Newburgh Performing Arts Academy Marks New Site
This week the City’s Boys & Girls Club began the important project of recognizing the site of a 4-story 21,000 sq. ft. building, to be called the Center for Arts & Education which will be the new home of the Newburgh Performing Arts Academy (NPAA) and Early Elementary Education Center. The site is the historic Columbus Trust Bank Building. The Academy is already a highly successful school of the arts that provides pre-professional instruction including dance, music, theater and visual arts to children, youth and adults ages 3 and over. Enrollment has already exceeded 500 students per year over the past 5 years, with over 100 children on the waiting list. The relocation of NPAA to this newly renovated facility will allow it to increase the number and diversity of classes offered, enroll children currently on the waiting list, and provide Newburgh area residents with a state of the art facility for the study of the arts. The Early Elementary Education Center will provide after school literacy and other academic enrichment programs for over 100 children in grades pre-K to 3rd grade annually to ensure that they reach a critical 4th grade level of ability to read.
The project is funded by the Ohnell Family Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, New York State Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation, and a combination of Historic and New Market Tax Credits and is financed by Orange Bank & Trust Company.
Caption: Newburgh, Boys and Girls Club officials stand behind Girls and Boys Clubs as they commemorate Newburgh Performing Arts Academy’s new beginning.