For the first time, ICE is slated for the Pocantico Conference Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, in Mount Pleasant, N.Y. in the Pocantico Historic Area. The mission of the Center is to provide a setting where nonprofit organizations can bring together people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives to engage critical issues related to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund philanthropic program, leading to new levels of understanding and creative resolution of problems.
The Center is the site of the fourth annual Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship scheduled for June 2-5, 2013. Located on 84 acres along the Hudson River at Tappan Zee near historic Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, the area is the setting for Washington Irving's classic 1820 tale, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." It is adjacent to Kykuit, home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil.The conference center is located in the original Coach Barn, a three-story complex that once was a utility building with horse stables, an automobile garage and workshop. Today, it houses a modern, fully equipped meeting facility with overnight accommodations on the upper floor.
"Pocantico Conference Center is a beautiful and contemplative historic backdrop for ICE that is easily accessible from New York City. This historic setting will help to generate a flow of creative and innovative ideas for solving the challenges that participants bring to ICE," said Gretchen Sorin, director and distinguished professor of the Cooperstown Graduate Program, the premier program for the training of museum professionals in the United States.
Previously, ICE had been held in Cooperstown, N.Y. but was relocated for 2013 due to the Center's easy accessibility from major airports and highways in the greater New York City metro area.