The Mohawk Valley Collective is a local nonprofit dedicated to the restoration and adaptive reuse of two of our area’s historic architectural gems: Unity Hall (the former Universalist Church in Fort Plain) and the former West Hill School in Canajoharie. Our main mission is the acquisition/preservation of these deteriorated properties of historic or other significance in western/central Montgomery County and the return of those properties to productive use; the provision of venues for the visual/performing arts; and the fostering, development, promotion and encouragement of the arts, including support for artists and arts education for the general public.
Mohawk Valley Collective, Inc. also, in part, hopes to promote tourism and job creation; to serve as a clearinghouse for information about our communities’, regions’ and state’s historic, natural, cultural and recreational attractions, events and accommodations; and to make connections, so visitors will return.
It’s with heavy hearts that the Mohawk Valley Collective shares the unexpected passing of Preservationist Carla Penque. Carla had spent the last year as an intern with the MVC as part of her Graduate Studies in Non-Profit Management at Georgia State University. During her tenure she greatly expanded the MVC’s programming efforts including bringing in acclaimed performers such as Mike Doughty as part of the 2015 Summer Music Series, greatly enhanced our grant-writing efforts, and instituted many guidelines and best practices that will help the organization function more smoothly and grow into the future. Carla was also a Placzek Fellow and dedicated employee of the Landmarks Preservation Committee (LPC) in New York City. Her loss is a blow to the preservation community as she had so much yet to accomplish.
You can view her obituary here.
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