Hey all and Happy New Year! 2015 was an eventful year for us! We can’t believe the Art Center has been open for a year and 3 months already. What a whirlwind it’s been: SO many art shows, 2 Holiday Markets, vibrant kids’ art classes and camps, countless art/craft making events and more. We’re thrilled to be a part of the Old North End community and we’re looking forward to another great year!
To Our Community of Neighbors, Friends and Supporters,
We have news about our dream of creating an arts and cultural hub in the Old North End, both discouraging and wonderful. The Myer’s Furniture building was purchased by a developer yesterday, someone who hadn’t even done a walk through of the building. It is now out of our grasp. At ONE Arts, we have talked about this idea of community and artist space, talked about the support we have received, trying to do such a major project in such a short period of time. We have met so many new friends in the last two weeks, people who have been dropping in to show their support, people emailing us and making loan pledges, and people donating on the campaign (almost $4,000 in a day!) We want to keep going! We can’t just let this stop, just because we didn’t get that building, because this idea is real, and with the support of our friends and neighbors, it is possible, and would be an amazing resource that our neighborhood really needs.
We plan to extend our campaign, fund raising for the next few months, collecting loan pledges, and designing a strong program that will succeed, while we look for a new space in the Old North End. In February, Skinny Pancake will throw us a rad fund raiser! And in Spring, after we have collected SO many loan pledges and donations that it is UNBELIEVABLE, we will put it towards a place that can act as a community meeting place and creative hub!
We appreciate your support, and hope you will help us continue to rally! If any donations were specific to the Myer’s Furniture Building, we will gladly refund them. No donations will be withdrawn until the campaign is finished and we will run it for several months, keeping you updated on it. Let’s see how much we can raise with time and community support!
We are so excited to see this happen, and to watch what can be accomplished by working together and supporting each other and the arts!
Margaret and Becca, Co-directors
Mellisa, Programming Director
The Myer’s Furniture building is for sale, centrally located, and too good to pass up, so we are fundraising, in the hopes of purchasing it! We are dreaming of a permanent visible art and cultural hub in the Old North End, a place where people can go in the evenings, to hang out, meet each other, and be creative together. The art center will house affordable artist studios, a children’s learning space, an adult classroom space, an artist residency, where artists from out of town can come stay and do a project with the neighborhood, a community art gallery, and so much more! This will be a meeting place, a place where people can teach classes and learn, and a place where income does not prevent people from being able to make art.
We need to raise $125,000 and then this community hub will happen in the Old North End of Burlington, VT, a neighborhood that desperately needs it! We know that sounds like a lot of money, but we believe in the power of our community, and we are going to do everything we can to make this happen. We are launching this fund raiser, in the hopes of raising as much as we possibly can. The money will help up with the downpayment, fit up costs, as well as scholarships for low income students.
We are seeking to move quickly. The seller is hoping to have the sale settled within a month. We are also seeking investors, and applying for bank loans. If you are able to donate any amount, please show your support, every amount moves us forward! If you are able to loan a larger amount, we have a repayment plan that we would like to share with you. Please contact us! Thank you so much for your support. We love Burlington, and we are so excited to be active in our neighborhood!
Our Holiday Market hosts a variety of local artists and crafters selling affordable and unique creations. Everyone is invited to participate in the market and show off their wares with the goal of helping our neighbors and local artists with some funds around the holidays. Talk about buying local! There are ceramics, scarves, ornaments, candles, caramels, organic onesies, many cards, and more!! Additionally, the center will be open extended hours starting in November (Wednesday – Friday 5-8pm as well as Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm) through the middle of December. We will be running a children’s toy drive and giving new toys to Cots in December, drop off donations anytime we are open!
The Holiday Market is getting set up this week! Are you an artist? crafter? maker? baker? We are still collecting unique, local handmade products! Please email us if you’re interested in selling your items in our shop!
Showing now through the 31st. Join us for an opening reception, artist talk, and Halloween party Friday, Oct 23rd 6-8pm. Come in COSTUME!
This October, ONE Arts Center is truly proud to present Mixed Emotions, a two person show featuring the work of Catherine Hall and Beth Robinson, an exhibition deemed so disturbing it was removed from its previous exhibition venue. The show explores the beautiful and sublime and revels in a balance between underlying feelings of unease and open expressions of strong emotion. Come and decide for yourself if you are creeped out. Open hours are Saturdays and Sundays from noon until five.
FOUND: Portraits in Collective Memory
A group exhibition of recent work by four artists who use found materials, photos, and recycled or re-purposed objects to create portraiture – Anne Cummings, Alex Costantino, Athena Kafantaris, Athena Petra Tasiopoulos.
The gallery is open 12-5pm Saturdays and Sundays. Come check it out!