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End of Year Appeal

As we approach the end of another remarkable year at the West Kortright Center,  I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation for your continuous support, which has enabled us to thrive and continue enriching our community through the arts.

Your belief in the power of the arts and your unwavering commitment has allowed WKC to fulfill its mission of building community through accessible cultural engagement and lifting up diverse voices across disciplines. Our concert attendance increased  by 60% in 2023, recovering to almost 100% of our Pre Pandemic numbers. This year has also brought challenges, yet it has been a testament to the resilience and creativity of our artists, staff, and patrons alike. As a small rural organization with only 2 full time staff members and  a core of enthusiastic volunteers – we could not have achieved everything we did in 2023 without the financial contributions of our supporters whom we hope will continue their support in 2024!


In 2023 we marked the 36th year of our youth theater workshops and our Shakespeare in the Valley program with an incredible production of Julius Caesar. The gods were so impressed with the teen’s talent, dedication, and creativity,– they gave us an epic hail storm on opening night.

WKC was able to award 6 full scholarships to the Shakespeare program. We hope to expand our scholarship program, so there are no barriers for youth who join our summer programs.

8 Main Stage performances representing some of the most talented and inventive artists in American Music. Performers included the legendary Meredith Monk, rising star Yasmin Williams, and indie rock legends Lee Ranaldo and Laraaji with the Medicine Singers.

We introduced two new programs, our annual Emerging Voices Pride Festival and a public art project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

For young patrons, we had another successful KIDSTOCK! Festival and an incredible puppet show by Arm-of-the-Sea Theater!

We finally adopted the American spelling of Center! No more Centre.

As we look forward to the coming year, we are excited about the new opportunities and challenges it will bring. Your support will be essential in helping us continue our mission and embark on exciting new projects.

If you are considering making a year-end donation to the West Kortright Center, we would be incredibly grateful. Your gift will directly impact our ability to create, innovate, and enrich our community through the arts.

You can make a donation here or by sending a check payable to The West Kortright Center at the address provided above. All donations are tax-deductible, and we will be happy to provide a receipt for your records.

Thank you for your continued belief in our mission. We look forward to sharing the magic of live performance with you in the upcoming year and beyond.

Warm regards,

Saira McLaren

Upcoming Events

Caroling with Tom Groves 12/10
Caroling with Tom Groves 12/10 Sunday, 2 pm FREE Join us for an afternoon of holiday cheer with Tom Groves of Make Hay Farm who will lead us in singing a selection of classic carols. Wear your best holiday sweater and your finest singing voice. Stay for hot drinks and homebaked goodies afterwards.

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For over 40 years, The West Kortright Centre has been bringing outstanding cultural programming and educational opportunities to our small corner of Delaware County. Your donations support programs, scholarships, the stewardship of our historic building and more, and are vital in our effort to serve our growing and changing community. Thank you!