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Art Center to move to Vets Building, doubles capacity
By Padi Selwyn
The Sebastopol Center for the Arts has leased the 17,800 square foot Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Sebastopol and plans to begin remodeling in July for an anticipated fall move-in and grand opening.
According to Center for the Arts board president, Robert Brent “The move to this facility more than doubles our space and will provide the community with a tremendously more robust arts scene. The expansion will mean more concerts, dance performances, films, theater, classes and gallery exhibitions for the community.”
The Center will be embarking on a community fundraising campaign to upgrade the building with lighting and acoustical improvements, retractable walls and new classroom space to accommodate the expanded arts programming. A fundraising goal of $875,000 has been set.
Linda Galletta, executive director noted: “We are delighted be able to expand our programs without building a new facility. The opportunity to revitalize an iconic community building, to work with the Veterans group honoring their service to country, and to enhance the use of this building will provide a huge benefit to Sonoma County.”
The Veterans Building will continue to be the home of VFW Post #3919 and the VFW Post #3919 Auxiliary. The building is used by other groups including the North Bay Association of Realtors, American Association of Retired Persons, Art Workshop of West Sonoma County, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Sonoma County Election Department, Voice of Roma, and the annual Apple Blossom Festival. The auditorium, dining room and kitchen will continue to be available for community use.
The Sebastopol Veterans Building has a commercial kitchen, an auditorium with a stage, ample parking and outdoor space to accommodate a future outdoor sculpture park. The current 9,200 square foot Arts Center is located on Depot Street in an industrial part of downtown Sebastopol.
The Arts Center currently has 900 members and plans are underway to grow the membership significantly now that the Center will be expanding and offering more programs in the visual, performing, literary and film arts.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved the 30-year lease at their June 12 meeting.
For more information, visit sebarts.org.
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