GUILD HALL, East Hampton 




Guild Hall, December 12, 2017Guild Hall has received a $50,000 grant from The Hearst Foundation to support K-12 educational programming in 2018. The funding allows Guild Hall to broaden its on-site and in-school arts programs, including Drama Literacy, Project Hero, Word Up!, ArtLink, Student Art Festival, Teen Arts Council, artXchange, and a professional production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet incorporating local high school students in paid roles as members of the cast and crew.

“We are honored and very grateful to be recognized by The Hearst Foundation” said Andrea Grover, Guild Hall Executive Director. “Their investment underscores the importance of the arts as a vital component of primary and secondary education and provides us with the opportunity to expand this critical pillar of our programming.”

Guild Hall also received 2018 funding from The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, dedicated to the study of New York State history, which awarded Guild Hall $50,000, and the Gerry Charitable Trust which has awarded $20,000. Both grants support the digitization of Guild Hall’s Permanent Collection and make possible the goal of building a publicly accessible, searchable, online database of 2400 artworks which will become a critical resource for understanding Eastern Long Island’s legacy as an artist colony.

Finally, The Robert Lehman Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant toward the Museum’s 2018 exhibition The Artist Curated Collection to be curated by Bryan Hunt. This is the first in a new annual series which will invite artists, whose work is included in Guild Hall’s collection, to interpret and inform art history by selecting and organizing a show of works from the institution’s Permanent Collection.

These grants speak to the importance of Guild Hall’s mission of ensuring the legacy of the East End as a vibrant artist colony through the continued cultivation and celebration of artistry.


About the Foundations

THE HEARST FOUNDATION identifies and funds outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive, and inspiring lives. 

THE ROBERT DAVID LION GARDINER FOUNDATION, established in 1987, primarily supports the study of New York State history. Robert David Lion Gardiner was, until his death in August 2004, the 16th Lord of the Manor of Gardiner’s Island. The Gardiner family and their descendants have owned Gardiner’s Island since 1639 which was obtained as part of a royal grant from King Charles I of England. The Foundation is inspired by Robert David Lion Gardiner’s personal passion for New York history.

THE ROBERT LEHMAN FOUNDATION operates exclusively in the field of the visual arts. Grants are made to leaders in the field of the visual arts as well as innovative newcomers— museums, arts organizations, educational institutions and other cultural organizations—with the goal of enhancing the role of the visual arts within American and world culture. The Foundation supports museum exhibitions, art education programs, scholarly publications, and art history lectureships that advance the goal of identifying the Foundation with serious scholarly endeavors.

THE GERRY CHARITABLE TRUST was established as an important source of funding for preservation projects by Roger Gerry, a successful New York oral surgeon and preservationist who, along with his wife Peggy, helped preserve Roslyn, New York.


Harvey Ginsberg Postcard Collection. Courtesy of the East Hampton Library’s Long Island Collection.

Guild Hall, East Hampton


Founded over 85 years ago, Guild Hall is the Hampton’s year-round visual and performing arts center wholly dedicated to serving the residents, members, families, and artists of the East End. The center offers enriching experiences by presenting relevant and meaningful programs and events, working in collaboration with artists, and providing a meeting place for the community. For more information, visit