GOVERNMENT RELATIONS CASE STUDY
Storm King Art Center
Understand The Need
Established in 1960, Storm King Art Center is a 500-acre outdoor museum located in New York’s Hudson Valley, where visitors experience large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under an open sky.
The DHC Government Relations team helps Storm King pursue funding at the state and federal levels of government; to increase engagement with this important group of stakeholders.
ISSUES & CHALLENGES
working with NYS Council of the Arts Capital Fund Project, NYS Senate, Assembly & Governor's Office
The Covid-19 Pandemic Pricing Dilemma
Storm King was seeking to add critical State funding to help its $60 million expansion. Although they had an active fundraising goal, the Covid-19 pandemic pushed construction costs well above budgeted levels.
Pursuing New Avenues
Although Storm King is a popular destination, it had not previously engaged New York State’s Government.
“We are thrilled to break ground on Storm King's first-ever capital project. We embarked on this project with a commitment to enhance and sustain the extraordinary experience of art and nature that Storm King offers its visitors, artists, and community.
New York State's support, through the NYSCA, ESD, and NYSERDA grants, is essential in reaching today's exciting milestone. I'm grateful for their partnership, which will allow us to share Storm King's extraordinary site and collection with future generations”
John P. Stern, President, Storm King art Center
Developing a Plan
DHC’s Albany government relations team introduced Storm King to the Governor’s Office, various State Agencies and the relevant State Senators and Assembly Members.
DHC held in person meetings with various elected and appointed officials.
Achieving The Goal
DHC helped Storm King educate various governmental officials as to the economic and social impact the expansion would have on the Orange County region and the State.