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ACA raises $800K as new home takes shape

Linda Shoemaker, executive director of Arlington Center for the Arts, provided the following update about progress about construction of the new center in the Senior Center building.

ACA's homeI am excited to announce that construction at 20 Academy Street has begun - a major milestone on the path to the new Arlington Center for the Arts! 

Over the next several months, crews will be transforming 8,000 square feet of former office space into an inviting new hub of creativity for our community.   

THANK YOU to all who have supported ACA through this major transition – we are on our way!  Over the past 18 months, more than 600 supporters have contributed over $800,000 to the Future Fund Capital Campaign to fund this $1million construction project.  The goal is in sight!

We look forward to keeping you updated on construction progress over the next several months.  Here's a peek at some of what's happening this week:

bright light, beams and brick in the
High in the rafters at 20 Academy Street, ACA's inspiring new classrooms and artist studios feature bright light, huge exposed brick chimneys and stunning 1890's-era wooden beams and trusses.  

gallery annex and
The construction team in the future location of ACA's gallery annex and "art cafe" - a great place to relax with a cup of coffee or tea, or have a meeting and enjoy exhibits by local and regional artists.

afternoon light streaming into a future classroom.  This view will turn into this:
The sun streaming into a future art classroom.  Looks like this today, but soon will look like this...

future painting classroom
Rendering of the painting classroom courtesy of JRA Architects.

More soaring ceilings, brickwork and streams of light in the kids' classroom:

The soaring ceilings and skylights in the fourth-floor loft space will bring out the creativity in all of us!

The renovation is expected to take 4-5 months.  The capital campaign will continue through the build-out, as we continue to work towards our $1 million goal to complete the project and ensure the long-term sustainability of the Arlington Center for the Arts.

We are deeply grateful to everyone who has contributed to the success of this campaign.  Your support will help open the doors on the new ACA next fall. 

If you haven't given yet, or are thinking about an additional contribution, please consider helping to celebrate the start of construction with a gift to the Future Fund Capital Campaign. 

With your help, we will open the doors of the New ACA next fall.  Thank you for your support!


Linda Shoemaker
Executive Director
This newsletter announcement was published Friday, April 13, 2018.  
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