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Community Outreach Sessions
Crossroads Carnegie Art Center would like to invite the public to give input via three scheduled community outreach sessions looking at a long term strategic visioning plan for a potential expansion of Crossroads. Crossroads has received grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Grant and the Ford Family Foundation to do a feasibility study on the neighboring Welch Building as a possibility for any future expansion.
“Crossroads is extremely proud of the work that was done to renovate the Carnegie Library Building into our home. Crossroads has no plans to leave the Carnegie Library! Yet, the Carnegie Library is limited in teaching space which is a core of our mission and Crossroads has been looking at options. The Welch Building is one of those options. Crossroads Board of Directors is committed to a careful and systematic process which has always included a great deal of community input.” States Executive Director Ginger Savage.
The public meetings are being held on three different days and times to engage as many community members as possible and the goal is for no session to go over 90 minutes. Meetings will be lead by Larry Abell, AIA of Baker City and architect completing the feasibility study.
Session 1: Tuesday November 10th at 1:00 PM
Session 2: Tuesday November 17th at 8:00 AM
Session 3: Thursday November 19th at 6:00 PM
Refreshments will be provided at each session in the downstairs studio at Crossroads at 2020 Auburn Ave.
“We so appreciate the property owner’s cooperation and patience as we have worked through finding the funds for the study. We all agree that this will be a long-term process, much like the Carnegie Library Restoration, which took six years to complete. Crossroads does not own the property but is looking at it as a logical nearby location.” States Executive Director Ginger Savage. “Clearly arts, culture, heritage and humanities are growing as an economic driver in our community and as oldest continuously operating art center east of the Cascades we need to be nimble and prepared for future growth.”
Crossroads also invites community members to stay after the public input session and share with staff and the architect any stories or remembrances of Welch Building or to some it was known as the old Baker Clinic or the old KBKR Building.
The feasibility study must be done by December 31, 2015 and at that time the Crossroads Board of Director will take the time to review all options. If you have any questions please contact Crossroads at 541-523-5369.