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Howland Cultural Center
‘The Jewel of Beacon’ has been fostering arts and culture since 1979. We own, preserve, and operate the historic 1872 Richard Morris Hunt building designed as the Howland Circulating Library. Today, the historic building is a Center for the Arts and cultural activities for the City of Beacon community, the Hudson Valley and beyond. The Howland has earned its reputation for its exceptional acoustics and the Great Room gallery. We offer our building space and services as a resource for other nonprofits, community groups and rental space for private events.
The Hudson River City of Beacon continues to enjoy a revitalization and has become a magnet for artists and creatives of all kinds. The Howland Cultural Center helped pave the way for its renaissance beginning in 1979 and continues to play an important role today.
For over 43 years, our nonprofit has brought people together in the spirit of diversity. We promote and encourage local artists of the Hudson Valley and beyond and showcase their unique artistic talents. We produce many of our own events, co-produce with others who come with their ideas. The Howland is currently home to the Howland Chamber Music Circle concert series and the Tioronda Garden Club. Along with housing events solely produced by outside production who showcase the historic Howland for their venues. (See Venue Rentals)
Today, the Howland Cultural Center continues to be funded through public participation, our Friends of the Howland campaign contributions, generous donations, and volunteers. The center continually seeks grant opportunities and holds fundraising events throughout the year. Your attendance at our events helps bring the funds necessary to sustain our work and the historic preservation of our iconic building. Friends of the Howland are helping build our future while honoring the past.