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Arts nonprofit launches public phase of $1.1M campaign

July 12, 2016
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LowellArts buildings exterior rendering
A rendering of the side-by-side buildings owned by LowellArts in downtown Lowell after being renovated. Photo via lowellartsmi.org

An arts nonprofit in the area is giving the public an opportunity to support its $1.1-million fundraising campaign, which will go toward renovating its new home.

LowellArts said this week that it has entered the public phase of its Moving to Main campaign, which formally kicked off nine months ago.

The campaign has raised $780,000 in pledges and gifts so far.

In 2015, the organization purchased two adjoining historic buildings in Lowell, at 221 and 223 W. Main St., which are being renovated to house the nonprofit.

LowellArts used a grant from the Lowell Area Community Fund for the down payment on the $300,000 deal for the buildings.

The nonprofit said it has outgrown its home at 149 S. Hudson St., its home since the 1970s, citing a lack of adequate parking and a small gallery space that limits economic opportunities. It also said the location is “disconnected” from Lowell's Main Street events.

The new location will provide more visibility, an expanded gallery for visual art exhibitions and flexible space for “intimate” musical and theatrical performances.

The space will include a multi-purpose room, allowing for expanded youth and adult arts classes and facility rental.

There will also be additional parking.

Gary Eldridge, Moving to Main campaign co-­chair, said LowellArts has received financial support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for exterior renovations, including a new roof, brick repair and painting the buildings.

He said the public phase of the campaign will provide people and artists from Lowell and the surrounding region the opportunity to support a “wonderful community asset” by raising the final dollars to complete the project.

LowellArts plans to move into its new home during the first week of November, in time to host its annual Holiday Artists Market, which runs from Nov. 18 through Dec. 24.

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