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Yaddo should have historic designation, Gillibrand says

Friday, October 5, 2012
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Yaddo Gardens in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, July 31, 2011.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Yaddo Gardens in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, July 31, 2011.

U.S. Sen Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for designation of the 400-acre Yaddo artists' retreat in Saratoga Springs as a National Historica Landmark.

In a letter today to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, the New York's junior senator stressed the artistic tradition of the site, which was founded in 1900 by financier Spencer Trask.

"Yaddo offers residencies to professional artists from all nations and backgrounds working in choreography, film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video" Gillibrand wrote. "Designation as a National Historic Landmark will allow future generations of writers, composers, painters and other artists a chance to experience Yaddo and harness their full artistic potential."

Elaina Richardson, president of Yaddo, described this moment in history as a crucial one for the artists' retreat, where ground recently was broken for its first-ever "purpose-built studios."

"However, the demands are great and as a National Historic landmark we will be better positioned to take the necessary steps to ensure the ongoing excellence of our facilities and the tradition of attracting the best artists and writers in the world to our corner of Upstate New York," Richardson said in a statement.

 
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