By now you have heard–Burlington’s beloved Memorial Auditorium is closing to all use by the end of 2016. This historic building, built in the late 1920s, has been the long-time home of BCA’s Clay, Print, and Jewelry Studios and our administrative education office for decades. We are seizing this opportunity to enrich and expand our community arts spaces by bringing all our studios and education staff together at our new arts education space at 405 Pine Street–finally all under one roof!
We have launched the BCA 405 Campaign. A way for our members and the community to engage with this move by investing resources into the move in the form of suggestions for the new space and donations to help fund it.
Our move from Main Street to 405 Pine plugs us into the growing Innovation Corridor and the South End Arts District! Plans are already underway to fit up the current Farrell Building at 405 Pine Street for how our studio gear can best work. While that layout planning happens, the BCA staff are gathering members, stakeholders, and the community at a series of meet ups, using a human centered design model, to seek input about how the new space will feel and operate for users and students. Thus far these have included: a stakeholder gathering in September, a meet and greet with our new South End neighbors at SEABA in October, and a studio members meeting in early November.
Sign up for the BCA newsletter to stay in the loop on the move and find out about our next meet up dates! Have more specific questions? Depending on what you are curious about, the 405 Pine project manager team can help.
Through this move, the same great exhibitions, events, and gallery education programs that you have come to love at the BCA Center will continue as usual. And, once the paint dries at 405 Pine, we will turn our attention next to the opportunities for the BCA Center that arise out of the renovation of City Hall Park in the coming years.
Imagine the art-making possibilities in sun-soaked community art studios in the heart of the South End Arts District, where abundant opportunities for collaboration, inspiration, and innovation will flourish for first-time and seasoned artists from all over the city! BCA will continue to adapt our art classes's curriculum to work in chorus with other existing arts education at other local organizations and by individual artists. Our goal is never to compete, rather to diversify and expand the opportunities for the community to make art. Further, our community art studios will continue to offer top notch resources to artists who are seeking short or long-term use of our studios. Once we are settled, we will continue to offer our monthly or annual studio memberships that can get you started right away.
This move comes at a time with Burlington City Arts studio members and students are coming in to make more art than ever. Check it out...
A building with big potential for the future of BCA.
The building specs will include:
Now until December
January – April 2017