Harmer’s Town Art Center, Inc., has raised over $1.1 million for the design and construction of a regional art installation and park in historic downtown Havre de Grace during its inaugural year as a non-profit organization, the organization announced in a press release. Funding came from grants and partnerships with state, county, and city government.
“Since receiving federal recognition as a nonprofit in May 2021, Harmer’s Town Art Center has worked tirelessly to form partnerships at all levels of government and to spread its vision to create a unique destination that will bring together arts, history and community at a centralized location in the heart of the city’s vibrant arts district,” the organization said in the press release.
According to the organization, the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway provided $5,000 through the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority grant program for conceptual renderings of Graw Alley at Harmer’s Town Art Center. The Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace provided $15,000 for operational assistance and pledged to help prepare the site for construction.
Harford County Executive Barry Glassman presented a check for $200,000 to the organization’s board of directors in March for the construction and transformation of Graw Alley from a once unused alleyway into an art park interactive, according to a press release.
Governor Larry Hogan included $700,000 in the state budget for Harmer’s Town Art Center and the Maryland General Assembly in April approved $200,000 in bond for the project, according to the press release.
Once completed, Harmer’s Town Art Center will offer visitors the opportunity to browse galleries, engage with artists, take classes and participate in space-making workshops to prepare their own creations. Visitors will also be able to visit a museum of Havre de Grace history, shop for artwork and souvenirs at a gift shop, and spend time in Graw Alley Mural Park.
Harmer’s Town Art Center, Inc., was established to develop, support and promote a vibrant ecosystem of creativity in the form of an art center, artist park and associated facilities in which artists can live, work, create, present and market their art. , the organization said on its website. The non-profit organization was created to manage and oversee the vision and the resort. Currently, the complex is under development, but the organization has researched, planned, designed and begun renovations to the property, the organization said on its website.