FULTON – CNY Arts Center announces it has reached an agreement to purchase the former Herron’s Fabric Store in downtown Fulton as the site of a new Community Arts Center.
Located at 121-125 Cayuga St., the property, empty for several years, will be adapted for community arts programming and events.
The public is invited to a launch party on April 14 from 2-5 p.m. to learn more about plans for the new space.
“We couldn’t be more excited about this new chapter for our organization,” said hounder/executive director Nancy Fox. “We’re celebrating seven years of grassroots effort to build a better future through the arts with a home of our own at last. This new facility will give us a solid foundation to build arts programming and continue the work we’ve been doing thanks to the support and contribution of so many along the way, including Cayuga Community College.”
“We envision a true community center for art classes and cultural opportunities, for public gatherings and groups to meet, for our continuing Arty Day Camp, Kids Onstage theatre program and more. We are excited to offer afterschool programming and daytime activities as well as partner with our new neighbors downtown to create exciting events that bring people out to enjoy the arts, and all that downtown has to offer,” she continued. “And we’re adding the word Community to our name so there will be no doubt we are here to truly build a better future with this community arts center where great things can happen.”
The building will need renovations and upgrades to bring it to code compliance for handicap accessibility and fire safety for new use as an assembly space.
This includes a new handicap entrance and first floor restrooms, relocating the stairs in the middle of the building to allow for a stage and audience seating, and safety measures for the lower level to accommodate the HotSpot stage comedy improv, open mic nights and music events.
Some projects will be completed in phases as funds are raised, but basic ADA and fire safety compliance must take place before activities can begin.
“The cost of upgrades and renovations will require an aggressive fundraising campaign,” Fox said. “We hope everyone will see this as a wonderful thing for the community and want to get involved whether it is by donating, volunteering, or simply spreading the word. Fulton Savings Bank has already made a significant donation to help us secure the property. We are planning volunteer days for cleaning, painting and minor demolition but we need help from every corner of the region to tackle these renovations approaching $175,000. It’s a daunting figure but the potential for our children in having a positive place to go for family friendly activities alone is worth the time, money and effort.”
The public is invited to tour the space, see the plans for renovations and hear how the community can participate in the creation of the Community Arts Center, learn ways to get involved and share ideas for programs and activities.
A launch party will be held April 14, from 2-5 p.m. in the new space at 121-125 Cayuga St. – across from Blue Moon Bistro.
For more information, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com.