Scope of Work
We have cleared the space down to the original structure and are rebuilding it to restore its historic integrity. We have had the space tested for environmental concerns such as asbestos and lead paint, and we have budgeted for new electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems. We have worked with our contractor- Custom Woodwork- and our fundraising consultant- Funding Logic- to plan for a healthy contingency in our fundraising. We do not expect "surprises" in the remodeling project, but we are prepared for unanticipated circumstances.
NoVAC researched land and buildings in Greater Grand Forks for the right place to house the Arts Creation Center. We're excited to announce our partnership with Sander's 1907 Restaurant owner Kim Holmes. The Arts Center's home will be the 6,300 sq. ft. 2nd floor of Holmes' building and Restaurant. The center will be completely handicapped accessible with 2 private entrances. we have signed a generous 20 year lease with the option to renew. The Arts Center will be safely located at 22 South 3rd Street for decades.
A comfortable and interactive arts space
People are more apt to visit cultural facilities that offer sociable, informal and comfortable environments. The Arts Creation Center encourages an intimate relationship with Grand Forks’ culture by offering people, artists and performers an approachable, collaborative space. Patrons can move fluidly between different parts of the Arts Center, in one room enjoying a live concert, in another room enjoying “partial–attention” listening while having food and drinks, and in another room socializing while viewing different forms of artwork.
Audiences are increasingly seeking interactive experiences in everything they do. Interaction can be as easy as positioning seats so that audience members can see each others faces. The Arts Center's performing spaces facilitate such interaction seats and staging can be arranged to suit the performance.
The Arts Center will be a home to groups that have nowhere to create their work, including the African Arts Arena, a group looking for a regular place to hold African drumming, dance, and culinary nights. There is a need for artist studio and classroom space. Artists can use the space to create work, or they can teach classes for as many as 50 students. The public can view artists at work through gorgeous windows into each studio and view and purchase work from the studios or the gallery.
NoVAC's extensive marketing of all of the events at the Arts Center will show tourists and residents that Grand Forks is a sophisticated community with vibrant cultural options. In addition to shared marketing, cultural Organizations Will have the opportunity to pool office resources.
Arts Creation Center Floor Plan