CAMBRIDGE  Last year, New York State Council on the Arts’ Culture & Heritage Project Grant paid off for the Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education by allowing the arts center’s program director to become full-time this year and next.

The 2015 state grant will benefit not only Hubbard Hall but the entire Washington County arts community.

“We’re going to build a network,” Executive Director David Snider said of spending the $48,000 state grant on a project called “Washington County Creative Assets Mapping.”

The grant will pay for a staff member and materials needed for Hubbard Hall to do a complete inventory of all the “creative assets” in the county, Snider said.

That will include a map showing all the artists, art centers and other facilities and people who make up the arts community in the county.

“We’re going to be looking for painters, sculptors, artists, musicians, museums and all the places where art happens,” Snider said. “We’ll be looking for all the major arts organizations. There is a huge creative economy out there.”

But the survey is only part of the process.

“We are going to organize and bring these groups together,” Snider said. “A lot of people coming into Washington County do not realize all the things we have here. The way we are looking at this is we will connect, communicate, collaborate and advocate. This way, we will be able to go to the county, to Albany, to New York City and to Washington, D.C., to advocate for arts in the county.”

Snider said the survey could allow arts organizations to work together and promote arts tourism in the county.

Hubbard Hall will be on winter break from Tuesday until Jan. 3, Snider noted. Classes will resume Jan. 3.

The next major performances will be the second annual Winter Carnival of New Work, which is scheduled for Jan. 22 to 31.

After that, Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” will be on stage April 14 to May 8.

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