Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #477

Since Gramercy Park is in the Gramercy Park Historic District, a major focus of the GPBA's work is Historic Preservation. The National Arts Club at 15 Gramercy Park South, an individually designated landmark within the Historic District, sits on one of the original lots laid out in the 1831 Ruggles Park Trust. Below is an article about their newly elected President Chris Poe, who will now serve as the NAC's Lot Owner of record for the Gramercy Park Trust.

Chris Poe, who was elected president of the National Arts Club in October, said the club will be expanding its public programming and has just opened a rental artists' studio space. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot


With a tumultuous, litigation-filled year almost behind them, the administrators at the National Arts Club are looking forward to a new start - one in which the focus is back on the arts.


Last week, the club's new president, advertising executive Chris Poe, told Town & Village about plans for the place, which include the launch of its artist-in-residence program, holding even more exhibits and earning income through the rental of new, onsite artist studio spaces.


Poe, who was elected by the club's board of governors on October 17, stepped up into the position after the surprising decision by its previous president, the Rev. Tom Pike, to resign in September.


One of NAC's 21 board members himself, Poe said the election results were not a surprise since he'd been asked previously by other members if he would be willing to fill the volunteer role if chosen, and said he would. Then at the time of the election during a board of governors meeting, he was asked to leave the room for a bit. 


"Which is why," he said, "I had an idea." Poe said he isn't aware of anyone else having vied for the position.


Poe, who's been a member of the club since 2006, said he got more active with various committees in 2011. As for his new title for the next year, he called it "an awesome responsibility. It's something I'm very proud of."


Click here to read the full article on the Town & Village Blog