Northampton Community Arts Trust building kicks off final capital campaign

  • Solar panels on the roof of Northampton’s Community Arts Trust building at 33 Hawley Street. The last phase of the capital campaign to finish the building is about to begin. Submitted image

Staff Writer
Published: 5/22/2019 4:57:31 PM

The Northampton Community Arts Trust building, a project that’s been in the making since 2013, is one step closer to being finalized — and to help make that happen, the doors are being thrown open for a free day of arts and entertainment.

On Sunday, June 9, the 33 Hawley Street building will feature a range of activities, from performances by local artists to dancing to movies and construction of an outdoor sculpture. Beginning at noon and running until 7 p.m., the events will kick off the final phase of the capital campaign to finish construction of the arts center.

“The Arts Trust is asking the community to step up and complete the final 33 percent of 33 Hawley,” organizers said in a statement. The cost of the full project has been pegged at $6.4 million.

Arts Trust officials note that the building, about two-thirds complete, has been home since last year to three organizations: Northampton Center for the Arts, A.P.E. Ltd., and Northampton Community Television. The building has also hosted numerous arts performances, both in its “Flex” performance space and in a dedicated dance studio, as well as community and private events.

The Arts Trust bought the property in 2013 and began renovating an existing building there in 2015. The final renovations call for completing a 200+ seat flexible theater space, theater support spaces, a dedicated visual art gallery, administrative offices and finishes to the lobby and mezzanine, according to Community Arts Trust Board President Richard Wagner.

In a statement, Wager said 33 Hawley “embodies the mission of the Arts Trust, which is to ensure the long-term vitality of the Northampton region by acquiring and preserving affordable and accessible space for the arts.”

Wagner added that efforts have been made to keep operational costs “to a minimum by avoiding commercial debt and through energy saving measures that include a solar array covering most of the roof and supplying the building with electricity.”

For the June 9 celebration, visitors will also be given chalk for drawing outside, and food trucks will be on site all day; beer will be available in a Building 8 Brewing’s beer garden. The film “Coco” screens at 5 p.m. in the Flex space, and salsa dancing will also be available from 5 to 7 p.m.

More information is available at northamptonartstrust.org and 33hawley.org.  

 

 


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