Topic: Facilities

Community arts education providers “live” in buildings that are as diverse as the field itself: historic houses, churches, and synagogues; former school buildings; adapted commercial space; college campus buildings; and new, purpose-built facilities. Some typical examples:

  • The Multnomah Arts Center, part of the city parks and recreation department in Portland, Oregon, operates in a community center that was once an elementary school. The city owns the building and leases space to nine nonprofits that provide community services.
  • The historic B'nai Amoona Synagogue in St. Louis, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was transformed in the mid-1980s into the Center of Creative Arts (COCA). A new addition and further renovation in 2005 made room for COCA’s growing programs.
  • A planned expansion of the 50-year-old Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, will incorporate reduced water consumption technologies, use of recycled and regional materials, energy-saving heating and cooling systems, and more. The project is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

In large and small organizations alike, facilities projects—buying or renting, renovation, major repairs, or systems upgrades—are complex and demanding. This section outlines issues to consider when facing a facilities project.

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