historic preservation effort in relation to downtown revival and interconnectivity between commercial vitality and residential attraction.


If you would like to donate to CFSCNY to add your support to funding the many meaningful community initiatives they make possible, please visit their website at:


To support local arts and see how you can engage, please visit the EOH website at:  Donations of any size are greatly appreciated and make a wonderful difference.


The Earlville Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street in the charming Village of Earlville, NY 13332 and is handicap accessible. We remain closed for on-site programming until further notice, please view our website for updates.


EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.


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