A Treasure for the Entire Cape
Since opening its doors in 2007, the Cultural Center has served over 120,000 people through art programs, classes, exhibits, and entertainment and by acting as a well-equipped, well-staffed, and accessible venue for community events of all kinds.
The Cultural Center annually hosts or serves as a venue for several hundred events large and small (not including over 80 exhibits), many of them happening simultaneously, all of them important to the community. The number and scope of programs at the Cultural Center prove the need for expansion.
The current $1.5 million project, to create and equip a new education wing on the site of the old Owl Club building, is nearing completion, but we still have a ways to go. As of January 2105, we had completed nearly all work on the top two floors of the building. Once the elevator is installed, we will be able to gain an Occupancy Permit and open that portion of the building to the public. The ground floor will offer space for performances and classes, including a Culinary Arts Center. The upper level will feature five artists’ studios, four of which will be rented by artist-teachers, the fifth to be a special Mentoring Studio for youth at risk.
By May 2015, we hope to have raised the remaining funds we need to complete the lower level and equip its studios for recording, ceramics, mixed media, and photography/digital arts.
We hope to open all three levels by early summer 2015. We can’t wait ... and neither can the community!
This will be an environmentally friendly, historically respectful facility with many resources for a wide range of ages, interests, incomes, and abilities. In addition to its several specialty studios, the wing will feature classrooms, space for exhibitions and rehearsals, a performance hall, and studios that individual artists can rent in order to make and teach art.